Friday, June 28, 2013

Good food for on-the-go men (and women, I suppose)

Today, I was waiting to get my truck wired to pull the horse trailer, when the owner of the company stopped by the truck to chat with the boys. He looked at me, with a long pause, and said, "don't let a minute of this get away from you. My three boys are now 31, 33 and 35 years old and I still come home and wish I heard the chatter of those little voices all about the house." He's right... and I know it. My treasure: the time I am given to help guide these little men into the fullness of who they are, nourish their hearts, build strength into their character.

And a little great food goes a long way into this process as well! So here are some quick recipes I've made recently, which I think you will enjoy. 

Banana Pancakes:
2 bananas
4 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 finely chopped walnuts (optional)

Mash banana first, then beat in the eggs and add the cinnamon. I pour 1/4 cup batter at a time onto the griddle, on 350 degrees. They take longer to cook than traditional pancakes, so be warned. We top with maple syrup (of course). :-) 

To-go Bars: (great for any outing or just a morning, elevenzies, onezies and late afternoon snack time)
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/2 shredded coconut (not sweetened)
3 Tablespoons honey (you can use finely ground dates, as a substitute if you prefer)
3 cups oats (grind 1/2 of the portion into flour texture)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup semi-sweetened chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 cup raisins (optional)

Spread onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until firm and starting to turn golden. Cut into bars, place in ziplock bags and store in the fridge or freezer until use.

Pumpkin Chai Pancakes: (yes, we love pancakes)
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
3 Tablespoons honey
1.5 cups oat flour (finely ground oats)
1 cup almond flour
3 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon each of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves 1/4 cup canned pumpkin or pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla 
milk (just add until it's the right consistency to pour as pancakes)

Pour into pancakes on griddle and cook at 350 degrees.

Melted Cheese Happiness: 
Place 1-2 Tablespoons grated cheese into a small pile on a very lightly greased cookie sheet. Make several piles if you don't want to be totally selfish and just make one for yourself. Place in the oven to broil, but WATCH CAREFULLY! When they turn golden brown on the top, they're ready. Wait for them to cool slightly, as they will become crispy and YUMMY!

We all love snack time!

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