Who doesn't love peanut butter? Peanut butter is a classic American staple food.
From PBJ to peanut butter cream pies, peanut butter is one of the most versatile baking foods. But, no two peanut butter brands are the same. And thanks to the IDEA blog fest, I established a friendly relationship with those "down under" folks from Pic's Peanut Butter.
Pic's Peanut Butter roots lay in the lovely land of New Zealand, a place that forever affected my mind, heart and soul. For those of you who don't know, I have lived abroad four times. I moved to Australia in 2005 to study abroad. And though the beaches were my playground, the mountains of New Zealand were my sanctuary.
It's a magical place with vast landscapes, unadulterated by development and industrialization. New Zealand is a place that proves heaven on earth exists.
And that is exactly how I feel about Pic's Peanut Butter.
But what makes Pic's different than the rest?
Located in Nelson, New Zealand, Pic's uses hi-oleic nuts from Australia, one of the purest and highest quality peanuts around. Hi oleic nuts feature an enhanced nutritional value of polyunsaturate oils, antioxidants and resveratrol, a biologically important stilbenoid. The Australian nuts contain a higher content of oleic acid compared to regular nuts (a 75% : 55% ratio). Pic's peanut butter is nutritionally special. Discover more at this Pic's blog post that identifies the lovely benefits of Pic's.
Life, and apparently Pic's peanuts, are full of fun surprises. For me, I enjoy Pic's straight out of the jar. Spoon and jar. That's all I need, but sometimes I also require pancakes to fuel my long days as a trainer and a coach.
These pancakes balance the macronutrients of healthy carbohydrates, protein and fat as well as fiber!
Thanks to Pic's, this dairy-free recipe is quick, easy and eager to please your brunch guests. I concocted this to balance all three favors; however, if you prefer more of one ingredient, you'll have to adjust the recipe slightly. Let your creativity and intuitive juices guide your palate.
The hardest part of this pancake journey is whether or not to use crunchy or smooth. And don't worry if someone has a peanut allergy, swap PB for Pic's almond or cashew butter.
Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Pancakes using Pics Peanut Butter
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 15 pancakes
1 flax egg (mix 1 tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp water)
1 3/4 cup rolled oats
1.5 cup non-dairy milk (almond)
1/4 cup Pic's Peanut Butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt + cinnamon
2-3 tbsp chocolate, either chips or cut from a bar
Place all of the ingredients, except for the chocolate, into a blender. Blend until smooth. Next, stir in the chocolate chips.
Heat a non-stick skillet, using either cooking spray, coconut oil or vegan butter for cooking.
Once hot, use a ladle and pour the batter onto the skillet in a clockwise manner. Allow the pancake to cook and once bubbles form on top, use a spatula to flip the pancake and cook until the pancake slides a bit on the skillet.
The following pancakes cook quicker because the skillet is hot. Reapply spray / oil / or butter and repeat the series.
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Spring is almost here but part of the western world remains frozen under ice, snow and cold temperatures. It's still time to warm our souls with something pure and healthy derived from nature.
This soup contains a light and airy component that is packed with vitamins and nutrients. Fennel is a powerful plant that contains phosphorous, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, choline, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, vitamin E, and vitamin K. It also contains Vitamin B-6, which promotes the breakdown of carbohydrates and protein into glucose and amino acids.
Combined with carrots and apples, this is soup "boosts" metabolic processes to ensure healthy weight management. The metabolic process is a chemical process that releases heat. Foods packed with metabolic-friendly nutrients aide in weight management and weight loss goals. And this soup is no exception.
Although spring is around the corner, be sure to try something new, fresh and different. Let this soup guide you into the new season of rebirth, revival and renewal.
Vegan Carrot Fennel Apple Soup
Cook Time: 30 minutes
2 1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 cup purple onion, chopped
2 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 cup fennel, chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped
3 cups apple, chopped (used gala)
1-2 tbsp olive oil
3 sprigs of thyme
1/4 tsp salt
pinch of pepper + turmeric
Prep the vegetables. In a soup pot, cook the onion and garlic in oil for 2-3 minutes. Add the carrots and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes or until the carrots and apples are edible. Next, puree the soup in a blender or with a hand immersion blender. Adjust any flavors and spices. Serve warm.
Are you looking for a dessert that is sweetened only by nature?
If so, you've come to the right dessert post where artificial sugar is out and all-natural is in. And thanks to the moist and plump Mariani dates, this apple crisp is infused with love from a family-owned farm.
President's Day is soon to arrive. And for some reason, every time I think about this holiday I always think about apples, cherries, DC and George Washington.
Apples are a quintessential colonial dessert ingredient. Even Ralph Waldo Emerson described apples as "The American fruit," although they originate from the Old World. And well, nothing is more American than American pie. And instead of spending time making a pie, an apple crisp is a quick-and-easy, classic recipe. But, this crisp has a modern twist, it contains zero refined sugar!
Mariani dates are moist, plump and ready to be blended into one of my favorite recipes, date caramel. Besides fiber, most people do not realize that dates are a natural source for our electrolytes such as: magnesium, manganese, and calcium. When we obtain electrolytes naturally, there's no reason to reach for those artificial sport drinks.
Nature provides everything that we need, and plant-based recipes can be the source of that fuel. The more natural you eat, the more natural you'll feel. You'll get connected to the energy of the land and the natural rhythms of the body. Overconsumption of artificially manmade substances is "poisonous" longterm.
"Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy."
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com