50th Recipe Post!! Pancakes and Cider

by tgiffitness on March 1, 2013

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To celebrate TGIF’s 50th recipe post, I have decided to take a break from the veggie recipes and post TWO special treat recipes :) We had both of these recipes for breakfast last Sunday, and I have been dreaming about them ever since! I think I just might make them again this Sunday.

The first recipe is for gluten-free banana chocolate chip pancakes. Not only is the recipe worthy of being part of my 50th recipe post, but it is also my first successful recipe using gluten-free all purpose flour, and my first recipe ever using sorghum flour. I am so excited, I can’t wait to bake again!

The second recipe is for homemade apple cider. It’s a little late in the season for this recipe, but it was so good that I am actually looking forward to it being september again!  Come on apple picking season!

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 2 tbs ground chia seed
  • 2 tbs ground flax seed
  • 2 tbs hemp hearts
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or carob chips*

*Note: If you are using an electric mixer, add the chocolate chips to the batter last

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Directions:

  • Preheat your frying pan to medium heat. Add a small amount of oil for cooking
  • Combine all of the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients in two separate bowls
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, while stirring with your whisk
  • Using a ladle, pour the batter into the pan, making each pancake 3.5 to 4 inches in diameter.
  • Cook until the top of the pancake begins to bubble
  • Flip the pancakes and continue to cook until the bottoms are golden brown

Enjoy!

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Quick Homemade Apple Cider

One evening last week, I was looking for a flavourful, warm beverage to have while I relaxed in front of the TV. My first thought was coffee, but I only allow myself to drink coffee in the mornings. I definitely didn’t want to be up all night. My second thought was hot chocolate, but then I remembered how icky I always feel after consuming that much refined sugar. I could of had tea, but I was craving something with a lot more flavour… And that is when I ran out of warm beverage options… That is, until I thought of apple cider! I didn’t actually have apple cider in my fridge, but I did have apples. How hard can making apple cider be?

So off to the internet I went to find out just how I was going turn my fresh apples into a warm, delicious drink. Turns out, its not as easy as I thought. After 4 recipes telling me to boil my apples for an hour…or FOUR, and each recipe adding a half cup to a full cup of sugar, I shut my computer in disappointment. I didn’t have that kind of time, and I certainly wasn’t going to add any sugar to my apples! There had to be a much easier way, and I was determined to find it!

Turns out there is a much easier way, and healthier too!

Ingredients:

  • 6 to 10 apples*
  • 1 orange – peeled
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice**

Directions:

  • Use your juicer to juice all of the fruit
  • Pour the juice into a sauce pan
  • Add the cinnamon sticks and pumpkin pie spice to the sauce pan
  • Bring the juice to a simmer and simmer for a few minutes. The longer you cook the juice, the more cinnamon flavour it will have. It would be a good idea to cover the pot while it simmers to keep the moisture in.

Notes:

*You will probably get quite a bit of foam with the juicer. Most juicers come with a foam trap on the collecting jug, but don’t worry it should all boil off when you cook it.There’s still a lot of juice in that foam.

**If you want to prevent the pumpkin pie spice from adding any graininess to the cider, quadruple layer a small piece of cheese cloth, place the spice in the center of the cloth, gather the edges and seal tightly with a small piece of string. This step is unnecessary if you choose to do the next step. We chose not to do either step and no one had any complaints.

*** After juicing, there will be a lot of “pulp” left in the liquid. It is visible, but if you drank your cider with your eyes closed, you wouldn’t know that it’s there. It is nothing like orange juice pulp. Transfer the cider to a container that you can easily pour from. Cover a second container with a single or double layer of cheese cloth. Allow the center of the cloth to sink into the container. Make sure this container has a large opening. Slowly pour the cider into the cheese cloth. You may have to do this in intervals. Allow all of liquid to drain into the container. When the majority of the cider has seeped through, squeeze the remaining pulp to drain the rest of the liquid. Be careful, the pulp is very fine and can easily squeeze through the cloth. You may want to add another layer of cloth for this step.

Again, both of these steps are unnecessary. I would definitely opt to keep the pulp!

Enjoy!

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Sean March 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm

This warm apple cider was and is AMAZING! When I was a boy, this was a big thing to get warm apple cider and now I can make it at home and healthier then the stores and apple orchards! This recipe is amazing and you should try this with your family! QUICK AND DELISH! And it’s FUN for the Family to do together! Sean!

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