I’m overjoyed that Canada has a new leader. We’ve been through a hellish 12 years of environmental destruction and infringement on our human rights. Yet still so many people supported Harper, it’s astonishing to me how even at this pivotal point in time, when the planet is crying for us to stop annihilating it, people can still care more about money than breathing clean air. Hopefully the Liberals will hold true to their promises, the first day in office Trudeau pulled Canadian fighter jets out of Iran. He’s moving ahead and accepting more refugees into our gigantic and abundant country and helping to disable the fear propaganda we’ve been hearing for so long. A very noble first step towards regaining our countries peace keeping reputation.
I told some friends that if the conservatives were to win I was moving to Ecuador. Luckily for now I’ll be staying in the homeland, enjoying delicious cinnamon apple streusel muffins and aged earl grey tea on calm cool mornings with change in the air. Here’s hoping we can start to move forward after a long time going back. Amazingly Canada already employs more people in the sustainable energy industry than in oil. We have long needed a government that echoes the sentiments of the majority which I think are kindness, generosity and humility.
Oh yes, and about these muffins…they literally disappeared in a matter of 3 hours. They were gobbled right up and the scent from the cinnamon makes your kitchen smell amazing. Since they’re sugar free they are perfect for sensitive little ones. My son just adores them so much. I’ve made a few variations of this recipe now and it works great for banana muffins, chocolate and savoury. After many different paleo muffin renditions this is by far my favourite formula. The baking powder technically isn’t paleo and you can omit it. Personally I don’t think a bit of BP does much harm and it makes the muffins nice and plump!
Okay I’ll just let the cat right out of the bag…these pancakes were supposed to be waffles. Never buy a waffle iron at a second hand store, there is a reason its there. After one very sticky pile of nothing I thought it would be best to turn them into pancakes which luckily was a massive success.
I’ve never been a huge fan of sweet breakfasts, so savoury pancakes are right up my alley. If you’re into cheese, you can throw some aged raw cheddar in these for an extra special treat. I like to smother them in butter with a bit of maple syrup.
I lurve pancakes. Especially banana pancakes a la Jack Johnson that fill you right up to the brim with good energy. Yeah, that kind.
Maple syrups great and all but I like my pancakes with berries, and to kick it up a notch, berries and coconut cream with a hint of vanilla. So good.
Today is the day we cut the top off the rug, sew it to the bottom and pretend we made it longer. Yes, daylight savings. It’s still light out at “7” and it definitely brings on the feeling of spring. We went for a sweet hike through the woods along the winding river trail cutting in and out of the suns rays. It was gorgeous and peaceful and fuelled by pancakes, the best fuel.
This is actually the first time Baby Mav ever had pancakes. He loved them! And he singularly plucked each berry and popped it in his mouth with anticipation of the burst of deliciousness. J said that I should make Mav pancakes every day, though I think secretly he just wants pancakes every day. Who doesn’t?
Coconut flour is a delicate creature, it soaks up moisture like nobodies business. That’s why when you go to fry the pancakes make sure you use enough oil or butter, it may seem like too much but its not. At least a tablespoon per 3 pancakes. Which is part of what makes these pancakes so energizing. Also if you’re avoiding sugar, it’s not crucial to add the honey, I think they’re great without it. Hope you all had a fantastic weekend and thanks for reading!
Excuse me for being obsessed with chocolate this week, you see I was without my beloved cacao for some time and I’ve finally replenished my stocks. Raw cacao is the ultimate in magnesium density, in other words, it relieves stress and helps release happy hormones, yay!
The chocolate week isn’t over yet, in the next few days you are going to witness a marvel of brownies- the lentil brownie.
But not today. Today is reserved for this luscious, creamy, caffeinated pudding loaded with chia goodness. Coconut mocha chia pudding may just be your new favourite breakfast or mid-day pick me up. I’m pretty much in love with the coffee, chocolate combination– nothing beats it.
Chia seeds are nutrient dense, high in omega-3’s and they can turn any liquid into a pudding, so what’s not to love. Well they aren’t easy to clean up when you leave a spoonful on the table and your little baby reaches up and pulls it down.
If you are in search of foods that will give you more energy and focus, this pudding is for you. There’s definitely a certain time of the month for me where my energy starts to go down the drain and I just want to eat chocolate…ladies, ya feel me?
Yesterday I wallowed while watching the hollywood version of Anna Karenina, which by the way, is pretty terrible. You know when you have tons of work to do, but you just don’t want to do it…yeah netflix is an instigator.
But the cure for all wallowing lies in chocolate, so I will continue to share with you loves my fave choco-freak recipes to inspire your inner energy to shine~ !!!
I can’t believe I’ve never posted this recipe as it’s a steadfast staple in our house. Some would refer to this breakfast pizza as a frittata, but I think breakfast pizza just sounds better and feels more fun. I usually make these on days where something a little more special is in order, it’s perfect when you have friends over for brunch.
The ingredients are highly variable, I usually just throw in whatever is on hand, some sort of meat is always nice but these breakfast pizzas are lovely with just pure veg. A sprinkle of your favourite cheese on top and a pop under the broiler et voila. Skip the cheese if you’re not into it, it’s hardly needed with a flavourful dish as this.
I must say this mornings breakfast pizza fuelled me for a die of to do list accomplishments and motivation to, erm, clean the bathroom. Everyones most hated chore, I’m sure… Nothing like a great breakfast to set the pace for your entire day. Pretty sure the littles would adore eating anything related to pizza for breakfast, right? Give it a go and lemme know!
Bold statement…I know, but you guys I think my version is better. It’s like how you always think your baby is the cutest and your incredibly shocked when you don’t win the Gerber contest…ahem. So what’s so good about my whizzed up cacao spike jar of goodness (yes I drink my coffee out of jars, it’s better that way) ? Well I like butter, I really do but I like coconut oil better, and creamy thick coconut milk and chocolatey goodness or maybe some cinnamon instead raw honey, because, lets face it if I’m going to the trouble of blending my coffee I want it to be sweet (unless I’m doing a whole 3o reset or something..). I get the hardcore bulletproofers, but I’m taking the idea and running with it, not to mention I can’t even get grassed butter…boo. Who knew fat in coffee could be so damn satisfying?
When do I choose to drink these energy bombs? Usually when I’m writing, working, bouncing a babe on one leg and jotting down ideas in my notebook. Those days where I feel like being productive and efficient, which trust me, are few and far between. But on the bright side I’ve got a new herbal concoction to help modulate my new mama sleep dep. so happy about that.
Hey I'm Chantelle, my alter ego would be a mermaid if I wasn't such a terrible swimmer. I love writing authentically and cooking in my pyjamas. My favourite pastimes include eating avocados, travelling the world and hanging out with a toddler.