I finally got my wish!
Okay, well maybe not my full wish…the snow isn’t up to my waist, after all…but I woke up to beautiful, fresh snow rather than rain!
Since it fell overnight, though, I was bummed that I didn’t get to watch it storm. I love sipping hot cocoa/cider/tea inside while the outside is a winter wonderland.
Oh, well – beggar’s can’t be choosers, right?
Of course, Vermont could maybe think about using more than salt shakers to salt and/or sand the road. I’m pretty sure I could have counted the grains of sand if I wanted to. We also don’t plow very well.
I left home the same time I always do – 7:20 am, and usually get to the barn around 8. Today, I wouldn’t have gotten there until 8:30, so had to drive right by so I could get to work on time. Yeesh!
But all’s well that – starts well? Yeah, that sounds right And this morning started well! Microwaved quick oats with some oat bran and almond milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, dried figs and banana…topped with fig jam, cashew butter, date syrup and cashews. I was in heaven.
Though I’m not certain it was quite as good as the pancakes I had this past weekend.
I think I’d be okay with eating these blueberry-lemon cornmeal-oat bran pancakes for B, L, D if I had no other options. Unfortunately, I’m busy working for the man this week and it’ll probably be a while before I see them again.
I’m getting teary-eyed just thinking about that…
This was also the first time I’d smeared my pancakes with cashew butter. The marriage between it, the fresh blueberries and the mealy-yet-hearty texture of the pancakes was something to write home about. Which is a little weird, since I’m already home, but whatever.
These were so enjoyable, it had to be repeated, though the next day I made it with lime zest in place of lemon.
Don’t worry – those were promptly sent back to the kitchen to be drizzled with date syrup, the element that tied everything together.
If anyone comes up with a name for these that is shorter than “Blueberry-Lemon Cornmeal-Oat Bran Pancakes,” I’ll send you some in the mail. Maybe. Probably not.
I could call them BLOC Pancakes – but then the long name will have to be blueberry-lemon oat bran-cornmeal.”
- 2 T. cornmeal
- 2 T. graham flour
- 2 T. oat bran
- 1 T. wheat germ
- 1/2 T. poppyseeds
- 1 T. chia seeds + 2 1/2 T. water
- 1/4-1/2 t. baking powder (I’ve honestly never measured. I just shake it in)
- 5 T. almond milk (a.k.a. 1/4 c. + 1 T)
- 1 t. vanilla
- zest of one lemon (or lime or orange)
- juice of one lemon (or lime or orange)
- 1/2 – 3/4 c. frozen blueberries
- optional: 1/2 – 1 t. sugar , 1/2 T. (?) earth balance or butter(see Note)
In a small bowl, mix together the chia seeds and water. Set aside and allow to “gel” while mixing your cornmeal, flour, oat bran, poppyseeds, wheat germ and baking soda together.
Begin heating a nonstick skillet over low heat.
Add the milk, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice to the chia seeds. Mix and add to the dry. Stir just to combine. If it’s too thick, add a little bit more milk, just a tablespoon at a time. Fold in the blueberries.
Melt the earth balance on the skillet, and then spoon on the batter – I made two pancakes. Cook until it looks like it is beginning to set around the edges, and flip. Cook until golden on both sides.
Topping suggestion (although it’s more of a demand than a suggestion ) smear cashew butter on pancakes and top with more blueberries. Drizzle with date molasses.
Note: I added just a pinch of sugar so the lemon wasn’t too sour – they weren’t too sweet, nor too sour. However – I knew I’d be topping them with sweet things. If you’re planning on just eating them plain, I’d probably add a bit of sugar. Also – I love the taste of “frying” these in Earth Balance – you can just as easily use non-stick spray. I usually just melt the spread, spoon on the batter, and spray the tops with non-stick spray before flipping just as an extra precaution.