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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Recipe: Quinoa Banana Pancakes

Healthy Quinoa Banana Pancakes Recipe

In seventeen days, I turn 21. Why am I telling you this? Because in my almost 21 years of life, I've totally failed at making pancakes from scratch - or really any kind of pancakes. 

I flip them and get batter everywhere, they flop, they burn, they don't cook in the middle - they're just a complete disaster every. single. time....... until now. 

I managed to come up with a recipe for perfect light and fluffy pancakes, full of flavour, low in fat and oh so delicious. It only took me 21 years - but I did it! 

Gluten Free Banana Quinoa Pancake Recipe
Pancakes are one of those things you kind of have to perfect - especially if you're marrying an American ;) 

Pancakes and breakfast bakes just make breakfast so much fun - they're a million times better than cereal or toast - and these will fill you up better too!

Top them with fruit, maple syrup, yogurt, peanut butter or whatever you feel like.

These pancakes have quinoa in them - but you'd actually never know. The cooked quinoa helps to make these thick and fluffy and adds a nutritional boost - but it disappears within the batter.

Wholewheat Banana Pancake Recipe with Quinoa

Quinoa Banana Pancakes serves 2-4 depending on serve
gluten free option, whole wheat option, low fat, clean eating friendly
Use one flour option: 
Gluten free option - 
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp buckwheat flour and 1/3 cup gluten free self raising flour 
Whole wheat option - 
3/4 cup wholewheat/wholemeal flour
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt, baking soda
1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled (about 1/4 cup uncooked)
1 cup mashed banana (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup egg whites or 2 eggs
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
Optional: 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, 2 tbsp honey/maple syrup/sugar for sweetness* 

If you haven't already, cook your quinoa. 
Combine your flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, quinoa and cinnamon (if using). 
In a separate bowl combine your banana, egg whites, milk, vanilla and sweetener (if using). 
Mix together your wet and dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. 
Heat a large frying pan over a medium-low heat, spray with non-stick cooking spray or grease with butter/oil. 
Pour pancake batter into the pan (about 1/4 cup mix for each pancake) and cook until bubbles appear on the top. 
Carefully flip the pancakes over and cook until golden. 
Repeat until all pancakes are cooked, regreasing if needed. 
Serve immediately, topping with whatever you desire!

*I didn't use any added sweetener as they were sweet enough - but if you like things sweet, you'll probably want to add it!

Low Fat Banana Quinoa Pancake Recipe
So, who's coming over for breakfast at the SIL House?

But tell me, are you a pancake pro? or do you avoid them like the plague like I used to?!

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  1. How could you avoid pancakes?! They are my go too breakie. I always make them with protein powder to keep me full but quinoa being high in protein would have the same effect. And I think the optional addition of cinnamon is a must as banana and cinnamon are a match made in heaven :)

    1. Haha, I did for so long because I was terrible at making them! Until Jesse moved here and now I've gotten lots of practice ;P

  2. Trying these! I love quinoa... :)

    I find that the trick with pancakes is all in the pan temperature. Too hot and they burn on the outside, too cool and they don't cook through and/or fall apart when you try to flip them. Even with a top-quality pan, I have to constantly adjust the gas to keep the temperature just right.

    1. You are definitely right - it's all about the heat and the batter consistency! I always have to adjust the temperature depending on which pan I'm using as well! Jesse's Mom uses an electric griddle pan and it works so well - and now I'm thinking that means my flat grill plate is going to do exactly the same job!

  3. These are another new favorite in our home....they go into my children's mouths as fast as I can make them! :)

  4. I just tried this: AMAZING!
    I've tried regular pancake recipes at home and they NEVER turn out. I've done my own healthy ones and though, delicious, they aren't fluffy. These totally fulfilled my craving! Thanks :)

    1. Yay! I'm so glad you loved them!! You'll have to send me a picture next time you make them so I can add it to our reader showcase!

  5. This is the first time I have ever made anything with quinoa - and they are absolutely wonderful! Thanks for the great recipe.


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