Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes

The Original Love Story & Red Velvet Pancakes

Ephesians 3:18-19 (erv)

And I pray that you and all of God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love – how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is. Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.

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It’s only right that we’re talking about love on Valentine’s Day! Some might argue that today is just a Hallmark holiday, but I’m a big fan of any day that reminds each of us that we’re loved, because there simply isn’t enough love in the world. So the way I see it, Hallmark is reminding us to do something that’s put on the back burner way too often; express our love.

I had originally planned to use a scripture about marriage today, but when I really thought about it, I realized that today should focus on the original love story. The love story that God wrote about us long before we even existed. And I’m about to hit you guys with something really truthful; more often than not, I don’t feel like God loves me.

…And the sounds of jaws dropping were heard everywhere. This is a Christian blog, isn’t it? She’s not supposed to say things like that, is she? I feel you sister, that’s what I thought too. So for years, I pretended. Pretended to have a perfect relationship with God, pretended that I had it all together because I knew God loved me, I just kept pretending.

But when I was alone, especially during my time spent in the word or in prayer, I couldn’t get rid of this nagging thought, “If God loves me so much, why don’t I feel anything?”

As long as I can remember, I’ve based my decisions and thoughts on emotions. Certain people work from a place of knowledge and understanding, and others work from experiences and emotions. I fit into the second category, all day long. In some ways, it’s served me. I think I can often grow closer to others and experience things more deeply because I “feel them”. But in other situations, it certainly works against me – and this is one of those situations.

If you can relate to what I’ve been saying so far, this is the line that might really frustrate you. Feelings aren’t facts. Just so you know, I’m cringing just typing that out. I’ve always treated my feelings like they were the rulebook for life, so I get it. But I have to say it again, feelings aren’t facts.

When I first started seeing a therapist a few years ago, I learned that no one can tell me how I should feel, and that no one could say that my feelings were wrong. So I took that as license to start believing that my feelings should control me. What I didn’t realize then, but I can see now, is that my feelings are true for me, and your feelings are true for you, but that doesn’t make them true. The earth is spinning, constantly, and I don’t feel a thing. That doesn’t make the science of the earth’s rotation untrue.

Another way to say it is this; I may feel unloved, but that doesn’t mean I am unloved. It’s okay to feel what I feel and to stop apologizing for what I don’t feel, but my next step as a believer of Jesus is to start believing Jesus.

In the scripture above, Paul tells us that God loves us; it’s not a “maybe”, it’s a fact. The thing about love is that it’s a feeling that comes from the giver of the love, not necessarily the receiver. Sometimes, we get lucky, and we feel the love that the other person is giving us. But even if we don’t, it’s still there. Paul even goes on to say that no one can understand God’s love! So it should be no surprise that it’s difficult to wrap my mind around it, or to question it sometimes. But again, just because I can’t understand it doesn’t mean it’s not real and true.

As much as it sometimes pains me to say it, as a Christian, I’m called to live by God’s truth, not my own. If God says that He loves me, He loves me. And when I can’t feel a thing, that’s where faith comes in.

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What has caused you to doubt God’s love for you? If you have time, look up and write down 2 more verses that reinforce the truth; God loves you endlessly.

*A great way to look up scripture based on a specific word or topic is through the Bible App. Once you have the app open, click on the search tab in the bottom toolbar.

Pray

For the truth about God’s love to invade and take over both your heart and your mind.

Red Velvet Pancakes

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 2

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Ingredients

    Pancakes
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 15 drops red food coloring
  • dash of salt
  • non-stick spray
  • dark chocolate chips (optional for topping)
  • Frosting
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a few drops of unsweetened almond milk (if needed)

Instructions

    Pancakes
  1. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt and mix
  2. Add egg, almond milk, apple sauce, vanilla, honey, and food coloring to the bowl and mix until combined
  3. Allow batter to sit for 2-3 minutes
  4. Heat up griddle or skillet and spray with non-stick spray
  5. Spoon batter onto hot surface and cook for 2 minutes or until sides are bubbling, flip and repeat
  6. Frosting
  7. Combine cream cheese and vanilla and mix with a fork until smooth
  8. If the frosting is too thick, you can add in a few drops of almond milk to achieve desired consistency
  9. Drizzle across the top of pancake stack
  10. Top with dark chocolate chips if desired
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Tips & Tools

These pancakes are made for sharing, but they’re so good and good for you that you can eat the whole batch alone if you’d like! The whole batch of pancakes (without the frosting) is around 400 calories.

The type of food coloring used can change the results drastically, so I would recommend slowly adding in the food coloring until you’ve reached the desired red color in the batter. When I was testing this recipe, I used one type of food coloring, and it only required around 8 drops to achieve a dark red. For a different batch, I used a different brand, and it required around 15 drops. I ultimately ended up using Wilton Red Gel Food Coloring.

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