Healthy And Lazy Pancakes For The Win
BY DEBBIE KING, SUPAFITMAMA
PHOTO © Tatyana Tomsickova/123RF
Jun 23, 2017
Some days I feel like an absolute rock star of a mom. Not the kind with a Kate Spade diaper bag and sold-out tour, but the kind who can rock some serious every day parenting wins. My latest and greatest hit — the pancake.
Let me explain.
How do I get a variety of nutrients into my picky eater's body with the least amount of work?
As an athlete, fitness professional and generally health-conscious person, I'm hyper aware of the importance of good nutrition. I've experienced the benefits of a nutrient-dense diet and want the same well-being for my family.
Given the choice, I'd take a kitchen stocked with healthy homemade eats over a closet of sexy studded Miu Mius. And given the choice, those healthy homemade eats would be prepared by someone else. Not me.
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My cooking style is best described as healthy and lazy. Unlike many health-conscious mamas, I have little interest in shopping for and slaving over meals. And when it comes to recipes, too many ingredients, steps or utensils needed and I'm out.
Unfortunately this style doesn't always jive with feeding my seven-year-old well. She may approve a diet of frozen waffles and weiners, but I don't. And I could labour over organic meat and vegetable medleys, but I won't. So how do I get a variety of nutrients into my picky eater's body with the least amount of work? This is where the pancakes come in.
Given the choice, I'd take a kitchen stocked with healthy homemade eats over a closet of sexy studded Miu Mius.
The taste and texture of pancakes suit my little breakfast lover just fine. She's never objected to the Saturday morning staple (often served up by husband with a side of superhero cartoons). In fact, it was a Saturday morning, watching her delight in each syrup-soaked bite, when inspiration hit. I could cook up tons of goodness in different versions of this breakfast standard! Since then I've compiled a few easy recipes that I keep on repeat.
The breakout hit was a variation of Simple Bite's Fluffy Banana Oat pancakes. I remember putting them out, then sitting back anticipating my daughter's reaction from the corner of my eye. She took a bite. Then another. Then cleaned the plate none the wiser to the added protein, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids from the greek yogurt, oats and ground flaxseed.
That particular pancake is dense and hearty. When I'm in the mood for something lighter, I make Paleo Hacks' delicious Coconut Flour pancake. It's easy to make and offers another mix of vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein. We're also fans of sweet potato and pumpkin versions, which I'll make using store-bought purées (healthy but lazy in action!).
I may not win a rock star mom-of-the-year award, but it feels like a win every time I nourish my little girl's body — the lazy but loving way.
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Healthy And Lazy Banana Oat Pancakes
I usually digress from the original recipe, based on our tastes and the ingredients I have on hand. I'll often opt to make a smaller batch with less dairy and banana than suggested, playing with the balance of wet ingredients. The making of my latest rendition went like this:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 tbsp of chia seeds
- 3/4 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 puréed banana
- 2 eggs
- Grind the rolled oats in a Magic Bullet (or a food processor if you're fancy).
- Then in a medium size mixing bowl, whisk the oats together with the other dry ingredients: flour, chia seeds (though you could also use ground flaxseed), baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- In a separate mixing bowl, add wet ingredients: unsweetened almond milk (low-fat milk works, too), honey, coconut oil, puréed banana and eggs (instead of greek yogurt this time).
- Whisk wet ingredients to combine, but don't beat.
- Make a well in the dry ingredient mixture. Pour wet ingredients into the well and mix lightly with a wooden spoon.
- Spoon mix onto a hot non-stick pan or griddle and cook for a few minutes per side. When bubbles start to form and edges start to brown, it's time to flip.
These hearty pancakes are a meal unto themselves topped with berries, jam or maple syrup. Not as lazy as I am? Go ahead and serve them with your favourite breakfast accompaniments and enjoy! Makes four medium-sized pancakes.