Top 3 of 2014

This has been one incredible year!  I started The Blissful Bean just 11 months ago and I feel grateful and blessed to have so much love and support from all of you.  I love cooking amazing, healthy foods and posting new recipes each week.  I have come to learn that blogging, cooking and photographing my creations is a true passion of mine.  I have met a lot of wonderful people both readers and fellow bloggers and I am thrilled to have developed many great friendships. It has been an exciting and very rewarding year.  I am looking forward to many years to come.

As this year comes to a close, I would like to share with you My Top 3 of 2014 recipes.

Not a tuna melt

Not A Tuna Melt

Coconut Panckakes w Strawberries

Gluten-Free Coconut Pancakes with Strawberries


Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

What will 2015 bring?  I will be making a temporary change to The Blissful Bean.  First a little back story…  Although this past year has been wonderful, I have recently had some unforeseen health issues.  I will not go into detail but as a result I have been advised to incorporate eggs back into my diet (temporarily).  This was a very hard for me to hear.  I have been vegan for almost 2 years and this decision was not easy.  As most of you know I am very particular about what goes in my body and although adding eggs back into my diet is not what I planned, it is something my body needs right now. In order to be honest with myself and accept this change I have to be honest with all of you.  The Blissful Bean recipes will continue to be mostly vegan however there may be on occasion, some recipes containing eggs.  I will be sure to clearly note that a recipe is vegetarian vs. vegan.
I wish you all a very Happy, Healthy and Safe New Years!
Much Love,
The Blissful Bean

Gluten-free Coconut Pancakes with Strawberries

Coconut Panckakes w Strawberries

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Mamas out there!

I wanted to make something special to honor all the Moms in my life and although most of them are not geographically close to me to eat these delicious pancakes, I could feel them in the kitchen with me as I cooked.  I made these beautiful Gluten-free Coconut Pancakes with Strawberries yesterday with my little sous chef and even though it was not Mother’s Day, I certainly felt special eating them with my little man. Mother’s Day is such an amazing day. It has always been filled with so many emotions for me.  There is love, honor, respect, admiration but it is always joined with sadness and loss of mothers, grandmothers and children.

Growing up, Mother’s Day had always been a day of great joy!  I loved having the opportunity to do something really special for my overworked mom who actually got a chance to rest on this Sunday every year.  The only gift she ever asked for was to spend time with her children and for my Dad to take care of the meals that day.  I have such fond memories of us all being together and enjoying each other (without bickering) and even though she got to rest this day her gift is the reason we all enjoyed Mother’s Day so much.

I also loved celebrating my Nanny (grandmother) on Mother’s Day.  A woman who had overcome such great obstacles in her life and still had the heart to smile, dance, laugh and tell you honestly how you looked. Hah!  She had a heart of gold but was a little rough around the edges.  About four years ago my Nanny passed of Colon Cancer.  The two years that followed, this holiday was met with my usual love and admiration for the mothers in my life but also a deep sadness.  My sadness was that my Nanny is no longer physically with us but even more for my mom who had lost her mom.  Like all moms my Nanny had her good days and bad but she was always there for each of us and for me, she was one of my greatest supporters. I miss her terribly and will forever honor her on this day.

Two years ago was my first Mother’s Day as a Mom. The amount of love and gratitude I feel on this day has become so incredible it is hard to put into words.  Becoming a Mama was and is the best thing that has ever happened to me. There is nothing in this world that I love more than this little boy. He is my light, my love, my everything.  He is such an amazing little guy and I cherish him everyday.  I am so thankful to have a son who allows me to smother him with kisses on a daily basis and who smothers me right back.  I am blessed.

I hope no matter how you spend your Mother’s Day whether you are near your loved ones or not, that you take a moment to tell the Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and other mamas in your life how incredible they are and how much they have impacted your life.  For without this woman none of us would be here.  I also think it is important to recognize the children, if it weren’t for them these amazing mothers would have never had an opportunity to shine.

I hope you all have a beautiful Sunday.

The Ingredients:

1 c brown rice flour
1/4 c coconut flour
1/4 tsp xantham gum
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 c Almond milk
1 egg substitute
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1 c strawberries, sliced

In one bowl mix all of the dry ingredients well.  In a separate bowl mix all of the wet ingredients. Slowly pour the wet into the dry and mix well.

Heat flattop grill pan over medium-high heat.  Coat the pan with coconut oil.  Once the pan is hot pour about 1/2 cup of batter onto pan for each pancake, you can usually fit about 4 pancakes at a time.   When you start to see little bubbles form in the center of the pancake it is time to flip.  About 1-2 minutes.  Repeat until batter is used.

Serve with sliced strawberries and maple syrup.



Gluten-Free Pancakes with Pomegranates

Gluten-Free Pancakes with Pomegranates

While the stores are overloaded with heart-shaped candies, cookies and donuts.  Why not kick off your Valentine’s Day week, with some heart-healthy pomegranates.  These beautiful Gluten-Free Pancakes with Pomegranates are so tasty, they will warm your heart.

Pomegranates are not only good for your heart.  They also help to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and boosts your immune system. Pomegranates are packed with vitamin C, potassium and are well-known for their anti-aging benefits.

Valentine’s Day does not have to be about being in a relationship, over-priced flowers, exchanging gifts or even being in love.  Why not this Valentine’s Day try focusing on you.  What makes you feel good, smile, laugh?  When we start to know and love ourselves it makes it easier for others to know and love us.

The Ingredients:

1 c brown rice flour
1/4 c tapioca flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 c almond milk
1 egg “replacer
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

In a medium bowl mix together all the dry ingredients.  In a second bowl, mix together all wet ingredients (add coconut oil last, if it is left too long it may start to solidify again).

Combine dry to wet ingredients.  Mix well.

Over medium-high heat, warm a griddle or skillet using coconut oil to coat pan.   Pour about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of batter onto griddle.  I can usually fit four pancakes on a square griddle at once.  Once pancake starts to bubble, it is time to flip.  Repeat.  Adding coconut oil to pan in between each new set of pancakes.

Top pancakes with pomegranates, strawberries, blueberries or bananas.  I find these fruits are sweet enough.  Sometimes they can replace the need of maple syrup.