Some new old eats.

I have been enjoying some more non-japanese food lately. Don't get me wrong, I love Japanese food. But sometimes it's nice to enjoy food that you are familiar with.

Pancake Sunday? Hell yes Heather! My guy used to always make fun of me back home, because I insisted on having what I called "Pancake Sunday" as well. Pancakes are much more fun if you dedicate a whole day to them. Don't you agree?

Macrobiotic Pancakes, with coconut maple topping!

*Recipe adapted from this recipe. My version included rice milk instead of orange juice (didn`t have any), lemon zest instead of orange zest, and I used buckwheat flour in place of wheat flour, as I have tummy problems with wheat.

Coconut Maple Topping:
*mash with a fork a soft block of tofu in a bowl.
*add some coconut milk (a couple of tbsp?)
*if you like, some maple syrup to sweeten
Keep mashing until you get whatever consistency you like, then plop on top of your pancakes.

I added some fruit only cassis jam:

And you have all seen Averie's balls, right? Well, I discovered I love balls. Yep. I said it. And i'm not taking it back:

Chocolate chip cookie balls

Oatmeal Raisin cookie balls

Dark chocolate coconut balls

Absolutely delicious.
Simple and easy.

How to make balls:

For one batch, I usually use the following base recipe, adapted from Averie's recipe.

Grind in a blender the following:

3/4 c. rolled oats
1/4-1/2 c. sunflower seeds and/or cashews
cinnamon to taste

Then, blend in:
1 tbsp coconut milk
1 tbsp maple syrup
1-2 tbsp water

Keep blending until dough like (you may need to add more liquid of your choice). I have to use a spoon a few times, because I don't have a vitamix. Once dough consistency is reached, use a spoon to stir in either chocolate chips and a few sunflower seeds (choco. chip cookies), or raisins and pumpkin seeds (oatmeal raisin cookie), or coconut flakes and ~3tbsp cocoa powder (dark chocolate coconut balls).

I don't really measure the goodies I through in. It's up to you! If you are making the dark chocolate coconut balls though, you probably need to add in some more maple syrup to sweeten (unless you are like me and like ridiculously bitter dark chocoalte stuff), and some more water or coconut milk. And for cinnamon lovers, just go wild (I throw in tons).

Once you have mixed in the goods, use hands to roll/ scoop into balls. Place in freezer. Eat. Enjoy. And giggle, because you love balls. Admit it.