Pink Valentine's Day pancakes with strawberry rose chia jam

Valentine's Day is coming up, and I am all about creating an epic Valentine's Day breakfast. I have recently read the sequel of the Happiness Project, Happier at home. In this book, Gretchen Rubin decides to make holidays more special by making holiday themed breakfasts without a ton of effort. The $1 aisle at Target provides some decorations, and peanut butter colored red (Valentine's Day) or green (St. Patrick's day) does the trick for the kids.

About a year ago I realized I was making too much effort for holidays that it was completely stressing me out. So I stopped everything, and now I miss the art projects with Baby Zand and the yummy foods. So I am slowly easing myself back in with making special breakfasts that are still super easy. Try these pancakes, they are divine. You can also make the jam the night before, and serve them with cashew cream in case you have some handy.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Makes 4 big hearts:

For the pancakes:

  • 1 banana

  • 1 cup strawberries

  • 1 cup oat flour

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

  • 1 Tbsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp rose water

  • 3 tsp beet powder (optional)

For the chia jam:

  • 1 cup strawberries

  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp rose water

  • virgin coconut oil for cooking

  1. Start with the jam, so it can set. Blend strawberries, maple syrup, and vanilla, and rose water until frothy. Stir in the chia seeds, and set to the side to let the jam thicken.

  2. Next, blend all pancake ingredients together to create a smooth batter.

  3. Heat 1 Tbsp coconut oil in a pan over medium heat for 1 minute.

  4. Add the batter to the pan with a big spoon, forming a heart by making a V with your spoon.

  5. Heat for 2-3 minutes until stop of the batter starts to bubble. Then flip the pancake, and cook for another 1-2 minutes until set.

  6. Serve the pancakes with strawberry chia jam, coconut yogurt, maple syrup or anything else your heart desires.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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