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Paleo Pumpkin (Blueberry) Pancakes

It’s been so long, my browser’s autocomplete was no help in getting to chowza.wordpress… AND I had to punch in my password manually.

But instead of reflecting on the blog as a proxy for mortality, let’s cut right to the recipe.

I’ve made these pancakes a few times in the past week or so, working from and tweaking the recipe along the way. It could probably use a little more adjustment, but I like this variation enough for now :).

Ingredients:

1 large egg
6 tbsp flour (2 tbsp coconut, 4 tbsp almond)
1 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp pumpkin
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp coconut milk
1 tsp raw honey
1/4 tsp salt
Dash cardamom
Dash cinnamon
Dash nutmeg
Optional: 1/2 cup (can be varied to preference) blueberries

For the flour, I used two tablespoons of coconut to four tablespoons of almond; I didn’t want the mixture to get too dry on account of the coconut flour.

Your mileage may also vary depending on the kind of pumpkin you use. I used the Farmer’s Market brand of canned pumpkin (from Whole Foods, but it can also be acquired at Amazon). I found it worked well in this recipe as it’s pretty creamy, with not a lot of water. Other brands I’ve tried tend to be lumpier, with more moisture.

Mix everything together in a bowl and whisk until blended. The mixture probably won’t get smooth, but you should be able to achieve a pretty even consistency. You may want to mix well before adding the blueberries, then give them a quick stir after adding. Add them earlier, though, if you want your mixture to be a nice light blueish green :).

Heat some coconut oil (or butter, if you swing that way) in a pan on low-moderate heat. I like to cook pancakes on the slow side. Heat through until the edges start to curl and bubbles start to make their way through the pancake. Flip, and cook briefly on the other side–probably no more than 30 seconds, as the pancake will already be mostly cooked when you flip it.

Plate and serve with topping(s) of your choice. They should come out nice and fluffy, with a subtle but complex flavor profile.

Bonus: I’ve also been experimenting with the same mixture as muffins. Still a WIP (a little more dryness via more coconut flour might help), but they’re pretty decent!

Pictures courtesy my lovely wife.

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My Kingdom for a Horse

Earlier this week, I stopped in at Tom Naughton’s Fat Head blog, as I do relatively often. While there, I took in My Thanks To The Dietary Guidelines Committee. This post takes the form of a thank-you missive to the USDA for continuing to promote nonsensical dietary advice–advice that could end up indirectly providing Tom’s own kids with a competitive advantage in life by virtue of their admittedly superior dietary upbringing.

À grande vitesse!->

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The Challenge

It was a vegan lovefest over at Harpo Studios this week. La Grande Dame got a large integer figure–378, in fact–of her staff members to sign up for a one-week “vegan challenge” at the behest of Kathy Freston, who apparently wrote a book and as such has earned the right to terrorize at least 378 hard-working TV-industry folks and, by proxy, approximately 11 billion hard-watching TV-viewer folks.

À grande vitesse!->

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Want Not, Waste Not

No wonder we waste so much food. We’ve forgotten how to relate to it, on the most basic and the most complex of levels. We’ve spent so long, both as individuals and a society, as consumers in thrall to a food system that has abstracted us from nature, clouding our innate understanding of it as well as our ability to draw on it for nutrition and sustenance.

À grande vitesse!->

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