Saturday, June 22, 2013

Get Healthy, Go Vegan!

That's not only great advice, it's also the title of my latest cookbook acquisition.  Specifically, it's called The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook by Neal Barnard, MD and Robyn Webb.

Ever since we attended Dr. Barnard's lectures on the cruise, I've been smitten. Gathering up his books and reading his website like a teenager collecting Tiger Beat, my crush respect and admiration grows & grows. (What can I say? I have a thing for skinny, smart geeks!) Out of all the plant-based "professionals" popular right now, Dr. B is my favorite.  He's well-spoken/written but doesn't overwhelm you with too much scientific medical mumbo-jumbo, and he's in this vegan thing not only for the health benefits, but for the animals as well.  As an ethical vegan who also wants look good and live forever without harming any living thing, this is right up my alley! So you see, Dr. Barnard is the perfect man doctor for me.

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So, I thought that for the next couple of weeks you & I could make our way through this cookbook together. I'll cook and share, you do the same if you feel so inclined.  Hopefully I'll lose a couple of pounds while eating some yummy food while we're at it. Sound good? Ok, here goes.

A disclaimer: As I've mentioned before, there's a grey area in the ethics of posting other folks' published recipes, so I'll be tweaking the originals just enough to make them my own. If you want the original author's exact version, please go buy his/her book.

Since I was all out of my usual tofu scramble & greens yesterday morning and too lazy to run to the store, I decided to make something different for breakfast. I had all the ingredients for the Banana-Ginger Pancakes so why not?

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Banana-Ginger Pancakes


  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 1/4 cups vanilla-flavored non-dairy milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 medium)
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour through salt).
  2. In another bowl, combine the liquid ingredients (agave through vanilla).
  3. Add the liquid to the flour mixture. Mix until just combined (the batter will be lumpy).
  4. Add the bananas.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then coat with cooking
    spray. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot skillet. The pancake
    is ready to flip when tiny bubbles appear on the top
    and burst, and the pancake is lightly browned on the edges.
    Flip the pancake and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, until
    the underside is lightly browned. Adjust your heat so that
    the pancakes cook for about 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  6. Top with maple syrup and fresh banana slices if desired.
Note: this recipe creates a very moist, soft pancake. Take care not to overcook!

Makes 4 3-Pancake Servings

Nutrition Info:
268 calories
2.2 g fat
0.4 g saturated fat
0 mg cholesterol
8.6 g protein
57.4 g carbohydrate
16.7 g sugar
7.1 g fiber
442 mg sodium

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The Verdict:

Vegan Gypsy Says: Delicious! Soft and moist, not as light & fluffy as traditional pancakes so that took some getting used to. Next time I'll add fresh ginger to the mix for more flavor but otherwise, this is a great recipe for when you're craving something sweet for breakfast.

Omni-Hubby Says: I didn't try them but thanks for the leftover applesauce, it was perfect on top of my hash browns!

It's a beautiful sunny morning here in Central Florida, think I'll head to the patio with my book and a fresh cup of java. Have a wonderful weekend!

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