As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches (where has February gone?) I figured I would get ahead of the game and post a simple yet delicious & healthy valentines breakfast idea. What could be more Valentine’s day appropriate than pretty red pomegranates and decadent dark chocolate to start the day off right. After a preparing a successful Vday themed dinner at a local winery last night I left with a few extra pomegranate seeds and in a creative, holiday mood which lead me to create something special this morning. To make these pancakes even more special pomegranates are high in antioxidants, which fight the free-radical damage in your body that could lead to the development of cancer. They’re also an amazing source of essential nutrients, including vitamins A and C and iron!
Chocolate Pomegranate Pancakes Ingredients:
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup almond flour
10 drops NuNaturals liquid stevia
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
pinch celtic salt
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
2 tbsp chocolate chips
2 tbsp organic butter
for the cashew creme
1/4 cup cashews
1 cup water
1 cup pomegranate seeds
6-8 drops NuNaturals orange liquid stevia
Directions: Whisk together almond milk, vanilla, stevia, and eggs in one bowl and baking soda, almond, and oat flour in another. Stir wet into dry and drop batter by 1/4 cup scoops into a preheated skillet with butter over medium heat. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and chocolate chips and cook 2-3 minutes per side. In the meantime combine pomegranate seeds, water, cashews, and stevia in a blender and blend until smooth adding more water to reach desired consistency. Pour into a saucepan and warm through. Serve pancakes topped with creme and sprinkled with extra chocolate chips and pomegranate seeds! Serves 2.
These pancakes are slightly sweet from the stevia & almond flours, but still have a great texture thanks to the oat flour. I love that they’re not loaded with wheat and sugar so you don’t feel weighed down after eating them. Instead of topping the pancakes off with a sweet syrup and extra butter I decided to make a rich, creamy pomegranate cashew creme to top the pancakes off.
Make these pancakes this Valentines’s whether they’re just for you or someone special it’s important to take moments and just enjoy the simple things in life!
Cheers to health & living well,
Kate Horning, dietitian and holistic health coach of Simply Nutritious by Kate, inspires others to eat well and live well using her Nourished Weight Loss approach. Visit her website , or connect on facebook and twitter to learn more and to join the Simply Nutritious lifestyle. Questions or interested in talking with a certified health coach? Contact Kate for a free 30 minute consultation.