I have a problem. I love coconuts too much! Toasted coconut chips, to be exact. These came in HUGE bags from Costco (for cheap, which is why we bought them 😉 ) and are incredible. Subtly sweet, super crispy, and with a lovely coconut flavour. I am eating these every single day now! Here, I used them as a delicious oatmeal topping. The base of the oatmeal is made with mashed banana, and I also added hemp hearts, pitted cherries, and some chocolate-espresso muffin that Mimi brought from Whole Foods.
This awesome bowl also featured a banana in the base, and was topped with homemade spelt-blueberry muffin, fresh blueberries, coconut chips, and hemp hearts. Do you like this shell bowl? 😀
Pear pancakes were devoured another day – with spelt flour, cinnamon, and half a grated pear, these pancakes had awesome flavour and a hint of vanilla.
Pear pancakes are so IN right now – I think they’ve temporarily won my heart over banana pancakes. I just love them! This was topped with hemp hearts, maple syrup (didn’t actually need syrup, to be honest) and coconut chips.
These super yummy pancakes were made with mashed banana and cocoa powder. They look so perfect! I topped it with coconut chips, fresh raspberries, and coconut chips.
The mashed banana imparted such a sweet, fruity flavour that maple syrup was completely unnecessary! These pancakes were super soft. Aren’t fresh raspberries the best? They are definitely my favourite summer berry. Here’s the recipe for these incredible pancakes.
Everyday Pancakes for One
Makes 3 or 4 pancakes
- 1 egg
- 1/2 mashed banana // 1/2 grated pear or apple // big scoop yogurt or pumpkin puree
- Splash of almond milk (about 1-2 tablespoons)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- OPTIONAL: 1 tsp flax // 1 tsp chia seeds // 1 tsp hemp hearts
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (can increase to 1/2 tsp if you’re a cinnamon lover like me!)
- OPTIONAL: sprinkle of nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons spelt flour (can increase to 4 tbsp, which is 1/4 cup if batter is too runny)
- OPTIONAL: 1 tbsp cocoa powder for chocolate pancakes (decrease to 2 tbsp spelt flour)
- OPTIONAL: berries, chocolate chips, raisins, shredded coconut to mix in
- Coconut oil for cooking
- Pancake toppings!
- Mash banana, grate pear/apple, or plop yogurt/pumpkin into a bowl.
- Whisk in an egg.
- Add almond milk and all of the ingredients up to spelt flour.
- Add spelt flour and stir carefully just to combine. Be careful not to overmix! Fold in desired mix-ins.
- Heat a nonstick skillet to medium-high. Add a smidgen of coconut oil.
- Cook the pancakes for a couple minutes over medium heat. When bubbles appear, and the base is golden brown, flip and cook for another minute or so.
- Remove from skillet and serve with maple syrup and whatever toppings you like! 🙂
And cherries are my favourite fruit by far! I could eat cherries every day. These cherries were from the farmer’s market and are so sweet and juicy.
This base also had a spoonful of cocoa powder stirred in. It tasted like a black forest cake with the chocolate and cherries. Loved it!
This bowl was also very chocolatey. I surrounded a big pile of coconut chips with fresh raspberries and hemp hearts.
More pancakes! I used the cocoa powder addition that I mentioned in the recipe above. This batch had chocolate chips and chopped cherries stirred inside to make a ‘black forest’-themed batch of pancakes.
I can’t say it enough – these pancakes are so incredibly tender and moist (I know, it’s not a very “pretty” food word!) and have great texture, thanks to the spelt flour. With chocolate chips, toasted coconut, and sweet fresh berries, this plate didn’t need a drop of syrup.
Yes, you guessed it – more pancakes! This batch of pear pancakes was topped with the last of our raspberries and some more coconut chips. I really, really hope you give my pancake recipe a try – it’s definitely my best yet and I’ve had it at least ten times since discovering it! 🙂 You can find some of my other pancake recipes here. I really encourage you to give this one a try, though!
Like I promised in a previous post, I have super exciting news to share with you guys! TWO bits of exciting news, actually.
1. My family is travelling to the Sunshine Coast next week! We are leaving on Sunday for the Powell River, and several other tourist destinations, like Earl’s Cove. Here’s a brief summary of what we have planned. We booked it with BC Ferries, by the way 🙂
2 nights: Painted Boat Resort Spa and Marina (Madeira Park)
- Restaurant dinner 5-9
- Spa Wed. to Sun. from 10-6
1 night: Beach Gardens Resort and Marina (Powell River)
I’m so excited about this trip! I’ve already made a page dedicated to our seven days in Coastal BC. You can follow my adventures on my blog (I’ll be blogging afterwards) and reading the special page. Especially after checking out all the menus. I don’t think it’s possible to get fresher seafood anywhere in the world! Here are some of the other restaurants in the Sunshine Coast that I’m dying to visit:
- King Ludwig’s German Restaurant
- Daisy’s Place
- Harry’s on Buderim
- Little Hut Curry
- Royal Zayka
- Laughing Oyster
- Chasters Restaurant
- Costa del Sol Latin
- Coastal Cookery
- Smoke on the Water BBQ Shack
- Blue Heron Inn
- Edie Rae’s Cafe
- Ty’s Fine Foods and Bistro
- SweetWater Bistro (DESSERT)
- River City Coffee (DESSERT)
- The Green Rosette Bakery
- Nancy’s Bakery
- Laverne’s Grill (ice cream)
- Nagomi’s Sushi Bar
- Absolutely Thai
- The Old Boot Eatery
- Sita’s Spag Shack
- Leo’s Tapas and Greek Cuisine
- Beach Bouy Waterfront Restaurant
- Gumboot Caf
The second bit of news is even better! I’m actually smiling as I write this right now:
My sister and I will be living in Paris, France, for 3.5 weeks in August!
You might know my sister, who is fifteen years old (two years younger than me!). She travelled to Ottawa, Ontario a couple months ago, and I did a couple blog posts about her adventures in Canada’s capital. You can read the “Ottawa Girl Eats” post here!
Here are some of the details:
- I’ve been babysitting and reading to the three children of a very kind family friend for about three years now. Her sister, the sweet Aunt Maggie, is married to a man who lives in Paris. They live five minutes from Disneyland, Paris, and invited me to live with her during the summer while caring for her 3.5 year old son, Alexandre.
- I will take care of little Alexandre for 1.5 hours in the morning and 1.5 hours in the evening. Meanwhile, Seline will help with housework.
- We will have the middle of every day to ourselves – I want to fully immerse myself in the incredible French culture and visit museums, famous streets, historical monuments, and of course, eat French specialties!
- Fortunately, I know a bit of French from the six weeks I spent in Quebec last summer. 🙂
- When we get back, I will have less than 48 hours to rewind at home before my mom and I fly off to Waterloo, Ontario for university!
A couple days ago, I composed a list of must-see places in Paris!
- Disneyland Paris
- Versailles Castle (Chateau de Versailles) and gardens, shopping
- Eiffel Tower // Trocadero Square
- Arc de Triomphe
- Champs Elysees (shopping)
- Musee du Louvre
- Quartier des Halles: Pompidou Centre, City Hall
- Musee d’Orsay
- Musee National d’Art Moderne
- St. Martin Canal
- Notre-Dame Cathedral
- St. Michel district (Sorbonne and Luxembourg gardens)
- Montmartre district
- Sacre-Couer Basilica on Montmartre
- Tuileries Garden
- Concorde Square
- Rivoli Street (famous for shopping and fashion)
- Cruise on the Seine (bateaux mouches)
- Marais district (Bastille Opera, Vosges Square, Victor Hugo House)
- Les Catacombes
- FARMERS MARKETS!
- Le Bistrot Paul Bert
- Chez Georges
- Josephine Chez Dumonet
- Le Regalade
- Le Pantruche – Bistrot Gourmand
- Le Comptoir du Relais
- Chez Michel
- Chez l’Ami Jean
- A La Biche au Bois
- Le Baratin
- Breizh Cafe
- La Point du Groin
- Du Pain et des Idees
- Pierre Herme
- Ble Sucree
- Le Grenier a Pain
- La Patisserie Cyril Lignac
- Maison Kayser
- Sebastien Gaudard Patisserie des Martyrs (almond croissant)
- Gerard Mulot (almond)
- Bread and Roses
- Au Levain du Marais (almond croissant)
Italicized cafes and restaurants are maybes – the first 5 to 7 are must-see places!