The Fluffiest Gluten Free & Sugar Free Pancakes

Are you sure you are ready for these fluffy gluten free, sugar free and vegan pancakes to be introduced into your life? I hope so...

The Fluffiest Gluten Free & Sugar Free Pancakes

Made with wholesome ingredients like almond flour, gluten free flour, dates, flax seeds and oats, these pancakes take only a couple of minutes to whip together & I promise you, will taste like they came right out of your favorite brunch spot ;) 

One of the things that make these pancakes so delicious is their fluffiness, which was achieved thanks to a miraculous secret ingredient: aquafaba.

If you are not familiar with it, aquafaba is simply the liquid in which chickpeas have been cooked and are canned in. When whipped using a handheld mixer, this liquid turns into a very airy white mousse that resembles egg whites. And just like egg whites, aquafaba can be used to fluff up any batter and is incredibly versatile in the kitchen. You can use it to make vegan mousse, vegan mayo, meringue and even GRANOLA! Yep, the genius Dana from the Minimalist Baker blog makes a super crunchy oil free Aquafaba Granola & it is absolute perfection!

The Fluffiest Gluten Free & Sugar Free Pancakes

One last thing regarding these pancakes, they do not contain any processed sugar... Instead of making the batter with white sugar or maple syrup, I opted for my all-time favorite sweetener: dates. The easiest way to incorporate them is to blend them along with your almond milk in a blender then pouring this mixture into the batter to add a touch of sweetness. As simple as that!

I loooooove serving these pancakes with a generous amount of my homemade Sugar Free Berry Jam, almond butter, chopped hazelnuts and pomegranates – am I the only one who thinks pomegranates are a food from the gods?! To me, they are the little rubies of the plant kingdom!

I really hope you try this recipe – it is absolutely perfect for lazy mornings in bed or when you want to treat yourself to a generous stack of the best guilt free pancakes ;) If you do try this recipe, like or comment on this post and feel free to share it on Instagram and to tag me (@muriellebanackissa) in your post!

All natural. 
Sweetened only with dates.
Using only whole food.
Gluten free.

The Fluffiest Gluten Free & Sugar Free Pancakes

prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 15 minutes
total time: 25 minutes
yield: 1-2 people

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup + 1 tbsp gluten-free all-purpose flour
1/4 cup almond flour
2 tbsp old fashioned oats
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1/4 cup aquafaba
2 pitted dates
1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp oil of choice for frying (I recommend coconut or canola oil)

STEPS

  1. In a medium bowl, add gluten free flour, almond flour, oats, ground flax seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add aquafaba to another bowl and whip using a hand mixer until stiff peaks form – this will take about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Add almond milk and dates to a blender and blend until the dates are well incorporated. Pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix to combine.
  4. Gently incorporate the whipped aquafaba into the pancake mixture, folding using a spatula. Set aside to thicken.
  5. In the meantime, heat a pan to medium heat and brush a bit of oil onto it. Once hot, pour 1/4 cup of batter onto your pan. Cook until bubbles appear then flip.
  6. Cook for about two minutes on the second side then place onto your serving plate.
  7. Serve with jam, nut butter, chopped nuts and pomegranate arils.

 

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Sugar Free Berry Jam

Yep, you read correctly! The time has finally come for me to share this recipe that has made my entire family ditch all traditional jams. 

Sugar Free Berry Jam

A couple months ago, I was watching a short documentary on food and I learned that, in Canada, for a jam to be called jam, it has to contain at least 50% of sugar, or else it would need to be called a fruit spread

This translates into up to 10 grams of sugar per tablespoon (the recommended serving size). I realized that this meant that every time I spread a generous layer of my favourite berry jam, I was basically eating 2 teaspoons of plain white sugar!

You might say, we'll it's not that much sugar, it's not that bad... Of course, eating 1 tablespoon of jam occasionally will not have an irreversible effect on your health or anything, but when you have a PB&J toast almost everyday, that tablespoon of jam adds up to 14 teaspoons of sugar (or almost 1/3 of a cup!)

I doubt any of us could eat 1/3 cup of plain white sugar in one sitting if we were asked to... 

If you are reading this and wondering ok so now, how do I get to enjoy my favourite berry spread without feeling like I am basically eating a dessert? 

My solution is simple: dates

Sugar Free Berry Jam

As mentioned in a previous blog post, dates are not only suuuuper sweet (they are made of 80% sugar - the natural kind), but they are also packed with vitamins, minerals and FIBER, unlike the white sugar used in traditional jam that has zero nutritional value.

Making this jam is so simple, you would not believe it & the result is so tasty that I promise you will not even be tempted to go back to eating traditional jams!

This sugar free berry jam has the cleanest ingredient list you will find. No added preservatives, no colouring. 

All natural. 
Sweetened only with dates.
Using only whole food.
Rich in fiber and antioxidants.

Sugar Free Berry Jam

prep time: 20 minutes (including cooling time)
cooking time: 10 minutes
total time: 30 minutes
yield: about 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

1 cup raspberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup cranberries
1/3 cup packed pitted medjool dates (about 5 dates)
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp whole chia seeds

STEPS

  1. Add frozen berries, dates and lemon juice to a medium saucepan and melt the berries over high heat, stirring every minute or so.
  2. Once the berries have all melted, bring the mixture to a boil then, decrease the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Take off the heat and let cool for 10 minutes. 
  4. Add to the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. 
  5. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl, incorporate the chia seeds and refrigerate.
  6. Enjoy on toast, with oatmeal, yogurt or use in recipes. 
  7. Keeps in the fridge for up to two weeks. 

NOTE: Feel free to use any berries you have on hand. I have tried this jam with only 1 type of berry and with up to 4 types of different berries & all of them came out delish! Just make sure to use 2 cups of berries total. 

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8 Favorites. May 2018.

Hey guys, I know I don’t usually do these types of posts but I thought I would try to do a series where every month, I share with you some of my favorite things from movies to beauty products, DIYs, recipes and many more. I hope these posts can help you discover some cool products, recipes and inspiring people as well as give you a better idea of what are some of the things that inspire me and that I am passionate about.

So let’s jump right in.

1. Minimal beauty product: Sweet almond oil. For the longest time, I was using traditional makeup removing wipes to take off my makeup and I loved the fact that they were simple to use and quite frankly, did the job they were supposed to. However, lately, I have been learning more and more about reducing waste and minimal beauty, so I decided to make the switch to almond oil to remove my makeup. It’s been amazing! All I do is gently rub a bit of almond oil everywhere I wear makeup (eyes, lips, face). Beware! If you wear mascara, you might end up looking like you just cleaned a chimney, but not to worry, you can simply use a warm wet cloth to take off the makeup and here you go! You can then go on with your traditional cleansing routine.

2. YouTubers: Honestly, YouTube is a gold mine for information. As mentioned earlier, I have been really getting into the zero waste movement as well as minimal/natural beauty products so here are some of the YouTubers I discovered this month that I absolutely fell in love with: 

Madeleine Olivia: She is super bubbly, so positive and has amazing videos about veganism, minimalism, zero waste and natural beauty. One of my favorite videos of hers is: 15 Hacks to Declutter your Life.


Silke Dewulf: Silke also shares amazing content on minimalism and zero waste AND, she is a yoga teacher. She has quite a few different yoga workouts for all levels. Here is the latest one I did: Challenge your Balance. The burn was real!

Dans le sac:  Created by Laurie and Stephanie, this YouTube channel is all about making zero waste and minimalism accessible to all. They have awesome tutorials teaching you how to make your own deodorant, lip balm and body butter. Both ladies are also the owners of the brand Dans le Sac, which makes beautiful eco-friendly products such as market bags, bulk bags and bread bags.

4. Restaurant dish: Cauliflower wings at Fresh in Toronto. I took a trip to Toronto earlier this month and that's where I got to taste these magnificent nuggets of pure deliciousness! I never make fried food at home, that's why, when I go out, I INDULGE! These cauliflower wings were nothing like the cauli wings I had eaten in the past. They had a thick crunchy batter, were drenched in this luscious buffalo sauce and came with a tangy, creamy ranch sauce. Wow. Just thinking about them makes me want to hit the road for 6 hours and have an entire plate to myself!

5. Movie: Shawshank Redemption. A classic, but I had never seen it before. This movie was simply amazing! The story line really kept me going, there were a lot of twists and turns. One moment I was laughing out loud and the next there was a very serious and dramatic scene. I think there is a reason this movie is on every “Must watch” list – so good!

6. Show: Handmaid’s Tale. Not going to spoil anything here for anyone, but I got into this show at the beginning of the month and instantly got absorbed by the dark, gloomy, dystopian atmosphere of it. Elizabeth Moss is absolutely brilliant and after watching the entire first season, I now understand why this show got so much praise.

7. Recipe tried: Laura Wright’s Wonder cookies! Don’t be fooled by the fact that they are vegan, grain free and sweetened only with dates, these chocolate chip cookies are absolutely DIVINE! I made them at my boyfriend’s place for his family and no joke the entire batch of 14 cookies were gone in a matter of minutes... If you are looking for gooey, chocolaty and nutty cookies, you should make these ones a priority on your list of things to bake.

8. Workout: This month, I did the Boho Beautiful 14 day yoga challenge and if I could recommend one video, it’d be this one Best Yoga Workout Challenge. It works every part of the body and will challenge different muscles for everyone. On my end, since my arms and shoulders are not the strongest, those side planks buuuuurned my shoulders!

9. Artist: Londrelle. Combining beautiful poetry, self-love affirmations and deeply moving music, Londrelle simply blew my mind! If I could recommend a couple of songs, I’d say you should absolutely listen to:

  • The Moon
  • Learn to Love
  • Love without Conditions

If you have any suggestions of YouTubers, artists, recipes, movies, shows or really anything I should check out, do not hesitate to write them out in the comments!

Until next month! :)