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Vegan Pancake Day

A while back I was sent Purition’s Vegan box, and I knew exactly what I wanted to make with the powders: pancakes. It only seemed fitting with it being pancake “week”, that I should get in the kitchen and rustle up some panqueques.

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I have featured Purition products on my blog previously so if you want to know further about them, then you can read more here. As I have posted recently, I don’t feel like there is a real need to include protein powder in my diet, though I do still use it for it’s convenience. Purition shakes are a little different, as they are more of an all encompassing shake, packed full of good stuff like healthy fats, fiber and micro-nutrients as well as plant protein. They are a good way to take your smoothie, porridge, or pancakes next level.

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Vegan Chocolate Purition Pancakes (Serves 1)

1/2 ripe Banana
1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Milk
1/2 Cup of Flour (I used Rude Health’s Sprouted Spelt)
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
Half a Sachet/Scoop of Purition Vegan Chocolate Shake
1 tsp Cacao Powder
Pinch of salt
Toppings of Choice

Add the banana and milk to a food processor and blend together. I recommend using a ripe spotty banana as it will make the pancakes nice and sweet, unfortunately I didn’t have one on hand. You can always add a tsp of any kind of sugar to the mix to sweeten it up.

Add the rest of ingredients to the food processor and blend together. You might need a little more milk if it’s too thick, I added a drizzle more to get the right consistency.

Heat a pan to medium-high heat, and add a little oil to grease. Dollop out scoops of the mixture, cook for a couple of minutes on each side and serve.

I got about 6 smallish pancakes out of this mix, I prefer them that way for stacking. You can always double the recipe for more pancakes. I topped mine with some cherries, cacao nibs and a chocolate peanut butter drizzle made from peanut butter powder and a tiny bit of cacao powder mixed with water.

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The Purition powder was an easy way to add some extra protein, fiber and healthy fats to the pancakes. You can add your own protein powder of choice or just replace it with a ground seed mix (chia/flax). I wouldn’t recommend leaving the mix to stand before cooking as it will thicken due to the nuts/seeds in the blend.

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I love pancakes, and I really don’t make an effort to make them enough, so I am going to remedy that this week and make/eat all of the pancakes.

Have an amazing pancake day, and let me know what pancakes/toppings you are going for!

 

 

Disclaimer: I received the shakes from Purition for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

 

Favourite reads of the week #10

I’ve been slacking on my link round up posts lately. I just seem to have absolutely no time (must stop procrastinating!), with an impending exam and extra hours at work, thank god I didn’t have any marathon training to worry about for the last two weeks- injury blessing in disguise! Here are my favourite reads from the last few weeks:

Five reasons why we should all learn to do nothing. I’ve talked a lot lately about really struggling with this concept of just being, and feeling comfortable doing nothing. I’ve not really done enough of this over the last few years but since studying nutrition and doing my own reading/listening to health and nutrition articles and podcasts I’m starting to realise how important down time is in terms of adrenal stress, hormones, nervous system etc. I will be trying to get myself into having more relaxation time.

“Resisting the urge to do something takes willpower”

This article in Trail Runner about the link between running and eating disorders. I am not surprised of the link between the two, I think a certain type of personality gravitates towards each, and certainly there are a lot of crossover traits like motivation, discipline and striving for perfection. Although I think it can be an issue for many runners, on the flip side it can also be a valuable tool for recovery.

This post on the benefits of not racing. I massively enjoyed my running when I wasn’t training for anything and was just streaking. For some reason whenever I train for a race I get injured, maybe I should take a racing break!

This interesting take on why 20 mile marathon training runs might not suit all of us. Having not run over 13 miles for 2 of my 3 marathons last year (thanks injury!), it seems like it’s been a long time since I actually did a seriously long training run! I have done three 16 milers so far in this training cycle before the injury, and perhaps that is enough for me. I think like anything in health, nutrition or fitness you can’t put a figure out there and say that will suit everybody , we are all different, and all need to approach training in ways that are best for us.

A gradual approach to healthy eating from Leo at Zen habits. I’m really getting into taking small steps towards making changes lately, like taking part in Laura’s 5 min yoga a day challenge. I think ultimately small steps can lead to big change and I think these are really good tips if you want to improve your diet.

This great post from Twins in Trainers debunking that ridiculous lots of jogging is bad for you article doing the rounds in the national press. It’s so frustrating when the media take research out of context, as the majority of the people will not go and look at the original study and just take what the media say as gospel.

Lastly with pancake day fast approaching check out this delicious protein pancake recipe from my fellow plant powered friends at Veggie Runners.

WIAW- Pancake Day


Happy WIAW! I was supposed to post this last week, but was too busy with work so I am posting it today…better late than never! These were my pancake day eats!

I took the day as a rest day, so I had plenty of time to get up an have a leisurely morning before work-although it wasn’t too leisurely thanks to chores like ironing! I had my usual lemon and hot water and then proceeded to make round 1 of pancakes!

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I whipped up Michelle’s protein pumpkin pancakes, although I used gram flour instead of buckwheat and coconut milk instead of almond. These turned out pretty good, I think it made 4-5 smaller ones, so I did a couple at a time. I also caramelized some banana in a little coconut butter and coconut sugar, and topped with more coconut butter!

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I had my favourite Nakd bar before heading off to work at 12. I have an enormous tin full of Nakd bars as Nick bought me two boxes for Christmas, he seems to be eating them more than me though!

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For my lunch I took a batch of Carrot + Ginger soup that I made using this paleo recipe. It was so easy to make and the coconut milk made it lovely and thick. I had it alongside some celery sticks with Gena’s delicious smoked eggplant and red lentil dip which I enjoyed throughout the week. I love having alternatives to hummus-as much as I can’t live without the stuff- and this was really good.

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Some fruit to round out lunch as always!

I walked home on my dinner break-getting in my total of 2 miles for the day- I love getting some fresh air and seeing some daylight so I always try to get out and walk during my break. I had made a stir fry in the morning so I just had to reheat it and we were good to go.

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This was the usual mix of stir fried veggies; onion, garlic, red pepper, broccoli, kale, cabbage, mushrooms and asparagus. I threw in some avocado too, and added some marinated tofu. I usually make up a marinade for the stir fry with braggs liquid aminos, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, tiny bit of maple syrup, chilli powder, cumin, fresh ginger, lime juice, and a drizzle of sesame oil after coating. All topped off with sesame seeds. Stir fries are probably my favourite easy dinner as it comes together so quickly.

I headed back to work and finished up the day as I do 9 times out of 10 with a big bowl of fruit salad which I forgot to take a picture of. It probably contained, apple, banana, pear, kiwi and mango/pineapple. That’s the usual anyway!

This must have been the first day in forever that I didn’t make a smoothie or a juice! I guess pancakes took prevalence today! I would definitely have got my leafy greens in through that form, but my veggie count was pretty good. Carrots in the soup, aubergine in the dip, celery, lots of veggies in the stir fry, certainly a colourful array!

I decided not to give anything up for lent this year. I was going to give up dried fruit and nut butters, and then Nick said something which really struck a chord. “I don’t understand you, why would you give up two of the only things you can eat!”. He was totally right, I’m not even religious so I don’t know why I jump on the lent bandwagon every year. So this year I am giving up lent for lent.

Did you make pancakes? Success/Failure?

Are you giving anything up for lent?