In our house we are hungry.
I have a son who's disability makes hunger an ever present part of his life. I hunger for a better way to serve my family, my friends and my community. My younger son has a hunger for knowledge that is ravenous and exciting to watch. My husband has a hunger to love each of us as Christ loves the church.
We are hungry in our house. In this blog I address each of our hungers and talk about finding satisfaction for each of them.
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Saturday, July 6, 2013
Ah-MAZE-ing Light Banana Pancakes
Once again, I have let weeks pass without an entry.Life just gets so busy sometimes! The week
before last I logged in 53 hours of work for my job that’s supposed to be
around 14-20 hours a week.Then we had a
big Fourth of July barbecue here at our house, leaving me no lag time to
recover from my long work week.The boys
are out of school and very unhappy about my hours spent on the computer instead
of entertaining and interacting with them.Now that the big project is finished and the holiday is over, I promised
them a day of fun with me on Saturday.I
told them I would rest up Friday night and be in a great mood to play and spend
time with them on Saturday doing “something fun”…
So, I wasn’t real excited when my crazy chickens started
squawking at 5:04 AM! 5:04!! On Saturday!! If I didn’t wring their necks, I’m
sure one of my neighbors would.Once I
checked on them, threw some food out and calmed them down, my dogs decided it must
be time to get up, too and Cainan soon followed after them.I managed to sneak in one more hour of sleep
and then Asher was up, too.
Asher really wanted to go out to breakfast and I really didn’t
want to get up and make anything (I hadn’t succeeded in conjuring up my good
mood I’d promised them for the day).BUT, Joe and I are really making an effort to eat healthier and I knew
we were going to be meeting friends for dinner at a pizza joint tonight, so I
didn’t want to double up on the “treats”.Asher was sure he wanted pancakes.I decided this might be the perfect opportunity to try a new recipe I
had pinned…if it turned out horrible, it would be a legitimate excuse to go out
to breakfast, after all.
Let me preface this by explaining the recipe I had in mind is
one that is very low calorie and consists of only two ingredients.That’s right, pancakes with just two
ingredients AND healthy.I did not have
a lot of hope for these.I’ve tried my
share of Pinterest recipes that swear they are SOOOO GOOD, low calorie,
healthy, sugar-free, just like Wendy’s, McDonald’s, blah, blah, blah…
So, I fired up the stove, grabbed my banana and eggs and got
started.Oh. My. Word.These were FANTASTIC!I am so excited to share this recipe and our
success.These tasted fantastic, are
EXTREMELY low calorie (head’s up PWS families) and super easy to make!Give them a try and let me know what you
1 very ripe banana (doesn’t need to be black but soft and
The original recipe calls for using a Magic Bullet.I have a Ninja…I think they are essentially
the same thing.If you don’t have
either, I believe a blender would work just fine.
Take your ripe banana and throw it in your device,
obliterating it.Beat the eggs slightly
and add them to the banana.Whir again
for a few seconds to combine everything very well.Note: I also added a few drops of vanilla
extract.The writer of the recipe I used
mentioned adding cinnamon, as well.
Spray a good non-stick pan with some non-stick spray (or
use butter if calories aren’t a concern for you).Heat your pan on medium-low. Pour the batter to the size pancake you would
like. This is also the time to add chocolate chips, nuts or diced fruit, if desired (I used mini chocolate chips). They puff a little better if they’re
smaller.Note: these do not puff up or
get fluffy like regular pancakes, but they still had a great consistency and
taste(...they might if you beat the egg whites separately and incorporated them? I'll have to try that next time!)
When they start to get brown around the edges and look
firm in the middle, use a spatula to flip.Allow to brown slightly and plate.Serve with butter and syrup if desired or any topping of your choice.
Asher LOVED them.He
ate four, one of which I threw a few mini chocolate chips in.Because he had slept in later it was
breakfast time for him but already snack time for Cainan.I decided I would make one of them into a
crepe for Cainan for snack.
The recipe I followed also said the batter could be
watered down slightly to make crepes.I
tried this and gave up after the fourth failed attempt to flip them…they were
just too thin and delicate.I made a
second batch of batter (since it’s so easy and quick) and just rolled the pan
to spread it out when I poured it in.This worked just fine.The batter
does not need to be watered down to make a crepe.
I threw a few of the mini chocolate chips into this one,
Again, watch for the edges to get brown and the center to
get firm before flipping.It only takes
a few seconds to brown the second side.
I used about a tablespoon of the light Greek yogurt we
buy and four strawberries (sliced) and wrapped them in the crepe.
I made one for myself for breakfast,
too.A few minutes later, Asher decided
he needed one for snack (it had been about 45 minutes since he finished his
first batch of pancakes).We all LOVED
the crepes.Soooooo goooooood!
So, believe it or not a two ingredient, low-cal recipe
from Pinterest REALLY is tasty, satisfying and easy.PLUS, there's no sugar and their high in protein. For those who want the calorie breakdown,
here you go:
2 large eggs =
1 banana = 75
(a serving is about 1/4 to a 1/3 of the batter)
strawberries = 10
chocolate chips =
1 tsp butter = 33
1 TBSP Dannon
Light & Fit Yogurt = 10
1 TBSP chopped
pecans = 50
1/4 cup sugar-free
maple syrup = 35
Note: All calorie counts are approximate.Using a food scale and calorie website or nutrition
information on the packaging is the most precise way to measure calories.As we know, eggs sizes, banana sizes, and
quantities in teaspoon/tablespoon/cup measurements can be subjective.So, do your own research and weighing if you
need an exact count.
Cainan’s crepe was approximately 95 calories…that was a
crepe (about a ¼ of the batter), the chocolate chips, the tablespoon of yogurt
and the strawberries! He could have two, if this were for breakfast!