Spinach Protein Pancakes

For a while I thought I had it figured out.  (I’d appreciate if you could stifle your laughter)  My toddler wouldn’t eat his veggies, however he would suck them right out of the veggie pouches.  Then, as it frequently does with toddlers, that changed.  Pretty much over night he lost interest in those pouches.  He could’ve lost interest in cookies, candy, chips but I guess that’s not how kids work.  I tried cooking veggies different, giving a variety of raw vegetables and even encouraging a big ol’ dip into ranch.  Nada.  Tuesday I decided to stop trying to force him and instead trick him.  If tricking your child is not a weapon in your arsenal, you should really add it.  I’m pretty sure I would not survive motherhood if it weren’t for quick thinking and slight of hand. Trust issues?  Eh…Phooey.   Enter, spinach protein pancakes.

 

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Before we get started, let me tell warn you a little bit about how I bake/cook.  Lots of times I look at a recipe as nothing more than a suggestion.  I add more, or less, substitute etc.  Well, that is exactly how these pancakes came to be.  The exact recipe is secret, meaning I didn’t measure much so your guess is as good as mine.  So, here we go.

 

Pulse together in a blender until well chopped

  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Add and blend

  • 1/2 cup flour (this I did measure)
  • 1 (or so) scoop of vanilla protein powder (I think I ended up doing about 1 1/4 scoop but protein scoop sizes vary) 1/2 (give or take) banana
  • 2 tsp cinnamon…and then a little more and maybe a little more still (this is where the phrase”to taste” comes from right? I think I ended up with closer to a tbsp)
  • I splash of vanilla

Now that you have your batter, if it’s too runny you can add a bit more protein powder to thicken it up.

Pour on to griddle and cook.

They do cook up on the thinner side which I found is often the cause with protein pancakes.  Not quite crepe or “weawry fin pancakes” (Talladega Nights? Anyone? No?) but not your buttermilk style pancakes.  Z did not mind one bit.  He gobbled up more and asked for more “Fwankenstein” pancakes.  This kid gets me and my love for all things Halloween.

 

Like I said…The exact recipe is a secret.  But you should end up with something resembling a pancake but bright green and awesomely healthy.

Do you have a favorite protein pancake recipe?  I’d love to try it!

Happy errr…Baking

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Candy Cane Rice Krispy Treats

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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away away known as Pre-Zeke, I loved chocolate.  If it had chocolate in it, I’d eat it. Any chocolate containing peanuts or peanut butter would disappear particularly fast.  Then one day, girl met boy.  Girl married boy. Girl and boy became pregnant and girl gained an aversion to chocolate.  Every since my pregnancy I have not been able to stomach chocolate.  Just the thought of it grosses me out and the smell..<gag> oh,the smell makes my stomach turn.  Now with the holiday season upon us, chocolate is <gag> everywhere.  Every holiday party there’s chocolate cookies, pudding, cake, hot chocolate (though oddly enough I don’t mind hot chocolate).  I lost the love of chocolate but gained a love of white chocolate, specifically Hershey’s Candy Cane kisses.  I seriously stock up on them this time of year.  Santa better have a few these bags of them in my stocking this year!  

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What does this have to do with Rice Krispy Treats you may be asking.  Well, adding these bite sized pieces of Christmas to your Rice Krispy Treat recipe is what makes these so good. If you like Rice Krispy Crispy Treats and you like peppermint white chocolate, you’ll love these Candy Cane Rice Krispy Treats.

 

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Butter your baking dish and set aside. Chop about 6 oz of unwrapped kisses into crumbles and set aside. crush 2 candy canes in a sandwich bag and set aside.  In a large pot, melt butter and marshmallows on med-low heat.  Add Rice Krispy cereal 1 cup at a time until you get the consistency you like.  Less for more gooey treats, more for the stiffer treats.  I think I used about 5 cups but honestly I never measure.  Mix in the crumbled kisses as evenly as possible.  Spread the mixture into your buttered baking dish.  I just butter my hands and press it into my dish.  Melt some of your left over kisses in the microwave until runny.  I heat them in 20 second interval because I hate burning chocolate!  Use a spoon to drizzle  it across the top of the treats.  Sprinkle a layer of crushed candy cane.  Repeat the drizzle and top with the rest of you crushed candy cane.  Let set.  I was in a rush when I made mine and popped them in the fridge for about 10 minutes to harden up the chocolate before cutting.  Though I wouldn’t recommend putting them in the refrigerator for too long or the treats themselves may get too hard. 

 

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Have you all started your holiday baking yet?  What are some of your favorite holiday treats to make?

Happy Baking!

Caramel Apple Popcorn

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I just got notice that I was bringing the snack to our church home groups this week.  I love baking so I hate bringing store bought goodies, but since becoming a mom (who also works 10 hours a day) I’m afraid to say that is usually what happens. But not this time!  I need a recipe I can make the night before because on group nights, I have 60 minutes from the time I walk in the door with the kiddo until we are headed back out and that includes feeding my guys dinner.

About a month ago I used a recipe my mom had to make Caramel Apple Popcorn for the season premier of The Walking Dead.  I know, a post that includes church and The Walking Dead.  Don’t judge me!  Anyhow…I had eaten if before and loved it so I was pleasantly surprise at how quick and easy it was to make.  Quick? Check. Easy? Check.

Ingredients
10 cups popcorn in large mixing bowl
1 package of Jolly Rancher sour apple jello
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup corn syrup
Caramel bits

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directions

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  • Line  a cookie sheet (or 2) with parchment paper, lightly spray with cooking spray and set aside
  • Melt together the sugar, butter and corn syrup
  • Stir in jello and bring to a boil for a couple of minutes while stirring frequently
  • Pour jello/sugar mix and caramel dots into popcorn and toss gently.  I do a little at a time to make sure I get is coated evenly
  • Lay out on cookie sheet
  • Bake for 20 minutes stirring a couple times.
  • While the popcorn is baking layout waxpaper or foil.
  • Remove from oven let cool for a minute or two and then lay out on the wax paper/foil.
  • Break up any large clumps

 

 

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That’s it!  Quick and easy just the way I like it.  The pictures totally don’t do it justice.  Trust me… it’s really, really good.  There are so many flavor combinations you can make will with jello.  Have you tried any?  What are your favorites?

 

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