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National Pancake Day

Today is National Pancake Day! You’ve probably noticed national pancake restaurants with free pancake specials today, but if you’d like to make your own, we have two healthy and delicious pancake recipes to share with you.

If you’re trying to make some healthier choices, but don’t want to replace lots of foods in your diet such as gluten, dairy and sugars, this recipe is a great option: https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/5-minute-whole-wheat-pancakes/

Whole wheat flour is a better choice than white flour because it has a more complete nutritional profile. Whole wheat flour is higher in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals than white flour. Additionally, whole wheat products take longer to digest and may make you feel full for longer periods of time. The pancakes in this recipe are also made with 1 tablespoon of honey, instead of 2 tablespoons of sugar, as most of the “traditional” pancake recipes we found were made with. Although honey is still a sugar, and should be consumed in moderation, honey has a lower glycemic index than sugar, meaning that it does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly. It’s also sweeter and has a more interesting flavor profile than sugar, so you can use less of it. However, do make sure when you’re buying honey that it’s pure honey - nothing else besides honey should be listed on the ingredients list!

If you’re gluten or dairy free, this recipe is a better, but still delicious option: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/banana-oatmeal-blender-pancakes/

This recipe calls for oat flour, which is naturally gluten free. However, you want to make sure to purchase your oat flour from a certified gluten free company, to make sure it isn’t cross-contaminated from being processed in factory that also processes wheat flours. Oat flour is high in fiber and protein, and also has a delicious nutty flavor. This recipe also uses bananas and a small amount of maple syrup for sweetener. Maple syrup has a slightly lower Glycemic Index than honey, so if you’re watching your blood sugars, it’s a great sugar replacement. Plus – maple syrup and pancakes – they’re made for each other!

Of course, both of these recipes are perfect for adding in tasty fruits, toppings, and flavorings. Some great options include:

  • Blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries
  • Banana, apple, or peach slices
  • Nut butter or apple butter
  • Chopped nuts
  • Jelly or jam
  • Chocolate chips – choose dark chocolate chips and keep the serving small so you don’t undo all the healthy options you just included!
  • Coconut shavings
  • Cinnamon
  • Yogurt
  • Nutella

Whatever recipe you choose, pancakes are a delicious breakfast staple that for a lot us, brings back memories of weekend mornings with family. We hope you enjoy your pancakes, however they’re made!