Category: recipes

Banana blender pancakes

It’s official – summer is here! I always feel this way when both Canada Day and Independence Day have arrived! So far it’s a season of being out and about ‘doing’ rather than sitting writing. I still plan to post as often as I can so please continue to stop by.
Banana blender pancakes GF www.nestinthewest.comMay I lead you into the weekend with a super easy pancake recipe? Now I’m the first to admit that pancakes are not my specialty. I like to think it’s just that I don’t own the right pan. Whatever. These worked out really well for me….plus they’re gluten free, pretty healthy and much lighter and fluffier than I expected. Just like real pancakes!
Here are the ingredients for 3 large pancakes (6″):

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon, to taste

Start by putting the oatmeal in your blender and whirling it for a few seconds to form flour. Then add all the other ingredients to the blender and whirl until well combined and smooth. Cook as you would normally cook pancakes – on a heated skillet or frypan. Turn when they start to bubble in the middle and look dry around the edges. Enjoy! I like mine with heated applesauce (instead of syrup), but I just can’t skip the butter. Healthy is good but a girl’s gotta have some fun too! Let me know if you try them!
Banana blender pancakes GF www.nestinthewest.comHappy Friday and all the best for a wonderful weekend. God bless America….and you!

Happy Birthday Papa. I love you! xox

Good, healthy cookies

Eureka! I finally found it. A gluten-free vegan cookie recipe that actually tastes good. Just when I was starting to lose hope and give myself over to the magic powers of butter, sugar and eggs!
GF cookies www.nestinthewest.comCookies and coffee are my absolute favourite snack. I’ve been missing out while trying to stick to the 21 Day Fix eating plan. Don’t get me wrong, there are heaps of healthy recipes out there, but lots call for unusual ingredients that can cost a small fortune, or just end up flavourless. I’m so happy to have stumbled across this recipe and hope you’ll give it a try too.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
(slightly adapted from The Gluten Free Vegan)

No need to pull out your mixer for this one. Just gather these ingredients and a couple of bowls.

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (whip oats in a blender to make this)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (I like the mini size) (use vegan ones if you like)

GF cookies www.nestinthewest.comPreheat oven to 350 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, mix the oats, oat flour, cinnamon baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In a larger bowl, combine peanut butter, melted coconut oil, honey, applesauce and vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir well. Add in the chocolate chips.
Drop by teaspoons onto lined cookie sheet. These don’t spread so give them a little press down if they’re a mound. Bake for 15 minutes. The cookies are a little soft when fresh out of the oven so let them cool on the pan before removing. Store in an airtight container. Makes 20.
GF cookies www.nestinthewest.comNow excuse me while I enjoy some guilt-free cookie goodness!

Lucky charms squares

Lucky charms squares at www.nestinthewest.comUm yeah, this happened over the weekend! My niece came to hang out on Saturday and after the crafting, thrifting and frappacinos we did some “baking”. The girl loves her Lucky Charms cereal and whipping up treats so this was an obvious choice…Lucky Charms squares. Hold onto your fillings ‘cos here comes the recipe:

Lucky Charms squares

  • 3 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 5 cups Lucky Charms cereal

Lucky charms squares at www.nestinthewest.comPlace the butter and marshmallows in a large bowl and microwave to melt. Ours took about a minute and we stopped every 20 seconds to check and give it a stir. Add the cereal and stir until well combined and all the cereal is coated. Press into a greased 9 X 9″ baking pan and let cool. Cut into bars and enjoy! Makes 16 squares.
Lucky charms squares at www.nestinthewest.comIn our defense, we only had one each just to sample our creation. The rest got packed up, along with the leftover cereal and sent home with the girl. These are such a fun Spring treat plus quick and easy enough for really young bakers! A bit too sweet for me but I bet the little ones would love them, especially if they made them themselves!