I strive to be the best person I can be each day and live life to the fullest. It's true that like most this doesn't always happen. Life gets busy and sometimes it's the end of the day or week before I realize I need to pause, reflect and take everything in. Everyday moments are incredibly special and it's those moments my mind drifts to when harder times come. My grandpa past away earlier this month, only five months after his wife, my grandma nana, and we had his memorial this past weekend. He loved my grandma more than anything and it showed. Their marriage of 58 years flashed in front of me as we were going through old photographs of them and it was impossible to not see their love for each other as well as their four kids and many grand kids.
I get my brown eyes from my grandpa. It was said many times that my grandma married him for those eyes and I was reminded of that fact every time she squeezed my cheeks and gave my a kiss. My fondest memories of my grandparents were during my younger years. We used to go to their house at least once a week for big family dinners, usually consisting of one of the following: pizza, Chinese (my grandpas favorite), BBQ, or spaghetti (my favorite). These were the days my cousins and I ran through the back yard and into the house. My grandpa would play little tricks on us, that we soon caught onto. His seat on the couch was conveniently located next to a tin full of tootsie rolls or chocolate candies that we'd get into on occasion. It's all these little things that add up when you look back and remember a loved one. It makes me realize even more how many might be going by without notice unless I stop myself and take it all in.
Sometimes another persons memories of a person are told to you so many times they start to become your own. To this day my mom can not stand pancakes and I have never seen her eat one. This is because every Sunday after church my grandpa would make a large batch of pancakes for breakfast and it was this weekly routine that kindled my moms dislike for them. My grandpa was not necessarily known for his cooking capabilities, but when I saw his large flipper hanging above the stove this memory flooded to me and somehow became my own. I could just see him there, over the stove every Sunday happily preparing breakfast for his family. Even though it's old and has a piece missing from the handle I brought it home and knew the first thing I would make would be pancakes. Most likely not the pancakes he served, but pancakes none the less.
This recipe was inspired by the Alkaline Sisters version of their spelt and vanilla pancakes. They have a beautiful blog full of healthy foods and treats and I urge you to check it out if you haven't yet. Coconut flour gives these pancakes an incredible flavor. If your a fan of coconut you should definitely give them a go. To be honest these pancakes were a bit of a fuss at first. I would recommend using a well seasoned cast iron pan or a non-stick pan if you prefer. When making pancakes you really want to make sure the heat is even throughout the pan and that it's not to high. If the heat is to high your pancakes will brown faster then the middle can cook and you'll end up with a slightly uncooked middle.
Spelt and Coconut Flour Pancakes
makes about 20 silver dollar size pancakes
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup spelt flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
big pinch sea salt
1 cup cashew milk or almond milk
1 tablespoon honey or agave
2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
oil for greasing pan
In a large bowl whisk together the coconut flour, spelt flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
In a smaller bowl combine the milk, honey, coconut oil and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir just until everything is combined. Let the batter sit while you heat the pan or griddle. It will become bubbly as it sits.
When your skillet is ready pour a tablespoons worth of batter into the pan. Cook until the sides begin to bubble and set. It's important to not have your pan to hot, otherwise the outside will brown to quickly before the middle of the batter has a chance to set. Once the first side starts browning flip and cook for another few minutes until golden on the other side.
Serve warm with almond butter and bananas, fresh berries, maple syrup, or for a real treat add chocolate chips or some homemade lemon curd.