Pancake Sandwiches

Stacks of Sandwiches
One with yogurt and walnuts,
‘Nother with sausage.

Then there’s open faced,
Topped with PB and preserves –
Strawberry flavored.

Pancake Recipe
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp cream of wheat
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
3 tbsp egg whites
1 egg
3 tbsp olive olive oil
1 cup milk (may be a bit more; consistency is more thick than watery)

Mix wet ingredients together and pour over mixed dry ingredients. Into medium-heated and oiled skillet, spoon enough to make two or three pancakes at a time, using the back of a spoon to spread batter into a round shape. Gently flip when surface starts bubbling. When other side is browned, transfer to a plate. Repeat, add oil when needed as you continue cooking. When done, put whatever filling you want between two pancakes to make a sandwich.

Filling ideas: Sausage, bacon, ham, yogurt, pieces of nuts, nut butter, preserves or jelly, applesauce, cream cheese, ricotta cheese with chocolate chips, and the list goes on . . .

Coffee-Laced Chocolate Syrup

ice cream
One quarter cup of cold, leftover brewed coffee sat on my countertop. So there would be no joe left behind, I decided to experiment and make a new kind of chocolate syrup. Over medium low heat, using an 8-inch iron skillet, I melted 1-2 tbsp of shortening (Spectrum organic, non-hydrogenated oil) and dropped in a cupful of dark chocolate chips. Then I slowly added the ¼ cup brewed coffee, turning down the heat to low to avoid boiling. Once everything was melted and fully mixed, I poured the concoction into a glass bowl and timed it for about 10-15 minutes to cool down. Finally, I drizzled the “chocojoe” syrup over my vanilla ice cream, took one taste, and SMILED.

To Your Health: A Faux “Piña Colada”

For a refreshing, light, and delicious thirst quencher, here’s a healthy mix I came up on my own. Mix ¼ cup of 100% apple juice with ¾ cup of Trader Joe’s Coconut Milk Unsweetened Beverage. Put in as little of apple juice and as much coconut milk as you wish, depending which flavor you want to win out. I happened to have both beverages in my refrigerator and I was thirsty, but I also wanted something a little sweet. Because apple juice, and other juices for that matter, tend to be very sweet, I thought I’d cut the sweetness by putting in unsweetened coconut milk to give it body and additional vitamins.

Give it a try. It tastes a little like Piña Colada. No alcohol required.