Paleo Coconut Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup (Recipe At Bottom)

On TV, the pregnant lady gets to eat what she wants. She gets to have cravings and demand late night ice cream runs from her husband. This pregnant lady has been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Which essentially means a very restrictive diet where I count carbs, measure my blood sugar four times a day, and have to be very careful about how much and what I am putting in my body at any given time.  Gestational diabetes and managing it can look very different for different people. Some people just have to count their carbs, and what the carbs actually are don’t really matter. Not so for me! A piece of white toast send my blood sugar sky rocketing, so essentially I have to eat healthy. Bummer. 😉 

A typical breakfast for me looks like:

Option 1: Yoplait Plenti – which is a pretty nifty little carton of greek yogurt, fruit, and whole grain oats. 

Option 2: 1/2 slice whole grain toast with butter, 1 scrambled egg, 1/2 cup berries 

These are the two breakfast options that seem to work well. But today is Saturday. Lazy, lovely Saturday. Whenever Jonathan and I are home and not busy on a Saturday morning, we usually cook some sort of delicious breakfast together. Like pancakes. Mmmmm pancakes. 

So we ventured into the world of paleo baking and decided to give an alternative pancake a try.

For the pancakes, we used Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes. We did find that the batter was way too loose, and had to add another 1/8th cup of coconut flour.

Then, we had to think about what we were going to do about syrup. This is where Chef Sasha got to be creative. I usually have fresh berries with breakfast or as a morning snack, so we had a giant carton of strawberries handy. 

We chopped up 9 strawberries, and threw them in a pot with 1/2 cup water, and 1 tablespoon agave.

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I cooked that for about 5-7 minutes on high until the strawberries were soft, and then mashed them with a potato masher. 

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Once they were good and mashed, I reduced the heat to medium, and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. The water reduced and it was thicker, but not syrup-py. Then I removed it from the heat and let the natural pectin from the strawberries thicken it up. Voila! 

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The amount made is about one small mason jar. It was the perfect amount for a half recipe of the coconut pancakes, and fed two people. Honestly, it was delicious! photo1

Now, I won’t claim the pancakes were as good as your traditional, white flour, buttermilk pancakes. But for a healthier option, we were really happy with them! 

 

The pancakes were delicious, the topping was a great substitute for syrup, and the real win here is that at my 2 hour sugar check, my sugars were in good shape! Win-win!

Strawberry Syrup
Serves 2
A lower GI, healthier option for a sweet topping for pancakes, ice cream, waffles, or anything you want a yummy strawberry syrup!
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
20 min
40 calories
10 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
151 g
5 g
6 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
151g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 40
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 5mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
79%
Calcium
6%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 9 large strawberries
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1 tablespoon agave nectar
Instructions
  1. Cut the strawberries into chunks.
  2. Put strawberries, water, and agave into a small pot, and heat on high heat until strawberries are soft.
  3. Once strawberries soften, mash with a potato masher or fork until desired consistency.
  4. Reduce heat to medium, and let simmer approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and enjoy hot, or allow to cool before serving.
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calories
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protein
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carbs
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Run, Walk, Then Run Some More

I’m the sort of runner who loses all ability to run if I go more than a week without doing it. I had a hip flexor injury back in April, then got my teeth knocked out in July. I had really wanted to get a new PR at the Root Beer Foam Fest in Arnold, Missouri this weekend. I even started training before the boating accident and was in great shape to kick some booty – well – to beat my own time, in any case!

I’ve had to start completely over with training, with the new challenge of my gums throbbing when I push too hard, and my legs being like, “But, you were on a couch for a month! What are you dooooing?” So on the one hand, I won’t be setting any personal records – THIS TIME. On the other hand, starting over with running has given me some new motivation and something to work towards. 

Is anyone else a run-walker? Or getting started with running? I know I’ve done half marathons before, but I really feel like I’ve been starting at zero as I have to rebuild up both my speed and endurance. I’d love to hear how other people are moving from run-walking! I just make up my own training plans. For me, it’s a mental game of always competing against myself! 

So far, on each run, my goal has been to:

  1. Run farther (without stopping or walking) than I did on my last run.
  2. Cover 3 miles (not counting warm up or cool down) regardless of how much I run or walk
  3. Try to cover those three miles faster than the last time. 

I’ve been instagramming some of my run times as I improve, but here is a quick comparison of last Wednesday to this past Saturday: 

 

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The first stat is the distance I ran without walking or stopping. The second is the total distance covered. Third, I am trying to improve my 3 mile time, so you can see I cut a big chunk out!  A big part of accomplishing improving the three mile time is not just giving up when I can’t run any further. I have to keep walking, and to improve time, I have to add some runs in there, too. It is forcing me to think about more than “how far can I run” and it’s teaching me that I am stronger than I realize! 

Anyone else slowly building up distance? Any tips from the more experienced runners?