Banana Pancake Sandwich

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Good morning!

Well, it is official, late night swims make it really hard to fall asleep at night!

Last night Eric and I tossed and turned until about 2am.

This morning, these were needed desperately:

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That would be Four O’Clock White and Green loose leaf tea.

But, before I had a cuppa, I clearly demonstrated why I should not be cooking in the kitchen on too little sleep.

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Microwave door edge, meet Angela’s head.

Angela’s head, meet microwave door edge.

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Was a mere bump on the head going to stop me? Absolutely not. I put that ice pak on my head and cooked one-handed. I was on a girl on a mission.

Remember that juicy orange I had last night before bed? Well, it turns out that oranges do nothing for hunger. They make you get up in the night to go to the bathroom, but that is about it. Of course, I knew this, but I can’t eat much before bed or I get stomach pains. I woke up this morning with a growling tummy!

You know what it said to me?

It said: Banana Pancake Sandwich– in a jiffy!

When my tummy speaks, I shall listen.

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In A Jiffy Banana Pancake Sandwich

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Adapted from my Healthy Spelt Pancakes for One.

Ingredients:

Pancakes:

  • 1/2 cup whole grain spelt flour (other flours would probably work although you might have to adjust the milk amount)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Amazing Grass Amazing Meal Chocolate protein powder (optional)
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup Almond Milk

Directions: Pre-heat skillet on medium heat and lightly coat with oil (I used coconut oil). Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl and then add the wet ingredients and use a whisk to mix well. Pour a small amount of the mixture onto the skillet and make tiny pancakes, no larger than about 3 inches in width. Because the pancakes are tiny, you will be able to flip them very easy.

While the pancakes are cooking, slice a banana and set aside. Now combine the syrup ingredients in a small bowl.

Reduced-sugar pancake syrup:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup

Now assemble the pancake sandwich by layering the pancakes with the slices of banana. Add desired toppings and syrup. I used cacao nibs as a topping, but the sky is the limit! You can also double or triple this recipe, I doubled it this morning and make them for Eric too.

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I love, love, love this syrup.

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Let me just say I was feeling MUCH better after this breakfast!

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I love these pancakes for 1 because it is the perfect amount and I don’t feel sick after eating them like other pancakes.

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They tasted wildly indulgent, but they are actually really healthy. For the nutritional info, see this post.

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Here is another one of my favourite quotes that I thought would be a good topic for discussion today:

“When I was young, I thought confidence could be earned with perfection. Now I know that you don’t earn it; you claim it. And you do that by loving the wacky, endlessly optimistic, enthusiastically uninhibited free spirit that is the essence of style, the quintessence of heart, and uniquely YOU.” ~ Cecelie Berry, writer

I too used to think that confidence was gained through perfection, but I realized after many years when the goal is perfection nothing will EVER be enough. There will always be something else to achieve or to do before you can finally be content with yourself.

I used to base my confidence on the number on the scale, but even if that number was low, I still wasn’t there yet, so I couldn’t give myself permission to be happy. Some day, I thought. Some day I will be there. Well, you know what? That day never came.

Years went by and I GOT SICK OF WAITING to give myself permission to be happy. I was sick of wasting precious time because I didn’t think that I deserved to be happy yet. I finally had to claim confidence, slowly over time, and to realize that I was good enough as I was in that very moment.

And so are you.

Right now, you are good enough. No, you are more than good enough, you are fabulous, amazing, inspiring, unique, and capable of so much more than you dream of.

Today’s question: Can you relate to this quote? Have you ever claimed confidence or happiness instead of waiting for it?

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1 Mary May 6, 2010

I’ve tried but I realized that I would probably never be happy with myself if I kept doing things the way I was doing them.

Hope your head feels better! :)

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2 Ilana May 6, 2010

OMG. I hit my head on the microwave (unfortunatley) pretty regularly when I’m tired…sooooo glad to know I’m not the only one.

And re: your question. yes! Yes yes yes! I’ve spent most of my life suffering from depression and finally I just got sick of it and decided I CAN and WILL make myself happy. And that is exactly what I am doing with my life! I was sitting around waiting for happiness to show up, but obviously it doesn’t work that way. We have to be our own lights. And ever since I’ve made that choice, I truly feel HAPPY, which is something I’ve never felt before.

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3 Jaya May 6, 2010

Ilana – that is a great story. I’ve battled depression in the past and I have absolute respect for anyone who can move through it a better person. It is something to be celebrated and a very rich part of the journey. Thanks for sharing that with us!

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4 Shannon May 6, 2010

I love this quote! I have been making a huge effort to live by this idea for a while. I find that, when life is going well, I look for things to obsess or fester about. How’s that for neurotic? Instead, I’m now just trying to make a concerted effort to focus on the good things in each day, even when it’s a struggle.

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5 Jessica @ How Sweet May 6, 2010

I tossed and turned all night too! Something must be in the world’s air. :) You and your sinful breakfasts!!’

I totally agree with that quote. Plus, perfection is subjective. I think it is important to take charge of ourselves and make the DECISION to be happy and achieve what we want.

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6 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 6, 2010

Oh no– so sorry that you had such a rough night! Your breakfast looks AMAZING though!!

I’ve never had a problem with perfectionism…which I guess could be a good thing OR a bad thing, depending! :-)

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7 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 6, 2010

Ooh, what a great twist on banana pancakes! Banana pancakes always make me think of this amazing B&B I stayed at in Costa Rica where the owner made pancakes every morning and I got to PET A MONKEY while eating breakfast. Yea, it was pretty awesome. ;)

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8 megan May 6, 2010

I agree with your quote. “Perfection” is unattainable. We shouldn’t want to be perfect, we should want to be as good as we can be while remaining uniquely us. And that is GREAT! I can be a better “me” than anyone else can. I’m the only one that can be “me”, and I’m great at it :) that’s what I tell myself

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9 MaryK. May 6, 2010

Love it love it love it! That quote was just what I needed this morning.

Those pancakes also look fantastic! I will definitely be trying those soon. :)

I hope your head feels better. I actually had to take a college roommate to the hospital once after she broke her nose on the cupboard door. (The house was old and the doors would stick, apparently it opened a little too quickly this time.) At least we were able to laugh about it. hehe

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10 MaryK. May 6, 2010

Maybe a silly question, but how do you add a pic to your profile?

Thanks!

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11 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 6, 2010

Hmmm…there was a website I found a while back about having an avatar (profile pic), but I can’t seem to find it. I will update if I do.

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12 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 6, 2010

Here it is, thanks to Mara!

http://en.gravatar.com/

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13 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 6, 2010

Lat night workouts in general make it tough to fall asleep I find.

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14 Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ May 6, 2010

I love pancakes and they do fill you up and make everything in life better. Have a wonderful day!

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15 Ali May 6, 2010

Hi Angela – ever since you update last week, the RSS feed won’t update on your website! Any help or tips for me??
Thanks – I miss my updates from you :)

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16 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 6, 2010

It should be fixed now!

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17 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 6, 2010

Wow those pancakes look awesome! I’ve been on a pancake kick lately. I’ve been adding a few tablespoons of rolled oats to the mix for some extra whole grains and it gives it an awesome texture!

And yes, I can definitely relate to that quote. Perfection is impossible to achieve and sometimes I still struggle by looking more at how far I have to go and less and how far I’ve come since I’ve changed my life in the last year. I try to embrace the positive changes and huge strides I’ve made, but it’s hard to not get caught up in the few pounds I still have left to lose.

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18 Jaya May 6, 2010

Your pancakes are gorgeous! I love your photos and I know that they probably looked even better in real life!
Your quotes are always great. Where the heck do you find them all?
This one in particular is so wonderful and you said it best yourself. I really think that what I was missing all those years (well, one of many things) was a sense of humour and lightness. Anyone can have discipline and drive, but I think that true happiness and real success comes from being able to smile, laugh and breathe (with relative calmness) when things are looking up or down. Perfectionism is like an assault on everything that makes us special…

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19 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 6, 2010

I will be revealing the book that I got with quotes in it, in a few more days. I bought a copy for someone so I don’t want to ruin the surprise!

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20 Kate May 6, 2010

That just looks too pretty to eat!!

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21 Ameena May 6, 2010

I would feel a million times better after a fabulous breakfast like that too!

I have serious confidence problems…I have struggled with it all my life. I wish I could just claim it like you said but I haven’t quite come to that point just yet.

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22 Heather (Heather's Dish) May 6, 2010

take care of yourself girl!

that pancake stack looks like the perfect breakfast. i think i might head over to whole foods for some spelt flour love later today :)

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23 Megan@EatScrapRun May 6, 2010

Those pancakes look amazing!!!!

I am really happy with my life, and I feel blessed for all the great family and friends that surround me, but I still struggle at times with the number on the scale, and how I let it affect me. Thanks for the reminder that I shouldn’t let a number define me!

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24 Jenny May 6, 2010

That breakfast is truly foodgasmic, I’ll need to recreate it for sure! And I definetly believe you have to be confident, not wait for it to happen!

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25 nut May 6, 2010

I need to claim confidence. I am just a bundle of confusion. Those pancakes look wonderful…I really wish I could get the courage to do all these recipes.

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26 Camille May 6, 2010

Oh my gosh, yum! Banana is so perfect on pancakes :)

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27 Jil May 6, 2010

Those look amazing!!

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28 Kimberly Lee May 6, 2010

Angela, your posting of that quote is so timely for me. I am in the middle of training for a 5K and a pretty horrible run on Tuesday. At another time in my life, I would have let that run discourage me, and would have felt horrible. Instead I chose to be happy with what I was able to accomplish. Perhaps it was not my total goal — but it was something. And the “glow” I was sporting after my run had me feeling strong and confident.

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29 Angela May 6, 2010

This is exactly how I have lived most of my life….I have begun to give myself permission to be happy!!!! Thanx for the reminder!

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30 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 6, 2010

Wow, I absolutely love love love that quote. Since I’m newly single I’ve really gone up and down with confidence and this quote really settles me. Thank you for sharing this :)

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31 skinnyrunner May 6, 2010

love that quote! sometimes you gotta fake it when you dont feel that confident and then you kinda grow into it.

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32 Erin May 6, 2010

Looks so yummy! I’m definitely of the mind set that if I tell myself I am happy or confident then I become it. Your own pep talk is totally underrated.

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33 Jenny May 6, 2010

these looks delicious AND I have all of the ingredients in my pantry right now, which NEVER happens. So excited to try these tomorrow :)

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34 Therese May 6, 2010

Oh my gosh can I relate to that quote! I lived my life thinking I was a failure and worthless for so long but then one day I realized the problem wasn’t that I was overweight (which I was) but that I was ALLOWING it to define who I was. Slowly and steadily I started to crawl out of that and, although I still struggle with it every now and then, I’m in a MUCH better place. Last week I made the decision to literally throw my scale away. I still have weight to lose but I’ve decided to not let a number dictate when I should be happy with my body but to let ME be happy with my body!

Thanks so much for sharing that quote (AND those pancakes! Holy yum!)!

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35 Katy May 6, 2010

This blog has always struck a familiar chord with me, this post specifically.

Last year I was extremely unhappy and unsatisfied with my life. I was struggling in a PhD program, and the only way I made it through was by reminding myself that it would be over soon enough, that 5 years wasn’t that long. Over last summer I realized that I didn’t want to struggle, I wanted to live and thrive!

I made a huge decision, I abandoned my NY life and moved to Scotland!

It was the best decision I ever made. I stopped dieting, stopped using a scale, stopped worrying in general. Life is not about waiting to be happy, it’s about living!

Thank you for all the wonderful posts. It is nice to know that there are others out there just like me who have struggled with these problems.

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36 Kim @ Eat and Be May 6, 2010

First off, that banana pancake sandwich makes me happy :) I can relate to this topic of waiting to be happy. One day, esp. after spending a lot of time travelling and simply observing people of all different cultures, I realized that I can be happy just the way that I am. There was no need to wait for “perfection,” b/c regardless of achieving it or not, the world is going to keep whizzing by! I am so happy that I realized this now (at 30) rather than later in life. Enjoying life is the purpose of it. Allow yourself to do just that!

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37 Tracey May 6, 2010

I have battled depression and low self-esteem for a number of years and still struggle with it from time to time. I, too, have been waiting for happiness to come to me and feel that I have based so much of my life by the numbers on the scale. I am tired of wasting the wonderful times in my life by thinking I don’t deserve to be happy yet. I am now on the road to changing that. I am claiming my confidence and right to be happy. Wish me luck!

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38 Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary May 6, 2010

I can totally relate to that quote. It’s SO true. My husband always says ‘perfection is the enemy of the good’.

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39 Carrie (Love Healthy Living) May 6, 2010

Great post!!! You are so right about not waiting for happiness. The day to start living is today. You are so wise…

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40 Jess May 6, 2010

GREAT quote. I’ve recently had a similar experience, courtesy of training for (and finishing!) my first half marathon this past Saturday.

I’ve been working through depression over the last year and a half, and gained some weight in the process. (Because of the depression? the meds? not sure…) I’m at the heaviest I’ve ever been – about 20 pounds from my happy weight – and it was really eating at me.

I signed up for a half marathon with the thought of getting back in shape. I had a ridiculous exercise regime planned, but I quickly found that I needed to concentrate on getting my miles in. My schedule was too busy to be perfect with lifting, yoga, swimming, and running. I got the miles in, and did the best I could with the rest.

A few weeks before the race, I had an epiphany while running. I hadn’t really lost any weight (maybe a pound or two), and it suddenly dawned on me that despite this, here I was, accomplishing my goal anyway. I realized I needed to love and appreciate my body for doing what once seemed daunting, no matter if the size on my shorts was bigger than what I’d like. I was good enough! It sounds simple, but it really was an amazing realization for me.

I finished my race and am already committed to doing another half and then a full marathon in the fall! Of course, I’m working on losing some of the extra weight – but now because I want to get faster – not because I’m chained to the scale. My perfectionistic tendencies aren’t gone, but I’m learning to quiet them, run by run.

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41 Ashley May 6, 2010

Fav photos: The 2nd syrup pouring photo + the last photo with the fork! They look delicious! I’ve made 2 similar syrups before…one with maple + coconut butter and the other with maple + cacao bliss. Seriously to die for! Weird that swimming kept you up so late!! I haaaaaaaaate having to pee in the middle of the night!

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42 Sarah @ cocoanutshakes May 6, 2010

That coconut syrup is making my stomach grumble. And with the nibs!! Genius!! I had a kitchen accident myself today, they’re the worst!

My key for feeling confident is realizing that no one is more critical of me than….me. I feel like when I see something I don’t like in myself, I’m probably the only one who truly notices so if I beat myself up, I’m the only one who’s affected or suffering!

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43 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyl May 6, 2010

omg those pancakes look soooo good!!!

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44 Dawn May 6, 2010

“Right now, you are good enough. No, you are more than good enough, you are fabulous, amazing, inspiring, unique, and capable of so much more than you dream of.”

Love this quote! I actually got shivers down my back when I read it. So many peoples lives could be so much more fulfilling if they believed this!

My last clumsy accident was whacking my head on the side of my van as I hurried to get into it. OUCH!! Hope you’re feeling better!

I’ve been having horrible sleeps lately too. I think it’s the weather change or something?

Enjoy your day! :)

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45 Kat @ http://myfruitylife1.blogspot.com/ May 6, 2010

I have decided after seeing this post I am for sure making pancakes tonight for dinner!!!

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46 Lisa May 6, 2010

Yes I can relate…I got tired of waiting to be happy/waiting to be “skinny.” I did something about it!

P.S.
That pancake creation looks crazy!

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47 Kirsten May 6, 2010

Those pancakes look delicious! Thanks for the reminder as well that it is ok to give ourselves permission to be happy. :)

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48 kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com May 6, 2010

i can only sleep if i go in the sauna quickly after night swims. the heat makes me sleep. otherwise im the same..up all night tossing and turning.

and holy pancakes! LOVE!

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49 Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 6, 2010

That maple + coconut oil combo sounds to die for! Yum! These look amazing :)

xo
K

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50 Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 6, 2010

Yeah, never work out late!!! It’s a huge mistake, especially for women. I used to run late if I couldn’t get a run in earlier in the day and it was awful. Long run + no sleep = very grumpy girl the next day.

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51 zoe May 6, 2010

Perfectly perfect is too rare to be true. But there is always perfection in imperfection- perfectly imperfect. =)

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52 Claire May 6, 2010

I think weekend pancakes are in order after seeing these! I completely agree with that quote. I sometimes need to take a step back and realize things are good as they are and I shouldnt be striving for something unattainable.

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53 Ashley May 6, 2010

Thank you so very much for sharing that quote and your beautiful comments. You are totally right. Reading the comment at the end of your post, the fact that we are capable of even MORE than we dream of, got me a little choked up. In a world that discourages and even laughs at the people who have dreams, it takes a confident person to say, “I will be a dreamer. I will achieve those dreams above and beyond.”
You go girl! :)

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54 Katie May 6, 2010

I am in LOVE with your spelt pancakes! I like to add walnuts into the batter and once cooked, add a thin spread of PB and sliced banana on top; absolute heaven!

I think it is SO important to feel GOOD in our skin. To know that we ARE good enough. Yes, we may be able to improve in one way or another, but for the time being… we are PERFECT!

Hope your head is feeling better! :)

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55 Allison @ Food For Healing May 6, 2010

wow that pancake sandwich looks awesome! YUM

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56 Jolene May 6, 2010

That is a beautiful quote – I can totally relate. Recently I have 100% claimed confidence and happiness, and life has never been better!

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57 Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 6, 2010

Aww I love that quote! and that is so true! You just have to BE confident. If you believe in yourself, it will SHOW!

OMG.. those pancakes look INCREDIBLE!!

Also, don’t feel bad about the microwave. I once managed to whack myself in the head with a door. A DOOR. Only me.

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58 Keri May 6, 2010

You always have the best quotes! I can def relate to this one!

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59 Alicia A Jones May 6, 2010

I just turned 40 and I think I FINALLY have made peace with all of my imperfections! I have worn myself out trying to chase prefection that I have decided doesn’t even exist. I eat great, workout, and take good care of myself but still have “lumpy” arms and thighs. I am going to embrace even my lumps from now on! I am me and as long as I feel good and know that I am treating my body with respect, I am the best I can be!

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60 Pure2Raw - Twins May 6, 2010

These banana pancakes looks great! I love pancakes with lots of maple syrup on them :)

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61 Grace aka Triathlonbabe May 6, 2010

Okay so the pancakes….well, I have talked my hubby into letting me make those for us on Sunday morning….woohoo! The pics made me salivate, seriously.

I have been at a point where I claimed my happiness just 4 years ago, when in 2006, so many life roadblocks occurred in my life, the death of my favorite mother-in-law, the death of 2 of our elderly animals and a few other issues. When that year was over and I knew it couldn’t get any worse, I figured….hmmmm, I think it’s time for me to be happy with who I am and I AM BEAUTIFUL, FABULOUS and all of the above as you described and so are all of you! Thanks for the great subject to discuss!

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62 Susan May 7, 2010

Angela!! Mixing coconut oil with maple syrup is GENIUS!! I’m always looking for ways to incorporate healthy fats into my pancake feasts. Normally I mix nut butter with the syrup, but this sounds puuurrrfect :)

One thing I’ve recently realized is that I don’t always have to be looking for happiness. It seems like I’m always DOING things in order to find it. But happiness is possible in any current situation I’m in. I just have to allow it to happen :)

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63 Inés November 29, 2012

Your pancake variation was absolutely delicous :-)
I made them as a birthday surprise-breakfast for my boyfriend this morning and he loved them. I used one tbsp of cocoa instead of the chocolate protein powder and they tasted really chocolatey (I saved one of them for myself to try them, but the pancake-banana tower was getting quite high anyway).
Oh, and then I stuck a candle on top of the tower ;-)
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful recipe! Also because of your description, as it turned out really beautifully even though it was my very first try of a pancake breakfast. Before, I only ever made larger ones with berries in them, but never such a stack :-)

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64 Amy July 21, 2013

I can so relate to that quote. I have never given my self permission to accept how I am now is just fine. I always have to be better or work harder to achieve perfection.

P.S These pancakes look amazing!

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65 Malak August 9, 2013

Hi Angela! Do you offer a print option for this recipe? I wouldn’t mind writing the recipe down in my notebook but I’m a very visual person and I generally like to see pictures with my recipes, so that’s why I’m asking about a print option. I don’t see one anywhere, like the rest of the wonderful recipes you have on your website.

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66 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 9, 2013

I do have print options on my newer recipes (since 2011 probably) but not prior. Hope this helps!

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