We nicknamed these healthy pancakes "Pregnancy Pancakes" because not only will they satisfy your pancakes cravings (anytime of the day), but they are actually good for you! As you know pregnancy is a time when we want to take better care of ourselves and eat responsibly but we also crave those emotional comfort foods with greater intensity then ever. These pancakes give you the most bang-for-your-buck of any pancake recipe out there! With about 5 ingredients, anybody can master these flapjacks and be fueled through their morning.
If you make a batch over the weekend, you can reheat leftovers (if there any!) and have them on weekday mornings -- definitely motivation to get out of your cozy bed and start your day! They’re also special and delicious enough to treat friends or family, and fast enough to surprise someone with a breakfast in bed.
Buckwheat or teff flour is listed in the recipe, but you could also experiment with using amaranth flour, spelt, whole wheat or just about any other whole grain flour! Keep in mind that you may have to adjust the amount of almond milk you add.
The strawberry jam is a healthier version than your typical sugar spread. It’s made of fresh or frozen strawberries, chia and maple syrup or coconut sugar. The chia thickens it and adds serious nutritional punch. Chia has been gaining popularity in the health food world. What’s all the hype?
A one ounce serving of chia contains:
- 11 grams of fiber
- 4 grams of protein
- 5 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids
- 18% RDA calcium
- 27% RDA phosphorus
- 30% magnesium
- 30% magnesium
- also small amounts of zinc, vitamin B3, potassium, vitamin B1, and vitamin B2
- high in antioxidants
Because of its thickening and absorption qualities, chia can be used to replace eggs in baked goods and helps keep you fuller longer.
Whole Grain Vegan Pancakes:
½ cup oat flour
½ cup buckwheat or teff flour
1 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons apple sauce
1 tbs coconut sugar
Directions: Whisk the oat flour, buckwheat or teff flour, and baking powder in a medium bowl.
Mix wet ingredients in a measuring cup and fold the two mixtures together.
Heat a flat pan on medium-low heat.
To test if the pan is the right temperature, sprinkle water on the pan. If nothing happens for a few seconds, it’s not hot enough. If it immediately sizzles and spits violently, it might be too hot.
Try to get a temperature where water droplets sizzle mildly upon hitting the pan.
Spray or rub with your choice of oil.
Use a ⅓ cup measure to pour the batter, or make mini pancakes, big pancakes, hearts, mickey mouse or anything else fun!
Blueberries and chocolate chips are also a fun addition.
Strawberry Chia Jam:
2 cups whole fresh (make sure they’re properly ripe) or frozen strawberries.
1 tbs chia seeds Sweetener to taste (coconut sugar or maple syrup).
Defrost berries on low in a microwave or pot. If using fresh, you don’t need to do this step.
Put in a blender until big chunks are gone (you may want to leave a few medium-size globs!).
Transfer to bowl and mix in chia and sweetener.
It will thicken in 25-20 minutes, and even more after it is refrigerated.
Recommended Toppings: -coconut, almond or soy yogurt -nut butter (almond, peanut butter, pecan, walnut, or a blend!).
If you have a food processor, the possibilities are endless. -fresh fruit - banana is highly recommended!
Great paired with a more tart fruit like kiwi or raspberries. -maple syrup -and of course, the Strawberry Chia Jam!
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