Monthly Archives: August 2013

3 Ingredient Pancakes

You know how sometimes you just really want to make a certain item, even if you don’t have all the right ingredients? Well this was one of those mornings for me. Except, I had all the ingredients for regular pancakes, but not quite the right one for 3 Ingredient Pancakes.

It all started on Pinterest one day when I was browsing pancake recipes and found some in which you used bananas as the base. Sounds healthier right? (I’m still trying to process that in my mind when one cup of whole wheat flour equals about the same calories as a large banana, but okay! Different nutrients vs same caloric value.)

Anyways, I found this link for 3 Ingredient Pancakes. How hard could that be? Well I would say this morning was kind of a fail.

You can find much better pictures from the original site, but I will still share!

http://www.recipebyphoto.com/3-ingredient-pancakes/

Ingredients: 1 Large Banana, 2 Eggs, and Cinnamon (optional)

It is suggested to use a nice, very ripe banana. This is maybe where I went wrong because all I had were frozen bananas for my smoothies. While I did freeze them when they were super ripe, This might have affected the texture. (I defrosted one before mashing!)

Step 1: Mash the banana in a small bowl.
Step 2: Stir in two large eggs and cinnamon (I honestly just shook some in because the original recipe didn’t specify)
Step 3: Cook on stovetop on lightly greased pan (you can grease with cooking spray or butter; I personally use an olive oil spritzer to avoid the chemicals from cooking sprays like PAM)

Hints: It was suggested to make them small because they are flimsy and don’t hold together well like other pancakes. Man was that right, but I couldn’t help making them big since my batter was so thin and runny it spread out fast no matter how little I added. Maybe you could use a circle egg shaper (so don’t know the technical name!)

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Okay, they turned out decent looking enough photograph wise.

However:

1. They were very, very thin.
2. One side was very brown and the other wouldn’t darken (could have been a problem with my electric stove and heat distribution)
3. Nearly impossible to flip and keep them looking nice
4. Very spongy, bland flavor. Basically tasted like banana flavored scrambled eggs.
5. They get cold very quickly, and I personally love hot pancakes and not cold eggs. =]

I honestly tried to eat them because I told myself with this experimenting and learning about new foods I wouldn’t waste (my biggest fear since we already have a tight budget), but I just couldn’t finish my plate.

In conclusion: This plate probably had around 240 calories before I added toppings. (I am totally roughly basing that on the fact that a large banana is around 100 kcal and 2 large eggs are 140 kcal, nothing too scientific haha) With that said, I would rather find a recipe for healthy panackes using flour (and maybe banana too) and more ingredients in order for it to taste more like the ones I grew up with. I am searching for lower calories, dense in nutrition, not processed, and no flavor sacrifice. That might be a lot to ask, but I am determined I can find that for all my favorite foods!

-Ellie

This recipe was originally found here:
http://www.recipebyphoto.com/3-ingredient-pancakes/

This is simply a review of my experience and my preferences and is not meant to be negative toward the original postee. I have nothing but respect for fellow bloggers! =] I encourage you to try it for yourself and let me know how it turned out for you and any tips you found useful!

Chocolate Key Lime Donuts

I was browsing the Internet this morning looking for a recipe and excuse to use my donut pan again! I will work on improving my photo quality I promise! Just have to convince the guy to let me use our DSLR and promise not to get food on it! You can only get a certain quality on a smart phone and fluorescent lit kitchen!

That pan cost $9.99 I believe, but you can get it under $10 with your Bed, Bath, and Beyond coupon. (Did you know if you forget your coupon, an employee told me you can bring it in later with your receipt and they will refund you the savings!)

I have made baked donuts two other times before and they both turned out kind of dense. Well the first time I made vanilla donuts with AP Flour, they felt okay texture wise but were not flavorful enough for me. Then I made some cinnamon baked donuts with whole wheat flour…blah way too dense and bread like.

Baked Vanilla Donuts (first attempt ever!)
Baked Vanilla Donuts (first attempt ever!)
Baked Vanilla Donuts with Chocolate Icing. Originally was Vanilla Bean Icing, but the kids requested chocolate!
Baked Vanilla Donuts with Chocolate Icing. Originally was Vanilla Bean Icing, but the kids requested chocolate!
Baked Cinnamon Donuts made with whole wheat flour.
Baked Cinnamon Donuts made with whole wheat flour.

So this morning I was on a mission to find a fluffy cake donut because I didn’t have any yeast in the house. I came across these on Pinterest and couldn’t resist. I was so excited until I read that they were fried. But for the sake of research, of course, I decided to make them and then another day I would try to tweak the recipe and make them healthier. (I know you are all looking forward to that). At least they are made from scratch and not store bought right? So off I went to fry some donuts and donut holes and the end result was delicious! Key Lime Pie is personally one of my favorite desserts, so this slightly tart kick of lime mixed with the sweet chocolate icing was perfect! (and I didn’t even add the full 3 tbsp of lime zest, more like just 1 tbsp because I was tired of zesting with a growling tummy!)

Delicious Key Lime Donut!
Delicious Key Lime Donut!

I couldn’t wait to dig in! I will edit this soon with estimated calories. I am still looking for a great recipe builder. If you would like the original recipe

http://www.thekitchenpaper.com/lime-cake-doughnuts-with-chocolate-glaze/

Happy (Slightly)Guilt-Free Eating!
Chocolate Key Lime Donuts

-Ellie

Preface

This is my first attempt at blogging, so I hope I can get the hang of it and share all the important information I would like to efficiently! I already said a little bit about myself in the About page, but just to recap: This is a place I would like to use in order to share my journey to clean eating, becoming healthy, some hopes of weight loss of course, and loving myself completely. Of course I may throw some random creative things in here and there because I am an artsy, creative person! I just hope to really organize and discover myself through this blog and maybe answer some questions or give support to others!

-Ellie

Edit 10/05/13: I have been doing this for a little over a month now and I feel like this blog and other things I am doing in this life have really helped me grow! I have really enjoyed not only writing about eating educated, but reorganizing my entire life/home, saving money with coupons, and starting to make my own products such as beauty, bath, and cleaning supplies. I hope to be able to expand my scope of interest through this blog and reach the broad audience of followers who are seeking to save money and live more naturally. Sometimes my guy says it makes me sound like a hippie, but honestly I just want to know what I am put on my body as well as what I am putting in it. I can’t wait to see what else I discover through this blog, I am now playing with the idea of starting my own business!

Please share and pin anything you love. I want to reach all around the world, but I do not have many resources to spread the word.