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Flax Breakfast Bars

I bought my GF sister some flourless cookies from the Red Square Bakery.     She liked the “Honey I Cheated On You” cookies so much, she knocked it off.

Flax Breakfast Bars has her original recipe plus a few of my healthifying substitutions.

Warning:  Due to rapid, end results…be close to “the facilities”.

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Golden Butternut Squash and Wild Blueberry Pancakes

Gem Squash

Gem Squash

I used to hate anything green when I was a kid.  Now, I’m all over vegetables.  I’ve only introduced myself to a variety of  squashes recently. I love Kobucha the best.  I roast wedges with garlic oil, pepper medley, rosemary and a drizzle of maple syrup.  So good I even eat the rind !

The last time I was at the Kamloops Farmers Market I picked up two small Kobucha and Gem Squashes. Both were green and speckled but the Gem Squash had a lighter, wetter flesh similar to zucchini.  I wanted to put my cooked Gem Squash leftovers to good use.  I found Gluten Free Gigi’s Golden Butternut Squash and Wild Blueberry Pancakes  recipe.  I  increased the squash to 1 Cup.   I misread the recipe and included the Coconut Oil in the batter plus threw in the extra yolk on hand .  I usually have light Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes daily, so I used frozen Raspberries instead of Blueberries to change things up.  This forgiving recipe worked out well…my teenager even ate 2 without complaint !

Golden Butternut Squash Pancakes

Golden Butternut Squash Pancakes


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Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Source: This recipe was adapted from a Cinnamon Peach Cottage Cheese Pancakes found on the AllRecipes website.  This is my adaptation using blueberries and/or blackberries, Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Notes: Before going Gluten-Free, I just used whole wheat flour. After many different variations to make the recipe healthier, I’m happy with this recipe, albeit it’s a bit more complicated. I use the substitutions in BOLD and all the Optional ingredients. I’m pretty much set but I still tinker with the sugar & oil substitutions. Sometimes I eat them plain or I serve them with maple syrup or freezer jam. It’s a delicate pancake and a bit hard to work with. It’s easy to fix that by increasing the GF flours to make the pancake a bit sturdier. But I prefer the taste and lightweight texture of using Almond Flour and extra Almond Milk (thickened with Chia Seeds).

It tastes the best with wild blackberries but the thorny bushes & short season prevents me from having a year’s supply on hand. We buy 40-50 lbs of blueberries from a Richmond Farm at Blundell and Sidaway.  In the off-season, frozen berries are available for sale $15/10lbs for Roccoca and larger BlueCrop varieties.  Also their farm includes an Estate Winery which sells wines, jams, syrup, bees wax… http://www.sanduzwines.com/

You need to use a GF Flour Blend so you have enough structure to flip the pancakes.  My favourite blend is Gluten Free Gigi’s Flour Blend.

You need to use high quality or newer non-stick pans or you’ll have a mess on your hands. I make one 7-8″ inch pancake per pan. The Futura roti pan I bought at an East Indian grocery works great. These pancakes take a bit of time as they’re a bit finicky. If you don’t do mornings , like me….make the whole batch and store in the fridge or freezer.