Monday, July 14, 2014

Whole Wheat Pancake Recipe & a Pure Via GIVEAWAY!


This post is sponsored by Pure Via through FitFluential. I was compensated with product only and all opinions are my own! {Keep reading for a chance to win your own Pure Via kit!}


Pure Via® is an all natural sweetener using the stevia plant. It's a great alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. (Remember all the nasty side effects of artificial sweeteners!) Over the past year, I've been gradually decreasing the amount of artificial sweeteners I put in my body. Don't get me wrong, I'm still known to have a Diet Coke every once in a while and I know that some foods I put in my body contain artificial sweeteners. It's a slow process and finding Pure Via is just another way I'm able to find yet another alternative to sweeteners and real sugar. Check out some of the cold hard facts:

  • Pure Via’s stevia extract is 97% pure Reb A made from the sweetest extract of the stevia leaf
  • It is sweetened using all natural stevia
  • Pure Via packets contain only non-GMO* ingredients
  • Each Pure Via packet sweetens like two teaspoons of sugar
  • Pure Via is suitable for people with diabetes
  • It’s certified Kosher Parve

{See the Pure Via Summer Fit Kit pictured above}

Pure Via sent me a few different types of their product:
  1. Pure Via stevia packets
  2. Pure Via liquid
  3. Pure Via vanilla flavored liquid
Thus far, I've used the packets in a few different recipes {I'm sharing a pancake recipe below!} and I've found the liquids perfect for drinks! The regular liquid is great for making some sweet iced tea and the vanilla is delicious in my morning coffee with just a bit of almond milk. The best part about the liquids is that you can choose just how much you want to put in. Squeeze in a bit and if it's not quite right, you can always add in a little more.





The liquid sweeteners are also great for on the go… these bottles will fit in your purse, backpack, pocket or gym bag. They come with a no drip lid which means there are mess free plus they dissolve instantly in your hot or cold beverage.





One more thing...Pure Via packets’ ingredients are non-GMO (not the product of bioengineering). You can use Pure Via like sugar, to add natural sweetness to your hot or cold beverages, sprinkle on your favorite fruits and use in recipes! Speaking of recipes, take a look at this great whole wheat pancake recipe using Pure Via packets:

Whole Wheat Pure Via Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 Pure Via packet
  • 1 1/2 tsp backing powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup almond milk {can substitute 2% or skim milk}
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 2 TBS nearly melted butter {I used Smart Balance!}
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract





Directions

  1. Whisk all dry ingredients {first five on ingredient list} together in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a smaller microwave safe bowl, heat milk to luke warm/room temperature. Add butter and heat until nearly melted.
  3. Add in egg, applesauce and vanilla and whisk until blended.
  4. Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture slowly. Add bits at a time mixing with a fork or spatula until all wet mixture is added. Stir until mixed, but do not over mix. Clumps will be present in the batter.
  5. Batter will be thick; however, if batter is unreasonably thick, add milk one tablespoon at a time.
  6. Heat up a griddle or skillet pan on the stove. Add butter or non-stick spray to surface before adding batter. Pour batter onto skillet, about four inches in diameter will yield roughly 8 pancakes!
  7. Flip pancakes with batter starts to bubble. Remove from heat and ENJOY!




Now here's the best part...you can win your own Pure Via kit! Just use the widget below to enter.  and I'll announce the winner on Friday!



For nutritional information, please visit: http://www.purevia.com/Purevia/PureVia.aspx

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