Almond Flour + Wild Rice Pancakes

Does anyone else love wild rice? Its so savory and delicious!

On a recent trip to Minnesota, I tried wild rice pancakes for the first time at a local organic restaurant… needless to say I went back to eat the same meal the next day. They were amazing!

After day dreaming of wild rice pancakes for a week, I decided to make some of my own. Searching online, I was unable to find a recipe that I liked. Most were made with wheat flour… and while I am not strictly gluten free, I prefer to use more nutritious flours. Here is what I came up with:

 

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Almond Flour + Wild Rice Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup cooked wild rice (cooled)
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/3 lemon juiced

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Mix Until Combined.
  3. Heat a large pan with butter or coconut oil.
  4. Add batter to heated pan forming into pancakes.
  5. Cook. Flip. Enjoy!

You can serve these with: Butter, maple syrup, grass fed yogurt, apple butter… (we used farmers marker Michigan cherry butter!) 

Be well Beautiful!

-Michelle 

Tiny+Delicious Banana-Bread-Cake.

You know when you have some OLD bananas sitting on the counter? …. and you are thinking “should I just throw these away?” Nope!

There are so many yummy treats to be made. Running low on ingredients + using whatever flours I could find in the fridge, I ended up with this delicious banana bread cake. So good! And pack with nutrition too!

 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1-2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour + 1/4 cup buckwheat flour + 1/4 cup oat flour.
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe (brown) brown bananas
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Combine wet ingredients and mix until combined. 
  3. Mix in dry ingredients until everything is smooth.
  4. Use coconut oil to grease small round cake pan (or whatever pan you have!)
  5. Add batter to the pan and cook for 30-40 mins.
  6. Let cool (or don’t!) and serve.

Topping suggestions: Coconut flakes, almond butter, chocolate…

Be well beautiful,

-Michelle

Coconut Flour Corn Bread!

I have always had a thing for comfort foods, especially in the cold seasons. Now it is May 3rd… but it’s still pretty chilly in Illinois.  While I’m patiently waiting for summer weather, I am still embracing my cold weather favorites.

When it comes to comfort foods, you can’t go wrong with cornbread!

Tonight I recreated this favorite with a healthier lighter twist that is simply delicious!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 C. organic cornmeal
  • 1/2 C. coconut flour
  • 5 tsp. baking aluminum free powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 can coconut cream (I used trader joe’s brand)
  • 1/2 C. avocado oil or coconut oil ( I cook/bake with these because they are very stable with heat!)
  • 1/4 coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey

 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 ℉.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until smooth (no large lumps)
  3. Apply a small amount of oil to cast iron pan.
  4. Pour cornbread mixture into cast iron. Cover with foil. Bak for 15 mins. Remove foil and bake until lightly brown on edges.
  5. Let cool + Enjoy! Perhaps topping with some grass fed butter or honey! Mmm! 

 

Be Well Beautiful!

-Michelle

Healthy Baked Almond Flour Doughnuts

So… doughnuts are kind of my favorite thing! They are so cute, colorful, and I adore them! However, I do not enjoy the way traditional doughnuts make me feel. They are full of sugar and who knows what else!

That’s not to say I never eat regular doughnuts… Gotta live a balanced life and enjoy every moment! but on a regular basis, I like to make my own healthy doughnuts from scratch. You can have your doughnuts + eat them too!

This recipe is grain free, gluten free, and mostly paleo!

 

Almond Flour Baked Doughnuts

  • 1 C Almond Flour ( I used Trader Joe’s Brand)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 TBSP Maple Syrup
  • 2 Organic Eggs
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Aluminum Free Powder
  • Coconut Oil for the pan
  1. Preheat Oven to 300°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined.
  3. Coat your doughnut pan with coconut oil and scoop batter into the pan.
  4. Bake 10-15 Minutes until golden.
  5. Let cool and add toppings of your choice! 

Coconut Oil Peanut Butter-Chocolate Icing

  • 1/4 C Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 C Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cacao
  • 2 TBSP(+ if you like sweeter) Maple Syrup
  1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Cook on low until melted.
  3. Drizzle over doughnuts.

Enjoy with a warm cup of coffee of tea!

Be Well Beautiful!

-Michelle 

 

 

Healthy & Simple Salad Dressing

When trying to get healthy one of the first things we try is to eat more salads. This is a great step, and adding more leafy greens into your diet is always a great idea!

While the intention is good we might be doing more harm than good by adding conventional salad dressings to the mix.

I have not consumed store bought salad dressing for years and choose to make my own.

Here is why:

  • Store bought salad dressings are filled with undesirable ingredients that we do not want in our bodies!
  • They contain cheap & processed oils (soy & canola…). These oils are high in Omega-6 fatty acids, which are associated with inflammation in the body.
  • High Sodium & Sugar.
  • Often/likely to contain genetically modified ingredients (GMO).
  • Full of additives & ingredients we cannot pronounce…if you can’t say it don’t eat it!

The good news is salad dressing is super simple to make! Below I have provided you with two healthy salad dressing recipes. These are so creamy and delicious you won’t be missing the old stuff!

  1. Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing
  2. Miso-Sesame Dressing

 

Greek Yogurt Ranch

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 to 1 full cup greek yogurt (you can also use non-dairy yogurt)
  • 1/4- cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dill (dry of fresh)
  • 1 tsp parsley (dry or fresh)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • **you may choose to add a little water or olive oil to thin out or if too tangy for your taste 

 

How to make

  1. Combine ingredients in a jar & stir until combined.
  2. Pour on salad or use as a dip.

 

Miso Sesame Dressing

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Ingredients

  • 1 part miso paste (I use soy-free chickpea miso).
  • 1 part oil-sesame & olive oil combined.
  • 1 part apple cider vinegar
  • honey or maple syrup to taste.  

 

How to make

  1. Combine ingredients in a jar.
  2. stir until combined (I use a small mixer to mix well).
  3. Top with sesame seeds & green onion.
  4. Enjoy!

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Check out the recipe video on my youtube channel-Michelle Loves Wellness.