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Gluten Free Meal and Snack Options

One thing Harbor Greens is always striving to perfect is their customer service! You will most likely be greeted at the door, the staff are friendly and helpful, the food and plant selection is top notch, many items are local and the vendors even visit the store and the selection of gluten free items is growing daily.  With more and more people unable to eat gluten the demand for high quality and yummy tasting options is becoming a very important aspect of owning a grocery store and Harbor Greens offers hundreds of items to help you on your journey to a healthier diet if gluten cannot be part of it.  Of course you can pick up a piece of meat, seafood, any vegetable, fruit and many other items but sometimes you just want a quick meal or a delicious snack.  Here are a bunch of items both locations carry to help you on your way (there are many more):

IMG_0973Amy’s brand carries a huge selection of prepared items that are easy to make at home or at the office in both a microwave or oven.  Items include but are not limited to mac and cheese, international dishes such as enchiladas and tamales, pizza, pasta, burgers and much much more.

IMG_0974Amy’s also has prepared chocolate cake and pound cake in the freezer section for those quick desserts! Just top with fresh berries and whip cream and dessert is done!

IMG_0975Mountain Muesli is a delicious and local company that makes granola and granola bites which are gluten free and so delicious!

IMG_0977Crispy Green is an awesome company which has great snack options for kids and adults. Freeze dried fruit and nothing else makes for a delicious bite of something sweet! Some big packs even have smaller individual packs inside for on the go.

IMG_1744Many other snack items such as nuts, dried fruit, bars and more make for quick snacks and pantry staples.  I especially love Kind bars and High Valley Orchard snacks.  The Nature’s Bakery vanilla fig bar is delicious and while it is not gluten free it is dairy free and so yummy! Maybe grab that for someone who is not required to eat gluten free and surprise them with a delicious snack!

IMG_1756Just Great Stuff has a delicious line of organic bars that seriously pack a punch! They are flavorful, healthy, gluten free and organic. A great snack bar.

IMG_1757A big company like Stonewall Kitchen has even jumped on the gluten free wagon and recently started offering a chocolate cupcake mix and vanilla cupcake mix for those gluten intolerant people.  This company makes delicious stuff!! It’s especially great for when you are having a party and need an easy dessert that will satisfy all people.

IMG_1758Another favorite, Tate’s Bake Shop, has made a line of gluten free cookies. If you’ve ever had their original chocolate chip cookie you’ll know how delicious they are and what a treat it is to have a gluten free option!!! Awhile back I made an cookie cake with Tate’s cookies and these gluten free substitutes would allow anyone to make this amazing dessert! Check out the recipe: Chocolate Whipped Cream Cookie Cake.

IMG_1759Lucy’s cookies are a great cookie substitute for the gluten intolerant people in your family! These cookies are yummy and even vegan!

IMG_1760WOW cookies are a great way to start or end the day.  With a variety of flavors from chocolate to oatmeal they can be a delicious breakfast cookie or a great midnight snack!

IMG_1761Coconut, chocolate and gluten free all wrapped into a macaroon… sign me up! Jennie’s makes 2 varieties of macaroons that are delicious and so sinful!

IMG_1762The brand that probably started gluten free food options, Udi’s, not only offers bread, bagels and muffins but they now have cookies!

IMG_1763Zing Bars are more than just a snack.  They are a nutritional powerhouse intended to satisfy you and taste good at the same time.  Definitely worth a try!

Chocolate Chewy Granola Bars

I will be the first to admit that I love a good chewy granola bar for many reasons: their slightly sweet but still feel a little healthy because of the oats and nuts, their quick and make for an easy snack and they are fairly cheap and easy to make for a great grab and go for anyone in the family. While you can buy them in the store for quite cheap they are also easy to make at home and have on hand in the freezer.

I decided to make my bars with a combination of dried apricots, coconut, dried cranberries, chocolate and nuts.  They are slightly sweet but you don’t feel like you are eating a candy bar.  They fill you up and my toddler loves them.  Win for all!

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IMG_2144You can buy sliced or slivered almonds but I find it cheaper to buy whole ones and chop them yourself.

IMG_2145Chop to the size you like: here is how I like them.

IMG_2146On a sheet pan, toast the oatmeal and almonds for about 8 minutes or until fragrant (stir once halfway)

IMG_2148In a saucepan combine honey, butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract until sugar is dissolved.

IMG_2150My choice of add ins.  You can customize these granola bars any way you like: dates, dried cherries, m&m’s, any other dried fruit, other nuts and more

IMG_2151Once sugar is dissolved add almond butter if desired. You could also use any other nut butter.

IMG_2152Pour mixture over oats, almonds and wheat germ

IMG_2153Stir until combined.

IMG_2154Add flax seeds and let cool for 5 minutes.

IMG_2155Once the mixture has cooled a little add your desired extras.  The chocolate chips will melt a little which is fine because it will help the bars stick together

IMG_2157Pour mixture into an 8×8 pan lined with tin foil and sprayed with non stick spray or oiled

IMG_2158Press mixture into the pan until it is really compact.  This helps the bars stick together better later.  Really press them in.  Add remaining chocolate chips to the top and gently press them in with a spatula. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

IMG_2164Remove bars from pan and slice into desired size.  Store bars in an air tight container for up to a week (if they last that long) or freeze the rest for later.

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Chocolate Chewy Granola Bars
Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups rolled oats (quick cooking)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp flax seeds
2 tbsp wheat germ
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chocolate chips plus 3 tbsp
 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  On a sheet pan toast almonds and rolled oats for about 8 minutes or until fragrant.  Stir once in between. Transfer for a big bowl with wheat germ.  In a small saucepan add butter, vanilla, brown sugar and honey.  Heat over medium heat unit sugar is dissolved.  Add almond butter and stir to combine.  Add to bowl and stir to combine.  Allow mixture to cool for about 5 minutes.  Add flax seeds and other add ins.  Press mixture firmly into an 8×8 square pan lined with foil sprayed with nonstick spray.  The more you press the better the bars will stick together later. Top with remaining chocolate chips and press gently with a spatula.  Refrigerate for 2 hours or up to over night.  Remove from pan and slice into desired size.  Store in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for later. 
All ingredients are optional and can changed depending on your families taste!

Lemon Almond Poppy seed muffins

I had a craving…

First, I wanted a lemon poppy seed muffin…

Then, I wanted an almond poppy seed muffin…

So, what’s a pregnant girl to do… eat a batch of each?

No, because that would be silly. However, not the first time 🙂  Instead I made a combination of the two! And yes, it satisfied all my cravings and more!
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But, before I go any further I need to give a quick shout out to the amazing local strawberries at the market! Spooner Farms grows hands down the best strawberries in the world and for a very short window of time they are available and sooooooooo worth the price and the short season!

IMG_7688This half flat costs $13.99 but the joy you will get from devouring it will far out way the price tag!

IMG_7689It’s all about shopping local right? Well, here is your chance!

IMG_7690Make jam, eat them plain, strawberry shortcake perhaps or freeze them for smoothies later!

OK, back to the main event…

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IMG_7674A few of the key ingredients for these lovely little muffins. Lemons, almond extract and poppy seeds all allowed me to create my perfect muffin in one!

IMG_7676Beat eggs and sugar until fluffy and slightly thick

IMG_7678The lemon zest along with the juice add a slightly sweet and refreshing kick while the olive oil (in place of butter) add a rich depth of flavor.

IMG_7680Can’t forget those cute little poppy seeds that speckle each muffin

IMG_7682The batter really is beautiful

IMG_7684Fill cups about 2/3 of way full and bake at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes

IMG_7686I love the crackly top

IMG_7691I tried them first plain and then with a glaze and let’s be honest, everything is better with a glaze!

IMG_7692Just a simple powdered sugar and lemon juice glaze added the perfect sweetness to these muffins

IMG_7696Great for a party, breakfast, brunch, or no reason at all.  Also, these would freeze and defrost very well. Just don’t add the glaze until ready to serve.

Lemon Almond Poppy Seed Muffins

Ingredients:

Muffins:

2/3 cup sugar

3 eggs

3 tbsp plain Greek yogurt

¼ cup olive oil

1/3 cup lemon juice

2 tbsp lemon zest

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp almond extract

2 2/3 cups flour

pinch salt

1 ½ tsp baking soda

2 tbsp poppy seeds

Glaze:

2 tbsp powdered sugar

squeeze of lemon juice for desired consistency

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line 12 muffins tins with paper liners. In a stand mixer (or hand mixer) beat eggs and sugar for 2 minutes until slightly thick and pale in color. Add eggs, yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla and almond extract and mix.  Remove paddle attachment and sift in flour, salt and baking soda.  Reattach paddle mixer and mix until just combined.  Scrap down sides of bowl, add poppy seeds and mix until just barely incorporated.  Do not over mix.  Fill muffins tins 2/3 full and bake for about 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before adding glaze.  Mix powdered sugar and lemon juice to create thick glaze and top muffins.

 

 

 

French Toast {turned up}!

I have two really delicious and easy ways to make french toast so much better!

1. Fresh whole vanilla beans

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2. Challah Bread

IMG_7543All you need is eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon (optional) and a delicious loaf of challah bread

IMG_7545Slice up this heavenly bread into about 3/4 inch pieces

IMG_7546Soak bread in egg, milk, vanilla and cinnamon mixture

IMG_7553Top french toast with your favorite toppings!

IMG_7557I love the crispy exterior with the eggs center!

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IMG_7561I personally like to top mine with syrup and coconut!

Topping options: jam, syrup, coconut, fresh berries, powdered sugar or just butter!

Mountain Muesli- a delicious way to add energy to your diet!

I have attempted to make homemade granola a handful of times and every time I wish it would turn out just like this delicious Mountain Muesli!  I love that it is not too chunky or hard but instead the I love the little specks of coconut, oats, dried fruit and nuts! Hence the name muesli! All the packages soy, corn, eggs and dairy free and they even have a new variety of gluten free! Plus they are, as the package says, absurdly delicious!

image_3I prefer mine with a little fruit and yogurt!

image_1I also love the pieces of dried fruit which are just the right size!

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IMG_7569While there are many flavors to choose from I personally love the cherry almond granola and the cherry chocolate chip mini granola bites!

IMG_7571These little bites pack and delicious punch! They are chewy, have just a slight chocolate bite, a slight sweetness from the cranberries and are perfect for on the go!

IMG_7572Mountain Muesli updated the traditional Swiss muesli by adding ground flax seed, coconut sugar and coconut oil for a boost of protein, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. It has the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats to give you high energy the natural way. I love knowing that my family and I are enjoying a high quality product that we all can enjoy!

IMG_7574I love the variety of the ingredients and that they are made right here in Tacoma, WA! Plus, all the packages are resealable which makes them last in your home or allow you take them on the go and not spill them.

IMG_7575Grab a package of Mountain Muesli and enjoy it as a delicious meal or snack anytime!

Parmesan Risotto Cakes

IMG_0647Oh BOY!!! These little cakes are delicious and awesome for so many reasons! They are cheesy, creamy, satisfying, hearty, beautiful, savory and so versatile.

Parmesan risotto cakes are great for a dinner party, a simple dinner at home, an appetizer, with a salad, alone, on a sandwich, for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Breakfast you say… add some cooked chopped bacon or ham and they turn into a savory breakfast risotto cake! Seriously just go make them and enjoy them!

IMG_0648Look at that creamy center!

Alright, here’s how to make these awesome Parmesan Risotto Cakes

Boil 1 cup of risotto rice in a pot of salted water for 20 minutes.  Drain the rice and rinse it with cold water.  Set aside to let cool.  (sorry no picture)

IMG_0635Mix eggs, cheese, salt, pepper, chives and greek yogurt to a bowl and whisk together.

IMG_0637Add the cooked rice and mix well.  I added some red pepper flakes for some kick.  Cover mixture and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.

IMG_0636The mixture will be wet but stiff after it is refrigerated which makes it much easier to work with.

IMG_0642Roll mixture into a ball and gently press it into a disk.  Coat disk in panko bread crumbs on both sides.

IMG_0641Fry risotto cakes in hot olive oil until is it brown

IMG_0645Flip and brown other side. About 4 minutes on each side.

IMG_0646Serve with a salad to complete the meal! I made a kale salad with a pesto vinaigrette dressing.  Serve however you want!

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Cranberry Bread

In preparation for Thanksgiving I made a delicious and moist cranberry bread.  However, the best part about this bread is that it can be used next week at your Thanksgiving celebration or any other day of the year! It is full of tart cranberries, lemon zest and topped with a crusty sugary crust!  Seriously…. go make this bread!

IMG_6926The cranberries are perfect because they sort of pop in your mouth and add a tart taste to this bread!

IMG_0524I love cranberries for a lot of different reasons: their beautiful, delicious and so festive!

IMG_0525Grab a couple little cartons of these ruby red beauties! Your body will thank you and so will your tastebuds!

IMG_0526So cute!

IMG_6915Check out that batter! So thick and I love the red cranberries in the tan batter!

IMG_6916Lets just call this the perfect loaf!

IMG_6919I love a crusty sugary top!

IMG_6923Don’t forget to stock up on cranberries because they can be frozen so you can have this bread all year round!

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Here how to make it:

(Thankfully it only takes a few minutes and it makes your house smell so delicious!)

** Don’t forget to add a tbsp of lemon zest!!!

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A Crepe Extravaganza (Sweet and Savory)

What Crepe Flavor are you?!?!

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I was inspired by a few different awesome items in the Gig Harbor Market today and I can’t wait to share them with you!!!  I can assure you your mouth will be watering and you will be running to the car headed in the direction of Harbor Greens!

IMG_6218The humble crepe: a thin fluffy batter made of eggs, milk, flour, water, melted butter and a few extras! I made sweet and savory crepes today so I created two different batters (well, 3 actually if you count my chocolate batter.  Read on to find out more!!!)  In the savory batter I added salt and pepper and the sweet batter I added sugar and lemon zest!  Besides the extra ingredients the process is the same for both batters. Blend the ingredients, allow to chill in refrigerator, heat a large skillet, coat with melted butter, pour batter in and form desired crepe size, flip and fill with ingredients! The possibilities are endless!!!!! Experiment, create, be adventurous and enjoy!

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Pour crepe batter into pan to create desired size.  In this case, size does matter 🙂

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Flip when the edges are golden brown

Cooks Note: Making a good crepe is a bit of an art form but anyone can do it! Swirl batter in pan until a thin layer of batter is covering the bottom of the pan.  You want the crepe to be quite thin.  It only takes a few minutes on each side so watch them closely.

 Sweet Crepes

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Sweet batter ingredients. Add water to get desired consistency.

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Fresh lemon zest pairs perfectly with the sweet batter

Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter, Hazelnut and Banana Crepe

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Wild Friends in Portland Oregon is turing out some awesome flavors of peanut butter! Two girls ran out of peanut butter while studying in college and decided to try their hand at making their own instead of buying more! Plus, they filled my wildest dream by combining chocolate coconut and peanut butter!

IMG_6221These hazelnuts are also from Oregon! Ken and June have been harvesting hazelnuts for 50 years on the Melcher Family Farm!

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This delicious and decadent crepe was inspired by Wild Friends chocolate coconut peanut butter.  I was initially looking for Nutella, a chocolate hazelnut spread, however when I spotted the flavored peanut butter my mind instantly changed.  Chocolate, coconut, peanut butter all in one, how can you go wrong?!?! The answer is: you CAN’T!!! Bananas add some sweet and hearty fruit and a slight crunch from the chopped hazelnuts makes this crepe a true chocolate lovers dream! All this awesome crepe needs is a dusting of powdered sugar.Blueberry Lemon Curd Crepe

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Never tried lemon curd before?  Well, after trying this crepe you will be a lemon curd lover! A little sweet, a little sour and a lot lemony this product will leave you wanting to put lemon curd on everything! Especially this crepe with fresh blueberries! Two simple ingredients is all this crepe needs to be perfect!

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Stonewall Kitchen Lemon Curd

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Topped with vanilla whipped cream and fresh blueberries! Oh My!

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Strawberries and Vanilla Whipped Cream Crepe

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Such a classis and so delicious!

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I used frozen defrosted strawberries that I sweetened up with a little agave syrup! Top with vanilla whipped cream for a classic sweet crepe!

Banana Coconut Chocolate Coconut Crepe

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I was feeling a little crazy at the end of my crepe making so I decided to throw some cocoa powder and coconut extract in my sweet crepe batter! It was the best move yet! A chocolate coconut crepe which I filled with a small smear of Wild Friends chocolate coconut peanut butter, bananas and sweetened coconut! Topped off with coconut flakes and powdered sugar! Ummmmm, did you get all that… Whoa!!! It’t even better than it sounds if that is possible!

 Savory Crepes

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Savory batter ingredients.  Notice the salt but not the pepper. Don’t forget the pepper like I did! Add water for desired consistency.

The star of the savory crepes featured is definitely this cheese:

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Lappi Cheese: Named for the Lapland region of Finland this cheese is rich and buttery and oh so versatile.  It is naturally gluten free for those of us who struggle with wheat which makes it a great cheese for any dish!  It is slightly firm but shreds well and melts great for a gooey cheesy goodness! Try this cheese! Weighed by the pound and wrapped inidividually the market has made it possibly to try this delicious cheese without draining your wallet. Find this cheese, and many others, in the refrigerated cheese case in the deli.  Be sure to ask one of the deli boys if you need help finding it!

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Look at that shred!

Ham, Egg, Cheese Crepe

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This crepe is much more than it sounds like! From the salty black forest ham, a fluffy scrambled egg, tangy Lappi cheese and herby fresh basil this crepe is sure to impress and satisfy!

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And, YES, I do enjoy my crepe with a class of wine so you should to!

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Famega Vinho Verde is a crisp and slightly sweet wine that pairs well with this savory crepe! It has a slight sparkling aspect and is smooth and fresh on a warm summer day! Served chilled and even over ice (no shame here!) this wine is a great bottle for any occasion! Currently on sale for only $6.99 a bottle! Don’t miss our weekly ad at HarborGreensMarket.com

Baked Ham, Egg, Cheese and Arugula Crepe

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Fill a crepe with fresh slices of black forest ham, shredded Lappi cheese, fresh arugula, crack an egg on top and fold up the edges! Place on a piece of parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until egg is cooked.  I like mine over medium!

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Crispy edges, a baked egg, warm ham and melted cheese! So savory and perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Caramelized Onion, Balsamic Roasted Carrots, Cheese and Thyme Crepe

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This crepe is everything savory and oh so hearty!

Roast carrots in the oven for 20 minutes, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle fresh thyme on top. Caramelize onions in a skillet with olive oil, salt and pepper for about 30 minutes until tender and sweet.  Fill crepe with shredded cheese, warm caramelized onions and carrots. The warmth from the onions and carrots will melt the cheese! Enjoy alone or with a sweet and savory bechamel sauce (aka, white sauce)  to make it a meal!

Crepe Batter Recipe:

Sweet Crepe batter

Ingredients:

2 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup water (more if needed)

3 tbsp melted butter

1 cup flour

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp lemon zest

Chocolate Coconut Crepe Batter

2 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup water (more if needed)

3 tbsp melted butter

1 1/2 cup flour

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp coconut extract

Savory Crepe Batter

Ingredients:

2 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup water (more if needed)

3 tbsp melted butter

1 cup flour

1 tsp of salt

1 tsp of pepper

Preparation:

Blend all ingredients together.  Allow to chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes.  This reduces bubbles.  Butter skillet and pour in batter.  Swirl batter in pan until crepe size is achieved. Flip crepe when edges are slightly brown.  Fill crepe with desired filling.

 

Kodiak Flapjacks!!

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Welcome to the Frontier! After trying these pancakes and waffles you will feel like you just stepped on to a ranch because they are so fluffy, just the right amount of sweet and so delicious! Next time your in Harbor Greens to sure to pick up a box of Baker Mills Kodiak Cakes flapjack and waffle mix. This batter makes the best pancakes and waffles and they are super easy!  The box is $8.99 and while that may sound a little steep here are a few things to consider: 1. Baker Mills uses only real ingredients that you can actually pronounce. 2.  There is not any high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated anything in any of the boxes. 3. The price break down makes each pancake or waffle about $.75 which is way cheaper than breakfast out.  4. You can customize these waffles anyway you like them to make them a little more fancy than regular old Bisquick. 5. All you add is water so they are super simple.  Plus, the flavor is awesome!! I made blueberry and banana pancakes for my daughter and they were gone before I knew it!

My fancy fruit version:

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blueberries and banana slices instantly made these pancakes more filling and sweeter!

IMG_1080banana pancakes!

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Don’t forget some delicious syrup for your pancakes or waffles!

This Stonewall Kitchen Butter Pecan Syrup makes everything a little sweeter!

Kodiak Pancakes:

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