Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gentle Breezes and a GAPS Friendly Puffed Oven Pancake

Yesterday, I was so pleased as I entered my bedroom to see the breeze blowing my curtains around and even ruffling the bed skirt on my bed. I love when I can finally open up the windows and leave them open all day and all night. But, I shouldn't get too excited because I have been told that Saturday it is only suppose to be in the mid 40's. Oh the ups and downs of Midwest weather!

This weekend we had the pleasure of enjoying Nate's brother and sister-in-law's company. The kids are so excited when Jeremy and Tonya come to visit. The boys loved their morning cuddles with their uncle and Layla greatly appreciated the special readings from Charlotte's Web. Jeremy and Tonya even graciously ate our special diet food the whole weekend! I bet they never expected to give up grains and sugars for weekend! We also had the pleasure of our good friend Chad joining us for dinner Sunday evening.

The GAPS diet has been going well, though we have not been following the introduction diet completely. For the sake of sanity and the ease of pleasing everyone's palate, I have been introducing some foods from the full GAPS diet list of approved foods. We are trying to introduce foods as slowly as possible and make sure everyone is handling them well. In general, we all are continuing to feel better and have more energy. If you want to know more about the GAPS diet, head to this site for a bit more info, or just do a little "Googling" on the subject.

One of our best breakfast recipes yet, that everyone has enjoyed, has been a revamped version of the Better Homes and Gardens Puffed Oven Pancake. I just switched a few ingredients to make it GAPS friendly and thought it was good enough to share. This recipe is grain-free, too, so for anyone with gluten issues, it would be a good choice. If you have any lactose issues, just substitute the dairy/water amount for coconut or almond milk and maybe use coconut oil as a substitute for the butter/ghee.

GAPS Friendly Puffed Oven Pancake

1/4 cup butter or ghee
6 eggs, beaten
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup plain yogurt or kefir
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup honey
few dashes of salt
few dashes of cinnamon
3 or 4 apples, cored, sliced and cooked in a small amount of water
Cinnamon and honey to coat apples

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place butter in a 9 X 13 pan and place in oven to melt butter. Mix together beaten eggs, flour, yogurt/kefir, water, honey and salt. Add a few generous shakes of cinnamon. Retrieve pan from oven once butter has melted and spread the melted butter to coat the bottom of the pan. Place cooked apple slices in the pan. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and drizzle with honey. Poor batter over apples and cook for 25 minutes or until slightly browned. Cut into squares and enjoy! We liked ours drizzled with yogurt and honey.

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