Vanilla Latte Millet Protein Pancakes

I had such a great yoga practice yesterday. One of those practices that leaves your muscles shaking, your energy flowing, and your heart soaring. I even took Savasana! 90 minutes of pure bliss. Then you know what I saw…THIS…That’s right. A week long yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico in January of 2015 hosted by David Procyshyn and Fiji McAlpine. Basically if I was able to actually attend this I die happy right then and there. Only in my yoga dreams…

On to pancakes!

With all these recipes I have been making, it only seems fair that I get the old ones posted first before I move on to the newer ones. I have a ton of breakfast recipes starting with these pancakes! Yes, pancakes and a granola recipe this week. Two of my favorite things. Since I’m pretty sure I won’t be crunching away on granola anytime soon after my wisdom teeth come out tomorrow, I plan on many pancakes and hot cereals for breakfast. I’m telling you, pancakes solve every one of life’s problems. Having you teeth ripped out from deep within your gums? Eat pancakes! Having a terrible rainy gloomy morning? Have pancakes! Want to just make yourself really happy? Have pancakes! Simple as that!

Vanilla Latte Millet Protein Pancakes | Strength and SunshineEven though this is an older recipe, I think it is very fitting considering I am now addicted to coffee. I only allow myself 1 cup a day (decaf!), and usually only every other day. But since I can’t keep wasting money on the glorious Iced Black Unsweetened Decaf at DD everyday, I have resorted to crappy hot black unsweetened from the Keurig. The one my mom and brother likes (Folgers Lively Colombian) also comes in decaf, so she bought a box of that for me and herself sometimes. Well the stuff tastes not so pleasant, but I drink it anyway because bad coffee is better than no coffee ;) I want to get a reusable K-Cup and fill it with some quality ground coffee! But I can also get my fix with these pancakes. Hello vanilla latte!

Vanilla Latte Millet Protein Pancakes

Vanilla Latte Millet Protein Pancakes | Strength and SunshineIngredients: (serves 1)

+ Flour Mix: 2 TB of Millet Flour + 2 TB Gluten-Free All Purpose + 1 TB Vanilla Protein Powder

+ 1 Tsp Ground Decaf Coffee (Plus 1/4 Tsp for Topping)

+ 1/2 Tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer

+ 1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract

+ 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder

+ 1/4 Cup Squash Puree (any neutral tasting puree will work)

+ Scant 1/3 Cup Water

+ Optional Topping: Vanilla Protein Frosting (2 TB Vanilla Protein Powder mixed with 2-3 TB Water)

Directions:

+ Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl except coffee granules. Mic the 1 Tsp of coffee into the water. Then add in all the wet and mix until your get a smooth batter.

+ While the batter sits, heat an oiled pan over medium heat on the stove.

+ Pour 1/3 of the batter on the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes, flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes. Repeat for the rest of the batter.

+ Top with the coffee granules and optional protein frosting or other desired topping.

Vanilla Latte Millet Protein Pancakes | Strength and Sunshine

There you go. A little protein, a little coffee. a little love! A great way to start the day in my opinion! Cook these up, brew a cup of joe, grab a book, and savor the quiet calm before the day begins! However I will be crunchy my breakfast today. One last day of cereal and granola until I can chew again! Got to make it count! Bring on all the jaw breaking food, like freezing my protein bars and crunching on nuts!

So tell me:

+ Do you prefer Iced or Hot coffee?

+ What’s your favorite K-Cup? Any good decaf ones I should try?

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Recipe ReDux #9 Vanilla Pear Quinoa Granola

I love this month’s Recipe ReDux because I made a wonderful granola recipe that fit the theme! I feel like the themes keep getting fancier and fancier. Last month was unique and intriguing with tea and this month it’s spirits (a.k.a alcohol!) Well I don’t have any cooking wines or liqueurs in my house, but I do have the best Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract. It has to be pure and it has Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans. Never ever use that fake “imitation” vanilla extract. You can tell the difference when you use the real quality stuff compared to anything fake and full of artificial chemicals.

https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/428415_570419256313004_1149252091_n.pngJuly’s theme: A Spirited ReDux – From plain Jane vanilla extract to fancy-pants elderflower liqueur, we like to keep a little liquor in the kitchen. Show us how you like to cook, bake or mix-it-up with spirits, extracts and other alcohols. A splash of vodka makes summer sauces shine – and liqueurs brighten desserts: What’s your healthy recipe with spirit?

Vanilla Pear Quinoa Granola | Strength and Sunshine

Vanilla extract is just one of those ingredients you can not compromise quality on. If you want that pure robust aromatic vanilla taste, then go with the real stuff. If you open up that bottle and you don’t smell the most glorious smell, throw it out! Make sure you keep the real stuff in a cool dark place, away from harmful sunlight. Vanilla extract is definitely something I want to try making on my own eventually with quality Madagascar vanilla beans and pure vodka, but until then, J.R. Watkins will always be the only vanilla you’ll find in my pantry!

Vanilla Pear Quinoa Granola | Strength and Sunshine

And here are a few fun facts on learned on the Watkins website! “A delectable addition to dessert recipes, vanilla isn’t just for the kitchen. Use it to freshen potpourri or remove odors from microwaves, fridges and coolers. You can add a little bit of vanilla to paint to minimize the smell, and you can even keep insects away by mixing a teaspoon of vanilla with 1 cup of water and spraying it on your skin. (Bugs hate the scent!)” Ah, so I may have to use some vanilla when I sit outside to keep those damn summer bugs away ;) Good to know!

Vanilla Pear Quinoa Granola | Strength and Sunshine

Besides the fact that I think my Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract is fancy, I also think this granola is extra fancy because I hoped on the raw quinoa theme. That’s right, there is uncooked quinoa seeds in there! As well as quinoa flakes! When I started seeing so many great granola recipes using quinoa, I knew I had to try my own too. I absolutely loved the fresh clean quinoa taste the granola had. It worked really well with this subtly sweet vanilla pear granola.

Vanilla Pear Quinoa Granola | Strength and Sunshine

As for the pear, I had a different pear granola flavor combo in my head, but then when I really started thinking about it, it just didn’t sound as appealing anymore. So I used the pear in this recipe instead. Plus, pears are pretty fancy too right? I mean people get those special Harry and David Pear boxes for Christmas. Yea, pears aren’t exactly summer fruit either, but I digress!

Vanilla Pear Quinoa Granola | Strength and Sunshine

When it comes to granola, there are no seasons, there are no restraints, there is just glorious deliciousness!

Vanilla Pear Quinoa Granola

Vanilla Pear Quinoa Granola | Strength and Sunshine

Ingredients: (serves 6)

+ 1 1/2 Cup Gluten-Free Rolled Oats

+ 1 Cup Crispy Brown Rice Cereal

+ 1/4 Cup Quinoa (rinsed)

+ 1/4 Cup Quinoa Flakes

+ 1/4 Cup Milled Flax Seed

+ 1 Cup (20g) Freeze Dried Pear (I used two bags)

+ 1/2 Cup Pear Puree

+ 6 Drops Liquid Vanilla Stevia

+ 1/2 Tsp Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract

+ 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon

Vanilla Pear Quinoa Granola | Strength and Sunshine

Directions:

+ Preheat the oven to 325°F.

+ In a large bowl, combine oats, cereal, quinoa, quinoa flakes, flax, and dried pear. Mix well. Then add the remaining ingredients and mix well so everything is mingled together and thoroughly distributed.

+ Line a baking pan with parchment paper, or an oiled piece of foil. Evenly spread the granola out on the pan and pop it in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

+ Remove from the oven when done and let cool completely before storing in an air tight container or glass jar.

Vanilla Pear Quinoa Granola | Strength and Sunshine

There you have it. Fancy “spirited” granola! This one would definitely be a good “gift” granola recipe. Although I just ate all this myself since…well…it was really good ;) No one else in my house really likes granola. My mom says she doesn’t know what to put it on! That’s such a silly excuse! I love mine just plain by the handful or in a cereal bowl combined with some other cereals and almond milk…and extra cinnamon! I would live off granola if I could, but then I would miss things like apples, nut butter, and potatoes. Gotta keep it balanced my friends ;)

Vanilla Pear Quinoa Granola | Strength and Sunshine

Before you go, remember to check out the rest of the incredible Recipe ReDux members great spirited recipes! Just click the froggy in-linkz button below to view them! (I can’t wait until my new site gets up so I can finally have the link-up show up on the actual blog and not through the stupid button! In do time folks!)

So tell me:

+ Do you or have you ever cooked with wine or actual alcohol? I have once when I made risotto many moons ago. We had to stop after the grocery store to grab a bottle of white wine. Only to realize that we couldn’t find the wine bottle opener right when I needed it! I remember frantically having my mom call up my dad to see if he knew where it was, all while my risotto is on the stove waiting ever so patiently. (P.S. Risotto is pronounced Risott-O not RisAtto. Big pet peeve of mine!)

+ Is there a certain ingredients you will never compromise the quality on? Vanilla extract is definitely one of mine, as well as cinnamon, and nut butters.

Happy granola-ing my foodie friends!

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Power Monday #54 Sun Protection 101

Happy Monday guys! Another week of possibilities is at our finger tips! I spent a lot of time in the kitchen again this weekend! I have become more addicted to cooking and experimenting than ever. But I am also stock piling recipes to have for the blog when I start school at the end of August and won’t really have time to be getting to creative. Planning ahead is always best ;) I would have Instagramed some of the things I was creating, but most of us were affected by the “Instagram Debacle of July 20th, 2014″. That app was down all morning! It was so frustrating, haha!

I’m nixing the #PowerMonday link-up since no one has really been link-up. Kinda defeats the whole purpose. But don’t worry, I’m keeping Power Monday going strong on my end. I thought today would be a good day to give you all a little reminder on keeping safe this summer. That is keeping sun safe.

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Sometimes we forget that being out in the beautiful summer sun can be extremely harmful to us if we don’t stay protected. So many times I see people with terrible sun burn and they pretty much laugh it off and shake their heads at themselves, yet they do it again and again. That is not okay. Repeated sun exposure that results in sun burn is not only harmful, but also deadly. Skin Cancer is no joke and is the most common form of cancer in the US. There are 3 forms. Basal cell and squamous cell are highly curable, but can still be detrimental. Melanoma is the third and most deadly form. UV rays from the sun are radiation that can be absorbed through the skin. Invisible, but can be deadly.

Some people are even more at risk than others. Those with light skin, history of skin cancer, high/repeated exposure, those with blue or green eyes, blonde or red hair are more likely to get burns and need to be extra vigilant. So what can we do to prevent the harmful effects of the sun while still being able to enjoy the outdoors?

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I don’t sit out and tan very often, nor have I been outside for long amounts of time yet this summer. I am still guilty though of not putting on lotion when I sit out on the deck to read a book. Even though I’m not getting burned, I am still absorbing bad radiation. When I do go to the beach or am out for long periods of time, I burn! So I have to make sure I use lotion especially on my shoulders, face, and even scalp. I started wearing a big floppy hat to the beach since my scalp burns no matter what, even with special scalp and head sun tan lotion. My mom and brother tan so easily, but me, not so much. I have much lighter skin and blue eyes. Plus my hair is so thin that my scalp just is not protected enough by my hair. But I don’t mind not being tan. When your tan, it’s actually your body’s defense response to the sun’s UV radiation, meaning your getting some damage even though you aren’t burning.

I also find that when I’m out in the sun for awhile, I get a major headache. That’s one of the reasons I don’t really like going to the beach to often. First of all it’s boring (unless it is a tropical paradise), second, I always feel like crap after. But I’ve learned that if I drink gallons and gallons of water and sit in an air conditioned room, I tend to be okay in a few hours. But truly, I love the sun, hence the name “Strength and Sunshine“! It provides us with the beautiful light and warmth that I crave all year (especially in the Winter!)

So tell me:

+ Do you always wear sunscreen when you go out, even if it is just for a few minutes?

+ Do you burn easily or are you one of those easier tanners?

+ Do you get a headache when your out in the sun and heat to long?

Sources: www.CDC.gov www.greatist.com

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