Matcha Blackberry Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Its been a while since a pancake posting has appeared, so here goes.  As those who read this blog know, I am a passionate pancake lover, to be sure.  Not only are these easy to make, they are gluten/grain free, lactose free, and without refined sugar.  They taste just like any other (albeit awesome) pancake.

And the Matcha?  You cant taste it.  Yet, Matcha packs a nutritional punch.  It enhances ones sense of calm, is high in antioxidants, increases stamina, boosts memory and concentration, is said to help clear skin, detoxifies the body, and more.  Its worth getting your hands on some of this stuff.

So, how to make the pancakes…

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Matcha Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Love banana bread?  And who doesnt, being one of those quintessential childhood treats, nostalgia inducing and super yummy, even for some who dont generally like bananas.  I have found still, they just might make an exception for banana bread.  This version is laced through with Matcha green tea, which is awesome for your health, boosting all sorts of benefits.  The best news about this banana bread though?  Its gluten free, lactose free, and low in sugar.  So you can enjoy, and without the guilt.

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Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Inspired by and adapted from the book “Hungry for Change: Ditch the Diets, Conquer the Cravings, and Eat Your Way to Lifelong Health,” by James Colquhoun and Laurentine Bosch (which was excellent, by the way.  I recommend reading this if you are interested in the topics of health and nutrition.  Its an easy, quick but informative and inspiring read), I give you these fluffy, light, absolutely delicious blueberry ricotta pancakes.

Grain/gluten free, and low in sugar, these are basically great for you.  Yet they totally hit that pancake hankering spot one feels on weekend brunching mornings (at least that’s my quintessential weekend (and actually, weekday as well) morning ;-)).

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Light and Healthy Oatmeal Soufflé

Who doesn’t love oatmeal?  Especially on these blustery, frigid winter days of current.  I cant think of anything more fitting than such a heartwarming, comforting dish.  A warm cup of oats and milk, sprinkled with cinnamon and spices, a quintessential cold weather snack, treat, or breakfast to be sure.  This version though, is rather light and lovely.  As well as healthy to boot.  Made with gluten free oats, dairy free milk and just three spoonful’s of sugar for the whole shebang, its a good for your body breakfast treat worthy of getting excited over.

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Blackberry, White Chocolate and Lavender Scones

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These are the perfect winter sweet treat, tea time snack or breakfast item.  With a slightly unique collection of flavors though not too out there, making these still likely to be enjoyed by a vast majority of peoples palates.  The tartness of the berries, the ever so subtle floral of the lavender, and the sweetness from the white chocolate resulting in a playful, delicious combination.  A cinch to make.  They can easily be made dairy free.  And they are quite low in sugar.  Enjoy this beautiful berry swirled recipe!

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Pepper and Pancetta Piperrada

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Get excited for this special feature guest post, written by Maxx, my partner and equally creative force behind the new weekly column: Brooke and Maxxs Culinary Crafts.  As an aside, to sample our mouthwatering, fudgy, decadent, showstopper of a chocolate cake, check out the link here.

Without further ado though, his enticing entrée and posting:

Fresh bell peppers shine in this recipe, a Spanish-influenced dish fitting for any meal.  I fixed this for Sunday brunch; the savory flavors working nicely in pairing with the velvety eggs.  If your knife skills are sharp, you can whip this up in 30 minutes, an easy preparation for sure.  The recipe is derived using this original for inspiration.

I had been seeking the opportunity to put Brooke to the test after I learned that she is somewhat picky about her Bell peppers.  I myself had never appreciated the subtleties in their flavor over the range of colors in which they are available.  A fortuitous family pack of peppers at the grocery store afforded me the opportunity to buy a quartet of them; green, red, yellow, and orange.  When preparing the dish, I reserved samples of each and administered a blind taste test.  Brooke correctly differentiated her least favorite, the green pepper, at first, before being swayed by the flavors of the orange.

Ultimately, she identified the similar tasting peppers: orange and green, and yellow and red, only she reversed her selections within those two pairs.  I was impressed overall after being skeptical in her ability to distinguish the peppers by color.

So, onward with what you’ll need to make this breakfast dish:

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Cranberry & Chocolate Autumnal Pancakes

Autumn is officially here, and with it, you’re looking at an especially happy camper.  I’ve lamented my love of and romance towards this particular season in several blog entries on Travels and Trdelnik, so I wont go into too much depth here.  For a list of enticing, awesome seasonal activities though, here you go.  A recent entry listing several hopefully interesting and inspiring ideas for readers (in addition to waxing on about my adoration of this time of year).  In the meantime though, these pancakes.

Gluten/grain free, dairy free and sugar free.  Loaded with cranberries and pumpkin, two ultra healthy ingredients.  To name a few fun facts…apparently cranberries lower your risk of cancer, help increase urinary tract health, reduce inflammation, and are great for dental health.  Pumpkin, don’t even get my started on this one.  I love it.  A couple of the supposed health benefits: pumpkin is great for joint health, reducing inflammation, helps protect the eyes, and is great for your skin- giving it a glow and preventing premature aging.

Back to the pancakes and how to make this mouthwatering dish.  Its an easy one.  I eat these several times a week (in varying flavor varieties).  I’m willing to bet after sampling them, you might be tempted towards doing the same…;-)

As a side note, for LOADS more brunching food porn, recipes and stellar spots to eat breakfast, look no further.  This article has it all.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

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Long time, no post, I know.  With the ushering in of autumn and the beginning of October, I thought something with sweet potato would make for the perfect autumnal entrée.  This dish can wear many hats, from sweet snack, to breakfast for dinner or dessert, to one of many platters scattered across the table in a weekend brunching extravaganza.

Super easy to make, filling, lightly sweet, grain free/dairy free and healthier than your typical pancakes.  However, still just as scrumptious.

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Buckwheat Blueberry Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Yes, another pancake recipe.  This one is an old school variety (blueberry), traditional, well loved by most.  But given a modern makeover, a health conscious update with the use of buckwheat flour.  Which, unbeknownst to most, isn’t a wheat or grain at all but is actually a fruit seed.  Making this dish entirely gluten/grain free and REALLY healthy for you!

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Pumpkin Turmeric Buckwheat Pancakes

Can you smell it?  Yes, its still summer, but autumn is in the air.  Just around the corner.  Especially for us New Englanders 😉  (So cool that I can say that once again!).  Whether or not this excites or depresses you depends on who you are.  I think autumn is the ultimate season though.  The brisk air, vibrant colors on the trees, autumn nights, leaves rustling in the breeze, bonfires, walks in the woods, hot drinks in hand, bookstores, all things pumpkin flavored.  Just a few of the awesome aspects of autumn.

These Pumpkin Turmeric Pancakes are another 😉

Grain/gluten free, dairy free and sugar free.  Moist and totally delicious.  And taking less than 15 minutes to whip these babies up.  I had five for breakfast this morning.  No regrets there.

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