Monday, June 17, 2013

Strawberry Chia Syrup

I am telling you for the 3,456th time to buy a Vitamix machine. It's the best thing that ever happened to my eating clean lifestyle. Plus, it comes with a 7 year warranty! Oh, and basically self cleans itself. 

Chia seeds are packed full of fiber, protein, antioxidants and Omega-3s. The Vitamix does a fantastic job at making them disappear so there is no trace of them. Read more about Chia Seeds here: Chia Seeds {Nature's Tiny Powerhouse} 

I made this with strawberries we picked this past weekend with the kids! Teaching your child that food doesn't just magically show up on a store shelf is a very valuable life lesson!

Strawberry Chia Syrup

  • 2-3 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup all natural Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tbps chia seeds

1) Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.

NOTE: Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week. Serve hot or cold.

{clean} Applesauce Pancakes

This recipe can be made into larger batches depending on how many you can go through in a week. I don't like to dirty pans more than once if it can be avoided. I plan to make a gluten free option to this recipe soon.

My kids loved these pancakes!

{clean} Applesauce Pancakes


2 cups White Whole Wheat flour (I use Bronze Chief from Wal-mart)
1/2 cup oat flour (I made in my Vitamix) or use whole oats
2 Tbps Baking Powder
1 Tbps Baking Soda
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Sea Salt

3 eggs (Pasteurized is best)
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbps coconut oil (melted)
1/2 tsp vanilla


1) Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
2) Add wet to the dry and stir well with a whisk or handheld mixer.
3) Cook pancakes as your normally would. Griddle, Pan, etc

NOTE: I am sure you can add chia seeds or flaxseed to up the fiber and protein in these. We served these with Strawberry Chia Syrup. Yum!