So I know I recently posted a recipe for pancakes on Momma Tastings here, but this recipe is just too good not to share. My son literally treats these pancakes like candy, and guess what? They are healthy, healthy, healthy! If you are one of those mommas blessed with a picky eater, give these pancakes a try. Oh, and this also happens to be the easiest pancake recipe in the world (that's not an exaggeration).
I originally came across this recipe on the cover of the January issue of Health Magazine in an article interviewing Cassey Ho (AKA Blogilates). I added my own little twist of flavor and nutrients, as well as coined the term "monkey pancakes," after one of the main ingredients - banana. These pancakes are super easy, super quick, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, patties of excellence.
An adapted recipe from Paleo Pancakes.
A quick and easy "pancake" (or as my Father calls them, "looks like an banana omelet to me...") that are best at breakfast time or anytime of day snack. I often make these for my son in the mornings (this morning in fact!) and I will take the leftovers out with us during the day to have on hand as a little protein boost. They are somewhat dense, so I recommend them for 9m+
- 2 eggs
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
- Coconut oil cooking Spray
In a small bowl mash the banana, until smooth and most of the lumps are gone (the riper the banana, the better. Add the egg and whisk together until completely combined. Add vanilla, cinnamon and ground flax seeds and whisk together. Set aside.
Spray frying pan or skillet with coconut oil cooking spray and place over medium high heat. Once the pan is hot add the pancake batter in 2 tablespoon sized portions. Cook until small bubblies form around the edges. Flip and continue cooking until finished, approximately 2 minutes.
Yield - approximately 4 pancakes (enough for one adult, plenty for one small child)
Egg - One of the reasons I love this recipe so much is because egg is one of the main ingredients. I'm a huge egg fan, not only because they are one of the healthiest foods, but because they are packed with protein -- and protein keeps my little happy when he would otherwise be cranky. Eggs have the highest biological value for protein, along with iron, vitamins and heart healthy minerals. They are also great for the immune system and improve brain development and memory (crucial for the under 2's). I've said it before, and there's no doubt that I will say it again -- eggs rock.
Banana - Bananas are that quick cure-all food for when you are feeling crappy. This is due to their high potassium content, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Bananas are also rich in fiber, which is good for the heart and digestion. Bananas are a sweet carbohydrate, but they have a low glycemic index value, which means that they have a low impact on our blood sugar.
Flax seeds - Flax seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, a combination that is completely unique in the world of seeds and crucial to human health. Flax seeds are good for cardiovascular health, digestive health, as well as cancer prevention. They also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, which help protect and improve risk of asthma, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. They are a super seed unlike any other, and sneaking them into your food (as well as your children's) is a must.
These pancakes (minus my adjustments) are also known as Paleo pancakes. I came across them in a magazine interview talking about health and fitness, and it turns out that they are also a genius toddler food hack. My son absolutely adores these pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner or for a snack. He's always been wild about bananas, and the prevalence of egg makes me swoon. The best part though? They are naturally sweetened by the banana, so no need to add maple syrup and all that extra energy (double bonus - no sticky clean up). Go try this recipe immediately, whether it be for yourself or your child, I promise you will not regret it!
Happy cooking, mommas :)