Monday, December 31, 2012

Banana Oat Flax Pancakes for ONE

As we are headed into the New Year ( wow, has it flown by!) why not start this year healthy to help you reach those goals treating your body right. Plus these pancakes happen to be gluten free, are simply delicious & are extra fantastic as it serves just ONE (but you can easily double it if you would like). These pancakes aren't your typical ones however, they are full of nutrients, protein, whole foods, & filling, that will indeed boost your energy & satisfy you each morning.

  You can use this recipe as a base & also experiment with ingredients you have on hand, as the possibilities are endless, adding any flavors you like-- apples, pumpkin, strawberries, coconut milk, carrots, dried fruit, chocolate chips... but keep them healthy :)

Note: In reality, you can mix an egg & a banana alone & create a pancake-- it truly does work, but I enjoy this combination better.

I enjoy mine topped with some sunflower seed butter & sprinkle of unsweetened coconut-- no syrup as the banana sweetens it enough. Seriously, I am telling you that these pancakes hit the spot & I literally get excited to wake-up in the morning because I know I get to eat some yummy pancakes to fuel my body properly-- its a win-win deal.

Banana Oat Flax Pancakes for ONE: (makes 3 small pancakes)

1 ripe banana
1 T flax seed
1/4 cup oats*
1 egg or 2 egg whites
1 tsp cinnamon
1.5-2 T Greek yogurt*
1/4 tsp baking powder (optional)*
1/2 tsp baking soda (optional)*
1/4 tsp coconut oil

Directions:
Place flax seeds & oats in a blender or food processor, grind into a fine consistency, should only take a minute or so. In a bowl, place banana in & mash with a fork until there are no lumps. Add egg & 1.5 T yogurt, whisk together. Combine cinnamon, baking powder & soda if using into flour mixture. Add to wet mixture, stirring until thoroughly combined. If batter seems to thick add the 1/2 T. Heat a skillet over low-medium, add in coconut oil, wait till pan is warm. Pour 1/3 of batter for each pancake, let cook for 30 seconds or until edges have stiffened or pulled away from pan and middle produces tiny bubbles. Flip & let cook for another few seconds. Top with desired toppings & enjoy this nutritious breakfast.

*Be sure for gluten-free pancakes to verify that your oats are free of gluten, or replace with any flour you would like, even protein powder.
* You could easily replace the Greek yogurt with any yogurt, diary or non-diary option
* The baking powder & soda just act to make a more puffy pancake, but is not vital to making it fluffy, as the pancake will still turn out delicious with or without these 2 ingredients.


Happy New Year my friends! And may this year bring you much love & many blessings from our Father in Heaven. 
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
-John 16:33


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