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Pancake Business // 3 Pancake Recipes

Posted Dec 11 2012 9:32pm

Weekends are meant to be wonderful.  Monday’s are supposed to be marvelous.  And Tuesday’s should be terrific.  Right?  Well, I’m happy to say that it has been for me!  Today I visited Chicago for a quick business trip [as in approximately 8 hours].

I always giggle when I hear people ask “Are you traveling for business or pleasure?”  I’m traveling for…  Business?  Pleasure?  Business pleasure?  Pleasure business?  Eek, 50 Shades of Grey anyone?  I’ve always wanted to visit Chicago but I don’t think today’s quick stop counts for much and would love to plan another trip in the near future.

Moving onto more business…  Tastier business.  Fluffier business.  Pancake business ;)

It goes without needing to say that my heart pitter-patters for pancakes.  They’ve become my go-to breakfast the past couple of weeks despite the bad rap they sometimes get.  People think that they’re high in calories, loaded with fat, contain too many carbs, are full of sugar, and have no nutritional value.  I’m not a dietitian nor doctor, a health coach nor a counselor, but I think that myth is full of fluff.

Pancakes are…

1.  Easy.  A bowl, a pan, a plate…  Whisk, pour, flip, enjoy! The hardest part is waiting.

2.  Versatile.  The flavors, the flours, and the toppings lists are endless.  Banana, buttermilk, chocolate chip, cinnamon, coconut, eggnog, peppermint, pumpkin, yogurt…  Take your pick!

3.  Filling.  They can be one of the heartiest and healthiest breakfast options depending upon the ingredients you choose to use.  Experiment with alternative flours such as almond, buckwheat, or coconut.  Add some chia or flax seeds for a good dose of omega-3′s and fiber.  Try topping them with a dollop of Greek yogurt for an added dose of protein.

Winner! Winner!  Winner!

I’m not trying to convince y’all that you need to switch from your yogurt bowls, egg sandwiches, or bowls of oatmeal, but I will encourage you to have some fun in your kitchen and play around with pancakes!

That being said, my pancake consumption is off the charts and I’m starting to feel the need to incorporate more variety into my diet.  This week I’m challenging myself to not repeat any meals and so far, so good.  If all goes well, maybe I’ll try it again next week…  Anyone else up for a challenge?

Below are 3 different pancake recipes that I’ve been loving lately.  Directions are under the third ingredient list.

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Peanutty Flax Pancakes

2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour

2 tablespoons peanut flour

1 tablespoon flax seeds

1 teaspoon stevia

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg or 2 egg whites

¼ cup water

*You can also use just ¼ cup of peanut flour and omit the wheat flour for a stronger peanutty taste.*

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Cinnamon Flax ‘Cakes

¼ cup white whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon flax seeds

1 teaspoon stevia

1 teaspoon baking soda

1+ teaspoon cinnamon [I love cinnamon and use a lot, adjust to desired amount]

1 egg or 2 egg whites

¼ cup water

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Pumpkin Pie Pancakes [Revisited]

¼ cup white whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons stevia

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

¼ cup pumpkin

1 egg or 2 egg whites

¼ cup water

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Directions

    In a bowl, add all of the ingredients and whisk until the batter is smooth.  Note: I add the dry ingredients first, then the wet ingredients.
    Spray a medium-sized skillet with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium heat. For each pancake, spoon 2 generous tablespoons of batter into the pan.  Cook each pancake until a few bubbles form and burst, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.  Flip the pancakes with a spatula and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 more minutes. Serve the stack of ‘cakes with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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The weekend…  #elf4Health 12/8-9 Day 13 and 14:  Plan out your meals for the week and write your workouts down in your planner.  As big of a planner as I am, I don’t really like to plan out my meals for the week because my cravings are always changing.  Rather than planing out our week meal by meal, I made sure that our fridge and pantry are sufficiently stocked with breakfast, lunch, and dinner fixings.  Beans, cereal, chicken, deli meats, eggs, meatballs, nuts, oats, yogurt, and lots of snack options.  As for my workouts, here’s what my schedule looks like:

Yesterday…  #elf4Health 12/10 Day 15:  Track your water intake today.  Try to drink your body weight in ounces of water!  I didn’t drink my body weight in water, but I did drink enough to have to the restroom almost every hour!  I’d guess I drank about 100 ounces?  Click here for some tips on how to drink more water throughout the day.

Today…  #elf4Health 12/11 Day 16:  Clean out your fridge and pantry today! Get rid of expired and unhealthy things!  This challenge reminds me of when I was in college and I’d come up with some of the strangest “meals” because I didn’t want to waste any of the food I had before heading home for the holiday’s.

Thankfully, Ryan and I try to eat what we have before buying more so we don’t have much to get rid of and we just got a new spice rack for our wedding so that’s all set.  Click here for a few spice shelf guidelines.

Question:  Do you like planning out your meals and workouts for the week?

Question:  What’s the strangest “meal” that you’ve created when you were trying to use up what you had on hand?

— Allison

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