Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Snowy Morning" Coconut-White Chocolate Pancakes

We are embracing this snowy February morning by adding tasty white ingredients to our flapjacks: unsweetened coconut, raw milk and white chocolate chips.

Drizzled with maple syrup, these pancakes warmed us right up. They may taste like coconut cake but still pack nutritional value.*

"Snowy Morning" Coconut-White Chocolate Pancakes
serves 4

2 T flaxseeds
3/4 c whole wheat flour
3/4 c unbleached all-purpose flour
3 1/2 t baking powder
1 t sea salt
1 T sugar (coconut, Rapadura or date recommended)
1 1/2+ cups milk*
1 farm egg
3 T butter, melted
1/2 cup (or less) white chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup toasted, unsweetened coconut

In a large bowl, whisk together the flaxseeds, flours, baking powder, salt, sugar and coconut. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; stir gently.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Pour batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Drop in white chocolate chips. Flip when bubbling throughout and cook another minute or two. Serve with butter, maple syrup, and toasted coconut.

*Even though our ground is frozen, we are still enjoying a local ingredient-of-the-week: RAW MILK! Ours is from the The Grey Barn. Besides the fact that raw milk is delicious, here are some reasons why we love it so much . . .

According to Rebecca Brown, Biological Farming Consultant, and founder of Safe Space Institute,"raw milk is a complete, immune-boosting, health-promoting food that has built-in safety mechanisms and much more nutrition than pasteurized milk. Fresh milk also offers greater economic return for many farmers."

Real Milk also makes the following selling points:
"Raw milk is the ONLY food that has extensive built-in safety mechanisms and numerous components to create a healthy immune system.

BENEFITS IN EARLY HUMAN STUDIES: In early studies involving humans, raw milk was shown to be superior to pasteurized in protecting against infection, diarrhea, rickets, tooth decay and TB; and children receiving had better growth than those receiving pasteurized milk (Real Milk Powerpoint, slides 54-56, 58).

THE MILK CURE: In the early 1900s, the Mayo Clinic administered the “Milk Cure,” which consisted in drinking 4-5 quarts of raw milk per day, obtaining favorable results for a range of illnesses including cancer, weight loss, kidney disease, allergies, skin problems, urinary tract problems, prostate problems and chronic fatigue; these results are not obtained using pasteurized milk.

Daisy in fog
photo courtesy of  The Grey Barn

DANGERS OF PASTEURIZED MILK: Many studies have linked consumption of pasteurized milk with lactose intolerance, allergies, asthma, frequent ear infections, gastro-Intestinal problems, diabetes, auto-Immune disease, attention deficit disorder and constipation. During a period of rapid population growth, the market for fluid pasteurized milk has declined at 1% per year for the past 20 years. Fewer and fewer consumers can tolerate pasteurized (and ultrapasteurized) milk (Don’t Drink Your Milk, Frank Oski, MD, 1983).
POSITIVE TESTIMONIALS: Hundreds of testimonials involving reversal of failure to thrive in infants; allergies, asthma and behavior problems in children; and digestive disorders, arthritis, osteoporosis and even cancer in adults (Testimonials, Michigan-Raw Milk Health Testimonials-PDF)."

Have you discovered yet how delicious hot chocolate tastes when made with local, raw milk??

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