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