#PancakeSunday

6 Jun

I know, I know…it’s Friday, not Sunday!  But I figured everyone like pancakes, no matter what day of the week it is…am I right?   If you follow me on instagram, you already know about my love for pancakes.  Boyfriend and I are big fans of #PancakeSunday and we try to celebrate every week, if possible.  If we can’t squeeze it in at breakfast on Sunday, pancakes are still likely to find their way into dinner.

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Clockwise from top left: cashew cakes, quinoa pancakes, banana almond meal pancakes, almond pancakes topped with blackberry Greek yogurt

But even though I’m working out a lot right now, I can’t exactly justify pancakes for breakfast all the time.  I mean, we all know flour and sugar isn’t the greatest combo for health…right?  So I make sure to apply my nutrition expertise and have fun creating some healthier recipes.  We ditch the Bisquik and use some out-of-the-box ingredients to come up with our creative but tasty pancakes.

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Pancake fun

One of my favorite pancake recipes is a super easy three-ingredient pancake.  Paleo-lovers are big fans of this one, because it really does taste good, it’s SO quick to make and it’s really nutritious.  And did I mention it only has 3 ingredients?  Get this:  1 egg, 2Tbsp nut butter, 1 mashed banana.  That’s it!  That will make about 2 regular sized cakes and has 15 grams of protein, plus healthy fats and fiber!  Boom.

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3 Ingredient Pancake: Gluten-free, Paleo, Lactose Free

Some of my other favorite ingredients to play around with are:

  • Almond flour
  • Cashew meal
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Banana
  • Pumpkin
  • Apples/applesauce
  • Coconut milk/flour/sugar <—for boyfriend’s pancakes, not mine! 😉
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L: coconut, R: Pumpkin oat

Banana is the key to making a sweet pancake without lots of added sugar, and the riper (is that a word?), the better!  I also always add things like vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg that add flavor without adding anything else.

Our current favorite pancake is this almond flour and quinoa combo:

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I’m not big on measuring when I’m whipping them up, but I’d guess it’s something like this:

1 cup almond flour

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 medium ripe banana

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

splash of whole milk

 

So if you’re looking for a yummy breakfast (or dinner!) this weekend, bust out the griddle and get creative with some healthy pancake ingredients.

Your turn! Tell me: do you celebrate #PancakeSunday?  What’s your favorite kind of pancake?

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