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Fig Pancakes

I must tell you, it wasn’t until I posed the question of holiday flavors and someone said figs that I even thought about fig pancakes. I love having a blog and being able to ask and comment with others about cool new things to try and do.  I hadn’t really ever tried figs, let alone make a pancake with them.  If I don’t like something, I’m not going to post a blog with a recipe…that’s silly.  I’m also not going to post a recipe that takes more than 15 minutes and has 100 ingredients because that isn’t my style.  So with that I decided to attempt to make some figcakes.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted to try making a savory fig recipe or sweet (both are apparently pretty common?).  But sweet always captures my heart so I chose them.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup figs (I bought a bag of already chopped because I’m of the simple type)

1/4 cup walnuts

1 egg

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 tablespoon oil

1/2-1 cup milk depending on the consistency you like (either thick or more thin crepe like pancakes)

1 teaspoon cinnamon, vanilla extract and nutmeg

Sweetner to taste (I added ¼ cup stevia cup for cup as well as 2 tablespoons of brown sugar)

Mix and cook on the griddle. 

Topped with some peanut butter.

Topped with some peanut butter.

These were actually surprisingly good.  I was pretty surprised since a week prior I had no idea or clue what figs were.  So certainly a pancake in the rotation de LOLZ.

Question for you: Do you like figs?

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Lightening up Pancakes

So as part of the Monday pancake series, instead of a recipe this week I am actually posting a few helpful hints of how to make recipes healthier.  Let’s face it-pancakes are not always the healthiest recipes but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them that way.  While I’m not saying diner pancakes are made in this regard…you can!   While I realize not everyone wants to lighten up their pancakes, many people do.

Instead of adding oil you can substitute a half cup of pumpkin, applesauce or greek yogurt.  All three make the pancakes especially moist and delicious.

pumpkin pancakes

Greek yogurt pancakes

If you don’t want to consume a lot of carbohydrates, think about using a high protein flour such as peanut flour.

Instead of using high sugary maple syrup top your pancakes with sugar free syrup, peanut butter, greek yogurt, Nutella (well…that is just me), jam and jellies, fruit.

topped with basically an entire container of greek yogurt…maybe there is pancakes in there? maybe…

greek yogurt sandwich pancakes.

topped with apples

 

 

Another thing you can do (disclaimer…I personally don’t prefer the taste) is switch an egg to egg whites saving fat cholesterol.  You need something to bind the pancake together and make it fluffy but if you would prefer egg whites to egg that is for you.

Questions for you:

  1. How do you lighten up pancakes?
  2. How do you lighten up any recipe? 

Chocolate Pancakes

Here’s the thing.  Like my pumpkin pancake recipe, I thought I had a chocolate pancake or waffle recipe on the blog.  Sadly, if I did I can’t find it anywhere and I have close to 700 posts so I’m not about to look through all of them.  Similar to all recipes, it has a very small list of ingredients and very small amount of directions…because more then 5 directions and I’ll mess it up.   

Anyways, I love chocolate.

I love peanut flour.

I love pancakes.

Therefore, I love chocolate peanut flour pancakes. 

 

Ingredients:

½ cup peanut flour (you can sub in 2/3 cup flour of choice…)

¼ cup cocoa powder (I prefer hershey’s cocoa powder)

1 tablespoon baking powder (more is needed for peanut flour pancakes)

½ cup-3/4 cup milk (depending on if you like thicker/thinner pancakes)

1 egg

Sweetener to taste

I love that this recipe is 6 ingredients.  Mix the dry to the wet and pour on the griddle.  Cook at 375.  It’s that easy!

I like topping it with greek yogurt (milk and chocolate…yes please) or peanut butter (because who doesn’t love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate). 

Or nutella. Because we all know I’m addicted to that…

 

Questions for you:

1.       Do you use peanut flour?  If so, for what?

2.       How was your weekend? 

Race Eats

I guess we shall just keep this running shin dig rolling into another running post. Your comments from yesterday’s post about real running really warm my heart!  I was pretty nervous that some people wouldn’t feel as strongly as I do, but it’s a really big topic that I even talk about in real life with my nonrunner friends!  😉 

Since it is a what I eat Wednesday day, I thought I would share some of my favorite prerace foods. 

I must say-I’m mostly boring when it comes to prerace foods.  I have never really had a point where I ate too close to a race and vommed for running but I’ve come kind of close.   I have with swimming and vom+chlorine water.  Oh dear but that was because I ate a piece of pizza literally 10 minutes before swimming the mile race.   In middle school, I knew how to prerace fuel let me tell you.  My only concern with middle school swim meets is how much pizza I could have. 

I digress.

Depending on the race time and how far it is away-I will eat different things.  Any races after 8:30am-I’ll wake up around 6 and have a waffle or pancakes.  I eat them every morning before I do my training runs-why change it?  They give me energy and I always feel more comfortable.  The only thing I skip though if it’s race time, is yogurt.  That normally doesn’t sit well in my stomach.

oatmeal pancakes have been my prerace choice lately (in my recipe section)

Dairy won’t sit well in my stomach via running or swimming unless it’s had 2 hours to digest.  I don’t like to take chances-especially in longer races.  Yogurt is the most awful thing to feel when you are having a hard workout, in my opinion at least.

So let’s all pretend that you are shocked that I eat pancakes before a race.

Confusion face shot. Appropriate.

What happens if the race is at 7 am?  Am I waking up at 4 to eat breakfast?

I can honestly say I have never done that before.

Then it comes into, well how long is the race? 

(I should have made a flow chart).

If the race is under an hour I will have a snickers marathon bar.  They have never once upset my stomach and we all know how much I rave about these and eat them like candy.  I normally will have one before the race and one after-usually an hour before.

I normally hoard and have about 20 on my person at all times.

If the race is more than an hour and starts before 8:30am (ie: 10 milers and halves)., I’ll have a bagel with peanut butter or pumpkin butter.  I’ll still eat it about 2 hours before and normally cold.  I don’t toast my bagels a lot but before races I do.  Random fact of the day.

Toasted bagel with pumpkin butter. Also peanut butter, but not almond butter because I don't care for it.

Keep in mind this is all eaten with 24 ounces of coffee and 24 ounces of powerade zero.  Both are my favorite prerace beverages of choice.  For me personally, I can stomach coffee before races but I know that is not the case for a lot of people.

Because gas station coffee is the bomb.

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Question for you:

1.       What do you eat before races?  After races?  During races? 

2.       What can/can’t you stomach during races? 

Like I’ve rambled…the only thing I’ve had a problem with is stomaching yogurt.

Warning This Post Contains A Surplus of Photos of My Face

This morning began when I begged aDuBs to come run with me on the treadmills at the ymca.  Incase you have wondered, I have stopped referring to everything with dubs at the end minus Anna.  I have officially given her the nickname aDuBs (with that obnoxious capitalization) and I’m thinking she already hates me.

After my nice hour run (and my legs do feel better), I made some nomtastic French toast.  I know, shocking  but I did not have pancakes or waffles.  Topped with chocolate PB, I pretended I was a photography major for a bit.

Then I got really pissed because the pb made the top slice soggy and wilt down.  But that is okay, it was still good after I got over the soggyness. 

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I worked on a ton of online homework…the obvious best time of my life and then went to meet the parentals out for sushi on zee base.  Yes, sushi before a 10k.  Gotta get my rice carbload.

On the way there, I got my first iced coffee. Shocker. I needed to take photos.

 

I love eel sushi and wasabi. nom.com

Actually I love all sushi.

It took some effort to figure out why these were called Pineapple surprise..

After my lovely lunch with zee parentals I pretty much relaxed and chilled with daddykins while he did ship stuff and went shopping with mom. Fun stuff of course.

Yes this is a different car. In fact, it's my car and I rode back with daddykins.

and saw this glorious sign for no littering on the highway.

Well I’m off for a relaxing night tonight as I’m racing a 10k tomorrow.  I suppose I should clean off my racing flats considering I haven’t run in them since that terrible cross country championship meet in November.

mmm nice and muddy. Just what I like.

Enough my my estranged face for the week. 

Wish my Arctrainer bestie Justin good luck as he is going for the BQ this weekend in New York.

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Question for you:
Do you have any big plans this weekend?  
Are you racing?  Can we be racing besties?

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