Crazy busy day today my friends, but so much fun. However, before we get into today, I must share Saturday night’s dinner with you.
I finally made Mama Pea’s favorite tahini dressing. Click here for the recipe. Thanks for posting the link Mama Pea. Never met a tahini dressing I didn’t like, and this one did not disappoint. After dinner I was bored. For me, boredom usually leads to fun experiments in the kitchen, and that’s exactly what happened last night. Behold…
Homemade vegan Nutella. Inspired by Marathon Val, I set out to make my own version of everyone’s favorite milk chocolate hazelnut spread. Into the food processor went 3 cups raw hazelnuts. Once the nuts starting turning into nut butter (which took forever. Totally thought I was going to burn out my motor), I added 2 TBSP dark cocoa powder, 2 packets NuNaturals powdered stevia, 1/2 tsp vanilla, & a pinch of salt. That’s it. Amazing. delicious. Really wanted to eat the entire jar, but i had to save some for my breakfast.
Pancake Sunday! I made my protein pancakes, but took Scott’s advice, adding 1/8 tsp baking powder, and 1/8 tsp baking soda to the batter. Thanks Scott – definitely made for fluffier flapjacks. I then covered them in some of my Nutella and Katie’s Smashberry Jam made with cherries and POM arils. Speaking of Katie, have you clicked on Chocolate Covered Katie to help raise money for The Enough Project yet today? I hope so!
So, back to my breakfast…Yum, yum, and yum. Only problem was the Nutella. It tasted great, but did not spread very well. So, I ended up picking up my pancakes and eating them like tacos. Pancake tacos filled with Nutella and cherry pomegranate jam? Perfect breakfast if you ask me. However, next time I make the Nutella, I think I’ll roast the hazelnuts first. The oils released from the roasted nuts will probably make it more spreadable, don’t you think?
After breakfast, I prepared several dishes for a girls brunch (more about that in another post), met a friend for coffee, brunched, and then went on a long bike ride in the sunshine. Again, it’s been a great day, and now it’s time to hang out with CD, the pups, and some football. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!