Power Cakes with Bananas and Blueberries

Fresh Fruit and Protein Pancakes

Kids love pancakes. Grown-ups do, too. I’ve been loving making pancakes with Park City Kodiak Power Cakes Flapjack and Waffle Mix to sneak some protein into an otherwise decadent breakfast. This Buttermilk flavor is my favorite, and you can mix it with water, with water and eggs, or milk and eggs. Each version has a different amount of protein per serving. For this batch, I used water and eggs.

On this occasion, I made these flapjacks three different ways: one with no fruit (for the three year old), one with bananas (for the nine year old), and one with bananas and blueberries.

Plain Jane Pancakes

The youngest flapjack fan requested no fruit in her pancakes. I mixed up the batter with water and eggs, making the protein content rise to 17g per serving. The kiddos love a pyramid stack, so I made the cakes larger for the base and smaller as it rose. Pancake stack number one was a big success with a little girl.

Stack Two: Bananamania

The nine year old wanted bananas in her pancakes, but no blueberries. I added some more of the batter to the measuring cup and added some sliced bananas. Using the measuring cup helps to pour the batter into the pan with more control. These golden cakes did not last long.

Bloobanana Flapjacks

For my breakfast, I mixed in blueberries and bananas and then showered the stack with the remaining fruit. I can’t wait to do this again.

Loving Chocolate, Living Well

Solving the Sweet Tooth Problem

Bob’s Red Mill is one of my favorite brands because they offer creative and healthful food products. I grew up during the rise of health food stores, and I’m grateful for the food choices my mother made when I was a kid. There were, however, far fewer choices of desserts that were actually delicious. Bob’s Red Mill is a leader in this important culinary direction.

If we are to solve the health epidemics caused by bad foods, we must make delicious alternatives. As long as the cheap and toxic “food” that fills our grocery stores is more palatable than the healthy alternatives, our people will continue to make themselves sick with the food they eat.

Grain Free Brownie Goodness

This was my first time trying one of the Grain Free baking mixes by Bob’s Red Mill. Made with almond and cassava flours, it is sweetened with coconut sugar. It’s simple to prepare. You just mix the dry ingredients together with three eggs and 3/4 cup melted butter or coconut oil and add to an oiled 8×8” pan. Bake in the oven at 325 degrees for 22-25 minutes and allow to cool completely.

The results? Absolutely amazing taste and a clean burning energy. It has all the dank chocolate flavor you could want without the crash. I give this mix a 9.6 out of 10 for ease, healthfulness, and taste!

Chocolate Chip Baguette by Companion Bakeshop

Passionate about Bread

I’ve been upping my fitness game and one of the beautiful consequences of exercising more is earning the ability to eat more of what you want. I’ve been burning 1,500-2,000 calories a day finding myself more often in a caloric deficit than not. As a result, I have been indulging in one of my favorite foods: sourdough bread.

I also recently started an Instagram account devoted to food content (you can follow me HERE: https://www.instagram.com/jakereats/,) so I took the opportunity to fuel up and get some photos. I stopped by the Companion Bakeshop in Aptos and purchased their last Chocolate Chip Baguette.

Fitness and Food

Health is wealth baby, especially when you get to eat delicious bread like this Chocolate Chip Baguette from Companion Bakeshop. I photographed the bread at the bakeshop taking advantage of the nice soft light coming in through the large windows. Then, I indulged. The tang of the sourdough and the bittersweet chocolate are perfect companions, living up to bakery’s name.

After this, I went and did 21 laps at the Seacliff stairs before walking down the beach to shoot the waves at sunset. I can’t imagine a Chocolate Chip Baguette getting better than this one, so I’m going to have to give it a solid 9.6/ 10 rating. I highly recommend stopping by and picking one up, but you might want to go early as they regularly sell out of all their bread.

The Value of Landscape Photography Part One

Exploration and Creation

The process of searching for something that you want to photograph, of looking for landscapes you want to depict, can be a mysterious process. What makes you want to make a photograph? Searching for meaning in a landscape could seem a foreign or futile process if you are uninitiated and unexperienced, but the process of looking for subjects in the environment to photograph is exciting and inherently valuable.

One of the interesting things about landscape photography is that it is very accessible. Access is not the greater challenge. Cameras exist in great abundance, and there are lots of parks with forests, mountains, streams, beaches, and other interesting things to discover. What makes it difficult is the not knowing.

To want to make a landscape photograph, you have to become accustomed to the process of exploring. Exploration already implies a lack of knowledge. It means you are looking for something hitherto unconscious. It requires going out into the world with the goal of bringing back something different.

Studying the Landscape

Through searching for subject to photograph, an artist gradually grows to know a place intimately. Hiking becomes a form of reading when you enter into this mode of searching. Any landscape is constantly changing with the seasons, and even a small park is infinitely full of potential subject matter. This means that it is virtually impossible to fully know any landscape. By paying careful attention to it, however, you can become very familiar with a space.

Only through putting in the time can an artist know a space. It is a relationship that requires work and patience. Similar to studying English Literature, or the history of Chinese Painting, this is a process that could never be complete. There is always more to learn.