I have been trying to find healthy alternatives for my family for a long time. Pancakes are something that I have ALWAYS LOVED! When I wrote about the Banana Pancakes, I think I detailed my love for pancakes and how I used to smell them from all the way upstairs when my father made them for me as a kid! But, the problem with pancakes is that they stick to my rear-end, and not in a good way. And, on top of that, they are full of empty calories, white flour, and no nutrition whatsoever. If I am going to make pancakes for my family , I want them to have the experience that I had except I want those pancakes to be LOADED with NUTRITION!
that our bodies need. They provide everything that we need to start the day right! Our bodies require proper nutrition in order to get through the day, and to keep our blood sugar regulated. When we eat empty calories, it causes our blood sugar to spike and we get an instant rush from the sugar, especially when we load pancakes up with cheap maple syrup (which usually contains over 70 grams of sugar per serving!!). About an hour or so after eating all of that sugar, we become exhausted and hungry again, because our body now blasted through all of that sugar and was never given any REAL nutrition to begin with, and we virtually have to start over.
- Oatmeal: Oats are a great grain because they are an excellent source of nutrition, as they contain essential enzymes, iron, dietary fiber, vitamin E, and B-complex vitamins. Because the body absorbs grains slowly, it provides sustained and high-quality energy. The slow absorption also helps to stabilize your blood sugar. When cooking with oats, always try to use steel cut oats or quick cook oats. The slower the cook, the better, but when in a pinch, PLAIN quick cook is always better than the microwave type.
- Hemp seed: One of the amazing attributes of hemp seed is that there is no other food substance that contains such high amounts of essential fatty acids. Hemp seed actually has a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in a 3:1 ratio. Hemp is also an excellent source of protein, and is easily digestible. Studies in the recent past have shown that consuming hemp seeds whether raw or in oil form, has the capacity to aid in the healing process of diseases related to immune deficiency. Yes, hemp seed does come from Cannabis, however, the amount of THC found in commercial hemp seed is less than 1%, so there is no worry about “getting high”. Enjoy your hemp seed without worry people! The brand I love is from Nutiva or Manitoba Harvest.
- Coconut: We all know the MANY benefits of coconut oil, but the coconut that I use in the recipe is coconut manna, or also called coconut butter. Coconut butter contains similar nutritional characteristics to coconut oil, but since it is comprised of pureed, raw coconut meat—not only the oil—it is not made exclusively of fat. One tablespoon of coconut butter provides 2 grams of fiber as well as small amounts of potassium, magnesium, and iron.
Oatmeal Coconut Hemp Pancakes
2 cups of dry organic oats
3 eggs: 1 whole, and 2 egg whites
1 1/2 – 2 cups of water
3 heaping tablespoons of hemp seeds
3 tablespoons of coconut manna
3 teaspoons of local raw honey
A splash of organic vanilla extract to taste
1-2 drops of cinnamon essential oil (optional, and only use a brand that is pure: email me to find out the brand I trust!)
Coconut oil (for prepping the pan)
In your NutriBullet or blender (I have the NutriBullet Rx and CANNOT live without it!) add all the ingredients and if using a NutriBullet Rx or similar device, run for one cycle so that everything is smooth. If using a conventional blender, make sure that you stop every once in awhile to make sure that nothing is sticking to the sides and that your mixture is uniform. Start with 1 1/2 cups of water, and add the extra 1/2 of a cup if needed. I find that sometimes I need to add the extra water, and sometimes I don’t. Prep your hot pan with a little bit of coconut oil and start cooking up a storm! This recipe feeds about 3 adults. Make sure you top your delicious Oatmeal Coconut Hemp Pancakes with a good organic dark amber maple syrup! The darker, the better! Butternut Mountain Farms makes my favorite one!! It’s a grade A dark maple syrup, AND the best part is that it’s in the perfect sized kid friendly squeeze kid bottle! If you are familiar with healthy maple syrups and not the conventional types, you know that the real deal comes in glass containers, and they make a HUGE MESS!! So this syrup is a MUST HAVE in my house!
Adding pure essential oils to the pancakes gives them an additional boost of health. Cinnamon assists the body in the regulation of blood sugar. 1 to 2 drops is all you need if you are using a completely pure oil. Contact me for more information, and I would be happy to provide samples or information upon request. Due to current FDA regulations, I cannot provide you with the name of the company I recommend on my website, but I will happily speak with you over email or even by phone if you would like to know more!
Comment below if you try my Oatmeal Coconut Hemp Pancakes and LOVE THEM!!! And I would love to know what kind of healthy pancakes you make in YOUR HOME too!
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