Making Pancakes Healthier
I love pancakes, as many folks do. But, they're not that good for you. I've found a way to boost their nutritional value, and flavor.
I use regular pancake mix. I add in chia seeds, and either cinnamon or chocolate pea protein powder. Cook them as normal and they come out great. Sometimes I use vanilla unsweetened almond milk instead of water which gives them a hint of vanilla flavor. Other times I just use water.
You can add all kinds of things to pancakes. The way I make them, I don't even use syrup most times because they have a lot of their own flavor.
Here are some suggestions for mix-ins for pancakes:
* Fruit. Frozen works also. You can also take dried fruits like goji berries, cherries, or other berries and soak in water and use those.
* Seeds like chia, sunflower, or flax.
* Use milk substitutes instead of water like almond milk, hemp milk, or soy milk. Also try vanilla or chocolate versions of these!
* Cocoa powder.
* Spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.
* Protein powder.
You may need to adjust the moisture you add in depending on what you add to the mix, so add your moisture last. Add the normal amount and see how thick it is, then add small amounts until it's the right consistency. You can keep un-eaten pancakes in the fridge for a couple of days, or freeze them in an air-tight container once they're completely cool.
Make them ahead of time for kids to grab as an alternative to a Pop-Tart.
Do you have any yummy pancake add-ins?
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