Banana. Dandelion. Pancakes.
These dreamy breakfast (lunch or dinner) delights are absolutely jam packed with dandelion flowers. They are a beautiful spring reminder that eating wild is where it’s at. Naturally sweetened with ripe bananas, they are healthy vegan and come together right quick!
I live in a bit of a mixed bag as far as nature goes. Out one side of the house, and a hop skip & jump is the Bow River; the beautiful life blood of the area. Just to the right, is a small feeder creek that intersects with the Bow in the most magical of places – right where the sun rises at this time of year. It’s the most beautiful sight. Golden morning sun reflecting off not one, but two cleansing waterways and bouncing back into the sky.
The other side is Boreal Forest, pines, spruce and poplar in some places so thick you cannot see the sun. Boreal Forest, a part of our natural land that inhabits all kinds of wildlife; wildlife which I have the pleasure of both seeing and hearing throughout the day + night. We are on enough of an outskirt of this little town that the skies behind my house seem almost unpolluted, untouched by the lights of other houses and buildings. Very different from where I lived just one year ago, in the middle of the big city. Looking at the sky at night is such an expansive, opening feeling out here.
Not five minutes from my front door, where the Bow River swoops towards town is an area of forest that my family and I like to call The Vortex. It’s a place where time is lost, very literally. My cell phone and camera batteries often die despite being fully charged (often to my dismay, as this is also potential cougar territory). Although there is a clear path, it’s a part of the forest that I often get lost in. A bend in time where this world ends and a new one begins. The Vortex is filled with the wildest of wildflowers, dandelions farthest from being touched by pesticides & herbicides and thus – the perfect place for foraging.
Knowledge of plants, or in the very least a good sense of how to identify plants in a plant book is a must when it comes to foraging. In such cases as mushrooms – it’s good to have a couple of books (I dare say I have at least …7..) for identification. Dandelions are fortunately a well known variety, although more commonly considered a weed than a choice edible. Knowing how much of a certain wild plant may be consumed safely is also a good thing to have a grasp of; that being said, over doing it on any supermarket green is just as much of a concern. Certain chemicals and toxins that occur naturally in plants can cause harm when over consumed but are completely safe in proper quantities.
As a general rule, and because I find myself so inclined to natural forms of ceremony and earth loving, I always ensure to ask permission before picking a wild plant from it’s habitat. I know that sounds pretty hippie, but this land that I live on was once native land. It was home to many bands of people who honored the earth, held her in the highest regard. Offerings of various herbs and gifts were sprinkled on the ground at harvest. A sign of love, respect and gratitude. I love, respect and am incredibly grateful for the wilderness all around me and thus – I ask it’s permission. Try it, I guarantee you are bound to get a no once in a while. I sure do!
So this is me, another part of me. The part that becomes one with the cultural energies which have long since evaporated from most areas of this old land. The part of me that despite never really making a huge appearance on this blog, is in fact the largest part of who I am. The foraging, earth loving part.
- Find some books on the plants growing in your neck of the woods – if you have the interest
- Say no to cultivated store bought hyped up dandelion greens, and pick your own straight from the source
- Get involved in the community, offer alternatives to weed and pest control (spraying vinegar & citrus oil directly onto dandelions works like a charm if you’re looking for a more manicured lawn)
- Do your part in preserving what is natural and wild
- Recycle, reuse, reduce. Pay attention to plastics and bagged items. Eat wild when it is safe to do so.
- Love this planet for all she is, all she gives.
- 2 Cups Plant Milk
- 2 Ripe Bananas
- 2 Tablespoons Melted Coconut Oil +1 Tablespoon Room Temp
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 2 Cups Oat Four
- 1 Cup Dandelion Flowers
- Peel and mash bananas in a large mixing bowl
- Using a sharp knife, cut off the green bud of the dandelion flowers to separate the yellow petals
- Add plant milk and melted coconut oil to the bowl of mashed bananas
- Add vanilla, baking powder and oat flour into the bowl & mix until there are no lumps
- Fold in dandelion flowers. The batter will be quite thick.
- Add room temperature coconut oil to a pan and bring up to medium-high heat
- Scoop out ½ cup of batter at a time, adding to the hot pan - being careful not to over crowd (I often find two is the max in my pans)
- Spread out the batter quickly into a thin layer with a spatula to ensure it cooks evenly
- Flip when small bubbles begin to form throughout the pancake and the sides begin to change color
- Keep warm in the oven until all the batter has been used
- Serve with assorted fruits, compotes, flowers, yogurts and syrups (I have been loving rhubarb compote, vanilla coconut yogurt and Canadian maple)
Peace, Love & Forest Vibes