Hey everybody!

Welcome to The Truth According To...Thursday! This will be another truth according to yours truly today! Today I'm going to discuss pancakes. There is a major misconception that if you become vegan you can no longer enjoy baked goods. This is totally untrue! I actually only became a baker since becoming vegan. I have always had a notorious sweet tooth and love to indulge in decadent desserts periodically and this has not changed since I changed the way I eat.

I specifically have a thing for breakfast foods. I believe my upbringing has a lot to do with this. At least one day every weekend my mom used to make great breakfasts. My favorite thing on the menu was her french toast. Aaahh..just thinking about that makes me feel so good inside. I really cherish those times..thanks Mom!

Anyway, I digress, I myself thought I would have to give up certain foods once I changed my eating, but came to find so many recipes for making your own breakfast and baked goods! For the past couple of weeks I have been craving some pancakes. I have made vegan pancakes in the past that were very yummy and decided to go ahead and make some today using a recipe I found in my "Vegan Planet" cookbook by Robin Robertson. This cookbook has 400 recipes! And you thought being vegan leaves you with no options! Robin scoffs at that with her 400 meals! Anyway, I came across her recipe for Flax-Berry pancakes. I decided I would be getting the best of both worlds, satisfying my sweet tooth AND getting an added nutritional bonus with the addition of flaxseeds in the mix.

Now for those of you that are unfamiliar, let me give you some background on flaxseeds:

Flaxseeds contain high levels of fiber and contain an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds can lower cholesterol levels specifically in women. Some studies show that adding flaxseeds to your diet can help with certain types of breast and prostate cancer. It may also help stabalize blood-sugar levels for those suffering from diabetes.

Flaxseeds are also high in protein and contain good amounts of phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium and fiber.

You can purchase flaxseeds from the grocery store. They will most often be found in the natural foods section or in the bulk section. You can buy them whole or already ground. I always buy them already ground. If you buy them whole, you have to use a blender or coffee grinder to grind them up. You can add them to smoothies, oatmeal, salads or grain dishes to take advantage of the extra nutrients they provide. I usually only add a couple of teaspoons to whatever I choose to add them to. They can also be blended with water to use as an egg substitute for baking. The pancake recipe I used today called for that method.

Flaxseeds should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

Now, back to the pancakes. The recipe also called for adding some berries, but since I didn't have any I went without and they were still great. The syrup was enough added sweetness for me. I also used a 50/50 flour I just bought over the weekend. I have decided to make an effort to limit my consumption of white flour, so I got some flour from the store that is half whole wheat flour and half unbleached white flour (when purchasing flour, always opt for the unbleached variety)to see how it would work in some of my baking recipes, and so far so good.

The pancakes came out great! I just added some syrup and that was that. Now a word about syrup. I use 100% pure organic maple syrup and so should you. The other stuff is nothing but a whole bunch of artificial ingredients that you don't need to eat, look at the label and you will see what I mean.

The only ingredient you should see is pure maple syrup, that's it! I will admit that buying the pure organic variety is pricey, but I suppose you don't use syrup everyday so it should last you a while and it's your body we're talking about so the extra few dollars shouldn't be that big of a deal..right? When I'm watching my wallet, some things I will go without eating if I can't get all the right ingredients to make it beneficial.

Even though you can still eat pancakes, waffles and even french toast and other baked goods as a vegan, it's still an indulgence and should be treated as such. These things should not be the main staples in your diet. However, it is still comforting and exciting to know that you can still have your pancakes and eat them too!

I am apprehensive about giving out the recipe through this forum since I believe you have to have permission from the publisher to do so, I'm looking further into this and if all is fine I will definitely give out the recipe in a future post. I have only so far posted my own recipes/methods or ones that anyone can get from the internet. In the meantime, you can find tons of your own online!

Sources: Vegan Planet by Robin Robertson, Wikipedia