Healthy pancakes that are just as tasty
Don’t we all just love pancakes? They are really easy to prepare, and I bet if you went to the kitchen right now, you’d already have all the ingredients you need. In my head, they always seemed like a treat though – not a healthy breakfast you could have every day. Even though the word “unhealthy” is an unhelpful way to think about any food, the traditional way of making pancakes with white flour, milk, eggs, and sugar, is much worse for our body than other healthy options we have.
The possibilities are endless and there are numerous recipes on the internet with all kinds of different “healthy” ingredients that all work and all are good. We chose this one because it uses ingredients that we also have pretty much lying around at home (like the traditional ones) but they are more nutritious and have slightly fewer calories so we can go a bit overboard with the toppings.
Banana Chia Pancakes Nutritional stuff
Bananas are a great food for babies and toddlers because of their taste and texture. Ripe bananas have an additional sweetness to them since the starch has been broken down to simple sugars which also makes them more digestible. Bananas also contain good amounts of vitamins B6 and C, as well as plenty of potassium.
Oats are featured in a lot of our recipes, so it should come as no surprise that I always have a surplus of them at home. Apart from being really nutritious and providing all kinds of nutrients that we have already spoken about, they also help make the batter thicker and more “pancakey”.
Apart from helping to bind the mixture together, eggs are also a good source of protein as well as nutrients like choline, biotin, and vitamin B12.
Chia seeds have a similar role in the batter like oats (absorbing and thickening the batter) but also provide a good amount of fiber and “good fats”.
Banana Chia Pancakes Preparation
For some additional “good” fats, use a little coconut oil when cooking.
These pancakes are a great recipe for both babies who are following BLW or have already moved from purees to finger food, as well as toddlers and adults, making them a perfect breakfast or snack to have as a family.
For toppings, we love to use peanut butter and blueberries (frozen ones for the adults because for some reason they taste amazing with these pancakes) but you can choose any of your liking. You can also throw some blueberries into the batter before cooking. Or leave them plain to enjoy as an easy snack on the go.
And so you don’t say we didn’t warn you – the portions in the recipe below might not be enough once you take the first bite and realize just how good they are. Enjoy!
Mini Banana Pancakes
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ cup oats
- 2 egg whites
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- coconut oil for cooking
- Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth (a blender will help for the oats)
- Preheat a pan to medium heat and add a little coconut oil
- Pour batter to make pancakes as big or small as you like!