Pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast meals, but the problem is pancakes aren't really that good for you. At least the way I usually eat them which is reminiscent of a college diet - completely un-healtified with a hearty dose of butter and full-sugar maple syrup. In the past few years I've gotten really interested in healthy alternatives and have discovered some superfoods that I love incorporating into my everyday diet. (For example: fresh squeezes of lemon in my water and chia seeds sprinkled into my yogurt.)
On Sunday when I was whipping up pancakes, I decided to make them packed with a few more nutrients by making a few healthy swaps.
- Instead of an egg I made a "flax seed egg" which is one tablespoon of ground flax seed whisked with three tablespoons of water. This acts as a binder in baking. Tip: You'll want to refrigerate it for 10 minutes before adding to your pancake mix to let it set!
- Instead of 2 tablespoons of oil I add a healthy dollop of greek yogurt. These make the pancakes rise more and less grease.
- Instead of whole milk, use soy milk.
- Sprinkle in berries for added vitamins and a punch of color! I prefer frozen blueberries in pancakes because I find they don't bleed as much as fresh.
- Top with shredded coconut which is a natural sweetner - you'll need less maple syrup!
Any other healthy swaps out there? I'm always on the hunt for more!
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