Monday, May 30, 2011

Superfood pancakes

If you search superfood you'll find lists and lists of things you should be eating on a regular basis.  I think it's the should part that snags most everybody's plans.  There's just something about that word that doesn't inspire lasting or effective change.  I've said it and heard it more times that I can count - "I shouldn't eat/drink this......but oh well." 

Instead of spending effort on the should part, why find ways to incorporate and enjoy some healthy, superfood have-to's?  If you don't like nuts, spinach or eggs,  but know you should eat more of them, this recipe is a simple way to enjoy more superfoods and get your kids to as well - without them even knowing it.  Anything capable of sneaking a small helping of spinach into my non-salad eating 8 year old is worth a try.

Superfood pancakes
 adapted from Elana
makes about 2 dozen
1 3/4 c almond flour (if I can find it in the middle of nowhere, you can too)
4 eggs - you know the farm fresh superfood kind 
1/2 c melted coconut oil or butter
1/8 c agave, honey or maple syrup
1/2 c coconut milk or kefir
1 T vanilla
1 T cinnamon
1 t baking soda
pinch of sea salt
12-15 fresh spinach leaves
1 1/2 c blueberries

One of the other great things about this recipe is that it's made in the belnder.  Not mixing wet and dry ingredients separately saves a LOT of clean up time.  
That said, all you need to do is throw everything except the blueberries into your blender and blend on high until smooth.  You may or may not have to thin the batter with a little water, I've made them twice and one batch needed a bit.

To cook: Melt a tablespoon of coconut oil on a griddle and ladle the batter out.  Put as many blueberries as you'd like on each pancake - they will cook as the pancakes do.  Wait for pancakes to form bubbles and the bubbles to pop then flip them over.  cook for about a minute on the other side.  Serve with more coconut oil and agave.  

The first time I served these we had company - 9 & 11 year old guests.  Mainbain urged me not to use the boys' sleepover as an opportunity for a guinea pig recipe.  But, I'd just picked the spinach out of the garden, and couldn't resist.  After 6 boys scarfed down every last pancake,  I confessed my cooking sneakiness.  They said they could taste a difference, but it was just different, not bad.  I 've made them again since, and can happily report they willingly gobbled them down the spinach plus all the other superfoods!

  Knowing how delicious and healthy these are, can you resist trying them??

linked to Kelli Rachel, Jen, Laura, Kristen


julie said...

The only vegetable my very picky almost-4-year-old eats is sweet potato fries. I will definitely try this! Thanks!

Linda said...

Spinach in pancakes! What a great idea. I need to buy almond flour.

Laurie said...

Wonderful Plan for getting extra veg in our families! Super!

Toyin O. said...

That looks yummy, I think am going to try this:)

feiane (fe-yan) said...

looks yummy and delish!... i wanna try it I got a couple of cups of almond flour....

thanks for sharing!

Laurie said...

I featured your recipe on my post today. Thank you!


These look delicious. Gluten-free....using almond flour. Love it.

Rachel R. said...

Since you just blend it, anyway, I wonder if you could use almonds?

Rachel said...

these pancakes look great! and love how you used "healthy" ingredients. I have stopped my ya'll blog once before but not sure I invited you to a recently new link up called Healthy 2day Wednesdays for sharing hralthy ideas, tips, going "green" suggestions, recipes, etc. and I hope you will add this post. You can add posts every week until that Saturday! Hope to see you there sometime!


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