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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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!