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Heart-Healthy Pancake Recipes

Heart-Healthy Pancake Recipes

Can pancakes be good for your heart? They can if you think outside the box. Stop regarding pancakes as sugar-loaded sweet treats. The era of ignorance is behind us – today we know how to adjust each and every meal we consume so that it fits our needs.

When it comes to pancakes, in order to make them better for you, start by replacing sugar with a natural sweetener like stevia or pure honey. Also, get rid of the white refined flour and switch to whole wheat. And finally, stop using refined vegetable oils and opt for healthier, cold-pressed varieties like coconut and olive oil.

Pack Your Pancakes with Potassium

The heart-healthy ingredient to include in your quick and easy pancake recipes is potassium.

Besides being very important for normal functioning of the heart by lowering high blood pressure, this essential mineral helps maintain electrolyte and fluid balance in the body. Moreover, it keeps kidneys, brain, and muscles in good shape!

One potassium-rich ingredient found in almost all pancake recipes is yogurt. Plain yogurt is often added to the batter to make the flapjacks softer, moister, and fluffier (3/4 cup). Besides potassium, it also contributes extra calcium and vitamin D.

Sweet Heart-Healthy Pancake Recipes

Avocado

Avocado is considered a superfruit for a reason. On top of all the nutrients, it also contains high levels of potassium. In fact, there is no food richer in potassium than avocado! Adding a mashed avocado into the batter will not only make the flapjacks healthier but will also contribute silky and creamy texture!

Banana

You will find banana is almost all healthy pancake recipes. Due to its dense texture, mashed banana is often used as a flour substitute in the batter (often combined with oatmeal or egg whites to boost the protein content). This yellow fruit also acts as a natural sweetener.

Apricot

You can use fresh or dried apricots in the batter (1/3 cup should suffice). They work very well when paired with nuts (especially almonds) and spices like cinnamon or cardamom.

Apricots, similar to peaches, also pair great with booze, bourbon and rum in particular. You can make this pairing by adding a ¼ cup of alcohol into the batter or soaking the fruits in it beforehand (for about half an hour). Most of the alcohol will evaporate during cooking so don’t worry, your kids can safely devour these flapjacks.

Savory Heart-Healthy Pancake Recipes

Spinach

We all know how healthy spinach is. And what better way to sneak spinach into your kids than flapjacks? Make a stack of savory flapjacks for a change by mixing this leafy green with potatoes and onion, then top with crispy bacon slices.

Sweet Potato

Add some color to your flapjacks! Mashed sweet potatoes can serve as a base for both sweet and savory pancakes – add some spices and sweetener to satisfy your sweet tooth or mix them with onions and serve with sour cream on top for a light lunch.

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

How to Incorporate Flaxseed in Your Banana Bread Recipes

How to Incorporate Flaxseed in Your Banana Bread Recipes

When a creative cook meets the wannabe fit mom in me… Before you let your imagination loose, let me just finish the thought 😊 Experiments in my kitchen are inspired by my desire to feed my kids healthy and me wanting to keep in shape. This is not an easy task, especially when it comes to sweet treats.

I love making simple and easy things, hence banana bread is often in the repertoire. I have managed to make our fav breakfast/dessert much healthier by simply replacing sugar with stevia and using whole wheat instead of regular refined flour.

After perfecting the recipe, I started contemplating about add-ins. Fruits are the first choice, of course, but in case you get bored, I recommend seeds.

Don’t know where to start? This post is here to help you.

Flaxseed Banana Bread Recipe

Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, and essential minerals. It improves digestion, rejuvenates skin, reduces bad cholesterol levels, restores hormonal balance, lowers cancer risk. Moreover, flaxseed can help you reduce and maintain weight by reducing sugar cravings!

You can include toasted whole flax seeds to give your banana bread a crunchy and a nutty twist but, in baked goods, flaxseed is commonly consumed ground because more easily digestible in that form; otherwise, it can pass through the organism undigested. You can find ground flaxseed in the supermarkets or you can use a coffee grinder to grind them at home.

Flaxseed pairs very well with all sorts of nuts in banana bread recipes, but it also ‘loves’ raisins and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

Healthy chocolate banana bread? This one is my favorite! Combine a ¼ cup of flaxseed with ½ cup whole wheat flour to form the base and add a 1/2 cup of cocoa powder plus a ½ cup dark chocolate chips into the batter to achieve the chocolate taste. Cocoa and dark chocolate are very good for you. They contain antioxidants which help improve heart health and boost your mood. Do I need to mention the divine taste?

Flaxseed is also used to make flax eggs. This is perfect for vegans, people allergic to chicken eggs, or those that are just looking to reduce the calorie count in their banana bread recipe. Simply combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of water, stir and put the mixture in the fridge to set for about 15 minutes.

There is another flax product you can use to make your banana bread recipe even healthier – flax oil. Refined vegetable oils we are using on regular basis are absolutely harmful. The process of refinement removes all nutrients and infuses them with artificial substances. Butter, on the other hand, is comprised of high amounts of saturated fats which are also to be avoided.

Flax oil is obtained by pressing dried, ripe seeds of the plant. This means that all nutrients remain intact. In addition, this yellowish oil is very low in calories. One advice though: make sure you buy only organic, cold-pressed flax oil from renown brands.

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

This is Why You Should Make Your Pancakes in the Oven

This is Why You Should Make Your Pancakes in the Oven

There’s no better way to start your day than pancakes. Warm, fluffy, and delicious, they will put a smile on your face for sure. But wait… Someone has to wake up and make them. Mix the batter (and inevitably make a mess with all the bowls), then stand over the stovetop for quite some time (splashes of oil and batter everywhere). It’s not so much fun to flip flapjacks 5 minutes after waking up.

Don’t worry, there is another way to make flapjacks. Turn on your oven and keep reading.

When I say ‘pancakes in the oven’ I don’t refer to Dutch baby pancakes. This is a different technique: pan-roasting. Yeah, the same cooking method that works so well for meaty dishes works for flapjacks as well. Have you ever prepared a sirloin? You pan-sear it first to obtain a crispy surface and a juicy center. This is exactly what you will get from your flapjacks. Now, who wouldn’t want that? So, the secret is in cooking the batter on the stovetop first, then finishing them in the oven.

 

Pan-Roasted Pancakes Recipe

 

Choose your favorite pancake recipe and mix it up. This method works for every pancake mix.

We have decided to go with the classic American buttermilk pancake recipe:

 

Dry ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

 

Wet ingredients

2 3/4 cups buttermilk

2 medium eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 stick of butter, melted

 

Note: Use clarified butter instead of regular butter. Clarified butter is produced by melting butter and allowing the components to separate by density. Thanks to its high smoking point, it is less likely to burn. You can clarify the butter yourself or use ready-made products like ghee. This will make your flapjacks extra-buttery and crispy without the risk of burning.

 

Method of preparation:

 

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: buttermilk, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until you obtain a uniform, thick, and creamy batter.

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet, heat two tablespoons of clarified butter over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup batter per pancake into the skillet. Cook the flapjacks for about two minutes, until their bottoms become light golden brown.

 

Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until the other side of the pancakes becomes golden brown as well (this should take about 4-5 minutes).

 

Remove the skillet from oven and set on a cold burner on the stove. Turn the pancakes over and cook the other side very shortly, no more than 10-15 seconds.

 

These are the best flapjacks you’ll ever have!

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

How to Make Epic Rice Cooker Pancakes

How to Make Epic Rice Cooker Pancakes

When it comes to pancakes, Japan has so much to offer: Nutella pancakes, tall hotcakes, airy soufflé flapjacks. And now, our newest obsession as seen in Japan – rice cooker pancakes.

Well, who knew that the most widely used Japanese kitchen appliance could be used to make super-tall and fluffy pancakes?

The first automatic rice cooker, known as suihanki, appeared in the 1950s in Japan with the purpose to produce perfect bowls of rice with little effort. Since then, rice cookers have evolved into multifunctional kitchen gadgets that are used for so much more than steamed rice.

So, how do these rice cooker pancakes look? Nothing like their classic American counterpart. They are extremely tall, rounded, and fluffy. However, their taste is quite traditional, which is great!

 

The Advantages of Making Pancakes in a Rice Cooker

 

  1. Less Stress

As you might already know, rice cookers are completely automated. This means that once you’ve prepared the pancake batter, you can leave the rest up to the cooker. No standing over the stovetop, no oil splashes, no flipping…

Start by throwing all the recipe ingredients into the rice cooker’s pot. Stir until the mixture is uniform. Be careful not to overfill the pot because the top of your pancake may stick to the lid making it hard to open. If you have too much batter, cook it in batches. Too much batter can result in a cake that is undercooked in the center. If this happens, put the pancake in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Press start, sit back and relax. The cooking process should take about 40-45 minutes (this, however, depends on the cooker; some machines may do the job in 20 minutes!) When the pancake is done, open the lid and enjoy!

 

  1. Less Mess

Another advantage of preparing pancake recipes in a rice cooker is the fact that you’ll have fewer dishes to wash afterward. The standard method of preparation requires mixing the batter in a bowl with a spoon, then cooking in a pan and flipping with a spatula. In the case of the rice cooker, all you need is the machine’s pot and a spoon.

 

  1. Perfect Timing

Rice cookers have timers which allow you to enjoy a warm pancake right after you get out of bed. Mix the batter the night before, set the timer, turn the cooker on before you go to bed, and your hotcake will be waiting for you in the morning!

 

  1. Flavor It

And last, but not the least, rice cooker pancakes allow you to add any ingredients you like to enrich your dessert. Try adding maple syrup, sweet potato, sweet black beans, matcha powder, or cocoa powder. Here are some examples to inspire you.

Amazing Rice Cooker Pancake Recipe

 

1/2 pancake mix

¼ cup milk

1 egg

2 tablespoons melted butter

1/2 sliced banana

 

If you are a fruit fan, this recipe is just for you. Line the bottom of the cooker pot with banana slices and then cover with a layer of melted butter.

In a large bowl, beat the egg until foamy then gently mix in the rest of the ingredients. Pour this batter over the bananas and butter. Tap the pot’s bottom to make sure everything is well set.

Once cooked, slice and top with some chocolate sauce or whipped cream.

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

These Pancake Recipes Will Help You See the World Better!

These Pancake Recipes Will Help You See the World Better!

Went to check my eyes last week, still shortsighted. The doctor suggested I take vitamin E supplements or eat more kale. “Kale? Isn’t there anything else that improves vision doc? I’m not a big fan of kale, you know…” He said “Sure, search the net, you’ll find many interesting things”. Guess he was too busy to explain.

Anyway, I did search the net and what do you know! Almonds, hazelnuts, avocado… they’re all rich in vitamin E and great for your eyes. I was craving sweet (as usual) and decided to make pancakes (as usual).

But while at the healthy food topic, why not improve the pancake batter itself first?

  • Pure honey instead of sugar, check;
  • Whole wheat instead of white flour, check.

Why Infuse Vitamin E in Your Pancake Recipes?

You can also replace the common harmful refined vegetable oils with cold-pressed, unrefined plant oils. Wheat germ oil is the best vitamin-rich oil, with 100% of the recommended DV for vitamin E in a single tablespoon! You can also opt for sunflower oil (especially good for cooking), coconut oil, hempseed oil, cottonseed oil and olive oil.

Besides being great for your eyes, vitamin E is also a powerful antioxidant which protects your body from diseases like cancer and heart disease. In addition, this vitamin lowers cholesterol, restores hormonal balance, and improves your hair & skin!

What Else Can You Put in Your Pancake Recipes?

Here are some suggestions on how to incorporate vitamin E-rich ingredients in your quick and easy pancake recipes.

Almonds

Include almonds raw, toasted, as a flour, milk, or butter in your pancake recipes. Combine them with spices like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg or fruits like bananas, apples, blueberries or strawberries.

Avocado

Adding a mashed avocado into the pancake batter to make your flapjacks not only healthier, but also much creamier and dreamier! Combine with blueberries or dark chocolate chips.

Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts are my favorite nuts. I have determined this after including them in a coffee and chocolate pancake recipe. And after I found out than Nutella is made of hazelnuts 😊 You can also try including hazelnut milk in your pancake batter. Serve with a cup of warm coffee. Yummm!

Seeds

Seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame are a great way to infuse your pancakes with vitamin E and crunchiness at the same time. There are also oil counterparts of these seeds, as well as 100% natural butters. You might have heard about the popular sesame seed butter – tahini that is widely used in exotic recipes.

Spinach

Your kids hate spinach? Include it in your pancake batter and make the best emerald green pancakes you’ve ever seen. Combine it with onions and mashed potatoes and serve the flapjacks with bacon on top. Dream!

Sweet potato

Sweet potato has an ability to produce both sweet and savory flapjacks, both very good for you. Combine it with spinach and onions, topped with sour cream for a light dinner, or mix them with stevia plus spices like cinnamon to create a sweet breakfast.

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

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