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.
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 left work.
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.