It’s Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Tuesday today!
It’s Pancake Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday … whatever ya wanna call it it’s fine by me! If you’re not familiar with it then just click on Shrove Tuesday & Fat Tuesday and the links will fill you in. As per tradition I made pancakes for my kids to enjoy this morning. I put together some super fast and easy pancakes while packing school lunches and getting my crew out the door on time. I made super Cinnamon vegan pancakes and Cinnamon & Blueberry pancakes as per my 9 year old’s request. When I’m in a big hurry (like today) I use a premixed flour pancake mix sometimes which contains healthy whole grains like brown rice, teff, spelt and quinoa flour. I like having a bag of the premixed flour handy but they sometimes contain sugar and I prefer sugar-free options. To sweeten my pancakes I’ve only been using sugar-free powder stevia and I love the results! I find the liquid stevia way too bitter in taste however so I stick to the powder form. That way the only sugar we are actually putting on our pancakes is the 100% natural Canadian maple syrup and the natural sweetness from the berries. I sometimes skip the maple syrup and just add a touch of pure organic coconut oil on top as an even healthier alternative … yea bring on the yummy good fats! Below is the in a rush on a school day recipe I used this morning 🙂
CINNAMON / BLUEBERRY CINNAMON PANCAKES
- 1 cup of your favourite flour mix
- 1 tsp. aluminum free Baking Powder
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1/3 -1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 melted tbsp. of coconut oil
- 3 packets of stevia
- 3 tbsp. flaxmeal mixed with 9 tbsp. of water, let sit for a couple of minutes to thicken up
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon, or to taste
- 1 pint of blueberries, I usually save some for garnish on top
- You will also need vegan butter or coconut to coat your pan for cooking
- Mix your flaxmeal with water and let it sit.
- In a medium-sized bowl add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and stevia. Mix well.
- Heat a frying pan with a vegan butter or coconut oil
- In a small bowl add the water, milk and the coconut oil and mix well. When adding the milk add in 1/3 cup and you can add more if needed afterward.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry. Add in extra milk if you find your batter is too dry. Also add in the flaxmeal as well and combine. Don’t over mix however or your pancakes wont be as fluffy.
- Transfer the pancake mix to your preheated frying pan or griddle. They cook up fast so keep an eye on them.
- As far as the blueberries go I usually add them in to my batter once I’ve made some plain cinnamon ones as some of my kids prefer them without the blueberries. Then I gently add the blueberries into the batter and cook up the rest.
*This recipe makes about 6 good-sized pancakes so I normally double it.*
I make my overnight spelt flakes/oats very often. It makes breakfast much easier in the morning when your in a rush! Instead of having to wait for your spelt flakes/oats to cook all you would have to do is heat them up! So fast & easy! I use medium-sized mason jars to make my overnight oats because I find it’s easier to heat up in the morning. Instead of transferring the mixture into a pot I just add the jar right into a small pot of boiling water for a couple of minutes. Sometimes I will scoop the warmed up spelt/oats into a bowl or a lot of times I eat it right from the jar! 🙂 You can’t get any easier than that right? In my recipe I use unsweetened milk, coconut shavings and almond butter because I want to keep everything sugar-free. I prefer not to add additional sugar other than the natural occurring sugar in the banana and optional berry or fruit topping. If you like things on the sweeter side you could use the sweetened coconut, milk and nut butter.
Coconut Overnight Spelt Flakes
You will need:
- 1/3 Cup Spelt Flakes or Old fashion Oats
- 1 1/4 cup Almond & Coconut unsweetened milk or milk of choice
- 1 TBSP Cinnamon
- 1 tsp of unsweetened sulfate free shredded coconut
- 1 TBSP Chia seeds
- 1 TBSP all natural unsweetened Almond Butter
- 1/3 cup berries or chopped fruit (optional)
- 1 medium-sized mashed banana
- 1 TBSP chopped walnuts
- Add 1/3 cup Spelt Flakes, Oats or a combination of both which is also really good.
- Mash 1 medium-sized banana with a fork in a small bowl.
- Throw in the 1 TBSP of cinnamon, chia seeds & 1 tsp shredded coconut.
- Add in the mashed banana and chopped walnuts and combine.
5. Next add in the 1 1/4 cup of milk
6. Give it a good mix to combine, put the lid on and place it in the fridge overnight.
In the morning …
- Put a small pot of water on to boil
- Place the jar right into the pot and heat it up for a couple of minutes.
- Once it’s hot enough for your liking remove the jar from the water and your going to add the 1 TBSP of almond butter into the mixture.
- Give it a good mix and you can add 1/3 cup fresh chopped fruit or berries into it as well if you like. I do! 🙂
- Eat it right from the jar or transfer it into a bowl.
ENJOY your healthy breakfast! 🙂
One of my favourite things to whip up are these easy to make Banana Oat Breakfast Bites!!! Many people make similar cookie versions to this recipe but the great thing is that everyone can make it their own way using ingredients that work for them. The great thing about this recipe is that you can tailor it to your own tastes and preferences! I find that they are a great idea for a fast breakfast when you’re in a hurry which really saves time. Have them with a healthy green smoothie and your good to go! I always have organic bananas on hand as well as oats so this recipe is made very often in my home. I also add dried sulfate free cranberries and walnuts sometimes too. The recipe I’m posting will be this version. 🙂 My kids like my vegan chocolate chip version best of course but then they are a treat and no longer a super healthy breakfast bite! LOL You can also make them into cookies if you want but I like making mine smaller so that’s why I call them “bites”. I find that they are the perfect size to pop into a little container and pack them into a lunchbox or throw into a purse. They are a great on the go healthy snack. I always make sure I have healthy snacks in my purse because I’m vegan and it’s not always easy to find healthy vegan snacks on the go. Hey non vegans you should definitely be trying to bring healthy homemade snacks with you so you’re not tempted to buy sugary & fat filled treats while your on the run too!
Banana Oat Breakfast Bites with Cranberries & walnuts
Healthy Breakfast Bites
- 2 regular sized Bananas
- 1 TBSP Cinnamon
- 2 cups Oats
- 1 1/2 tsp. pure Vanilla extract
- 1 TBSP Sulfate free Cranberries
- Handful of chopped Walnuts
- In a medium-sized bowl mash both bananas with a fork really well.
- Add the vanilla and mix.
- Throw in the 2 cups of Oats and the 1 TBSP of Cinnamon. Combine well.
- Now you can go ahead and add the cranberries and walnuts. Give it another good mix.
- Shape into small round balls and place on a lined cookie sheet. Flatten the balls down slightly with the back of a teaspoon.
- Pop them into the oven for 10 minutes. If you want to make them bigger or into cookies then they will bake between 12-14 minutes.
- After removing them from the oven let them cool down on the pan. Transfer them to an airtight container once they have cooled off.
Other Versions of my Banana Oat Breakfast Bites:
Vegan Chip: My kids favourite version has 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips thrown into the banana and oat mixture. They are such a tasty treat!
Plain Banana & Oat: I also make these banana bites without adding any dry fruit and nuts and they turn out great as well. Simple and super fast!
Protein Boost: I also make a version of these breakfast bites with peanut or almond butter added to the oat mixture! YUM! Just add 2 TBSP nut butter to your mixture. Be sure to combine it well I bake them 10-12 minutes depending on their size. *I omit the cinnamon, chopped nuts and dried fruit for this version.*
Coconut & Almond: Toss in a handful of chopped almonds as your nut for these banana bites and instead of adding the cinnamon I throw in 1 TBSP of shredded coconut in it’s place.
*ENJOY your yummy & fast to make Banana Breakfast Bites! Have fun with them and try out different combinations to suit your needs*
*Makes 12-15 Banana Bites depending on their size*