Pancakes, it’s what’s for dinner

Some nights I don’t feel like making dinner (amen?). It’s not from lack of hunger, in fact I’m just about ready to eat my own arm by early evening. I think it’s because cooking taps into a creative side for me and sometimes I just don’t have energy for it. Tonight, I was just cooking for Reece and me, so I decided to go the easy route and make us pancakes.

These aren’t any ordinary pancakes.  I stopped making ordinary pancakes a few years ago once I fessed up to their uselessness. They sure are tasty (especially if we’re talking Haute Cake’s Orange Ricotta dream version) but they don’t do much for me in terms of energy and sustenance. They’re usually loaded with ingredients that I don’t want much to do with either (white flour and dairy). Recently, I played around with various protein pancake recipes and landed on a version that my whole family loves. They are packed with good, basic, healthy ingredients. Eating these has a similar effect for me as oatmeal. I feel satisfied and have enough energy to last me a few hours.

Sometime I am going to try this batter out on the waffle iron, but for now these little pancakes will do just fine. Here is the recipe-ish… I’m not one for measurement and precision in the kitchen, but this should get you there.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of oats (I grind them with my handheld blender so that they are the rough consistency of oat flour)
  • About ¼ cup of almond meal
  • About a teaspoon of coconut flour (probably not a deal breaker, but I like how it adds density and a bit of flavor)
  • Cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bananas
  • Vanilla

Process:

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients. I use my handheld blender and it makes the wet mixture nice and fluffy.
  3. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together.
  4. Spray a pan with coconut oil and heat it to medium.
  5. Cook those suckers.

Parting thoughts – to each his own, but I don’t add syrup to our pancakes … although Reece somehow knows to ask for it every time. Mysterious. For me, I think they are sweet enough because of the banana and don’t want to add the calories. For Reece, all that sugar, albeit natural if we use the pure maple syrup we have in the fridge, is not what my tiny toddler needs first thing in the morning or a few hours before bed or anytime of the day. Instead I go (not so) plain Jane or add a little fruit on the side. Delish!

ImageNo time for pictures. No time for a fork. Grabby grabby.

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I guess I let my kid eat off the counter… with her hands… while standing on a chair.

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I bagged the leftovers up for a snack tomorrow.

Let me know what you think! And if you have kids, I hope they like them too!

Do you have a healthy pancake version to share?

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6 Comments

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    livbyfaith
    06/01/2013 at 5:15 am

    Haha I know that feeling.. The don’t-want-to-die-of-starvation-yet-still-don’t-feel-like-cooking-tonight feeling. Pancakes are always my go-to meal too. They always turn out perfect 🙂 your recipe sounds delicious too! (just a shame I can’t eat bananas)

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      hellodaynatalie
      06/02/2013 at 2:33 am

      Oh man, life without bananas? What’s your favorite pancake recipe?

      • Reply
        livbyfaith
        06/02/2013 at 2:48 am

        it involves almond meal and buckwheat flour, but I don’t really measure ingredients either.. just throw things in until it looks right! I’ll have to take note next time i make them 🙂

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