Delicious Vegan Pancake Recipe

Vegan Pancakes! (Not my photo, though)

One of our most favorite weekend breakfast foods for entertaining is pancakes and we’ve looked high and low for a killer vegan recipe.

In our pre-vegan days, our hands down favorite was Alton Brown’s “instant” pancake recipe and we always had home “instant” mix on hand in the pantry.

Today, we had the family over for brunch and I looked high and low for a winning recipe that vegans and non-vegans alike would enjoy.

Most vegan pancake recipes call for egg substitutes that just don’t cut it or end up creating runny pancakes.

Enter with an egg free, dairy free, simple to make, all vegan, all delicious pancake recipe.

I made a few slight modifications and ended up with family pleasing vegan pancakes.

Change #1: Use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. Remember you need to warm the jar in warm water and then pour out the amount you need.

Change #2: Add chocolate chips. We use Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Change #3: We used almond milk instead of soy milk, just cuz.

So, without further ado, here’s the revised recipe that’ll feed 2-3 adults.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Cooking them is easy, too:

  1. Preheat a non stick pan over medium heat.
  2. Combine the 4 dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) in a bowl.
  3. Add the almond milk and coconut oil to your mixture.
  4. Mix until smooth.
  5. Now the pan should be ready for your batter, so pour four pancakes into the pan.
  6. As soon as you are done pouring the batter, put chocolate chips on each pancake, press in with finger and smooth batter over the top of the chips so they’re INSIDE.
  7. Flip [carefully] when you see bubbles in the middle of the pancake, or if the edges are looking stiffened.
  8. Repeat until the batter is gone, and try not to eat them all while you’re cooking them.


Streaming Music from OS X to Android

AndroidIt seems like streaming music from iTunes, or any desktop app of sorts, to my android phone over my local WiFi network shouldn’t be anything new different or difficult, but I can’t seem to find a great way to do it.

If you know of a good option, please comment below. When I figure it out, I’ll update this post, too. 🙂

September 4, 2010 Updates:

From Diane Patterson: “It is to be hoped after iOS 4.2 is released that AirPlay will solve this problem:

California Affordable Housing in the News

California Affordable Housing
California Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing in California has been in the news quite a bit this week.

First, on Tuesday, it was announced that NSP2 funds would be available in San Jose. San Jose, right in my own backyard, received a $5.6 million award last year. On Tuesday, City Council members announced San Jose will receive an addition $25 million in NSP2 funding to be used on renovations to more foreclosed homes and loan assistance to low- and moderate-income residents. In addition, $6.25 million has been earmarked to develop additional affordable housing for very-low-income residents.

Secondly, on Wednesday, news was release about California’s Golden State Acquisition Fund to make financing more readily available for affordable housing developers in CA. Though the bond issuance was passed in 2006, guidelines for the Golden State Acquisition Fund were just released in July. Through the fund, Project Loans will be made to developers who have viable plans for acquiring, developing and/or preserving affordable housing.

Thirdly, in today’s news, neighboring CA county, Humboldt County, got approval for a it’s housing plan. This opens the door to get approval for it’s $3.5mm affordable housing proposal.

Lots happening in the affordable housing world, and more than usual out in my neck of the woods, sunny California. I’m interested to see what continues to develop.

Kilimanjaro Video – Day 2 from Machame Camp

Here’s a quick video from day 2 of our climb up Kilimanjaro. We were on our way from Machame Camp when we broke through the cloud layer just above 3,000m.

For the HD version, click on through to facebook. They won’t let me embed the HD. 🙁

First Posts Are Always Awkward…

After many years of looking for a home for trip reports, photos, tips, tricks, difficult-to-find-answers and more, I’ve created this blog.

But what to put for a first post?

So much pressure to put up a profound, deep, introspective post.

Instead, here’s a list of what’s to come in future posts:

  • A long awaiting trip report from Kilimanjaro
  • Short posts on answers I find to things about OS X, android, apps, and php
  • Interesting tid-bits about business, entrepreneurship, and marketing