Twenty-something. F. Toronto. Vegan exploring fitness, healthy eating & raw foods, on a busy schedule in a busy city β™₯

Newbie Pancakes + Fridge/Pantry Makeover!

So, I didn’t end up buying the dehydrator today – I’m going to try to find some time to go tomorrow. Instead, I went on a serious grocery trip and overhauled my fridge & shelves! No more processed food, hello fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, pseudograins, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices (and tea)!

I looked so confused at the grocery store, squinting at all the racks of nuts, seeds, spices, and herbs, trying to figure out what was what. It is amazing that my whole life I have never known what a walnut actually looks like, until today when I bought them! It’s a really amazing feeling to start learning about real food rather than just accept whatever comes from a package. No top-secret ingredients with ten syllables!

Before I went grocery shopping, I made a list of the ingredients of 3 of the recipes in Brendan Brazier’s The Thrive Diet book. I decided to pick one smoothie, one pancake, and one burger! It took me like 2 hours to find everything, shopping for real food can be confusing when you don’t know what anything looks like.

Anywho, the recipe I decided to make tonight was for his Buckwheat pancakes! However, when I got home I realized I totally wasn’t able to find 2 of the things on the ingredient list: hemp flour, and barley flakes. So, I took those out and readjusted the amount of buckwheat flour, and they turned out amazingly anyway! I am still full and the sweet taste is still in my mouth. Yum!

Here are the ingredients:

1 1/2 cup buckwheat flour

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 banana

2 cups water

Begin by mixing the banana and the water in a blender. Then mix the remainder of the ingredients in a bowl.

Once you have done this, slowly add it to the banana and water smoothie, bit by bit, and blending as you go.

Put a bit of coconut oil on a frying pan and put the heat on one of the lowest settings. Begin to drip the batter onto the frying pan. Wait until the pancake starts to bubble, and then flip. This should be about 3-5 minutes per side. My first attempt turned out super super ugly, as you can see below!

It looked so ugly I wanted to be sure it tasted good, so I put it on a plate and drizzled some raw agave nectar over it (my first time having this). OH MY GOD, SO DELICIOUS!

It was sooooo good! I felt really guilty eating it since it was sooo sweet with the agave nectar, I felt like I was eating some sort of candy bar or something. I can’t believe it’s 100% natural ingredients – real, whole foods! Yummy! I was a bit unsure since it isn’t raw, but it’s in Brendan’s book and I trust that guy. If it’s good enough for him to eat, it’s good enough for me to eat! Definitely not every day, though, and I think next time I’ll cut back on the agave nectar. But overall, a huge success! (PS: This makes 6 medium-sized pancakes!)


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6 Responses

  1. YUMMYYYY!!! I must make these pancakes! Thank you!

    Good for you for heading to that store and getting all your healthy foods πŸ™‚ You will notice such a difference πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    • vegn says:

      Hi Kris! πŸ˜€ Yessss please make them, let me know how they turn out! I just made a second batch, and popped them in the fridge for my midnight snack. πŸ˜‰

      Thank you for stopping by!

  2. Christel says:

    Hi Rin! My name is Christel. I am also a “newbie” to the High Raw food lifestyle. Did you end up getting a dehydrator? I’ve held off but really want to get one in the next few months –> primarily for crackers, cookies, and treats:)
    Looking forward to following your journey!

    • vegn says:

      Hey Christel! Thank you for commenting! High five for us newbies, haha!

      I totally did end up getting a dehydrator – I used it once and it was a bit of a disaster, and I got really discouraged. I’m going to post something about it tonight or tomorrow!

      I ended up making something savory and it was NARSTY! I almost went and returned it, lol – but I’m trying to rationalize that I can make granola bars, raisins, crackers, and cookies.

      • Christel says:

        Just now seeing this. You will make something yummy with it! I tried to make crackers with my juice pulp last week – no dehydrator so did a really low setting on the oven w/ the door cracked & the light on. They were SUPER nasty. I haven’t been brave enough to try another batch;)

  3. These pancakes sound really good. Not normally a pancake eater, but have found that I like buckwheat pancakes.

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