As summer comes to a close I find an excess of zucchini squash in my refrigerator. This recipe is quick, easy and can be doubled to yield incredible yumminess for a quick snack or breakfast treat.
Zucchini is more yin in nature than other winter squash. It is therefore cooling in nature and is moistening. It supports the spleen-pancrease and stomach, reduces inflammation, improves the circulation of qi and acts as a mild diuretic. The added ginger helps keep the middle burner, or stomach and spleen warm so it does not become cold and depleted. The cinnamon also helps move qi. The coconut is warming in nature, sweet and strengthening tothe heart and brain. It’s an excellent source of saturated fat! It’s been proven that diets high in good fats, like coconut, and protein (ketogenic diet) and no carbohydrates (other than veggies) improves brain function by 25% (source: “Primal Body Primal Mind”) and is used in the treatment of such dis-ease patterns as epilepsy, Alzheimer, heart disease -high blood pressure, traumatic brain injury, ADD/ADHD, Autism and Aspergers. This recipe is simple to make gut-repair friendly see options below. Due to the sugar consider including this recipe only after you’ve done a comprehensive gut-repair program.
- 4 cups zucchin (chop and blend in food processor separately)
- 2 cups dried coconut, ground fine- You can substitute any nut meal flour if you are doing nuts and sensitive to coconut. You can also add ¼ cup ground flax, and ¼ cup psyllium husk and do 1 cup less coconut flour or nut meal.
- 1-2 scoops protein powder, I like Pure Pea vanilla by Designs for Health
- 1 cup dates, pitted (not gut repair friendly due to high sugar)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- pinch of kelp (only if you don’t have thyroid challenges)
- ½ tsp nutmeg (omit if on strict gut-repair)
- ½ tsp cardamom (omit if on strict gut-repair)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp clove
- 3 Tablespoon ground chia seeds (grind in coffee grinder to make meal) (optional)
- 1 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and minced or ½ teaspoon ginger root powder1
- teaspoon vanilla- raw powder or extrac
Option- Not Gut Repair Friendly
- ¼ cup ground almond meal, from soaked and dehydrated almonds if possible or pecans, hazelnuts- pick your pleasure!
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds or pepitas
1. Begin by grinding coconut flakes into flour and put it aside. I use my food processor for this. You can substitute any nut meal flour if you are doing nuts and sensitive to coconut.
2. Next blend pitted dates in food processor until it forms a ball, this is date paste.
3. In food processor or blender grind all other ingredients with the date paste and add coconut flour, blend well. If the mixture seems too juicy then add more coconut flour or nut meal. Next form pancakes with the mixture and place on dehydrator trays. Dry at 108 degrees until they are done which requires taste-testing them.
Serve with homemade Apple Butter!