Good Carb, Healthy Fat Pancakes

So this morning when I woke up, I was craving a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat which would require about 2 minutes of my time and enable me to do my work quickly. Instead, though, Conrad expressed a desire for pancakes and French toast, and I suddenly wanted nothing but pancakes. So instead of getting to work within ten minutes of dragging myself out of bed, I spend the next 40 minutes making and Instagramming my pancakes.

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The pancakes only take about 20 minutes. Recipes should begin to factor in time for photographing and posting pictures of the final product.

I adapted the recipe from a healthy pancake recipe on allrecipes.com. Instead of using all-purpose flour I used whole wheat, and instead of butter I used – can you guess? – avocado! It’s so easy (it’s a 1 to 1 swap) and contains about 20% of the calories and 4% of the saturated fat of butter. That’s huge!

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I served with Greek yogurt, cinnamon, pecans, and maple syrup. I do feel that these could have been sweeter, and next time, I’m going to use maple syrup instead of granulated sugar in the recipe. This will make it moister and perhaps sweeter. Very ripe bananas are sweet, too, and flavorful, so you could try half syrup and half pureed banana (again, very ripe, which contains more sugar than non-ripe bananas). Also, I used unsweetened almond milk. Dairy milk naturally contains sugar (lactose), and there are sweetened versions of non-dairy milks (soy, almond, etc.) that will work and add sweetness. Vanilla soy is a favorite of mine. This morning’s recipe is below.

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp pureed avocado (I used my hands to “puree” this)

Instructions:

  • Grease a griddle or pan with cooking spray and and put over medium heat
  • Mix the dry ingredients first, then add in the milk, egg whites, and avocado
  • Use a 1/4 cup scoop to lay out the pancakes
  • Cook until golden brown, then flip and do the same
  • Top with Greek yogurt, fruit, nuts, cinnamon – whatever you’d like!

They were really easy and although not as sweet as I’d like, definitely fulfilled the pancake craving imparted on me by my dear boyfriend. And I blame him for starting my work later than I wanted to this morning 😉❤️

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