Paleo Pumpkin Hot Cakes

With anything pumpkin, many are in the pumpkin camp or way out. But if you are, I recently made these for my siblings and kids over Fall break and we all loved them.

There are lots of paleo pancake recipes around and I've played around with a few and came up with this one that is by far my favorite!

They are are thick and I can feel full after eating them. I love them with the teeniest bit of ghee and pure maple syrup.  There's no food coma like after four pancakes, but your belly and body are full and happy afterwards!

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

1 Banana mashed
1 Egg
1/4 Almond Meal
1/4 Coconut Flour
1/4 Tsp. baking powder
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
2 Tbs. Canned Pumpkin
2 Tbs. Unsweetened Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
Coconut Oil or Coconut Oil Cooking Spray

Mix all Ingredients together.
Heat skillet or griddle medium-low heat and spray with cooking spray.
Batter will be somewhat thick. With a spoon, spread batter out for about 4 to 6 hotcakes.
Flip after about 4-5 minutes and brown on other side for about 4-5 minutes.

Serve with maple syrup, pecans, or fresh fruit.

***As with most paleo recipes I double or triple to save time. So when on the go in the mornings I reheat left over hotcakes in the toaster oven for breakfast and only have to "make" them once.


Pure Joy

My goodness they give me so much joy! 

I didn't expect to love motherhood so much. 

Oftentimes, in college when I would think about having kids, I would assume it was just work, an extended babysitting job, time and commitment. And yes, of course, there are equally hard days mixed with the wonderful ones. 

Thank you God for allowing me glimpses of Heaven by the happiness they give me. How lucky I am for the gift of motherhood. 


Paleo Fried Sweet Potatoes

 My go-to Paleo side dish, these leave me FULL and SATISFIED when I eat them and they are SO GOOD! 

2 Tbs. Olive Oil
2 Tbs. Ghee (I get this one on Amazon and when I'm not doing Paleo I just use regular butter) 
3 Medium Sweet Potatoes 
1 Medium Onion 
1 Medium Tart Apple (I prefer Johnathan) 
About 1/2 Tbs. Garlic Powder (I usually just dust over the top of them while they are in the skillet.)
1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt (or more to taste)

Cut and quarter sweet potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch wedges. Turn wedges flat on their sides and cut in half again so they are in even strips. 

Cut onion and apple in 1/2 inch slices as well. Frying sweet potatoes can be tricky as you don't want them to be hard or too soggy.  

In a large skillet heat oil and ghee over medium high heat. I have a huge Cuisinart skillet at about 375-400. Make sure skillet is large enough that all sweet potatoes have enough room lay flat so as to fry up evenly if you can.

Place sweet potatoes and onions in heated skillet. Toss and stir. 

Sprinkle with garlic powder and sea salt. Continue to stir and flip so they cook evenly and don't burn.

After about 8 minutes add in apples. Fry for about 8 to 10 minutes more turning often until onions are translucent and sweet potatoes are tender when poked with a fork. 

Sometimes I'll even do a sprinkle of cinnamon for a twist and it's good too! 

May your bellies be full and your heart happy!