Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

The How-Many-Healthy-Things-Can-I-Get-Into-a-Pancake Pancakes

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You guys know me by now. I’m all about getting as many good things into my kids as I can. It makes me feel good to know that I’m not only feeding them nutritious meals but setting a foundation that hopefully will set the stage for their food choices in the future, although allowing The Almost-9-Year-Old to make his own lunch decisions is eye opening.

Let’s save that for another post.

Anyway … back to these pancakes.  They came out really yummy! Both kids agreed although they compliment my cooking the same way their Daddy does…

Toddler Eating a Pancake

…by simply eating.

I swear, one day I’ll be surrounded my people who actually get excited about food the way I do! Until then I will take their silence as approval because Lord knows they are vocal enough when they DON’T like something I make.

For these pancakes I decided to pull out all the good stuff I had in the pantry.

healthy pancake ingredients

I love that things like chia, flax and oat flour are getting more and more popular. I’m seeing them everywhere now and it’s makes cooking things up like this much more convenient. Before I found oat and almond flour at my local store I was grinding my own. It still works — click here to see my almond oat pancake recipe — but having things already ground is a lot faster and the pancakes come out fluffier. The kids like that.

Healthy Pancakes

I use a banana as the sweetener and find it absolutely perfect. Plus the 3-Year-Old refuses to eat them so I like knowing he still has some kind of banana in his diet. He and I eat the pancakes straight up, too, no syrup or anything. The Almost-9-Year-Old like syrup or applesauce to dip.

Here’s what I do…

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup (6 fl. oz) milk (Any milk will work; I used 2% and almond with success.)
  • 2/3 cup oat flour (80g)
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed meal (13g)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (25g)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (13g)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Whisk the mashed banana with the egg, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Healthy Pancakes - wet ingredients

Whisk in the milk and then add all the dry ingredients except the baking powder and soda.

Healthy Pancakes - dry ingredients

Once everything is well combined, gently stir in the baking soda and baking powder.

Healthy Pancakes - baking soda and powder

Heat non-stick griddle over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Use about 1/8 cup of batter to make each cake.

Healthy Pancakes -Cooking

Flip once edges just start to become solid and the bottoms are nice and golden.

Pile up and serve!

Healthy Pancakes - Stack

Makes 12-13 pancakes.

 Anyone else sneak healthy things into pancakes? I’d love a few more ideas! 

Here’s the nutritional info using unsweetened almond milk…

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 3 pancakes
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
200 9g 5g old: 4 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
5g 2g 27g 7g

See other recipes using: almond flour, almond milk, chia seeds, flax seeds, oat flour

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    May 27, 2014

    These look wonderful! I've bought some chia seeds but have not figured how to incorporate them other than smoothies.

    Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me

    May 27, 2014

    Oooooh. I kind of like that they are GF, too. I'm definitely going to add these to our pancake rotation.


    May 28, 2014

    Is almond meal the same as almond flour?


      May 28, 2014

      Yup! I don't know why I called it that.


    May 28, 2014

    Looks yum! I don't think I have all of that built up yet but when I do a pantry clear out next weekend I'll see how much of this I can pull together. On the banana - I dislike them too, so much so that if I pick up a piece of banana bread/cake without realising (usually from a provided lunch or work nibbles) I can taste the banana and don't like it. Would applesauce or something similar work in it's place?


      May 28, 2014

      These are not very banana-y but yes applesauce should work, I even used pumpkin but you need to add some honey to sweeten them then.


    May 28, 2014

    Hi . . .these look delicious!! As I scan thru the pictorial it looks like there's 5 dry ingredients (?) in the bowl . . . or am I just seeing shadows . . . anyway, they look yummy!!! Thanks for sharing . . . . you inspired me to add chia seeds & milled flax to my oatmeal this morning . . . :-)


      May 29, 2014

      Yes, I think it's a shadow on the oat flour. You're right though, it does look like five!


    June 9, 2014

    No new ideas, but I have been making your whole wheat banana panacakes for about 3 years now and we love them! In fact, they are on our menu tonight for dinner. So easy and my 4.5 yo doesnt seem to know the difference between these and the ones as big as her head you get at a restaurant (and thats a good thing for me!)