Hey hey from sunny …er, cloudy? California!
It’s a cool 70-something degrees here, but believe me, I welcome it with open arms…especially after our heat index of 115 the other day in good ol’ Tennessee!
I arrived in San Jose, CA last night around 7pm and I have to say it was the smoothest trip I could have ever asked for. I got through airport security in record time, boarded the flight AND got a window seat, and the plane actually took off a few minutes ahead of schedule! Woo hoo!
I swear I was humming this song the entire flight…
I was so excited to finally get in and meet Emilia for the first time! She’s just as beautiful in person as she comes across in her blog. As I imagined, or should I say, as is the case with most blogger meet-ups, we hit it off right from the beginning…talking all about the trip, the activities we have planned for the week, and all the yummy creations we intend on whipping up in the kitchen…
This morning we woke up early and went for a run along the beach. It was a bit chillier than what I’m used to, but of course after a couple of miles, I was so engrossed in conversation and the occasional glance over at the ocean that I didn’t even feel it.
Once in from the run, we unloaded just about everything from the pantry, cupboards, and refrigerator and started on breakfast! Emilia decided on a delicious combo of fruits and veggies and manned the juicer while I dove head first into her collection of gluten-free flours and set to work on…
Triple Berry Coconut Pancakes: (serves 2)
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup millet flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 flax egg (1 Tablespoon ground flax + 3 Tablespoons water)
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup of mixed berries (I used chopped strawberries, blueberries, & raspberries)
1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray.
2. Prepare flax egg and allow to set while you prepare the pancake batter.
3. Combine flours, baking powder, and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl.
4. In a separate bowl, stir together the coconut oil, almond milk, extract, and flax egg.
5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until all the flour is incorporated.
6. Add the berries.
7. Spoon out the batter into prepared skillet (ours made 6 pancakes total) and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes per side*
*The batter will not bubble like most gluten-containing batters. Just look for the edges to start to crisp before flipping them.
Topped with fresh berries, coconut shreds and maple syrup, of course!
And I may have dipped into Emilia’s coconut peanut butter stash after the “photo shoot”
I LOVE experimenting with gluten-free flours! I couldn’t believe how well these cakes turned out…a little on the fragile side…but as long as you talk sweet to them as you take out your spatula, they seem to do really well! 😉
I didn’t add any sweetener to the batter, but both Emilia and I thought they were perfect for our tastes due to the natural sweetness of the berries, but if you prefer your cakes a little sweeter, I’d suggest adding 1/2-1 Tablespoon of sugar or a packet of Stevia to the batter.
The perfect blend of sweet and tart, crisp and smooth!
Carrot, romaine, lime, pear, cilantro…I think the question is, what DIDN’T she put into it?!
And it amazing!
Well, I’m off! We have plans to attend a raw foods class at Whole Foods today and afterwards, we’re going to take a stroll up the beach! Pictures to come, of course!
What are you up to this fine Sunday?
Have you ever juiced before? What’s your favorite combo?
I think I’m in love…may have to look into prices on juicers once I get back home! Lol
Glad you had a safe journey. Hope you have a wonderful week in California and love the sound of those pancakes. 🙂
YAY for being in Cali! Yay for AMAZING pancakes! Yay for your first juice!!
I need to come visit you so you can make me pancakes!!!!!!!!!
These look AMAZING 🙂
I am so stinkin’ excited…I get to go get my baby from the airport in a few minutes! Sounds like you are off to a great start on your trip. Breakfast looks amazing! Have a great time Heather!
That’s awesome Sarena! Nothing like being reunited with loved-ones after a trip! I can feel your excitement coming through from your words! Hope you had a lovely night and continue to have a great week, my friend!
Yay! I’m happy to hear you made it to California safe and sound! It sounds like you and Emilia are off to a wonderful start. Those pancakes look amazing. I feel like I want to hop in my car right now and drive 2 1/2 hours to hug you ladies and eat some of those pancakes! 🙂
Aww, Alaina, Emilia told me that it looks like you may not be able to visit us this week! I wish it could work out, but I totally understand…one day my friend we will meet…and I will make you as many pancakes as you like! 😉
I can safely attest that those pancakes live up to their drool- worthy presentation. They were BEYOND amazing and I can not wait until our next pancake duo. And let’s just say I’m not waiting till next sunday 🙂
Having a blast! xoxo
Wow you guys already look like you’re having a blast together day one =D No pictures together on the beach running though?! I would’ve loved to see that :)))
Today I went to my boy-friends first 65 race and watched him win THREE first place trophies! I was so psyched for him.
Oh wow! That sounds incredible! Congratulations to the bf for sure!
It’s funny, I’ve been here for over 24 hours now, and we’ve still YET to get a picture together…but I’m definitely racking up on the foodie pics! Oh the priorities of food bloggers! Haha! I’ll definitely be sure to get some pictures of us over the next couple of days!
welcome to ca!! sorry i was so tardy to get back to you. i was out of town this weekend, but im back now. i work tues, wed, sat, sun this week. as much as it KILLS me to admit this, meetin up may not be in the cards. im not sure you understand how big ca is…any chance you can meet in santa barbara? its about as far up as i can drive without annihilating a whole day… gah. i hate you being in nor cal when im not up there!!! visit down hereeeeeee!!!
Yeah, I’m beginning to realize just how segmented Cali really is! Emilia doesn’t drive much, so I hate to say that Santa Barbara might be a little far for her…looks like it’s about a 4.5 hour drive. It’s such a bummer to be this close to you, yet still so far away! Guess I’ll have to plan trip to So Cal one day so that I can finally meet my favorite hippie! 😉
So glad your flight went so well, what a good way to start off your vacation! Hope you and Emilia have a great time. I’m excited to read all about what you guys will do 🙂 Have fun! Oh and I want some of those FROG preserves !
yay glad you made it to Cali–and that Sunday pancakes were made! 🙂 Awesome. I like your priorities. Have so much fun!!!
yay! glad you made it there safe and sound 🙂 I’m praying to the sunshine gods that the weather picks up for you, gorgeous! 🙂
those pancakes are to die! I have so many different kinds of flours hiding out in my pantry but I always tend to resort back to good ol’ oat flour. It’s my favorite! With spelt coming in at a close second 🙂
HOPE YOU HAVE AN AMAZING DAY!!!
Whaaaaat?! No sun in Cali!? I’m disappointed! We had a crazy hot weekend here, so I’ll do my best to send some sunshine your way… as long as you send some pancakes MY way 😉 Although if they’re fragile they might not survive the trip… postage being what it is and all. I love experimenting with different flours too, except when I end up with a gloopy mess. Do NOT try to make pancakes from only coconut flour. You can cook them forever and a day, and they just will. not. cook. As for juicing, I used to do it a lot, but I didn’t get all that creative. My favorite was always carrot, apple, and celery.
omg your pancakes look fantastic!
Glad you had a good trip there! And those pancakes look awesome 😀 The millet flour sounds awesome, I don’t remember ever trying it. I wonder if I can just grind up some millet.. Hm… Anyways, have a great time!
Yes ma’am! Just pop them in a coffee grinder! Wah-la…millet flour! 😉
Those pancakes look to die for I’m a sucker for anything covered in maple syrup.