I was recently told, after looking at some extensive blood work, that I need to add some more protein and healthy fats to my diet. I eat a lot of nuts, seeds, and avocados, but know that I need to add more protein filled grains.
Did you know that you could make pancakes out of quinoa? Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein source. It is also gluten-free and cholesterol free. These healthy pancakes have no white flour, no white sugar, and are packed with protein and healthy nutrients. They are also very light compared to some of the heavy vegan pancakes I have tried in the past.
They have a nutty quinoa flavor that may be a bit strong for some who are not used to quinoa but the balance of fruit, maple, and cinnamon make them delicious.
1 cup quinoa (soaked in water over night)
3/4 cup almond milk
3 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
2-3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice and some lemon zest
1 Tablespoon flax seeds
2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 Tablespoon agave or coconut sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
100% pure organic maple syrup
After soaking the quinoa over night, rinse them and put into a blender. Add the almond milk, coconut, lemon juice, flax seeds, water, coconut oil, salt, agave, and cinnamon. Blend until smooth. Add baking soda and blend to incorporate.
Pour into a bowl and fold in lemon zest and blueberries.
Heat some coconut oil in a pan and cook until fluffy and golden brown. Top with chopped walnuts, sliced banana, and some pure maple syrup.
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂