Saturday is pancake day in our house and my toddler loves helping me make the batter. I try to pack as much nutrition in to avoid the sugar crash of refined flours and sugar.
These pancakes are so simple and contain just 3 ingredients (or 4 if you decide to go for the chocolate version):
- 1 banana: make sure your bananas are spotty and ripe before eating them as that makes them easier to digest. A great source of potassium, they sweeten the pancakes without the use of sugar.
- 1 egg: eggs are a fantastic source of protein, choline and cholesterol, all of which balance blood sugar, keep you satiated and is great for hormonal health. If avoiding eggs or vegan, you can replace this with a flax egg (soaking a TSP of ground flaxseed in some water until il gels).
- 2 TBSP oat flour: I alternate between buckwheat, oat flour or chestnut flour for these pancakes as they are gluten free and packed with nutrition. Oats in particular are packed with beta glucans, which lower cholesterol, balance blood sugar and feed your good gut bacteria.
- 1 TSP carob powder: today I decided to treat my toddler to chocolate pancakes so decided to use carob powder for that chocolate taste without the caffeine of cacao. And my toddler definitely does not need the extra caffeine kick! Carob contains b vitamins and a host of minerals including magnesium and selenium, as well as being rich in fiber, protein and pectin – making it an excellent food for digestive issues.
Blend all the ingredients to create the batter then cook in an oiled pan for a few minutes on each side. Serve with berries for an added antioxidant boost and a trickle of maple syrup for an extra sweet treat.