For a while I’ve been on the hunt for a great low-glycemic, flour-free pancake recipe. I couldn’t find one. I was inspired by this recipe, which I tried out and didn’t like. The texture just wasn’t pancake-y enough and the flavor too eggy. So I did the only sensible thing, and invented my own Flourless Quinoa Pancake recipe.
2 c cooked quinoa
1/2 c almond or coconut milk
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 packets stevia powder
1 tsp (or more) vanilla extract
Process the quinoa in a food processor for 1 – 2 minutes, until the shape of the kernels is no longer visible (sorry, I should have photographed this). Add the eggs and milk, and process another few seconds. Add remaining ingredients and process until the batter is well mixed. Batter should look like this:
Makes about a dozen small, yummy, protein-and-fiber-rich pancakes. Use whatever toppings you love. We like pure maple syrup if we’re splurging on sugar. I’ve also made my own sugar-free blueberry syrup using xylitol, with good results.
My mom and I just read Kat James’ book, The Truth About Beauty, which is chock full of sound nutritional advice, healthful product recommendations, true-beauty advice, and much more. As a holistic nutritionist, I don’t feel like Kat told me anything I didn’t already know about how to eat well for health and beauty, but just reading the book got me inspired to shift back to eating in a better, less sugar and grain-heavy way. I feel like ever since our move from San Francisco, I haven’t had my own kitchen and have compromised on a lot of my eating habits; namely, the sugar intake was getting out of hand. I got out of some of my good routines, and needed a kick in the pants (in this case, Kat’s book) to get back to them.
So, all that to say, the sugar has to go, or at least be seriously reduced (sugar is no good for pregnant ladies anyway). Kat has tons of great ideas for this, so I took some of her ideas and mixed them with my own ideas to formulate this delicious Sparkling Green Tea Spritzer.
Fran’s Sparkling Green Tea Spritzer:
Sweeten the tea with a healthy natural sugar-free sweetener (healthy = not splenda, not nutrasweet, not equal, not aspartame of any kind). I chose vanilla-flavored liquid stevia, which comes in a variety of flavors you can find at your natural foods grocery. You could use xylitol, or plain stevia, or leave unsweetened with a squeeze of lemon or a teaspoon of unsweetened cranberry juice like Knudsen’s Just Cranberry.
Fill a glass with ice and then fill that glass halfway with green tea (you should prolly wait for the tea to cool, but I never can; I just pour the hot tea right over the ice). Fill the remainder with plain sparkling water. This is where a Soda Stream comes in handy, if you happen to have one; otherwise canned or bottled carbonated water will do.
And there you have a healthy, antioxidant-rich, slightly-sweet, lightly-fizzy summer beverage. Enjoy!