chocolate chip pancakes, lazy susan february




It’s lazy susan time again and as February is all about love, the theme this month is foods we love.
Sounds simple enough, except when I tried to narrow down the foods I love, it was nearly impossible to cut things!
So, I though about foods my kids love and about how they are always begging me to make pancakes. I decided to add a little chocolate, strawberry sauce, and cute heart shapes to make the occasion even sweeter.

Do you remember as a kid seeing “chocolate chip pancakes” on the menu at a restaurant and realizing  it really didn’t qualify as a healthy breakfast, but every once and awhile, you were allowed to order them? Then when they arrived, the scent of the still warm pancake topped off with gooey melted chocolate chips was simply divine! Truly a sinful and simple pleasure for any child and something I wanted to pass onto my children.
I guess more than making something I loved this month, I wanted to make something that the people I love LOVED.  *insert sappy tunes here* 



1 1/2 cup flour
3 teaspoons baking poder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons ener-g
3 tablespoons earth balance – melted
1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cups coconut, soy, or almond milk

chocolate chips – optional
maple syrup- optional

2 cups strawberries- cleaned and quartered
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice



in a large bowl, combine first 4 ingredients and mix well with whisk. prepare the ener-g egg equivalent as directed on package, melt earth balance. with a large spoon, make a well in the dry ingredients and add the ener-g, earth balance and 1 1/4 cups coconut milk. mix with spoon just until combined, adding addtional milk as needed to thin batter.
on a preheated and lightly greased griddle or pan, pour 1/4 cup of batter ( in a mold for shapes, sprinkle with chocolate chips if desired) and cook until bubbles form. using a spatula, flip the pancakes over and cook until lightly golden brown.

in a saucepan, combine ingredients and cook over low heat for 15 minutes. blend with a hand mixer or fork for smoother sauce, leave as is for a chunkier sauce. add additional sugar to taste.


Now that you are jonesing for some pancakes, click on through to see what deliciousness Bree from baked Bree has made for us, tiramisu anyone? 

February 1, 2012 - 6:06 am

lazy susan | february » JACKANDRUBYstudios - […] airtight container or wrap with plastic wrap for up to 3 days. next up is Amanda Prince over at The Sunny Vegan with her beloved Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Strawberry […]

February 1, 2012 - 8:27 am

amy boring - how cute are these! I am not a huge pancake fan but I want these right about now. beautiful styling as always!

February 1, 2012 - 8:01 pm

Bree Hester - Gorgoeus!!! These pictures are amazing.

February 2, 2012 - 8:19 am

Shannon - Ok these are adorable. We’re a huge pancake family, looks like these are going to make the recipe box!

February 3, 2012 - 3:58 pm

wendy - I’m guilty of allowing chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast more than occasionally! And I’m also guilty of using Bisquick to make pancakes but your recipe seems just as easy too.

What’s ener-g?

And I can’t wait to make the strawberry sauce! Delish!

Why Women Need Fat ~ book review

Why Women Need Fat: How “Healthy” Food Makes Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever

William D. Lassek, M.D and Stephen J.C. Gaulin, Ph.D.


If you have trouble losing weight or tend to gain it back once stopping a diet, “Why women need fat” delves into the biological reasons women gain weight and why it’s so difficult to lose. Drs. Lassek and Gaulin take an in-depth look at how a women’s weight changes throughout her life. Also presented is how much heavier American women are today as compared with women around the world, as well as American women in the past. Fats are a very important part of the human diet and nutrition, but all fats are not metabolized the same. Omega-6 fats have greatly increased in the American diet through processed and fried foods, Drs. Lassek and Gaulin believe these fats not only promote the storage of fat within our bodes, they produce “our body’s own in-house version of marijuana” causing us to eat more. How fat is important in child bearing to the health of the baby, as well as the mother, is also examined. The second half of the book looks at predicting our natural weight, why diets do not work, and finally what you should to avoid the omega-6 trap.

The difference between kinds of fat, how they are metabolized and incorporating them into our diets is an important and interesting topic. I was excited to read the book and learn more about the role of fats. However, having read a number of nutrition and diet books over the years, I found this one particularly difficult to read and lacking any real helpful information. In the first chapter alone, more than 50 studies and articles are referenced in only 17 pages making it a difficult to follow. While the Doctor’s are quick to point out the lack of examining other factors in other studies, such as exercise,  they seem to continue to point out the example of the farmer eating “two or three eggs fried in bacon grease, thick slices of bacon, sausage or ham, one or two tall frosty glasses of unashamedly full-fat milk, great slabs of bread made with bacon grease shortenening and a butter crust slathered in still more butter, coffee cake or pancakes also made with bacon grease, and cereal covered in sweet cream.” all without gaining weight. The life of the farmer, eating a large breakfast then working for hours in the fields, does not compare to activity level of most Americans today but was never really acknowledged. There are also many excuses provided for you if you want to remain overweight. I found this particularly harmful because it seems to provide an excuse for you to remain fat. If you family is fat, you natural weight is higher, you are older they seem to say you just can’t help your weight. While chapter 7 looks at why dieting doesn’t work, chapter 8, titled What to Eat, outlines the changes you need to make in order to lose weight. Tips such as avoiding fried foods and soda, eating more vegetables and fruits, and incorporating whole grains are suggested. Chapter 9 also suggests to “eat only until you are satisfied and then stop”, “Reduce your daily calories by a small amount”, avoid snacks after dinner, eat smaller portions, avoid processed foods and soda, and finally, to get regular exercise. That certainly sounds exactly like a “diet” to me. If you think eating fried foods, drinking soda and avoiding exercise are healthy, this book is for you. If you already know that junk food is bad, I recommend that you save your money.

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roasted grape tomatoes

roasted tomato pasta vegan healthy easy grape


Roasting the grape tomatoes with balsamic gives them an amazing sweet yet somehow tart flavor completely waking up your everyday pasta. Add in a punch of fresh thyme and basil for a quick, healthy and fresh lunch or dinner.
If you or your family are not yet used to whole wheat pasta, using angel hair or capellini, it cooks in only 2 minutes and the wheat-i-ness is much less noticeable. I also like to use different vinegars, I used a fig infused white balsamic today, but use regular balsamic or experiment with your favorite flavors.



3 cups gape tomatoes – halved
4 tablespoons olive oil – divided
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar – plus additional for flavor
16 ounces whole wheat angel hair
3-4 tablespoons fresh thyme
3-4 tablespoons fresh basil – torn or chopped


preheat oven to 400 degrees. toss tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. roast for 12 minutes, remove and toss with 2 tablespoons vinegar. roast an additional 5-7 minutes. prepare pasta according to package directions, drain and toss with tomatoes, juice from pan, fresh herbs, 2 tablespoons olive oil. add additional salt, pepper and vinegar to taste.

serves ~ 4-6


February 24, 2012 - 4:57 pm

Heather - Beautiful Photo!

I simply adore roasted tomatoes; the fig balsamic sounds so interesting; i still have cherry tomatoes in the freezer from last years garden harvest. I am thinking this is the perfect way to put them to use 🙂

March 6, 2012 - 5:38 am

Audrey - Roasted grape tomatoes are one of my faves. I’ve never tried them with balsamic vinegar, so thank you for the idea! Your blog is so cute, thank you for the wonderful vegan recipe ideas!

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