Fresh Fig Chia Seed Pancakes with Coconut Rum Sauce

I’ve probably only mentioned a million and one times, that I’m trying to hold on to ever morsel of summer.

I know it’s September.

I know labour day has passed.

I know what Starbucks has done ( don’t even say it *cough – pumpkin spice latte * … stop it!)

But the sun is still so shiny, and I don’t want to wear super comfy-thick-cuddly sweaters …. Yet.

I want sunshine. I want ice cream. I want s’mores. I want flowy neon maxi skirts and I want beaches …

I’m a brat. I just saw it. I get it.

Can I convince you to continue reading, if I hoax you into justifying that rum is totally healthy breakfast food.

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Logic:

Pancakes = breakfast

Pancakes + chia seeds = healthy breakfast

pancakes+ chia seeds + fresh figs = super healthy breakfast with a does of gorgeous and can only be eaten with coconut rum syrup.

Geniusness.

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Fig Chia Seed Pancakes with Coconut Rum Syrup

(serves 2)

Pancakes

1 1/2 Cup Flour

1 Tbsp Baking Powder

1/4 Tsp Sea Salt

3 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1 Tsp Nutmeg

5 Fresh Crushed small Figs

1 Tbsp Vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups milk

1 Tsp Vinegar

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Coconut Rum Syrup

1 Can Coconut Milk (approximately 1 1/2 cups)

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Tsp Sea Salt

1 Tbsp Coconut Rum ( or you can use extract)

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Pancake Directions:

In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients for your pancakes.

Add figs, vanilla, milk and vinegar. Stir until dry ingredients just begin to disappear – lumps are okay – you don’t want to over mix  ( it will give you still pancakes!!).

Allow to sit for 10 minutes ( this is the perfect time to make your syrup).

Over medium high heat, cook 1/2 cups of batter at a time. Note, this stuff is thick. Cook until small bubbles begin to form.

Flip and cook an extra 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

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Coconut Rum Directions:

Over medium heat, add Coconut Milk, brown sugar, sea salt & coconut rum to a sauce pan. Bring to a rolling boil, stir until the brown sugar is completely dissolved. Lower the heat, and allow to simmer for 10 additional minutes.

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Plate your pancakes and make’em pretty!!

Let’s face it, if I can’t get to sunshine & beaches – I’m bringing it to me and what’s a beach without a little booze?

Brown Butter Oatmeal Cherry Winks

IT’S DECEMBER 1st !!

Some where, behind mountains of flour and bars of butter — I’m doing my happy dance.

Christmas I’m ready for you … tree lighting … caroling … ice skating .. Sipping hot chocolate … sneaking around to find the perfect gift – - BRING IT, Christmas this lady is ready to rock around the Christmas tree.

Excited? – Why yes, yes I am.

And to celebrate the first of this dandy month, I have cookies for you. I have to look out for the fat guy, I mean with all this talk about healthy lifestyles, exercising, counting calories – carbs – no carbs – carbs … what’s man gotta do to get a good cookie.

Well St. Nick, I’ve got your back buddy!!

I browned butta for you – - I added a dash of coconut and there’s a pretty little cherry on top. I get it, you’ll have a long night and you need all the sugar energy you can get.

  

Brown Butter Oatmeal Cherry Winks

1 Cup Butter

½ Cup Brown Sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp. coconut extract

1 ½ cup Flour

¾ cup Rolled oats

1 cup shredded coconut

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

1 Tsp. Sea salt

1 Tsp. Cinnamon

24 Red Maraschino Cherries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc. Prepare a 24 cup mini muffin pan.

Over medium heat, melt butter until browned. Allow to continue simmering until all of the crackling stops (at this point, you’re just left with concentrated buttery goodness). Remove from heat and allow to cool as you prepare your other ingredients.

In a large bowl combine flour, oats, coconut, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon.

To your browned butter, add the granulated sugar, brown sugar and coconut extract.

Combine your wet and dry ingredients.

  

Form using an ice cream scoop (or a cookie scoop) 24 individual rounds. Placing each round in a muffin cup. Making a slight indentation with your thumb, place a single cherry.

Bake for 12 minutes.

Life is just a bowl of cherries
So live and laugh, aha!
Laugh and love
Live and laugh,
Laugh and love,
Live and laugh at it all! – Fosse

Have a delicious weekend darlings, I hope you’re doing some extra special to kick off the first day in the holiday season.

Xoxo