Food: Oreo Pancakes

Another Pinterest recipe I tried. The original recipe is here. I definitely have a sweet tooth, but I found this recipe too sweet! Pigs are flying right now. Haha. Not sure what I have to adjust. Any suggestions?

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INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used Almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon oil (I used coconut oil, but it kept solidifying, so use canola oil or something similar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • FROSTING FILLING
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened coconut flake
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk – I used Almond milk again)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. FROSTING – Using a food processor, mix the coconut flakes until they form coconut butter. Scrape down the sides as necessary. It may not come to a full paste but it should be near creamy. (Start your pancake batter while it’s mixing)
  2. Once creamy, add vanilla and powdered sugar and mix again.
  3. While the mixture is processing, add in splashes of coconut milk until it resembles a creamy frosting that retains a little thickness.
  4. BATTER – Heat a skillet over medium-low heat.
  5. Mix milk, oil and vanilla in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Whisk the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugar and salt in a separate bowl until combined.
  7. Add the liquid to the dry and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. Add a touch more milk if it’s too thick.
  8. Drop small scoops of batter onto the lightly greased skillet. When bubbles start to peak through the surface and you see a bit of light browning/crisping up on the underside, flip the pancakes over carefully, about 2-3 minutes.
  9. Repeat on the other side, remove from the pan.
  10. Top pancakes with as much frosting as desired. I found a small spoonful between each later was plenty.

Running: Mother’s Day 5K

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today was the first of four races I planned for the year – The Mother’s Day Run. My goal was 5k under 25. I knew when I set the goal it would be tough for me. A couple of weeks I ran 5k in 28:22 and I thought, “Ok, I’ll be happy with sub 28″. A few days ago, I ran 5K in 27:42 and then I thought, “Ok, I’ll be happy with sub 27:30″. Lol. Race day came (today) and my Garmin went off at 5k in 26:58. But the finish line was STILL SO FAR AWAY! Apparently the course is actually 5.39km (to be exact), so my official time was 29:19. I’m happy with the race. My next race is a 10k in 2 weeks. I really need to work on hills. They killed me. But I know NYC (my ultimate goal for this year) is filled with hills so I just need to suck it up and do them.

My splits (according to my Garmin) were: 5:21/5:30/5:11/5:27/5:29. I’m proud of myself for being pretty consistent! Go me!

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New Year Resolutions 2015: Check-in #4 and #5

Did I really miss an entire month of blogging? I honestly felt like I was in a time warp in April. It went by in a blink of an eye. 1. Practice French for 1 hour a week: March was a fail. But in April I started a French conversation class every Monday for one and a half hours. Go me! 2. Make videos: Made one in March. None in April. 3. Write down one good thing every day: Pass. 4. Running Goals: Refer to my blog post here. I feel like I’ve been running faster than ever. But not sure if I’ll meet my sub-25 5K goal in a couple weeks. I’ll be happy with a sub-28. 5. Drive only 2 times a week: March was awful. I was driving all the time. 10 times in April.

New Year Resolutions 2015: Check-in #3

Happy April! Another poor performance month for resolutions *sigh*. Will definitely need to refocus this month.

1. Practice French for 1 hour a week: FAIL. Although, I did look in to a French class to take this month.

2. Make videos: FAIL. Haven’t worked on any videos.

3. Write down one good thing every day: Pass.

4. Running Goals: Refer to my blog post here. I ran a very comfortable 8 miles at my marathon pace this morning. All I need to do is keep that up for another 18.2 miles :P

5. Drive 10 times or less a month: FAIL. This month I drove my car 16 times! I had a lot of errands to do and I was too lazy to plan appropriately. As well, there were a few last minute events that came up. But no excuse.