Vegan, gluten free pancakes made with banana, zucchini, unsweetened cocoa powder & flaxseed. These 80 Calorie Zucchini Cocoa Pancakes make a perfect low calorie breakfast while adding more greens to your diet.
Hi Guys! Happy Monday!
How was the weekend? Holly cow am I glad it’s over or should I say my bank account is. Last weekend was retail extravaganza here. Now that I’m feeling better I’ve been venturing out more. I feel like a prisoner in my home the last 14 months with this injury. I used to be a go, go, go kinda girl. Being injured put a stop to that. Even now, I have to be careful. My ankle’s still healing. It still swells on and off if I’m on it too long. My therapist keeps reminding me “just say no” to repetitive motion meaning I can’t do any one activity for too long (i.e. 10-20 minutes). That’s a tough thing to do for someone who’s used to long distance endurance. I’m struggling with that because when I go. I GO! That seems to carry over in everything I do in life.
This weekend I went BIG with my shopping. I had a laundry list of errands I needed to get done. Hair cut, returns, fix watches, dry cleaning, find new skirts & pair of pants, mucho grocery shopping so I can prepare and freeze extra meals. I have several busy weekends coming up and wasn’t sure when I’d have the chance to get things done so I decided I was gonna have a fun day and treat myself. That means disconnect from the computer and forget about the blog world. I try to do that every Saturday, but it’s been a long time since I’ve had one of those days where I shopped most of the day and just enjoyed myself. You know the kind of day where you don’t cook, clean, work, blog, etc.? Just kick back and really have a weekend. I really needed one of those and it’s been forever since I’ve had one. I’ve been working my booty off and needed to do something mentally relaxing. The funny thing is I don’t particularly like shopping anymore but when I do shop, I go crazy at one time and then it’s over for months. I always thought once I was skinny I’d love shopping being able to wear anything I wanted. The exact opposite happened after my weight loss and now shopping is the last thing I ever want to do. Maybe if I had more time to enjoy it I’d do it more often. Who knows! I also seem to be prone to rude people when I go out.
That’s exactly what happened to me on my fun day. I was trying on ALL THE SHOES at Nordstrom Rack when suddenly a cart rammed into the back of my bad leg. Grr… I was bent over picking up a box and almost fell over. When the cart ran into me, I yelled out because it startled me and I was worried about getting hurt. Hello I’m recovering from a stress fracture. The doctor said I have to be very careful not to fall. When I turned around, a lady yelled at me “he’s 3” meaning her son got a hold of the cart. I told her nicely he may be 3, but I am recovering from a stress fracture and get worried when someone hits me in the leg that’s injured. She started yelling at me about how it was my fault, blah, blah. I let her bark, didn’t respond to her anger and she moved on.
I don’t understand people these days. They’re so confrontational. No one has any consideration for anyone. Bottom line…her toddler shouldn’t have been running around with the cart. Is it really hard to just say I’m sorry? Must be the heat. Always makes people in Arizona cranky. I always seem to have these “interesting” run ins with people. I don’t know if it’s bad luck, timing or what. So I bought my shoes and treated myself to a fancy new watch. Hey, it’s Nordstrom Rack the designer stuff is a steal there. After spending way too much money, I scurried home to make these low calorie veggie pancakes for dinner. Now you see why I’m glad it’s Monday? I’m safer at home or in the office.
Random question for my blogging friends. Has anyone used Windows Live Writer or Mars Edit software? What do you like or dislike about either of them?
- 1 tbsp flax seeds mixed with 2-3 tbsp water
- ½ cup whole wheat flour or GF flour
- ½ tbsp Truvia brown baking sugar
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- Dash of sea salt
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 very ripe banana
- ¼ cup shredded zucchini (~1/4 to ½ medium sized zucchini)
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (can sub any milk if not vegan)
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Make flax egg by combining flax seeds and water in small bowl
- Refrigerate flax with water 15 to 30 minutes until mixture thickens & has an egg like consistency
- Combine dry ingredients in large bowl & mix well
- Combine wet ingredients in medium bowl
- Stir wet ingredients into the large bowl of dry ingredients until combined – do not over stir
- Heat a large griddle over medium heat & spray with cooking oil
- Pour pancake batter ⅓ cup at a time onto the griddle
- Cook the pancakes 5 minutes until bubbles form on the top and the bottoms become golden brown
- Flip pancakes, cook an additional 4 to 6 minutes
- Cool on a baking rack & serve
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Do you like shopping? What do you do on a “fun” day”? Do you do all your errands at one time?
Lots of Health, Food & Love,