Sunday Brunches with Birch Benders Paleo Pancakes

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birch bender paleo pancakes

What do you do when you are craving real pancakes? When protein pancakes or banana/egg pancakes just won’t do the trick? You turn to Birch Benders Paleo Pancakes.

There’s nothing better than whipping up a batch of pancakes over the weekend — it brings back so many great memories. Back in the day, my mom always stocked the pantry with the Costco sized Bisquick pancake mix. My brother and I would always load those with chocolate chips, fruit, and of course maple syrup.

Now if you are craving “real pancakes” I’d say just eat the damn Bisquick pancakes — don’t deprive yourself! However if you are like me where gluten and dairy don’t suit you, then Birch Bender’s Paleo Pancakes are the way to go.

I honestly wish someone had told me about these earlier. Truthfully I only discovered them after I read in some magazine that Jessica Biel (aka Justin Timberlake’s wife) eats them every week. Apparently influencer marketing works real well on me because I immediately ordered them on Amazon after reading that article. Hey, who doesn’t want to be like Jessica Biel?

I’m quite happy with my impulse buy since I can no longer imagine life without this pancake mix. It’s made completely from natural ingredients such as almond flour, coconut flour, eggs, and monk fruit for sweetness. I also like to add some Enjoy Life Chocolate Mini Chips to bring me back to my childhood :).

They are incredibly simple to make too – all you need is water! I like to cook them with a little bit of coconut oil.

I reached out to Birch Bender’s letting them know how much I love their mix and they were kind enough to send me a few packs! In fact, I am giving some out to you guys now. You can enter the giveaway on Instagram and enter by commenting the post and tagging two friends. You get a bonus entry just for commenting on this blog post!

I will be choosing a winner on Sunday July 9th so keep your eyes and ears peeled!

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)

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Yep it’s still possible to enjoy chocolate chip cookies even when you’re told to cut out all things that make a delightful cookie.

Okay I exaggerate a bit, but if you read this blog post, you know I’ve been told to cut out coffee, dairy, gluten and soy for a while. This is hard for someone like me who loves food and baking.

Food is fuel but it’s also much more than that. Food influences memories, friendships, and overall happiness! It would be great (and easy) if I could be happy with eating chicken, salads, and rice but that’s just not possible. I still want to be able to treat myself every once in awhile.

So here I present to you cookies that can be eaten happily on a gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free diet! I can’t take credit for this amazing recipe – all credit goes to the creators of Primal Palate.

For convenience, here are the ingredients and instructions:

Ingredients:
3 cups Blanched Almond Flour
1/2 cup Virgin Coconut Oil, unrefined
1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
2 Omega 3 Eggs
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Process:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine dry ingredients.
  3. In a small mixing bowl beat eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract with a hand mixer.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and beat with hand mixer until combined.
  5. Melt coconut oil, pour into batter, and continue to blend until combined.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. On a parchment lined baking sheet, drop balls of cookie dough, about a tablespoon in size.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Let cool and serve with a cold glass of almond or coconut milk!

These cookies come out moist and chewy, unlike most gluten-free cookies. This will definitely become a regular treat at my apartment!

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A Healthy Guide to New York City

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I wish I could live in New York for the summer; the city is perfect for a couple of months: there’s so much to do and most importantly, so much to eat!

Instead of searching for the best bagels, pizza, and street-food in New York City, I’m usually on the hunt for trendy healthy spots. It’s so satisfying finding food that is yummy AND good for you.

I barely scratch the surface with this list but hopefully it gives you an idea of a few places to check out next time you’re in the city. If you live there, I would love suggestions for future visits!

Where to eat in New York City:

Two Hands Cafe: I was walking to work one day and stumbled upon Two Hands cafe. Their bowls and breakfast items are made for Instagram and their waiters are pretty cute :).

The Butcher’s Daughter: A open and airy juice shop and cafe. I’ve only tried their juices but they were delicious.

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Van Leeuwen Ice Cream: All right ice cream may not be the healthiest option out there but I was so excited to find a place with good vegan ice cream. I tried their vegan dark chocolate ice cream with vegan chocolate syrup and it tasted heavenly!

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By CHLOE: I was blown away by how busy this restaurant gets. No matter at what time you go, there is a line out the door. The avocado pesto pasta & mac and cheese were good but what really hit the spot were the vegan desserts. I’ll definitely come back when I’m craving cupcakes!

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Hu Kitchen: Paleo-friendly casual dining spot with snacks, meals, and juices. I’ve tried the almond crusted chicken and chia seed pudding and enjoyed them both.

Can someone send me back to New York please? I would really love some vegan ice cream right about now!