Ani, whose mother turned her onto raw foods, admirably lives by her beliefs. Her company uses renewable power from wind, geothermal and low-impact hydro, which costs only eight percent more than conventional energy sources. She points out that there are pedal-powered kitchen applicances (like mixers and blenders) —something I had never heard of, but really appreciate. I wholeheartedly agree with her when she suggests eating local produce in season: "Growing and raising seasonal food encourages traditional agricultural methods, biodiversity, and a better environment. Plus, it promotes better tasting food."
Here’s Ani's recipe for pancakes with mock butter, a recipe that’'s as nutritious as it is delicious and easy to make.
Coconut Breakfast Cakes
By Ani Phyo
2 cups whole flax seeds, ground into meal just before making recipe
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil (liquid form)
½ cup agave nectar (Ani might agree with many people who have stopped using agave because it's very high in fructose. You can leave sweetener our of the pancakes and simply serve them with a syrup, see recipe below.)
½ teaspoon Celtic salt
¼ cup filtered water
Put all ingredients into bowl and mix well. Form into four balls and flatten into pancake shapes about ¼ to ½ inch thick.
To serve, top with mock butter (see recipe below), plus sliced fruit (such as kiwi, pear, or banana), and a topping. Serve immediately, or refrigerate the batter for up to four or five days. To vary, mix blueberries or pre-soaked walnuts into the batter.
This has a soft whipped butter texture. Use solid, rather than liquid, coconut oil.
¼ cup coconut butter (Refrigerate or freeze for a few minutes if it’s in liquid form, to solidify it)
1 tablespoon unpasteurized white miso (Chickpea miso--which is soy-free--also works well)
Mix the coconut butter and miso with a spoon or fork until well blended. This butter will keep for months in the freezer.
For the syrup, you can use raw honey alone, or you can blend that or stevia or soft dates with fresh or frozen fruit, such as berries, and a bit of water to make a syrup.