Cookie Butter Pancakes Recipe

The Right Path & Cookie Butter Pancakes

Psalm 143:10 (cev)

You are my God. Show me what you want me to do, and let your gentle Spirit lead me in the right path.

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You might not be 100% happy with where you’re currently at in your life. Join the club, sister. Thought you’d be more successful by now? Married at this stage of your life? Have that family or that dream job you’ve been praying for? I think it’s fair to say that we all wish or hope or pray for different circumstances in at least one area of our lives. I know I do.

Specifically for me, it’s passion and purpose. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I spend my days doing, but I always assumed there’d be something more. Something I was great at doing. Something I dedicated my creativity and resources to. Something. And hey, being successful in that thing and building a life of financial freedom wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. But, here I sit, still feeling like Julie Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love, only without the freedom and finances to travel the planet while finding myself. And I realize that being “passion-less” is a luxury in comparison to some of the circumstances that others are walking through.

So, why does God keep us here? Why does He let us sit in something uncomfortable longer than we’d thought, or at all? Is He mean? Is this just a joke or a science experiment?

No, in fact, I truly believe it’s just as painful for God to watch us walk through these challenging circumstances as it is for us. But it’s necessary; I’m confident of that. I don’t know much, but I know that we serve a loving, perfect God who would never allow suffering if it weren’t.

Often times, we assume that growth happens in a straight line or takes a direct path, but in reality, that’s far from the truth. How many stories have you heard about those who have found God in the face of a terminal diagnosis? That have surrendered their lives in a time of despair? That finally found peace in a time of chaos?

Praying for God’s will can be a dangerous thing to do if we’re not ready for the journey it will take us down. God uses this life to prepare us for the ultimate destination. When I think back through my own life, some of the most impactful choices were made from a place of struggle, or from a place that I never expected to be.

Sometimes, God leads us backward, sideways, and completely off the course we were on in order to prepare us for the right path; His path. In the moment, it seems confusing, challenging, frustrating, and disappointing. That lost job, that failed exam, the breakup, the negative pregnancy test, the diagnosis, the divorce. Those events seem to come out of the blue and hit us right in the stomach.

But God’s will is stronger, His plan is better, and His path for us, though off-map and a little bumpy, is the right one. If we’re going to pray for God’s will, we have to trust His directions. We must cling to Him when the road gets dark and narrow, stop to praise Him during the beautiful sunsets along the way, and remain faithful that He’s leading us exactly where we need to go, even if it’s not where we thought we were going.

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What do you think God is using in your life right now to prepare you for His ultimate plan? Is there something specific you’re waiting on and praying about? Take some time today to surrender that thing to God.

Pray

For God’s will and plans to replace your own.

Cookie Butter Pancakes

30 minPrep Time

30 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 3 Large Pancakes

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cookie butter
  • 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • dash of salt
  • non-stick spray

Instructions

  1. Divide cookie butter into 3 teaspoons and spread each teaspoon out into a disc on a piece of parchment paper
  2. Place parchment paper in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to harden
  3. Pre-heat skillet or electric griddle to medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  4. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt and mix
  5. In a separate bowl, mix egg, almond milk, applesauce, vanilla, and honey
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix just until smooth
  7. Pour batter onto griddle, place one cookie butter disc in the center of the batter, and add just enough batter to cover the disc
  8. Cook for 2 minutes on each side
  9. Serve with additional cookie butter drizzled on top if desired
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If you don’t have cookie butter, you can use any nut butter of choice. Nutella and coconut butter are also great options!

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