“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer”
As a French major, I studied a lot of Camus, however, none of it really spoke to me. I couldn’t remember one awesomely fantastic thing that Camus wrote, until last week. I’ve been working my way through Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map, and I’m pretty sure it’s changing my world. In this book Danielle uses this quote from Camus. As soon as I read it, I knew it was for me. In a very literal sense, I always knew that I wasn’t a winter person. I don’t do snow sports. I hate the cold. And, I consider snow after Christmas to be totally unnecessary and annoying. But, summer, oh man summer. Just saying (or typing) the word “summer” makes me relax. I just let out a big mental “ahhhhhh” when typing the last two sentences. There are definitely things I don’t like about summer – shorts that are like denim underwear and force my bare thighs to rub against one another, oh, and wearing bikinis when I feel bloated. Otherwise, I’m totally down with summer. Sand. Sun. Nature. Birds Chirping. Gardens. Vacations. Warmth. I’m smiling just thinking about it.
I realized recently that the thing I love most about summer is the warmth. This realization took me by surprise. The warmth always seemed so secondary to all the other great things summer has to offer. Though, when I started desire mapping I realized I yearned for radiance – giving off light and warmth. I literally yearned to be summer. Everything that I disliked, or emotions that I didn’t want to feel, had an element of frigidity and coldness. To learn this about myself was pretty cool.
Anyway, the moral here is that when I feel bogged down, stressed, depressed, or any other negative feeling I’m in my winter state (right now that seems to be both literal and figurative). It’s during these crappy times that I have to remind myself of the invincible summer that lives inside me. Summer is my natural state. It will always be there. The warmth of summer is always inside me. I, simply, have to work hard to let it shine through during my winter times.
If you get into desire mapping (which I strongly recommend!) you will learn a lot about the theory of core desired feelings. I’ve decided that Radiance is a feeling that drives me to do so much of what I do. Radiance is where my focus shall shift. I am working on pursuing Radiance, on pursuing light and warmth, because it is the key to strengthening my invincible summer.
How does this all tie into pancakes you ask. Oh, it totally does. On the literal level, these pancakes are made with coconut flour and coconut = summer, am I right?! When I look at a coconut I think summer, or at least what I associate with summer -like sunny skies, beaches, tropical drinks, oh and warmth! See there’s some Radiance already. Then, also very literally, these pancakes are warm given that they are fried in a pan. Boom, some more Radiance! Okay, and here’s the kicker, these pancakes are comforting. For a girl with so many digestive issues eating is more stressful than enjoyable some days. Sometimes, it’s downright painful. Anyone else who has felt this is not alone. I have SO totally been there. Anyway, these pancakes make me feel at ease with my food sensitivities. They’re just like the pancakes of my childhood, yet without the pain and discomfort. They make me feel all warm and cozy on the inside. Aha, Radiance.
When I first made these pancakes I ate them alone with some melted coconut oil. Then, genius struck. Smother these in coconut cream. Talk about decadent. I highly recommend the coconut cream for this recipe. Though, if you can tolerate maple syrup or honey, go for it! Oh, I miss honey! I will live vicariously through you honey users
Grain-Free Pancakes with Coconut Cream
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6 pancakes
1/2 c. Coconut Flour
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract, sugar-free
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1 c. Coconut Milk (homemade or in the carton, not the canned kind)
**Can substitute this with another dairy-free milk if desired.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk in a separate bowl. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Mixture should be a bit thicker than grain-filled pancake batter. (I almost typed “regular pancakes”, but then I got angry because that makes us grain-free folks seem irregular…and we’re not, we’re awesome and amazing!). Scoop 1/4 cup of batter at a time onto a greased pan. Press the batter gently to form a pancake shape. Cook 2-4 minutes, flip and cook another 4-5 minutes -or until center is firm.
Prep Time: 2 Minutes
1/4 c. Coconut Cream (scraped from the top of a can of full-fat coconut milk that has been refrigerated overnight)
1/8 tsp. Vanilla Extract, sugar-free
Stevia, to taste
Combine all ingredients, mixing well.
Eating Directions :
Slather a nice heaping scoop of coconut cream on top of your pancake just before you’re about to eat it. And, hey, what the heck, dunk each bite in some added cream because – why not?! haha. I love these pancakes! They have revolutionized the way this grain-free girl gets her breakfast on
Nutrition Information Per Pancake (without Coconut Cream):
115 Calories, 10g Carbs, 6g Fat, 6g Protein, 120g Sodium, 1 Sugar
My Favorite Related Grain-Free Pancake-esque Recipes…
- Grain-Free Waffles – Against All Grain
- Coconut Flour Chocolate Crepes – Healthful Pursuit
- Grain-Free Pancakes – Healthful Pursuit (this one is made with chickpea flour!)
- Pumpkin Spice Pancakes – Primal Palate
**Recipe featured on Whole Food Fridays