Maple Crusted Cashew Pancakes

Okay.  Yum.

Pancake Mix (Prepare according to the packaging- I left notes for my mix below)

1/4 to 1/2 Cup of Maple Roasted Cashews

Cashew Butter (or nut butter of choice)

Maple Syrup (I used Log Cabin Organic Maple Syrup)

Honey

These were delicious for my girly fatty food weekend.  Really, eaten in moderation, these aren’t too bad for ya’.

I took just a typical box of Buckwheat pancake mix.  It called for milk and eggs, but I used different replacements, however the mix itself was just buckwheat and spices.

Make your pancakes however your mix or your own recipe calls for.

Instead of an egg, I added about a tablespoon of honey and used 8th Continent Soy Milk instead of regular milk.  This recipe called for a dash of oil, but I typically add about a teaspoon to pancake mix, even if it is not required.

After the batter was mixed up I put an average size spoonful into the skillet.  After about 15-20 seconds of the pancake cooking I added Maple Roasted Cashews to the pancake.  This way the face-down side was cooked enough for the cashews not to burn on the bottom, and not cooked enough for the cashews to poke out of the top.  I found the Maple roasted cashews at my local co-op but I assume it’d be just as delicious with honey roasted, or any other fun crusty-crunchy-nut of your choice.

When the pancakes were prepared I slapped cashew butter on two of the pancakes and peanut butter on another.

Sprinkled a few extra cashews on the top of the pancakes with a very light drizzle of honey

Drizzle of Maple Syrup

Then Nom Nom on it. Yum.

(I’m still looking for any information from people who live in Denver about the food there, places to get groceries, etc.)

Peanut Seitan

This weekend, I felt like vegging out… not eating vegetables, but eating junk food and watching movies.  Even though I’m not a regular religious person by any means I gave up all forms of ice cream for lent, so I the one junk food I really wanted was out of the picture.

This recipe is a spin off of the tempeh recipe below.

I had about 20 minutes while my roommate when to go get dairy queen for herself to whip something up:

minute brown rice (1 cup uncooked)

1 bag steam fresh broccoli

1 package WestSoy seitan

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp peanut butter

2 Tbsp peanut sauce of choice (I used San J, because I had some left over)

1 Tbsp Earth Balance butter (or butter of your choice)

1 1/2 tsp hot sauce

1/4 cup soy milk (or any milk of your choice)

Begin preparing the broccoli and rice however the package suggests

Open the seitan and cut into small enough pieces to mix in and eat with the rice and broccoli mixture

Put 1 tbsp of olive oil in the skillet, put the seitan in, stir around coating the seitan with the oil

Add the 1 Tbsp of peanut butter while the skillet and seitan is still warming up so the peanut butter has a chance to melt and mix into the seitan thoroughly.

When the seitan begins to sizzle a little bit add the peanut sauce, I used San-J, hot sauce, and butter.

[The butter may not seem like an obvious ingredient but last time I made seitan hot wings it suggested I coated them with butter first, and it gave it a nice creamy coating.]

After everything in the skillet is mixed together add the soy milk, turn the heat down to low-medium and put the lid on, stirring occasionally for about 2.5 /3 minutes or until the rice and broccoli is finished being prepared.

I used the normal, rice, broccoli, seitan combo, and threw on a little more peanut sauce on top, I wished I would have had some peanuts to throw in there too… but I was clear out.  It’s a pretty similar recipe to the Tempeh recipe, but I prefer seitan over tempeh in most dishes… and I used more sauces.  I usually attempt to minimize the calories in my recipes, but I was just craving this weekend.  Wait and see what I post what I had for breakfast the next morning.

Oh, and I’m pretty sure no one really reads this, but I am going to move to Denver in about a month.  There are many more vegan places there, and I can’t wait to eat at all of them.  If anyone out there is a vegan in Denver, please get at me, I’d love to chat before I move!