Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup

Lately I’ve been obsessed with these oatmeal protein pancakes! I recently decided to add rhubarb to them, which made me love them even more! The recipe is originally from Tastes Better From ScratchUsually Kevin and I eat them with peanut butter, bananas, and a little bit of pure maple syrup. I decided to play around with the recipe a little, and so the Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup were created!

Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup

Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup

What I love about this recipe, is how quickly it can be made, with not too many dirty dishes. It somehow doesn’t seem like it takes that much longer to make, than buying and using a prepackaged mix. Plus it is MUCH healthier, and packed with protein (cottage cheese and eggs are both high in protein). Of course, the level of healthiness all depends on what you put on the pancakes after the fact. You can easily skip the butter, and if you don’t mind the tartness you could add a little less maple syrup to the fruit syrup. Or, if you don’t have enough time to make the strawberry-orange syrup, the rhubarb pancakes are honestly amazing served with just pure maple syrup as well.

Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup

Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup

Another reason why I love this recipe is because it makes my house smell like oatmeal cookies every time! Oh, and did I mention that they are also gluten free for those of you that are gluten intolerant? Just make sure that you get whole grain oats that are guaranteed to be gluten free. 

Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup

Hopefully you will take some time to try out this recipe. Perhaps on the weekend? You can always make more, so that you have access to a quick and healthy breakfast during the week as well! You’ll thank me later. 😉 If you try out this recipe, make sure to let me know what you think. Have a fantastic week!!

Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup
Yields 16
This is a healthy pancake recipe, high in protein, and so incredibly delicious!
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For the pancakes
  1. 2 2/3 cups gluten free whole grain oats
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1 cup cottage cheese
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 4 eggs
  6. 2 tsp coconut oil
  7. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  8. pinch of cardamom
  9. pinch of cinnamon
  10. 1 cup thinly sliced rhubarb
For the fruit syrup
  1. 2 cups frozen strawberries
  2. 1/3 cup water
  3. juice of one orange
  4. 4 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  5. 1/4 tsp orange zest
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. pinch of salt
For the pancakes
  1. Preheat non-stick griddle to 400 F, or a non-stick pan on medium to medium-high heat.
  2. Add the whole grain oats and the baking powder to a blender. Blend on the highest speed until a fine flour forms. Empty into a large bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the pancake ingredients to the blender (except the rhubarb). Blend until the mixture is creamy. Add to the dry ingredients, and whisk until well combined. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, until the oat flour has soaked up some of the moisture.
  4. Fold in the rhubarb.
  5. Using a 1/4 cup, scoop batter onto the heated griddle. Spread them out/flatten them a little. Flip once the edges look cooked. When both sides are golden brown, the pancakes are ready to be eaten.
  6. Serve with butter (optional) and strawberry orange syrup.
For the fruit syrup
  1. Add 2 cups of frozen strawberries and 1/3 cup of water to a pot. Bring to a rolling boil on medium-high heat.
  2. When the strawberries have completely thawed, add the orange juice and maple syrup and let it cook for another minute or two. Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, puree the mixture until a smooth syrup forms.
  3. Take off heat, and stir in the vanilla, salt, and orange zest. Serve over rhubarb oatmeal pancakes.
Adapted from Tastes Better From Scratch
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Spinach Fruit Salad with Lemon-Poppy-Seed Dressing and Walnuts

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Here’s a quick recipe of a salad I made recently. It’s so easy and simple, that it almost has me wondering whether I should even post it. But since I enjoyed it so much, (and who doesn’t like a quick recipe!) I thought I would share it anyways!

This salad is sweet and light like summer, for those of you that aren’t ready to let summer go just yet. But it’s also perfect for those of you that are greeting fall with joy, as oranges and apples are great fall and winter fruits. It’s a win-win situation! Yay!

Personally, I’m pretty excited about fall! The trees are looking majestic in my neighborhood! Luna has been challenging me to get out and enjoy the warm and rich colors of fall, while she enjoys catching and munching on the fallen leaves. Oh, and did you guys see the Supermoon lunar eclipse last night!? How cool was that!?

Wishing you all a fabulous week!    

Spinach Fruit Salad with Lemon-Poppy-Seed Dressing and Walnuts
Serves 1
A sweet and light salad, perfect for transitioning from summer to fall.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 large handfuls of spinach
  2. 1 small orange, peeled and diced
  3. 1 small gala apple, cored and diced
  4. Lemon-poppy-seed dressing to taste
  5. 2 tbsp. of chopped walnuts
  6. 1 tsp. of finely chopped onion (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place two handfuls of spinach onto a plate.
  2. Peel and dice the orange, and core and dice the apple. Add on top of the spinach.
  3. Add dressing to taste, and garnish with walnuts and finely chopped onions (optional).
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Mango Tango Smoothie

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You guys it’s the weekend! And it’s almost mother’s day! Time to celebrate all the wonderful women in our lives, who have shaped us and inspire us every day, whether they are a mother or not.

I think it’s important to be aware of how emotional this day is for many, who have either grown up without a mother, lost their mother, or women who have not been able to conceive. So, I say let’s just celebrate all women who have played an important role in our lives! But definitely, if you do have a mother, make sure you spoil her a little, and let her know how special she is to you. Hear that mom? 😉

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The last few days have been a little gloomy. I love rainy days and the refreshing smell, but in the end I’m a sunshine girl through and through. So today I bring you a not so gloomy smoothie: say hello to the mango tango! I would love to spoil my mom with this smoothie on her special day, if only she lived a little closer (sigh).

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I really enjoy eating out for many reasons. The obvious reason is that I love eating good food, while enjoying good company, but I also get really inspired when I eat out. I have fun trying to recreate meals, without having access to the recipes. 

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My husband and I love going to Winnipeg’s Stella’s. Some of my favorite things on the menu are their breakfast sandwich, chicken curry, and I’m obsessed with their mango express smoothie. Oh and their hash browns are to die for! Honestly though, I haven’t explored their whole menu, simply because I often go back to the meals that I already know I’ll enjoy.

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So here’s my version of the Mango Express. Does it taste the same? No. Does it taste really good? Yes! It’s so smooth and creamy, plus it has no sugar added. It also features a surprise ingredient. Yes, you guessed it! It’s Basil!

Happy weekend everyone!

Mango Tango Smoothie
Serves 2
This smoothie is creamy and bursting with flavor! A good balance between a green and a fruity smoothie.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 handfuls of spinach
  2. 2 large basil leaves
  3. 3 tbsp. milk
  4. 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  5. 2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 1 ripe mango, pealed and diced
  7. 1/2 ripe banana
  8. 5 large strawberries
  9. 6 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Add the spinach, basil leaves, milk, plain yogurt, and the vanilla to a blender, and blend on high speed until smooth.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and continue blending on the highest setting until creamy.
  3. Serve immediately, or store in a glass jar, and refrigerate or freeze. If freezing the smoothie, leave some space at the top.
Notes
  1. Tip: The fruits need to be ripe for a sweeter smoothie.
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