Smile In Your Liver For Blueberry Carob Pancakes

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 30, 2010

Good morning!

Well, last night I finally understood the ‘LOVE’ Part of Eat Pray Love! bahaha. I can’t wait to see how they cast for the role of her love interest in the movie…! He has a tall order to fill.

This morning, I started off my day in a strange manner.

I sat and I smiled.

That was it.

For tenfunny-awkward-uncomfortable-uplifting-memory inspiring-I don’t know if I can smile any longerminutes.

I sat and I smiled.

Let me explain.

Wednesday night, I was reading Eat Pray Love.

[Side note: I know this is starting to sound like ‘One night at bandcamp’…but let’s just go with it.]

I was reading the Bali book and I came across the section where Ketut Liyer, the famous Bali Medicine Man, teaches Elizabeth a new way to meditate.

Ketut says: “To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. Practice tonight at hotel. Not to hurry. not to try too hard. Too serious, you make you sick. You can calling the good energy with a smile…Let your conscience be your guide.” [p. 231]

When I read this part in the book I giggled to myself. Sitting and smiling? Was he joking? Obviously, I had to try it out and see what all the hype was about.

So I sat down on my yoga mat and I closed my eyes and smiled. I pretended I was smiling on a beach.

I laughed a little bit at the absurdity of it all. I thought about what Eric would say if he saw me there. He would shake his head and walk away secretly grinning to himself.

And then before I knew it, I started to feel relaxed…and calm…and happy. As soon as I started to smile, my mood lifted and happy memories starting popping into my head out of the blue. When my mouth got a bit tired, I just let it relax into a neutral, yet slightly uplifted, position.

It was the first time I have meditated and not felt pressure to halt all my thoughts. I just sat back and noticed the positive thoughts and energy filling my mind. It was quite an unusual yet relaxing way to start the morning!

I was feeling so good I decided it was a pancake kinda morning!


Blueberry Carob Pancakes

Adapted from Eat, Drink, & Be, Vegan.


  • 1/2 cup whole grain spelt flour
  • Dash sea salt
  • 3 tbsp carob powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup Almond milk
  • Oil, for greasing frying pan
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen.


Directions: Grease and preheat a skillet over medium heat. Mix dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. In a small bowl, mix together wet ingredients (leaving out blueberries). Add wet to dry and whisk well. Stir in blueberries. Pour 1/3 of the batter onto a frying pan. Cook on one side until bubbles pop and then flip. Makes 3 medium-large sized pancakes.


I mashed a banana and layered it on top for the ‘syrup’ and I sprinkled some coconut and cacao nibs on for good measure!

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Banana and blueberry = magic combo, no?


Then I stacked them and cut in half to show you the middle. Look at how gooey and delicious they are!


These were so good! I loved the combo of all the flavours. The blueberries, carob power, and spelt made these extra healthy pancakes too. No sugar high after eating these.


Have a great Friday (and start to your Civic Day long weekend if you are Canadian!!). I’m off for market madness!

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Me-Linh (Sweet and Sweat) July 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

They look great! And Eat Pray Love is such a great book!


Katie July 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

They cast Javier Bardem as Felipe


Kaley July 30, 2010 at 6:51 pm

And God smiled and said it was good.


Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! July 30, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Hilarious! And so, so true…


tanyasDailyProductReviews July 30, 2010 at 8:16 am

the pancakes look good and carob is a good addition.


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 30, 2010 at 8:16 am

Those pancakes would be perfect for our going bad blueberries! I agree…banana and blueberries are a great combo. I just baked a loaf of blueberry banana bread!


Kristina July 30, 2010 at 8:18 am

I really want Eat Drink & Be Vegan… especially if deliciousness like those pancakes come from it!!

I love the Ketut Liyer part of the story… :)


Clare July 31, 2010 at 6:52 am

E,D & BV is the best vegan cookbook ever (and I have lots). You should totally get it; you won’t regret it :)


hannah July 30, 2010 at 8:40 am

Oh man!! thoses look so good!! Good Luck at the Market!!


jenna July 30, 2010 at 8:41 am

what a perfect way to start your day…choc. blueberry pancakes…sweet.


Brooke July 30, 2010 at 8:42 am

Ha ha! Yes, they cast Javier Bardem. And Richard from Texas is Richard Jenkins (the Dad from Six Feet Under).

So I decided that when I write MY biography, I’m totally okay with having Julia Roberts play me and Javier Bardem playing my love interest. Although, I’d also be okay playing me playing me and Javier Bardem playing my love interest, but I suppose that’s a story for another time…. :o)


Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes July 30, 2010 at 8:50 am

I love that idea of just sitting and smiling – I think there’s research somewhere that says that simply smiling (even if you don’t feel like it) makes you feel happier! Pancakes look delish!



Camille July 30, 2010 at 8:51 am

They cast Javier Bardem aka, the husband of Penelope Cruz


Meredith July 30, 2010 at 8:59 am

I really like the sitting and smiling idea! I think a mind full of happy thoughts is much more desirable and relaxed than one that has been emptied.

… :D


Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 30, 2010 at 9:06 am

Those look delicious!!! I’ve never been a fan of tastes a little too bitter for me. But then again, that was a few years ago- tastes may have changed since then! :P


Charlie July 30, 2010 at 9:07 am

I love that idea of just smiling. I did read somewhere that when you’re feeling sad or angry, you should just smile and it will actually make you more happy!

Those pancakes look absolutely delicious. I will definitely try them!


*Andrea* July 30, 2010 at 9:15 am

i loveeeee meditation! i’m doing a mindful based stress reduction class and we have a 7-hour meditation/yoga retreat on sunday that i’m pumped for! it’s so amazing to learn to love your body and your existence at each moment which meditation helps me with.

those pancakes look amazing!!! you’re such an inspiration for me in the kitchen!
my fav pancakes as a kid were from the black dog restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard which were called the Justin Timberlake pancakes – white chocolate + blueberries! sinfully delicious :)


*Andrea* July 30, 2010 at 9:15 am

good luck with your market planning! wish i lived in or closer to canada so i could stop by :)


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 30, 2010 at 9:15 am

You know, I always thought after reading the book about sitting and smiling but I never did it. This just may work for me, since yoga isn’t so hot with my body.


JenATX July 30, 2010 at 9:18 am

i’m glad your day got off to such a great start! i might have to start tomorrow with ten minutes of smiling, i’m curious to see how i’m affected


April @ Crazy Fabulous Life July 30, 2010 at 9:19 am

I’m going to try that smiling thing! And I’m loving the excerpts from the book that you post, perhaps I should pick it up sometime.


Marilou July 30, 2010 at 9:20 am

My one and only true love (sorry bf) JAVIER BARDEM :)


Sarah July 30, 2010 at 9:20 am

Those pancakes look glorious :) Your future children are SO lucky!!

Blueberries make me smile especially when they are all oozy and chocolately.


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 30, 2010 at 9:21 am

Aww – sounds like a lovely morning – and those pancakes look delicious!


Heather (Heather's Dish) July 30, 2010 at 9:22 am

i’m loving the morning recipe-specific posts! it makes it so easy to find them again so i can make them :) these sound incredible…what’s the main difference between carob and cocoa powder taste-wise? i’d love to try it, but good ol’ chocolate always wins!


Therese July 30, 2010 at 9:24 am

So glad you decided to give meditation another go!

Have a fantastic long weekend! I’m SO excited for it!!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 30, 2010 at 9:26 am

Now I want to try the smiling thing!! :-D


Pam July 30, 2010 at 9:28 am

OMG, a recipe like this just might get me eating some cooked food again. While I do eat the occasional cooked veggie, I’m mostly raw and happy. I never would’ve even considered eating pancakes again. I didn’t even eat them before I was a raw vegan, due to sensitivities to flour. I need to look into that spelt flour.

This would be a great winter weekend breakfast. Yuuuuuuuuummmm.

So many of your recipes might help me start to bridge the gap between my healthy eating, and my family’s full blown standard American diet. Thanks for the inspiration!!


Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 30, 2010 at 9:36 am

Ten minutes to yourself followed by pancakes sounds like a good way to start Friday!!


Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 30, 2010 at 9:40 am

What an interesting way to meditate. I have a hard time meditating because my thoughts just keep reeling but this might be better for me, since there is no pressure as long as you’re staying positive all over. :)

The pancakes look great! I had some vegan pancakes this morning and loved them. I thought they were so hearty.


Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana July 30, 2010 at 9:40 am

The dark rich color of the pancakes has me drooling and thinking of pumpernickel!

I love that you sat and smiled and think I shall try I too!


Rosey Rebecca July 30, 2010 at 9:43 am

Your recipes are all so great! You need to open a bakery or something. ;-)
This post and its title made me smile A LOT.


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete July 30, 2010 at 9:45 am

I love baking and cooking with blueberries — I love the way they explode and make everything blue/purple. So delicious too.

There is indeed power in just smiling — it makes me think of funny things, or touching moments, you know? No matter how bad of a mood I am in, J will try to make me laugh or smile. it works every time and I can quickly get over bad feelings.


Ashley July 30, 2010 at 9:49 am

Okay. I definitely need to buy carob powder! These look great. I can totally see how sitting and smiling for 10min would make you feel totally at ease and also let you laugh at yourself a little bit. :)


[email protected] July 30, 2010 at 9:51 am

you are so stinkin’ cute. i’ll have to try…and i will also be imagining myself on a beach. :) my reward for finishing “animal spirits” (my required econ class read) is to get eat pray love. can’t wait!


Callie July 30, 2010 at 9:59 am

Those pancakes look good. :)
I’ve gotta try that smiling thing… sounds interesting. :)


Amelia July 30, 2010 at 10:06 am

Mmmm…pancakes! I love blueberries, but can’t quite get into carob powder yet. My mom swears she doesn’t notice a difference between carob and cocoa. Maybe my taste buds aren’t trained yet?
Good luck with market preparations!


Tina July 30, 2010 at 10:11 am

I think a smile has the power to change our mood and help others around us cheer up a bit too (for at least a moment). Today when I was out on a walk I tried to focus on smiling as much as possible and smiling to every single person I passed. It felt great!

I would feel odd though sitting in my room smiling nonstop 10 minutes straight though. But hey, if it works…why not?!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 30, 2010 at 10:22 am

These pancakes look amazing! Everything about them makes me want to take back the oats I ate this morning and make those instead.

This part made me giggle: “…and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy.” I totally think smiling can lift my mood, but bringing good energy to clean out the dirty stuff? A little too New Agey for me.


Maria July 30, 2010 at 10:27 am

What a coincidence! I just had these exact same pancakes this morning (minus the banana syrup). They are truly amazing! My VOO had gone a bit awry (too much protein powder), and tasted horrible, so I had to make these instead. And they were delish! Thank you for this pancake recipe, it is by far the best vegan one I’ve found.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 30, 2010 at 10:29 am

I totally agree with Tina’s comment above about how smiling can change our mood!

I am so happy you started talking about Eat Pray Love because I have also just started reading it (still only in Italy!) but I too have had some of those laugh out loud moments that would probably make other people think I was crazy! Not sure if you remember it, but the bit when she’s eating lamb intestines with Luca Spaghetti, and he says that Ghandi could have eaten them, even though he was vegetarian….. I won’t write the rest because I don’t want to pollute your blog with profanity but that part had me almost in tears! :)


Anna July 30, 2010 at 10:36 am

I’m at that part right now too! Have to say Ketut might be my fav character in the whole book. Can’t wait to try this for myself, if it does indeed work. I need it today!


Devon July 30, 2010 at 10:38 am

What a great idea! I need some positive energy!

The pancakes look amazing!!


Molly @ MollyRunsFresh July 30, 2010 at 10:41 am

Those pancakes look amazing… can you come to my house and cook me breakfast?


Becki @ HikeBikeEat July 30, 2010 at 10:42 am

Looks like it’s pancake morning for me, too! I love finding easy, healthy recipes!


Erin Weldon July 30, 2010 at 11:11 am

Those pancakes look amazing!


Erin @ Swan Lake Eats Her Cake July 30, 2010 at 11:14 am

Oh my god those pancakes look amazing!


Sara July 30, 2010 at 11:15 am

I saw someone else mentioned they cast Javier Bardem as her lover but I figured you could use a pic to see why he’s a good fit.. hehehe :)

Also I can’t find spelt flour at my local health food stores (I tried 2 separate ones now!) so I was wondering if in these recipes can I just swap whole wheat flour for it? Not sure if it’s the same amount if I swapped. Thanks! :)


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' July 30, 2010 at 11:30 am

I’m going to try the smiling meditation thing tonight! It sounds so silly, it might just work! :)

Those pancakes look amazing! I got Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan for Christmas, and I still haven’t managed to use it very much yet!

Mashed bananas + blueberry pancakes = heaven on a plate for sure!


Melanie July 30, 2010 at 11:31 am

I just finished Eat, Pray, Love and that is one of my favorite parts of the book. It’s so simple yet helps so much to just smile. :)


Lindsay July 30, 2010 at 11:34 am

Smiling does work wonders! I love that idea. I was smiling to myself today while I ate my lunch of spelt tortilla and almond butter that I made myself! and a banana. Making my own food with being involved in the whole process, gives me a smile! Thanks for the inspiration to try! Off to make some veggie burgers and hummus :)


Corinne July 30, 2010 at 11:49 am

I am really struggling with “traditional” meditation as I feel pressure to stop thinking and focus, which makes me angry because it ain’t happening. I will try the smiling technique :)


Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey July 30, 2010 at 11:58 am

Oh, those sound wonderful. Your pancakes and baked goods (and everything else!) always look sooo good.

Interesting about the smile thing. I may have to try that sometime. :)


Mary (what's cookin with mary) July 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I am so not what I would call a pancake lover and your pancakes look so appetizing! Well… your breakfasts always look so good :D, but I wish I could reach through the screen and grab that plate!

Happy Friday friend!!!


[email protected] July 30, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I just went blueberry picking this morning- thanks for giving me a good idea of what to make with them!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I’ll be over for breakfast tomorrow? K thanks.


Amber K July 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I don’t think I could sit there that long just smiling! But now, I have to try it.

Those pancakes are making me drool, yum!


Michelle July 30, 2010 at 12:49 pm

That’s the one thing I never got the hang of with meditation – emptying my mind! Now, sitting and smiling – that sounds like something I can do ;) Sounds like a great mental exercise.


Valerie July 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I love that smile exercise! I really do believe that a smile can increase your positive energy throughout the day. I will definitely have to try that sometime!


LizLivingVegan July 30, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Those pancakes look beautiful AND tasty!


Lauren July 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Delicious looking pancakes! I have never tried using spelt flour, but I’m thinking I must invest in some in the near future.


Brittany July 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm

ha. I can see my husband rolling his eyes too lol! thats great! Those pancakes LOOK GREAT! thanks for the reciepe! : )

Today is my last day for this weeks GIVEAWAY (its a beautiful necklace!)

Cheers and Good Luck!


Véronique July 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Those pancakes look delicious!! Your recipes are amazing! :)
I’ve tried quite a few of them and I am never disappointed. They are so good I feel compelled to blog about them haha. Two thumbs up! :)


Bridget July 30, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I’m totally with you on the smiling. When i’m feeling down, making myself smile makes me feel a lot better. It’s pretty crazy – but it totally works as long as I believe that I am creating good energy. And heck, if smiling fails … make pancakes!!!


Wendy July 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Yummmmm. Great looking pancakes!!
May I ask what kind of camera you use? Your blog photos are so gorgeous!


Maya July 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm

That sounds like a lovely way to meditate to me! I think the idea that meditation means pushing away all your thoughts is a little intimidating. Whenever I try I think about the things I deliberately try not to think about. But who wouldn’t want to sit, smile, and think of happy thoughts?


Olga Singh July 30, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I love your blog! I read your blog every time I have that little spare time in my day and it always brings a smile to my face and lightens my day up! Thank you so much for it.


Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul July 30, 2010 at 3:20 pm

So happy to see someone mentioning the smiling meditation! I was just teaching mindfulness meditation today and wish I had read this post earlier – I would have used that one. It’s so simple and powerful. And we know from research that physically smiling naturally enhances our mood. So thanks for sharing!


Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul July 30, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I was just teaching mindfulness meditation today and wish I had read this post earlier – I would have used that one. It’s so simple and powerful. And we know from research that physically smiling naturally enhances our mood. So thanks for sharing!


Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul July 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Sorry for the duplicate comment – it said it didn’t work the first time!!


Lana July 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm

After reading your post this morning I sat on my yoga matt in silence and just smiled. It was weird at first….but it became relaxing and exhilarating all at the same time. I felt like I sat there forever, but I got up, looked at the clock and it had only been 3 minutes, lol. It’s the small things in life that truely allow you realize how happy you are and how many good things you have to appreciate. Thanks for all your inspiration!


Meaghan July 30, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I am drooling already, those pancakes look divine!


Naomi(oneFF) July 30, 2010 at 5:46 pm

i have a new found obsession for carob chips but have never tried using carob powder! WOW look so good and HEALTHY! :)


Alycia @ Fit n Fresh July 30, 2010 at 6:11 pm



SentimentsbyDenise July 30, 2010 at 6:36 pm

The pancakes look amazing and I have all the ingredients on hand (including the toppings you used) so I’m going to give them a try! Thanks for sharing!


Allison @ Food For Healing July 30, 2010 at 6:47 pm

oh yummy.

I’ve never heard of that book, hmm might look into it


[email protected]:// July 30, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I always forget to add carob/cocoa powder to my pancake mix, it would be so yummy.


Leah July 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Those look yummy!


jassy July 30, 2010 at 8:46 pm

i’d like to try that–smiling :)


caronae July 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I cannot wait for the Eat Pray Love movie! I think Julia Roberts is going to be perfect. Smiling always makes me feel better — I think of it as a mini meditation.

Those pictures made me want to make blueberry pancakes tomorrow morning. Yum. :)


Jolene ( July 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I am totally going to re-read that book!! I loved it the first time around, and you are making me want to relieve the experience!


Chase (TheChaseProject) July 31, 2010 at 4:27 am

I love the smile meditation. I am going to try it! I think boyfriend would have the same reaction as Eric would! :)


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 31, 2010 at 7:22 am

I haven’t started reading the LOVE section yet, but I’m excited to start on it now!

Sometimes when I’m sitting out in the sun on a gorgeous day, I can’t help but smile. I feel ridiculous sitting there with a large grin on my face, but it really is so uplifting. :)


Gloria July 31, 2010 at 9:13 am

ED&BV is my favorite cookbook! I’ve had my eye on those pancakes for months and now I must try them this weekend after seeing your gorgeous display. Have you tried the raspberry cornmeal pancakes? I’m anxious to try those too!


J. S. July 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I made the blueberry carob pancakes this morning and it said to: “mix together wet ingredients (leaving out blueberries).”

The only wet ingredients that I saw listed is almond milk. Was something missing? Could I add in agave nectar as a sweetener? Just curious to me.



kathi August 1, 2010 at 8:01 am


Where do you get your carob powder from? Do you recommend a certain brand?

Thanks for you help.


Christa August 2, 2010 at 10:52 am

Angela, those pancakes are delicious! just made them this morning with buckwheat and sorghum flour, added ground flax, and de-veganized them with a bit of egg whites… they came out so fluffy and ridiculously yummy! thanks for posting this recipe, I’ll definitely make them again!


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