by Holly on April 22, 2013

in breakfast,gluten-free,life,rambling,recipes,TV appearances

Life, it seems, is moving at an utterly disorienting speed.

This months have passed in a flurried blur of ordinary frenzy. I lay in bed clutching my beloved blankie and anticipating the ever-unknown future, feeling excited, anxious + happily exhausted for what lies ahead. Tonight, that’s a sink filled with dishes because an unfortunate fishy odor is wafting from the kitchen. Some things change, my hatred for dishes does not.

quinoa, almond flour + oatmeal

I wish I could tell you I know what my future holds, but I honestly don’t know. And I am strangely okay with that. Because everything feels right even though it doesn’t quite all make sense yet. I go to school and feel more love for design each and every day. I go to work and feel like a responsible adult getting a part-time paycheck. And then I come home and fill the remaining hours of my life with freelance work, which continues to come steadily and graciously in my direction.

I cook less. I don’t really workout. I rarely blog. I am way behind on this season of Project Runway.

Sometimes, I feel bad about all these things, because inadequacy is a conniving demon. But then I remember to stand in my truth. And right now, standing in my truth means letting some things go so that others can thrive. Standing in my truth means serious growth and change – two scary yet remarkably powerful transformations that are absolutely needed in this life.

Almond Breeze Coconut Almond Milk

My dear, they are exhausting though. Just be sure to come armed to the transformation game with coffee and a good masseuse, my only recommendations.

I guess what I am trying to say is I am half-sorry, half-not-sorry for disappearing from the blog. I hope you understand and know that I still totally love all of you, which is precisely why I’ve made you Gluten-Free Almond Quinoa Pancakes. I even woke up at 4:45am this morning to share them on TV. You can watch the video here and hear my sexy voice a la Phoebe.

Gluten-Free Quinoa Almond Flour Pancakes

Almond flour, quinoa and gluten-free oats pack a serious pancake punch. These three gluten-free amigos make pancakes that won’t leave you hungry for breakfast #2 at 10:00am, which is totally the worst. Did you know that I once ate nine buttermilk pancakes (not the mini kind), then ate a breakfast burrito two hours later because I was still hungry? That happened.

The best part about these pancakes is the Meyer lemon + ginger berry compote, however. It’s the perfect mix of zing and tang and mouth pucker…and ooh ooh, does it ever get me excited for summer berry picking. And all you need for this entire recipe is two bowls, 20 minutes and a serious hankering for a giant stack of pancakes. Not too difficult, I presume?

Gluten-Free Almond Quinoa Pancakes

If you’re like me, devour these pancakes for dinner with a glass of wine or beer. Because when you’re putting in the hard work to become better – be it personally, spiritually or professionally – and are 21 years of age or older, wine and pancakes is a totally legitimate reward.

Because really, it’s our only work. To dare greatly. To stand in our truth. To accept that the world is going to bring us exactly where it wants us to be, even if that world means less Tim Gunn.

Keep on keeping on friends, I know I will.

Gluten-Free Almond Quinoa Pancakes

Gluten-Free Almond Quinoa Pancakes with Lemon Ginger Compote
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup raw quinoa
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 t baking powder
3 T sugar
1 t salt
1 1/2 cups Almond Breeze Almond Coconut Milk or almond milk
2 eggs
1 (6-oz) container raspberries
1 (6-oz) container blackberries
1 Meyer lemon, zested and juiced
1 t grated fresh ginger

In a medium bowl, sift flours, quinoa, oats, powder, sugar and salt together. Add almond coconut milk and eggs, and mix. Let batter sit for 10 to 15 minutes, or until slightly thickened. In an iron skillet or fry pan over medium heat, pour 1/4 cup of the batter in the pan. Let cook 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and repeat.

In a small bowl, mash together berries, lemon zest + juice and ginger.

To serve, top pancakes with berry compote

Makes 12 pancakes

[This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze. All opinions are my own.]


Ann April 22, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Holly, you are so my spirit animal right now. I’ve been all about some almond milk pancakes lately (lacking the fancy quinoa and oats), but I’m so trying this recipe next time.

And whiskey and pancakes is great too, ;)

emily (a nutritionist eats) April 22, 2013 at 11:56 pm

I love this post, I feel many of the same things! :)
And these pancakes – I love that you don’t have to cook the quinoa or blend the oats into flour…because that would be way too much work.

Kathryn April 23, 2013 at 3:39 am

It sounds like you are really living life the way that it should be lived for which I only can look at you in admiration. Plus these pancakes look amazing.

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance April 23, 2013 at 4:20 am

Sounds like you have a lot going on . . . and that it’s a good thing! Love the pancake recipe. Gluten-free and still pretty easy! Thanks!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 23, 2013 at 6:48 am

Now I want an entire download of what you’ve been up to. I’m kind of jealous of you chasing your dreams. ;)

I’m also jeakous of these pancakes. As if the entire desription didn’t get me, the Meyer lemons were the icing on the cake.

Kanoe April 23, 2013 at 6:58 am

Those pancakes look amazing, thanks for sharing! and great blog!

Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife April 23, 2013 at 7:13 am

yummy! I’m pinning these. they look so delicious!

Christa @Edible Balance April 23, 2013 at 7:17 am

I totally get the radio silence, and I also get the not working out thing… while I’m slowly getting back into running/working out, I’m not stressing about it. It’s been a while but I’m listening to my body more than forcing these days, sometimes you just need a break and let other things take over! I am happy that it led you to these yummy pancakes though! Looks delicious!

Also very happy to see you living out your dreams, even if you don’t know where they lead yet… go with the flow honey, but let us have a peek once in a while so we can be jealous of you chasing them :)

Laura Rieckmann April 23, 2013 at 7:35 am

I LOVE pancakes and I’m always looking for a new twist. The berry compote looks amazing! I’m definitely going to try this recipe soon. BTW I made the carrot cardamom cupcakes and they were heavenly…already made two batches!

Mandie April 23, 2013 at 8:21 am

Holly, I have been reading blogs, yours included, for several years, and yours has always been one of my favorites. As a girl in my twenties, trying to figure out life and career and fun and friends and happiness and health and BALANCE, I have always loved reading your blog. Your positivity and ability to “stand in you truth” has always come through in your writing, and I look forward to reading every time you pop up on my reader. Congrats on making big choices and finding what’s right for you! Even if it means less for me to read. :) You’re awesome!!

Hillary April 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

Beautiful stuff, Holly—the words, the food, the pictures, all of it.

Here’s hoping life stays exciting and rewarding for a very, very long time.

Megan (Braise The Roof) April 23, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Oh man, I would totally take down a tall stack of those with a big glass of fruity red. That actually sounds perfect right now. I know what you mean about life whipping by at breakneck speed lately…I feel ya and still love ya. :)

Carolyn April 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I love how crazy things are for you! Shake things up and enjoy what comes.

We haven’t chatted for a while, but I have gone through my own set of exhausting, mind-blowing changes these past few months, and I’ve never been happier.

“Stand in your truth”….I like that! :D

Jenny April 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Oh man oh man do I relate to your sentiments on life right now. I’m also doing what I love, but that means I feel like my days are filled to the brim and I can’t possibly fit in anything else. It’s exhilarating and exhausting all at once! I finally kinda sorta got back into the blog game, but I never stopped reading! Glad to hear you’re living life to the fullest :)

teri [a foodie stays fi t] April 24, 2013 at 8:03 am

i seriously love how you work life lessons into your posts. you have taught me so much! <3

and i will take one whole batch of these. in person. please come soon.

Mackenzie April 24, 2013 at 11:04 am

burritos and pancakes in quick succession? you’re a girl after my own heart.

fay April 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Thank you for the so fast response. I will try both.

Lauren April 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Let me just say that your blog is one of my absolute favorites, exactly because of the way you say it like it is! (Can’t stand overly cheery, everything’s just peachy all. the. frickin. time. type of blogs) hah. So thank you for keeping it real and making me feel not so bad about having a green smoothie AND a huge donut with sprinkles (or two) for breakfast…at noon…in my pajamas. :)

Kristen April 26, 2013 at 11:43 am

1. Recipe looks amazing
2. Haven’t worked out in 3+ months
3. I’m in school now too! :)
4. So much to catch up on. Want to meet on a beach somewhere!? :)

Kathy Roberts April 27, 2013 at 9:18 am

Love this recipe! So yum! How do you continue creating all this delicious food? Very impressive with you in your whirlwind state and all.
Hey Kristen, if you read this please email me. Remember we talked about me choosing between Spain and Ecuador? Kathy Roberts? Anyway I would like to fill you in on our decision and how it worked out. I know I had your email but had a laptop crash right after the move and lost everything.

Katie April 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Looks amazing!! I’ll definitely be making these tomorrow morning!

Sandra Brkic May 1, 2013 at 2:49 am

Yum these look amazing I must try them!! Do you have any nutritional information available on the pancakes? It’d be great to incorporate them into my diet seeing I stop for breakfast about three times everyday! Don’t know if I would go for a red-wine combo for breakfast but you never know!

joelle (on a pink typewriter) May 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Haha I regularly eat that many pancakes when I go home and have my mama’s special homemade ones – no judgement here. :) And no judgement for disappearing from the blog — same thing has been happening to me.. you gotta live life in person. :)

Sean May 4, 2013 at 5:32 am

“I wish I could tell you I know what my future holds, but I honestly don’t know. And I am strangely okay with that.”

Its not easy to give up fretting about the future and just focus on the now. But my 2 young boys remind how easy and natural it can be when I watch them totally absorbed in their lego.

Your pancakes and photos look amazing. Love the color coordination.

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