Getting out of bed is much easier when a tasty breakfast is on the table! Forget flat, bland flapjacks. Pile your plate high with these moist, chewy pumpkin pancakes, stuffed with chopped nuts and coconut shreds for a naturally sweet and filling morning meal. They’re dairy free, gluten free and made with a homemade chia seed egg substitute, making them a vegan treat that anyone who rises and shines early can enjoy.
Unless your child is the rare bran muffin addict or prune junkie, chances are that the foods he or she is clamoring for are scant on fiber. (Those chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese and white bread sammies most kids are clamoring for aren’t exactly fiber-rich.) But fiber is important because it allows us to feel full without consuming excessive calories and keeps our gastrointestinal tracts humming. Children and adults should be eating 14 grams of fiber per 1000 calories consumed.
What better way to celebrate a merry Christmas morning than with these festive gingerbread pancakes? The warm, spicy aroma of gingerbread batter cooking in coconut oil on the skillet may actually lure your children away from the tree and into the kitchen… so they can eat up and then go back to playing with all of their new loot.
It’s a good morning when pancakes are piled high on your plate, but it’s a great morning when they’re not just yummy but good for you, too! Skip the boxed mix and make them from scratch with a few simple, healthy ingredients, including rolled oats, a banana and a scoop of all-natural protein powder. Top your stack with chopped peaches and a fresh cream sauce that can be whipped up quicker than you can open a bottle of sugary syrup.
What’s for breakfast? If you’re trying to lose weight, it may feel like you’re stuck eating the same bland, boring, low-calorie meal day after day. This morning, try something different! These protein-packed, homemade pancakes can be whipped up quickly with a whole-wheat pancake mix, fiber-rich (and filling) quick oats and egg whites. Replace sticky, thick syrup with reduced-sugar strawberry jam for sweetness without all the extra calories.
Pancakes are a special Saturday or Sunday morning treat for families too busy to fuss with “homemade” on hectic weekday mornings. This recipe lets you enjoy a stack without the junk that fills frozen or “quick mix” varieties—but that’s not all. These Flax Jacks were created especially for my diabetic dad, Mac, who desperately missed the amazing taste of many of his favorite foods when they became off limits after his quadruple bypass surgery in 2010.
Plain pancakes are fine in a pinch, but if you want a breakfast bursting with flavor and good nutrition, add cashew butter to your batter! Gluten free and vegan, this recipe calls for almond meal instead of flour and hemp milk instead of dairy. Pan fry your cakes in coconut oil and top with sliced bananas for an even sweeter morning treat.
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