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Making Pancakes Healthier

I love pancakes, as many folks do. But, they're not that good for you. I've found a way to boost their nutritional value, and flavor.

I use regular pancake mix. I add in chia seeds, and either cinnamon or chocolate pea protein powder. Cook them as normal and they come out great. Sometimes I use vanilla unsweetened almond milk instead of water which gives them a hint of vanilla flavor. Other times I just use water.

You can add all kinds of things to pancakes. The way I make them, I don't even use syrup most times because they have a lot of their own flavor.

Here are some suggestions for mix-ins for pancakes:

* Fruit. Frozen works also. You can also take dried fruits like goji berries, cherries, or other berries and soak in water and use those.

* Seeds like chia, sunflower, or flax.

* Use milk substitutes instead of water like almond milk, hemp milk, or soy milk. Also try vanilla or chocolate versions of these!

* Cocoa powder.

* Spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.

* Protein powder.

You may need to adjust the moisture you add in depending on what you add to the mix, so add your moisture last. Add the normal amount and see how thick it is, then add small amounts until it's the right consistency. You can keep un-eaten pancakes in the fridge for a couple of days, or freeze them in an air-tight container once they're completely cool.

Make them ahead of time for kids to grab as an alternative to a Pop-Tart.

Do you have any yummy pancake add-ins?

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UK_Writer wrote on January 27, 2015, 11:25 AM

Adding more stuff doesn't make them healthier, but you can tell yourself it does if that helps :)

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 27, 2015, 11:50 AM

I never buy pancake mix as it´s just flour, water and an egg, but I do add cinnamon to my batter and then sugar and fresh lemon juice squeezed on top before folding. For posh pancakes as a desert I might add pureed fruit cooked down into a compote, and whipped cream or ice cream, with icing sugar sprinkled on top.

peachpurple wrote on January 27, 2015, 12:23 PM

i like banana and raisins for pancakes

valmnz wrote on January 27, 2015, 3:41 PM

These sound like really good options. I don't make pancakes often, but hn I do I make them from scratch rather than a mix.

Maplewinter wrote on January 27, 2015, 3:55 PM

Thank you for all of the different suggestions as to what I could do with pancakes. I am going to have to try them out next time I make up a mix.

bestwriter wrote on January 27, 2015, 11:38 PM

But I cannot just forget those pancakes that I ate at one of the hotels in the US, with maple syrup.