Blueberry/Banana Oatcakes

Whenever I increase my running distances, my appetite goes up too. Go figure right? I find that I get by fine on shorter runs with a big bowl of fruit, but sometimes I like to add just a little bit more into my tank before jetting out the door.

009Pancakes are a classic breakfast for “lazy mornings,” but I had a 5 miler planned which turned these pancakes into power oatcakes. Plus, they are thick and packed with goodness.

012Running takes effort, but making these oatcakes was easy. I used one bowl and cleanup was easy. Once my pan was ready to go it took less than 10 minutes to make these. Don’t be fooled, these are not your grandmas light and fluffy pancakes. They are meant for a morning full of adventure and movement. I was full for hours!

Blueberry/Banana Oatcakes

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cook oats
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tblsp brown sugar
  • 1 tblsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 flax egg (1 tblsp flax + 3 tblsp warm water)
  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup frozen blueberries

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Directions

  1. Prepare your flax egg and set aside.
  2. Combine your flour, oats, salt, baking powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a medium sized bowl and combine well.
  3. Add in your flax egg, almond milk, and vanilla and stir until combined. Fold in your blueberries.
  4. Use a well sprayed pan or skillet and depending on how large you want your pancakes pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan and cook until brown on each side.
  5. Top with bananas and maple syrup. I also added some almond butter to mine!

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These powered me through my run, and a shopping trip to Costco. Booya! It’s officially that time of year where running is once again enjoyable. I love spring running!20140416-083049.jpg

Q: Do you like fluffy pancakes, or dense pancakes? I like both, but for different occasions!

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Poo Poo Point

Hi, my name is Brittany, and I am 25 going on 12.

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When I first heard about the poo poo point trail, I wanted to hike it simply because of the name. I knew nothing about this hike other than the fact that it had “poo” in its title.

20140406-182608Much to my surprise, this was not only a legit climb, but it had one of the best vantage points of any of the hikes I’ve done. Yeah, that’s a big deal. The journey to the top had some photo worthy scenery as well. I was very impressed with this trail!

20140406-18242720140406-18264020140406-182438I was able to wrangle a fellow nature lover along for the ride. This meant I was finally able to see what I look like in my natural habitat – aka taking photos of nature.

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So serious.

Round trip this hike was about 7.5-8 miles, and the vegan scone I had tucked safely in my Camelbak kept me moving on the way up. Despite my heart feeling like it was going to burst a few times, I didn’t dare stop moving.

20140406-182447I lasted all of 30 seconds at the top for a photo before digging into my scone.

20140406-18255020140406-18254120140406-182857Remember that time I ventured to Seattle and missed my chance for a vegan scone? I made sure to get one this time…and nearly bought 10 things. SWOON. Made my world. Ironically, I also got a free piece of chocolate from the same chocolate shop I wandered into after missing out on my scone last time. Originally $2.25 for the chocolate, I got fo free.

Good things come to those who wait.

Q: Anyone else chuckle at the name of this trail….please tell me I’m not alone. 

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Early Morning Confessions

1. I bought a new French press, and I don’t know how I ever lived without this gorgeous piece of pastel. The colors are legit and it screams, “I’m 12 at heart, but LOOVEE coffee.”

20140412-1711402. Speaking of coffee, today I start my training to become a coffee master..aka a coffee ninja. I credit my soul mate Gigi for coming up with that term. Click here to learn more. When I complete the training I will be gifted a fancy black apron (ninja.) Stoked.

3. Continuing with the topic of Starbucks, three of my coworkers and I “gave back” last week and volunteered to stuff Easter eggs with candy for kids. They are lucky I don’t like mints…I would have struggled not smuggling all the candy out in my pants.

20140412-1716154. Yesterday I went to Darby’s Cafe in Olympia. I’ve been wanting to go there for about a year now, mainly because I saw it on DDD. I’m a sucker for Food Network. It was delish.

5. I’m training for my 5th half marathon, it’s in three weeks. I’ve been running on roads like this…

20140412-171651….and refueling with treats like this….

I totally had a giant bowl of vegetables before I face plated a cupcake..I promise.

I totally had a giant bowl of vegetables before I face plated a cupcake..I promise.

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6. I spent $150 at REI the other day on a rain jacket…it’s been 70 and sunny all week.

7. I’ve made headway onto foodgawker..and I couldn’t be more elated. I still haven’t read my dSLR manual, and I know nothing about food photography. I shoot what I think looks good, so this is extra exciting for me. I’ve had three photos accepted..starting somewhere!

20140412-1719398. I have complete plans of going back to school, but I’m taking my sweet, sweet time.

9. I’ve managed to fit some exploring into my schedule. Total necessity. 20140412-17170210. Life is good, and I want to own a bakery.

Q: What’s your confession?

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Vegan Coffee Fudge

Remember this post I posted a few weeks ago, when I attempted to make some fudge? I ended that post with a simple request: please share with me a delicious vegan fudge recipe. Well, my request was granted by the fabulous Brandi over at The Vegan 8.

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I’ve been in love with Brandi’s blog for a while now, but never attempted any of her recipes despite how amazing they all look! Simple, but delicious recipes with 8 ingredients or less? Count me in. Brandi shared with me her 3 ingredient fudge recipe, and while this recipe looked perfect as it was, I decided it needed one more ingredient.

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Vegan Coffee Fudge

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Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup semisweet vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup solidified coconut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tblsp fresh ground coffee*
  • Sea salt to sprinkle on top

*Make sure your coffee is not only freshly ground, but also freshly purchased. Old coffee has minimal flavor.

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Directions 

  1. Line a baking pan with wax paper and set aside. The dimensions will depend on how thick/wide you want your fudge. I used an 8×6 pan, because that’s what I had.
  2. Using a double boiler melt your chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Then stir in the coconut butter, vanilla, and 1 tblsp ground coffee. Stir until melted and well combined.
  3. Pour mixture into your pan, and smooth out with a spatula. Mix your remaining ground coffee with some sea salt (about 1 tsp, depending on how salty you like things) and sprinkle generously on top of the fudge mixture.
  4. Place into your fridge to set for a couple hours. Or if you’re impatient like I am, place into the freezer for less wait time.
  5. When ready to consume, set out on your counter to soften for about 30 minutes.

034These…are…unreal. SO epic and delicious. I am amazed. I ate enough coffee fudge to power me through a non stop spin class, and that class justified every bite I took. If you are looking for an easy vegan fudge, make these. You won’t be able to stop with just one.

042Q: Coffee flavored treats yay or nay? Ohhh HELL yay!

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Exploring Detroit

The morning of “the most epic wedding of all time” I explored Detroit. After exploring DC, and spending a few days in Pennsylvania once upon a time, I have come to a conclusion. East coast architecture is waayyy different than west coast architecture. I’ve also realized I have a slight fascination with buildings, and I like to take photos of them.

detroit6detroit5Detroit has a bizarre vibe to it. Among some of the most rundown buildings, are the most beautiful cathedrals/churches I have ever seen (until I make my way to Ireland!)

detroit417561758One building in particular that I couldn’t get enough of was this one…

detroit2detroit1detroit3Absolutely stunning.

Wandering Detroit didn’t last long once Megan and I realized we were the only two people walking the streets in search of adventure. Everyone else was either waiting for a bus (or God knows what else..) or hustling to work. We stuck out like a buck tooth.

detroit7I couldn’t leave Detroit empty handed though. Along with exploring on foot I had to experience the city in one of two ways – food, or coffee. I chose the latter.

1789Let me just say, I have never been so intellectually stimulated when it comes to coffee. The sleeve says it all – the art and science of coffee. The Roasting Plant is a hidden gem right in the heart of downtown Detroit. I enjoyed a freshly brewed cup of coffee, just for me.

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Walking in to see the above contraption was a bit overwhelming, but after identifying myself as a newbie to the barista behind the counter, I was given full step by step instructions. I’m a devout drip coffee drinker so my instructions were easy – choose which beans you want from the selections in the tubes, and watch the magic happen.

I tend to enjoy smooth, full bodied, medium roast coffees so I chose, “Sulawesi Tana Toraja.” I placed my order, and the beans flew above my head (Willy Wonka Style) to be ground, brewed, and poured into my own personal cup. I was geeking out so hard.

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My brew - the closest looking thing to a beer you'll see me drinking.

My brew – the closest looking thing to a beer you’ll see me drinking.

This was the coolest coffee experience I’ve had probably…ever. I was so enthralled by my coffee. It was smooth and full bodied, just like this guy below…envision this is me with coffee in one hand and a cookie in the other. OR two cookies…definitely two.

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Like a boss.

This post wraps up the recap of my week long vacation. Coming back to work was a bit rough, but how can you be bummed being surrounded by the smells of coffee all day?

Q(s):

  • Have you ever been to Detroit? 
  • Who else would geek out over this coffee experience? Anyone..anyone…Bueller…

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Roaring Good Times

If you’ve been following my posts lately, you’ll know I was on the east coast for some fun adventures. Although I love the idea of a completely spontaneous trip, this one was planned for months and had a purpose. I flew to DC to stay with Megan, and she and I drove north to Michigan to attend Lily’s wedding. Us bloggers are crazy folk I tell ya.

Somewhere in Pennsylvania...

Somewhere in Pennsylvania…

Megan and I had met before, so I knew being with her for a week straight would be fine. Neither of us had physically met Lily, but somehow I knew that would be fine too. There is an unspoken bond between bloggers that makes it totally normal to do what we did.

062I don’t usually do well on long car rides…I drink a lot of water, which means I pee a lot. I get antsy easily, which means I need to punch dance a lot. I don’t like sitting too long because my butt goes numb, and frankly being in a confined space for 8 hours is rough.

Much to my surprise, the long ride with Megan was not only tolerable, but dare I say fun?

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View from the hotel room.

Canadaland!

Canadaland!

That view...

That view…

Lily did an amazing job with this wedding, she handmade her invites, seating cards, gifts, and more. Not to mention the cathedral was gorgeous. Detroit was just littered with cathedrals. I think one of my favorite parts, was how vegan friendly she made this.

Personalized/hand stamped gift. Swoon.

Personalized/hand stamped gift. Swoon.

Lily, this meal was amazing. I think marriage was on your mind while making these, because MRS.Brittany looks good on me!

Lily, this meal was amazing. I think marriage was on your mind while making the seating cards, because MRS.Brittany sure looks good on me!

Oh – and she was absolutely stunning. SO unbelievably gorgeous I can’t even describe it.

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This is as Gatsby as I get…haa.

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My hot date.

The theme was 1920′s and everything was perfect. I drank, I ate, I danced, and I had a roaring good time. I’ve been dying to use the photo booths at weddings, and I finally did.

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Congratulations to Lily and her new hubby Cory, they are wonderful together and I just adore them both to pieces. Thank you for everything Lily, your wedding was perfect.

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The lost face of one too many wedding induced beverages. (Britta-wemissedyou)

I'm partial to this photo, I think it captures our true personalities.

I’m partial to this photo, I think it captures our true personalities. I also see a pirate. 

These are the friends that will last a lifetime.

Q: What’s something crazy you’ve done recently?

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Unleashing My Inner Billy Goat

I love hiking. Most of the hikes I go on in WA (state) are dirt trails that go up. Up, up, and up. Green trees towering all around me, and rivers and creeks streaming below me. While on the east coast I was able to conquer a different kind of hike, one where the trails are not paved. Instead, there are blue markers that you must “find” while crawling over rocks.

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20140326_121412aMegan and I met up with Sophie for a 2 hr hike at Great Falls in Maryland, and we hiked the Billy Goat Trails! Despite the snow and chilly wind, the hike was absolutely gorgeous! The snowy backdrop made for amazing photos.

20140326_11285520140326_112924hike5hike6hike3This was such a unique hike for me. I’m used to having visible paths to follow, so having to hunt for where to go while unleashing my inner billy goat was a ton of fun. I felt like a legit mountaineer. I now feel the need to buy tons of mountain gear and get lost in the woods.

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Can you spot the deer?

Can you spot the deer?

Yea, this was definitely one of my favorite hikes.

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There were times I could barely see these markers...

There were times I could barely see these markers…

The season for outdoor exploration has arrived.

Q: Do you prefer easily visible paths, or would you enjoy hunting for your next step?

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