French Toast Pancake Recipe

Honest Gratitude & Pancake French Toast

Psalm 62:8 (easy)

Everybody should always trust in him! Tell him everything that is in your heart. God is our shelter!

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Back in January, I talked about gratitude. I talked about writing in a gratitude journal, and learning to focus our thoughts on finding gratitude in the boring, daily things of life. But today, I want to put a little remix on that concept and talk about what happens if and when we actually don’t feel gratitude for the things we think we “should”.

A few days ago, I once again found myself sitting in front of a blank entry in my gratitude journal. Truthfully, I was annoyed. I can’t tell you about what, because I really don’t remember – but it was probably something silly and meaningless, like the fact that my husband “forgot” to put the toilet seat down… again.

Whatever the reason, I was feeling grateful, but I could some well-meaning church lady reciting an overused line like “…at least you have a husband, dear. Some people never find ‘the one.’” I started to write general words in my journal that I was grateful for, like husband and another day of being alive. But it was almost as if God stopped me in my tracks and reminded me that it’s okay to be honest with Him; that trust and relationship are never based on simply saying what we think the other wants to hear.

This might seem contradictory from that last post about gratitude; I do think it’s important to continually refocus our perspectives and shift our mindsets to all things we have to be grateful for. And sometimes, that’s all we need to reset our hearts. But in this case, I’m talking about when our hearts simply don’t feel that gratitude. What then?

Then it’s okay to allow God to see what’s really in your heart – even if that’s not gratitude, even if that’s anger or frustration. When we give God access to all the parts of ourselves, we’re showing Him that we trust Him with our most vulnerable components. I can’t personally speak for God, but I believe that He values trust and truth much more than poised phrases and polished gratitude lists.

I just want to remind you that God is the only One who’s responsible for and able to change your heart. That means that if you don’t feel, believe in, or want something, you can’t pretend it away. In fact, sharing it with God is the best thing you can do in your faith journey. Prayer is the only action that can really change things..

So, as I began to write in my journal again, I took my own advice from that January devotional, and I thought about the things I was actually feeling grateful for in the moment. Here they are:

  • working air conditioning
  • the oatmeal bake that I had for breakfast that morning
  • a few good girlfriends that I could vent to about my frustrations, knowing they wouldn’t judge me and we could share a laugh about it.

An unfiltered list of my actual gratitude. And here’s the thing; there’s nothing big or small to God, so any and everything that we have in our lives is a gift from Him that’s worth celebrating. But the biggest point that’s deserving of celebration is this: we serve a God who loves us. He desires our hearts; our messy, unpoised, real, honest hearts.

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Do you ever find yourself “lying to God” in an effort to say the right things? How can you shift your perspective so that you can approach Him with vulnerability and trust?

Pray

For a vulnerable heart that trusts in the Lord completely.

Pancake French Toast

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 3 Pieces of Pancake French Toast

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • dash of salt
  • non-stick spray

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet or electric griddle over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a bowl, combine 1 egg, apple sauce, extract, and honey and mix
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking powder
  4. Mix wet and dry ingredients together until combined
  5. Spoon batter onto skillet, creating 3 pancakes
  6. Flip after 2 minutes to cook on other side
  7. Once cooked, add second egg and almond milk to the bowl and whisk until smooth
  8. Dip each pancake into batter and return to skillet to cook for 3 minutes on each side
  9. Optional: heat blueberries in microwave for 30 seconds or on skillet for 5 minutes to create a blueberry jam
  10. Top pancake french toast with blueberries and serve
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For a little extra fun, you can top these french toast pancakes… or pancake french toast… with Reddi-Wip Almond Milk Whipped Cream!

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