Gluten Free Sunflower Seed Butter Coffee Flapjacks (& Giveaway)

Say that five times fast! It's like dodging traffic in Boston. The 4-8 year olds I skyped into a New Me Gluten Free workshop giggled like koala-bears-on-helium when I tried it, and told them to follow along. They probably would have had just as much fun dodging traffic. But that would have been life-threatening; whereas learning to eat gluten free and enjoy it, for me and these kidlets, is life-saving.

Celiac Disease (and a wheat allergy or NCGS) requires a medically prescribed abstinence from gluten, including any accidental contact with gluten. I may not take a pill, but I do take my prescription. It isn't a diet. It's a new way of living entirely. It isn't about food so much as it is about the entire orientation of a life post-diagnosis.

That's not generally very fun. I have found numerous opportunities for growth in the process of taking care of myself, and developing strategies to eat with joy despite the high-risk vigilance and restriction. (Oy, I can eat a huge variety of things! but I always need to be scanning for the possibility of cross-contact of foods, in social situations especially.) But it isn't fun.

Saying gluten free sunflower seed butter coffee chocolate flapjacks five times fast is fun.

"Can I say it WHILE EATING IT?" bellowed one kid after the 5th round.

Another collapse of giggles.

What would we all look like blurting this with our mouths full?

Sense of humor and community are also life-saving.

So how about some flapjacks?

[gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free option ]
[ serves 2-4 ]

:: ingredients ::

1/4 Organic or Sugar-Free Sunflower Seed Butter (I use SunButter b/c excellent manufacturing process & allergen-safe)
1 tsp gelled chia seeds
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
2 tbsp strong brewed coffee (optional)
2 tbsp cocoa powder (I generally use Nu Naturals if possible)
1/4 teff flour
3 tbsp organic pea protein or pulse
coconut or flax milk to adjust consistency (2-3 tbsp usually does it)
2 large organic eggs
1-3 tbsp coconut oil for the pan

:: directions ::

Add eggs, zucchini, and all non-liquid ingredients to a bowl, and mix well. Batter should be
a little dry and tacky. At this point, add chia and milks to get a smoother batter.
If batter remains thick as cookie dough, continue to add milk or water until 
it has thinned to a mixture between liquid and dough.

Heat a non-stick pan or skillet to high, then turn down to medium. Pour or spray coconut oil
into the pan, and spoon batter onto the hot surface.  Spread a bit to get a good silver dollar
sized cake.
Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until bubbles have formed in batter and surface is no longer shiny.
Flip, and cook another 2-3.

Serve with SunButter Chocolate Syrup (recipe below), fruit of choice, or traditional syrup.

SunButter Chocolate Syrup

1  tbsp Nu Naturals Cocoa Syrup (for sugar free)
1 tbsp maple syrup or maple butter + 1 tbsp cocoa powder + 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp gelled chia seeds
1/4 cup full fat coconut milk

Play with this one. I have, and did. It is almost impossible to get wrong -- unlike saying the recipe name five times fast! -- and comes out with a nice body and texture no matter what. Eating gluten-free conventionally can get dull, and expensive; and you find the same flavors in various packages and prices easily enough these days. But I love the slightly sweet, slightly earthy depth the SunButter lends to these little flapjacks, set off by the sweet of vanilla and chocolate. Unlike many conventional flapjack fiddlings around the gluten-free-sphere, these are also nutrient dense, as they say. 

The kids cackled when they coughed all at once on "c-c-coffee!" and then the smallest girl, eyes wide, pushed close to her screen.


It's not just for grown-ups, kids. Just like gluten-free is not just for fads, but for life -- these kids' lives, which matter tremendously. And mine.

Good celebration breakfast! Good eats. Allergen-friendly and mostly free.

Say THAT five times fast!

"Allergen-friendly Gluten-Free Sunflower Seed Butter Coffee Chocolate Flapjacks!"

"...what's allurgee-fendly?"


But it tastes good. 

Tumbling Free!


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