I’m not a chef or a food photographer. I’m just a girl who loves to eat healthy and cook my own meals. Some people might call me over the top because of the time and effort that I put into making my meals look beautiful, but at the end of the day my food is ultimately a reflection of me. I’ve lived with chronic depression and anxiety since I was 12 years old. If you know me personally than it’s very easy to tell when I’m falling back into a depressive episode. One sure fire way to tell is that the presentation of my food starts to go way down. I just stop caring. I’ll throw food into a bowl and it’ll look my mush. I’ll burn things to hell by accident because of my lack of focus. The quality of EVERYTHING in my life, including my food just starts to go way down whenever I’m feeling down,
While depression sucks and my moods can be an emotional roller-coaster of ups and downs, the great thing about living with chronic depression for me is that it’s super easy to tell when I’m feeling my best, because I start caring about everything in my life again, especially my health! That commitment to health manifest itself in everything from making sure that I groom myself well every morning by rubbing in that extra delicious mango butter lotion all over my body, to lighting up a scented candle during my morning meditation, to exercising and eating healthfully, all the way down to making my food look beautiful, delicious, and full of vibrant life. Just like how I feel on the inside when I’m feeling my best! The bottom line is, it’s not about me going over the top for a regular everyday meal. It’s not about me trying to be a perfectionist or a show off. After all, like I said, I’m not a chef, a food stylist, or a food photographer. That’s besides the point. It’s simply about my food being a reflection of how I feel on the inside. It’s simply about me loving myself, caring for myself, and putting that same energy and attention to detail into the foods that I create.
When I created these delicious looking and tasty healthful blueberry pancakes I was obviously feeling on top of my a game! Pancakes are a very special treat that up until recently I didn’t have the chance to enjoy much. That’s because most pancakes are loaded with gluten, sugar, high levels of sodium, and other junky additives that I really don’t want to be putting into this wonderfully made temple that is my body. Sooo, after much tweaking and experimenting I came up with my own pancake recipe that’s not only gluten free, but it’s delicious, nutrient dense, and super simple to make! Try them out for yourself, but be warned. You might just become addicted like I have!
GLUTEN FREE OATMEAL & COCONUT FLOUR BLUEBERRY PANCAKES
Makes about 14 pancakes
2 cups gf rolled oats
1/3 cup coconut flour
1 tbsp baking powder
3 extra large eggs
1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
1cup of light coconut milk
1 cup of water
Fresh or dried blueberries (I prefer dry but fresh is good too)
Goji berries *
Throw the first 3 dry ingredients into a blender and stir with a spoon. Throw the next 4 wet ingredients into the blender, turn on blender and obliterate until it forms a nice batter. Let the batter sit for at least 15 mins. * This is a nice time to get in a quick morning meditation or some deep breathing while you wait. Sometimes I like to use this time to tidy up the apartment too. Preheat a well oiled skillet to medium heat (I love cast iron 🖤) and use a 1/4 measuring cup to scoop out and pour the batter onto the skillet. Cook two at a time, adding 5 fresh blueberries or a sprinkle of dried blueberries to one side of the pancakes. Once pancake is not too wet and it looks ready to flip (2- 3 mins) turn and cook for a few mins more. Repeat until you have a nice delicious batch of healthy gluten free blueberry pancakes. I like to top mine with raw honey because it’s so much tastier and healthy than store-brought syrup. I also like to top mine with nuts, seeds, and more dried fruit but of course you can use whatever you like! Enjoy! * Ps. You shouldn’t have to add any more oil to the pan after the initial oiling, as too much oil will make the pancakes too flat. Let me know what you think!