Disclaimer: I received Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds for free as part of Blue Diamonds Tastemakers program. All content and opinions are my own.
On Twosday I mentioned the latest Blue Diamond Almond flavors I’ve been lucky to try. I love the Honey Roasted Chipotle for savory, smoky, snacking. I made a super quick snack mix with these bad boys by adding mini-pretzels and penguin-shaped cheese crackers. Perfect for munching on while Netflixing.
After tasting the Honey Roasted Vanilla almonds, I knew I wanted to use them in the kitchen and decided a revamp of my Trail Mix Pancakes was in order. This recipe doesn’t call for sugar and these almonds add the perfect amount of sweetness to breakfast without going candy-coated-overboard.
I made a double batch of this recipe on Sunday so that we had enough for dinner and several days of leftovers. I brought an extra delicious breakfast to my desk all week long. Reheating in the microwave doesn’t sound fancy, but it sure feels like a step into luxury compared to my normal oatmeal or yogurt with fruit.
Vanilla Coconut Trail Mix Pancakes with Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Vanilla Almonds
makes 8 medium pancakes
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Vanilla Almonds, crushed
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- nonstick cooking spray
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.
- In a separate bowl, combine milk, egg, melted butter, and applesauce.
- Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir slightly until mixed.
- Bring griddle or fry pan to medium heat, after spraying it with cooking spray.
- Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop pancake batter onto the heated pan. Allow to cook about 2 minutes, until the batter just starts to bubble, then flip to cook through completely.
- Top with syrup, jam, nut butter, or your other favorite topping to serve.
New Habits I’m Starting for My Own Good
- Tea with TED. I’m using my morning solo time to watch a TED talk [I recently downloaded dozens of them through the Podcasts app on my iPad from TED and TEDhealth.] and have a cup of tea before starting my day.
- Journaling. That’s the second part of my morning solo time; just a few minutes of journaling. I haven’t been in a regular writing practice in a long time and setting aside just a couple of minutes a morning is helping to ignite something new in me.
Kitchen Items I’ve Been Using Oh-So-Often
- Ninja Ultima Blender. I’ve been making smoothies for breakfast or post-run refuel and am so thankful that this tool is in our kitchen. [I received mine as a gift from Ninja at the 2013 HLS.] I can’t get over how well it blends EVERYTHING I put into my smoothies – the power is really impressive. I love the individual cup feature so much, too! Easy to make and take with me to the office for a breakfast on the go.
- Sesame Oil. It’s my favorite ingredient at the moment because just a tiny bit brings SO MUCH FLAVOR to whatever I’m making. Whether adding a couple drops to a marinade or using a teaspoon for stir frying veggies and proteins, the little bottle of sesame oil in my fridge is such a powerhouse. My favorite dish to use the oil is using up leftover rice and veggies from a week of dinners to make stove top fried rice on the weekend!
Recently Discovered Songza Playlists of Awesome
- Singing in the Rain: Upbeat showtunes from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.
- C’mon, Get Happy! “Sometimes all you need is a rousing song to get yourself out of a rut.”
Summer Music Purchases I’m Still Majorly Enjoying
- Okay Go’s Upside Out EP. The Writings on the Wall is so good that I had to snag the EP.
- The Fault in Our Stars Soundtrack. Even though I haven’t read the book or seen the movie. Yep.
Ways I’ve Been Taking Time for Self-Care on the Weekends
- Drawing, coloring, doodling, and letting my fingers do whatever the heck they want with my favorite art supplies. It feels good to just be free without a plan.
- Meal Planning. Taking the time to organize my meals for the week ahead really helps me to feel organized and prepared for the week ahead. I allow for flexibility, but having a list and plan written out lets us avoid the “what do you want for dinner?” debate that often ends in neither one of us wanting to make a final decision. I’ve been keeping one shelf of my pantry dedicated to ingredients I will need during the week, which I organize and fill as I writing out the meal plan on the calendar. This extra step is a great way to make sure I have everything I need or alert me if a stop to the store will be in order.
On the Meal Plan this Week
- Lots of Breakfast for Dinner. Which is NEVER a bad thing in our home! Pancakes, sausage, scrambles, hash – so much goodness!
- BBQ Chicken Pasta. I’m making some substitutions to a recent Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese we tried and am sure our favorite BBQ sauce will work so well as a swap for the wing sauce!
New Blue Diamond Almond Honey Roasted Flavors I’ve Recently Been Sent to Review for the Blue Diamond Tastemakers Program
- Honey Roasted Vanilla
- Honey Roasted Chipotle
Impromptu Recipes I Created this Weekend Using the “BeeCause We Care” Almonds
check back Thursday for recipes!
- Chipotle Trail Mix
- Coconut Vanilla Pancakes