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Healthy Hotcakes  { Paleo friendly }

Healthy Hotcakes { Paleo friendly }


It feels like ages since my last blog post. The truth is that life has been extremely hectic of late. We are well into 2015 and I'm only now starting to get into my groove and find my voice. It's been tough to strike a balance between working in the kitchen, spending time with family and friends and getting creative with my camera and computer, but I feel like I'm finally starting to find my rhythm.

To give you an update on life working in a cafe kitchen; I burn myself a lot! Seriously...way more than you would think possible. There are just so many hot spots in a commercial kitchen and when you are in a mad rush trying to prepare beautiful meals, you are bound to hit at least one (or several) of them. My previous role was as an art director for a magazine so I am very used to meeting deadlines and feel oddly comfortable in a stressful situation. However, nothing can prepare you for the mayhem of a busy breakfast service or an unexpected lunch rush when you've run out of ingredients and need to re-prep everything! It is such a thrill though, and so far removed from the office environment I was used to that I have to pinch myself at my new surroundings, but then again, I've never done things the easy way! 

With all that said, I am approaching the 2 month mark in the kitchen, and in all honesty, even though I am having so much fun, I do feel something missing. I have been a graphic designer for so long that the creative designer in me feels a little left out! I don't want to sound greedy here but I want to cook my cake and eat it too! What I mean is, I am working towards finding a way to merge my design background with my new found love of working with food. One idea I have had is to try my hand at designing my own cookbook. So with that in mind, I would like to present today's post. I intend to now develop, cook, style and photograph my recipes with the hope of one day putting together a collection that would make up my very own cookbook. And just like that, the cook and the designer are satisfied.   

Healthy Hotcakes. 3 eggs, 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted), 2 tbsp maple syrup (plus extra for serving), vanilla essence, 1/2C coconut flour, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2C coconut milk, 1C pomegranate seeds, 1 handful coconut chips.
Serves 2. Quantity 8 hotcakes. 

In a bowl add 3 eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla essence. Using a whisk mix very well. Sift coconut flour and baking soda into a clean bowl then add the egg mixture. Mix together. Don't worry about it being lumpy, that's normal. Add your pomegranate seeds and fold into bater, then grab your handful of coconut chips and scrunch them in your hands before throwing them into the mix. 
Grease a frying pan with butter and have on medium heat. By now your hotcake mixture should be thick and chunky. Spoon the mixture into a metal ring and flatten with the back of a spoon, remove the ring and leave to cook through (you need the surface to be a golden brown colour). Flip the hotcake over and cook the other side. Repeat this with the rest of your mix. 
Serve immediately and enjoy with maple syrup.

Note: the metal ring is definitely optional, you can spoon the mixture onto the frying pan and use your spatular to make a neat circle shape for your hotcake.  

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