Vegan Pina Colada Pancakes…and a story

by Holly on September 14, 2010

in recipes,silliness,vegan

There’s a lot of weird, funny things that happen to me on a daily basis.

Sometimes I wonder if I had undisclosed brain surgery as a wee child that Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian are afraid to tell me about. Like maybe I needed a metal plate implanted in my brain at the tender age of eight, and now, through the universal laws of physics, I am forever destined to attract these weird + silly things into my Everythingtarian life.

It would explain a lot, especially why I have such a misshapen head.

I am sure there is a much more logical reason for this. Maybe there are just a bunch of weird people out in the universe or I just happen to live in a hippie neighborhood where eccentrics hang out.

But that would just be too weird, no?

Today, for example, I was at my local polling place doing my civic duty by voting in today’s Wisconsin primary elections. The man who registered me to vote was a swingin’ single 61-year-old man sporting a tuft of gray hair and a ragged Led Zeppelin t-shirt who, looking back, probably just needed a friend.

And me, in all my people pleasing glory, asked him how he was today.

Big mistake.

Before I knew it, I heard all about his life-long battle with dyslexia, the fact he is indeed 61 years old and single (as if somehow I would ask him out?) and his deep down love for the rolling hills of Baraboo, Wisconsin. He finished this conversation by imparting some deep words of wisdom to yours truly…

“Holly, you know what you oughta do? Go to Baraboo, get stoned and take a ride down the Wisconsin River.”

I pondered for a moment.

I’ve never been stoned in my life, but between following his eloquent advice and facing my monstrous to-do list of both work + personal items, the idea was tempting.

Instead, I told him thank you and went to work.

I worked.

I left work.

I ellipticaled.

I Zumba-ed.

Then, I came home craving a recipe I’ve had my eye on since receiving this cookbook

You may be asking yourself, “But Holly, I don’t get it. What do weird polling both men + Pina Colada Pancakes have in common?”

They’re both vegan.

You weren’t expecting that one, were you? I meant it when I told you he told me his entire life story.

Unfortunately, while my new Zeppelin-loving friend is innately vegan, this pancake recipe required a bit of tweaking to make them so.

Vegan Pina Colada Pancakes
adapted from Sam the Cooking Guy: Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Shortcuts

1 cup spelt flour
1 t baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 (14-oz) can diced pineapple, packed in juice
1 sliced banana, for serving
1 T unsweetened shredded coconut, for serving
Real maple syrup, for serving

Combine the flour, soda, salt, milk, juice and shredded coconut until well-blended. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat (or on a heated 350-degree griddle), scoop 1/4 cup servings of batter into the pan. Cook until you see bubbles forming on the surface of the pancake and flip. Each side should take 3 – 4 minutes.

To serve, place pancakes on a plate and top with sliced banana, diced pineapple and shredded coconut. Drizzle with maple syrup, and devour!

Makes 2 – 3 servings (about 8 pancakes total)

I swear they taste better than my iPhone camera and poor lighting in my apartment make them look.

In fact, they were downright delicious.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I just realized I have an upcoming weekend devoid of plans and need to find something fun to do to fill those precious free hours.

Baraboo, anyone?


Erica September 14, 2010 at 8:46 pm

hahahhahaha….I love people that have a tendency to share way too much. Those pancakes….I want them. Pina colada? how could they not be good? You have been such a busy lady lately, I think you should enjoy a weekend devoid of plans

Evan Thomas September 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

So… no getting stoned?
JK. Those sound GREAT. I’m a sucker for anything pina colada. It was always my favorite drink to have as a kid(virgin, of course!)

Matt September 14, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Wow those look amazing! Come cook me breakfast tomorrow ;)

Angharad September 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Ohhh special. Special special special. I love it. I still need to email you back…will do that. Pina colada pancakes? I’ll be honest, they sound a bit too crazy sweet for me but I highly respect you for eating pancakes for dinner nonetheless.

Night zumba lady. xx

Alex @ IEatAsphalt September 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Holly it really sounds like you passed up a winner tonight. You probably should’ve invited him over for dinner.

Crunchy Granola Gal September 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm

hah, this is great. weird shit happens to me all the time too! i swear i have a sign attached to my forehead that reads “i’m with crazy” and so the crazy they do flock. it’s annoying sometimes, but makes for awesome stories.

and i love that he calls getting high “getting stoned,” since that’s the old-school way. and that’s what i say ‘cuz i’m kind of old-fashioned, or something. or just with crazy.

katie September 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm

still reading your blog! LOVE that recipe and love YOU!

janetha September 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm

pancakes look baller. your misshapen head comment had me laughing out loud. you know, i think everyone should get stoned at least once… for educational purposes. that man was onto something! haha. i love you, lady.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans September 14, 2010 at 11:53 pm

I’m pretty sure that your first pot experience should definitely be floating down a river.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 15, 2010 at 1:26 am


Sorry to scream but he lives in San Diego, he’s Jewish, he goes to the same temple Scott and I used to pay$$$ to belong to, and he’s hysterical. And he also has a Pbs cooking show, not sure how natl or not it’s broadcast, but anyway, i can’t believe you have the book! And vegan pina colada pancakes…omg, nice!!!!

As for Mr Life Story at the polling place. Those are the type of people I am now unafraid of just walking away from them. Mid sentence. I dont care. I dont want to care. I just walk away now :)

Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) September 15, 2010 at 4:14 am

amazing story… i love that. those moments can be SO annoying when they are happening, but knowing “this is going to make a really good story later” makes up for it. kind of…

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 15, 2010 at 5:35 am

lol… overshare! You try to be nice and that’s what happens… hahaha.

Maya September 15, 2010 at 6:06 am

Ha! Love it. All I have in my dorm room by way of heating unit for cooking is a George Foreman grill. Think I could make pancakes on it? I don’t think I can wait until I get home to make vegan pina colada pancakes!

Katie September 15, 2010 at 6:31 am

Hi love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh I have a friend that shares way too much and it is very embarassing to go out with her to dinner or anywhere : p !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOVING these pancakes! Look so delish!

Love u!

Kate September 15, 2010 at 8:00 am

bah! sometimes i check to see if i have a giant flashing sign over my head that says “talk to me.” maybe you have one too?! however, while i have never done it stoned, that part of the river is very scenic and worthy of weekend plans.

those pancakes are making my yog mess look like a sad excuse for breakfast :(

brandi September 15, 2010 at 8:04 am

Conversations like that are what make life worth living – I love it. I love when random people share things like that with total strangers. It’s common here – you just “know” everyone, even if you don’t actually know them.

Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) September 15, 2010 at 8:25 am

Haha, oh heaven bless all the old hippies and their numerous quirks. Those pancakes look absolutely outstanding, I love the idea of coconut and pineapple in a flap-jack. Glorious!

Kacy September 15, 2010 at 8:29 am

I feel you on this. At Target Sunday the cashier felt the need to explain the concept of Pokemon to me, tell me that he thinks of really weird things during his cashier duties and that his propensity for doing that came from the fact that his father was a truck driver and discovered the meaning of astrology while on the road. That’s the condensed version, it went on… and on… and on. And I had just ran 13 miles and only wanted my sushi to get in my belly. I hope I was polite.

Carrie S. September 15, 2010 at 8:43 am

Baraboo? Sure, as long as a stop at Wollersheim Winery is included with the getting stoned and river-riding, ha! Kidding (at least about the getting stoned part :-P). Love your blog Holly!

Sami September 15, 2010 at 12:45 pm

lurveeeee anything pina colada! these make me miss jay robb’s pina colada protein. ever had it?

emily (a nutritionist eats) September 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I’m from Baraboo!!!! Haha, that is funny. You would love Devil’s Lake though, it has beautiful bluffs and you actually feel like you are hiking! I try to make it out there every time I go home.

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) September 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I’m sure that was the last bit of advice you expected at a polling place! Yeah….I have a feeling I’ll be running into lots of those kinda quirkies once I’m in Seattle! I’m sure I’ll have a story or two to share :)

Those pancakes look so good…probably even without syrup!

Andrea@WellnessNotes September 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm

The pancakes look and sound amazing! For some reason I don’t like making (but I don’t mind eating) pancakes, but I think I’ll make an exception… :)

I have run into my fair share of people who have told me their life story when they shouldn’t have…

Hope the rest of your week is going well!

Kailey (SnackFace) September 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Hahahahahaha they’re both vegan! I really was not expecting that. I really thought about it too… ‘They’re both fruity? Nuttier than fruitcake?” although, that second one has nothing to do with these pancakes.

Um, how bout we roll some joints and head to Baraboo? Doesn’t sound half bad…except pot reeeeeks.

Liesl Hypki September 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Baraboo! I’ll go, my family lives there and I miss them.
Thanks for all the laughs, love following your blog because I miss my homeland WI.

Megan (Braise the Roof) September 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

You know what? If I’m 61 and single, I will also attempt to pick up attractive strangers in their 20’s. I might even overshare with them. I will not, however, become vegan. I love cheese too much. ;)

Those pancakes sound awesome!

BroccoliHut September 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Oddly enough, I’ve met some characters while voting too–guess those oddballs like to hang out at the polls.
Those pancakes look amazing! I need some coconut milk, pronto.

Dana September 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Great post. Those pancakes looked delicious. I’m kind of a big pancake fan so they caught my eye right away. Just wanted to let you know I really like your blog and it has (in part) inspired me to start my own over at Keep doing what your’e doing! You’re a talented blogger and writer.

Pure2raw twins September 15, 2010 at 8:49 pm

wow, I have meet some interesting people before too, I guess need to more careful when saying hello to people, haha

Pancakes look great!

Erica D September 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I drooled over that book in a store the other day! Those pancakes must have been marvelous.

Susan September 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Hahahaha. Holly my dear, having roamed the Canadian mountains with you, I can assure you that you are indeed a magnet for interesting people. You can’t help it. You have this energy around you that people just want to be a part of. But what’s life without all the fun characters? And apparently, a trip down Baraboo!

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