One of the things I love most about my boyfriend is his unabashed adoration of carbs. This may sound silly, but his penchant for all things gluten has been something of a breakfast game-changer for me.
Previously, my morning meal was whatever was easy: cashew milk that I could make a big batch of, with some Medjool dates and a pinch of cinnamon and sea salt; a bowl of last night's dinner, sometimes reheated (sometimes not) and squirted with Sriracha; or, if things were really dire, a handful of almonds to tide me over until I could figure out something to eat for lunch.
Enter my boyfriend and suddenly breakfasts became a wonderful world of biscuits and pancakes.
These bready breakfasts are mostly a weekend tradition: He likes to sleep in, while I tend to get up super early, so I'll make a pot of coffee, putter around cleaning up or reading or listening to the news. Then I'll make more coffee, bring a cup into him, and get started on breakfast.
Needless to say, breakfasts on the weekdays are a tiny bit less leisurely — but I'd argue that pancakes are still a possibility, with a little help.
Here are three recent discoveries that make pancake breakfast easier and even more delicious.
- Birch Benders Pancake & Waffle Mix, $9.99 at Amazon: This organic just-add-water mix makes whipping up a batch of flapjacks super easy. Literally, just add water, heat up your pan or griddle, and you'll have hot cakes on the table in a few minutes. There's a gluten-free option (as well as a Paleo version and a high-protein mix), but I much prefer the classic.
- Runamok Maple Syrup, $26.95 at Amazon: What are pancakes without maple syrup? This Vermont-based company's syrups are a little on the splurgey side, but they're totally worth it in my opinion — especially the rum barrel-aged one.
- Stainless Steel Spatula, $12.95 at Crate & Barrel: Okay, so I have definitely been living in the tool dark ages, but the purchase of this metal spatula has made flipping pancakes and getting pancakes from the pan to plate much smoother. No more mangled pancakes, thanks to this kitchen tool I didn't know I needed.