These chocolate pancakes are the best gluten-free vegan pancakes I've ever tasted, and all of my friends I served them to at brunch agreed. They have a terrific fluffy texture (a far cry from the typical cardboard GF pancakes you can get), and fabulous flavor. Forget that they're gluten-free and vegan. They're just perfect pancakes no matter what you're dietary stripes.
This righteous recipe comes from my friend, Meghan Telpner, a Canadian nutritionist and founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. You can find this recipe in her new book, UnDiet: Eat You Way to Vibrant Health and The UnDiet Cookbook. Through humor and simple fresh recipes, Meghan is changing the way people think about their health. With a passion for vibrant living and good karma business, Meghan also works as a consultant with health-focused independent practitioners and small businesses to find their unique voice, stay ahead of the curve, cultivate community, and convert passions into profitable conscious businesses.
In The Undiet Cookbook, Meghan shares easy tips for health living with her simple humorous approach that doesn’t work with calorie counting or deprivation. But, instead, is all about fun, celebration, and limitless potential. All of Meghan’s recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian, with many being vegan, and all of the recipes having optional tweaks to make them vegan.
Meghan uses clean, whole foods ingredients, and outlines all of these ingredients in a detailed pantry at the beginning of the book. There are also links throughout the book that take you to specific pages of her website where you can get more information, links to download shopping lists and other resources, and places to watch videos. There is a recipe legend in the book that helps you choose recipes that are also nut-free, soy-free, grain-free, raw, and protein-powered.
The recipes are broken up into categories: Decadent Drinks; Breakfast; Dips, Crackers, and Snacks; Soups; Salads; Mains; Condiments and Dressings; Desserts; and Beauty Recipes. The book closes with Entertaining Menus, Tips For Healthy Travel, Healthy Lifestyle Tips, and Guides For Making Green Smoothies and Sprouting.
Some of my favorite recipes include: Green Trampoline Smoothie, Kombucha Margarita, Stress Away Tea, Uncoffee, Healthy Hair Tonic, Sacred Scramble, TLT Lettuce “Sandwiches”, Sunflower Power Spread, Shiitake Tap-Dance-Enade, Dijon Dill Kale Chips, Gracious Glow Soup, Miso Hungry Soup, Maple Magic Squash and Kale Salad, Sweet Potato Sliders, Citrus-Spiced Tempeh, Kimchi Maki Rolls, Spirulina Gomasio, Unfish Sauce, Oh Wow Cacao Truffles, Ginger Chip Cookies, Teeth-Happy Toothpaste, Herbal Tea Bath, and the Chamomile Skin-Calming Salve.
I really loved some of the other recipes in the book. But, once we tried these pancakes, I just had to share them with you because they are so amazing. Just be sure you don't leave the chia paste/chia egg sitting more than 5 minutes. Mix the chia, mix the wet ingredients, and add the chia paste in, and then make the pancakes for the best results. The chia paste is not meant to sit.
This book is a great read, is chock-full of awesome easy recipes, and would make a fabulous holiday gift for somebody looking to transition into a healthy lifestyle without gagging.
Get your copy of The Undiet Cookbook and learn more about Meghan Telpner.