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posing practice, weight training, cardio, grocery shopping, church, and family time.

that was my weekend.  how was yours?

this particular trip to HEB was one to remember!  i have been hearing about Walden Farms this and Walden farms that in cyberspace recently.  Walden Farms products claim to be:

calorie-free

sugar-free

fat-free

carbohydrate-free

gluten-free

cholesterol-free

not ALL products are free of ALL of the things i listed, but just read the label to be sure!

my ears perk up when i hear  ‘____ – free’ regardless, but not once have i heard so many in the same sentence and referring to one product!!!!!  my curiosity got the best of me and i ordered the infamous Walden Farms pancake syrup online.  however, man, sometimes all you have to do is ASK.  ‘do you carry Walden Farms products?’ i asked the store associate.  i just knew she would look at me crazy and reply with ‘who!?’, but nope, HEB always come through for meeeeeee.

could that be?…no… calorie-free ketchup!? yeah it scares me too…i’ll go back for it later though lol

i read A LOT of product reviews (i do hope for the best that they aren’t fake or anything) and the Walden Farms dips (chocolate, caramel, marshmallow, etc.) aren’t sounding too good.  so, i left them alone for now.

there they are…in all their glory!  bbq sauce too!  WF is on a roll.

and dressings! so for those of you who like to eat salad with your dressing lol, you should give these a try.

this is what i got outta there with in addition to my fresh fruits, veggies, and proteins.  syrup (pancake and chocolate) sesame ginger dressing (which is nothing short of awesome) and more PB2- there was a 50 cents off coupon running and i couldn’t pass it up.

saturday morning, i made Chiso a bowl of oatmeal and topped it with fresh blueberries, chia seeds, peanut butter, and almond milk.

then i made some more of those oatmeal pancakes i had last week (i am HOOKED!!).  i made up the batter the night before this time and let it sit in the fridge.

 we had them again this morning. ready to try them?! here’s that recipe:

super moist banana oat pancakes

the stuff:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (***you can use pre-ground oat flower, or ground them yourself in your blender or food processor***)
  • 2 egg whites
  • couple dashes of cinnamon (be generous)
  • splash of  real vanilla extract (OR you can use a couple drops of vanilla creme stevia if you want them sweeter!)
  • 1/2 a mashed ripe banana
  • 1/8th tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 heaping tbsp greek yogurt or unsweetened applesauce

do this:

  1. mix all the ingredients well in your blender or food processor!  *s/n: if the batter is too thick for you, add some unsweetened vanilla almond milk to stretch it.  i’ve been adding water to keep my nutritional stats the same for my competition diet though.*
  2. pour into a non-stick/sprayed skillet or griddle. you can make 1 big cake like they do at restaurants, or a stack. i like to do 4 mini cakes.
  3. 3-4 min on each side.
  4. you can add SO many things to your batter- the options are simply endless. top or incorporate your fav fruit or nuts and don’t forget that sugar-free syrup.  i also sprayed mine with some ‘i can’t believe it’s not butter’.  this is too easy!!! i don’t even need a pancake cheat meal anymore!  tastes so darn good.  i’ll be adding some PB2 into my batter when i can have it again.  enjoy and get creative.

 (for the ENTIRE recipe)

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   Chiso is a fan.

heck, oatmeal hating Sonny likes them AND the syrup too. jackpot.

About Time sent me some free samples of their whey protein this past week- chocolate and birthday cake flavor.  no carbs, no fat, no aftertaste, and all natural. hmmmmmmmmmm!  as usual, i will be trying, next month.

don’t wait til morning, go make some pancakes right now.  have a blessed rest of your sunday.

what is your experience with Walden Farms!? any products by them the world should know about? share!

le

34 replies »

  1. I made these tonight for dinner. AM-A-ZING!!!! Even the sugar free syrup. Next time I will add a little unsweetened Almond Milk.

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  2. I am on the wellness committee at my job and I had to forward your recipe for heart health recipes for Heart Health month in February I gave you credit of course. I love this recipe, and all the recipes that I have tried from your blog and there are several, whenever I get on IG I will be following, and will be liking your FB page, keep up the good work you are an inspiration!

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    • omg!! thank you for not only making my face smile right now, but my heart!! you have been with me from the jump, girl. thank you for every comment and every referral- thank you sincerely, Amala!!

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  3. OMG! I made these this morning. I was amazed at how similar the texture is to regular pancakes. I normally eat pancakes made with protein powder as the base, but NEVER again. These are delicious! I am addicted. I can’t wait to make them again in the morning. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to the cookbook/ebook 🙂

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    • wooooooooo! that made my night, tcollins! and yep…i tried to hang with the protein powder trend, but it’s not for me at all. i’d rather eat FOOD! thank you for trying the cakes- book is on it’s waaaay;)

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  4. These sound delicious, I can’t wait to make them! I just had a question you have “oats” stated, would this be the same as using Quaker oats original oatmeal? thanks!

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  5. 1/3 cup of oats? Should this be ground or oat flour? I used regular quaker oats. Trying to figure out what I did wrong. My pancakes are coming apart. They look nothing like your picture. Miine look like I’m eating fried oatmeal. 😦

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    • hi Marci!!! yep – you can ground up the oats first to get a smoother cake for sure. i’ve done them both ways and i can totally relate to your cakes falling apart. i’ll add this to the post to clear up any confusion though! thank you for trying them- give it one more shot, pretty please!

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      • Goodmorning! So I finally tried them again, but this time I tried the Spinach Pancakes. I bought oat flour. However, My cakes cooked up perfect on the outside but still creamy on the inside. Not a bready firm texture. Is this normal? I stuck them in the oven to bake some more but still a litte gooey. Wondering if I used too much liquid or am I expecting something that isnt possible with oat flour?? Thanks

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        • Hey lady! i love that you did not give up 😉 when my pancakes are done on the outside and gooey on the inside my fire is usually too high. I’m thinking that’s it, Marcie. lemme know how that turns out for you.

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          • I was thinking that too. I will try again. My husband said they tasted good otherwise. I have tried other recipes of yours (tuna cakes and pizza zucchini boats) Both were delicious. God has given you a wonderful gift with food. Im so grateful. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  6. OH whuuuuuuuuuut??! These were (WERE) off the hook!!! I even subbed baking soda because I had no powder and couldn’t find my measuring spoon so put in too much this and that and still came out off so so right! My son loved them too! Thanks so much for the recipe! Can’t wait to try the others. 🙂

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  7. Out of all the IG accounts I follow yours inspires me so much! My son is just about 2 so i can’t really play off this weight as “just had a baby” anymore! Got to get it TOGETHER! Thank you for keeping this up for all of us, so helpful!

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    • THANK YOU for sharing this with me and my readers, Sasha 🙂 i’m excited to pour so much more into this blog in the coming weeks! thank you for sticking with me and showing so much love. i appreciate you tremendously.

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      • So late lastnight i was at h.e.b and i seen they had the Walden Farms Blueberry Syrup for only $1.74! i’m not too sure if you like that kind but i was so upset i couldnt find not one!! i even tried to ask the workers there and they’re out! 😦

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