Irresistibly fluffy, moist whole wheat pancakes with banana, chia seeds and dark chocolate chips. Not only does this stack of pancakes contain no added sugar, but they are also rich in protein, fiber and healthy omega-3 fats. A breakfast that tastes absolutely delicious that you can feel good about eating.
Now THIS is how we do Sunday mornings. Or Tuesday nights. Or if you’re an old soul like myself, maybe even Friday nights! I mean, if eating pancakes on the couch watching Netflix isn’t considered a good time, I don’t know what is.How is everyone doing with their New Years Resolutions, by the way?? My annual resolution to be more organized is going terribly, but my new resolution to listen to more informational podcasts and less music is actually going quite well.
What are your favorite podcasts?! Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
Being in the health field, the most common resolutions I hear are to 1. eat healthier, 2. exercise more, and 3. cook more meals at home (eat out less). All of these are fantastic, of course, and I am always fully supportive, but what I don’t hear often is an actual plan to help conquer these resolutions.
So, let’s hone in on probably the most common resolution of eating healthier. The most effective way to find success in this goal is make sure the foods you are eating/cooking are ENJOYABLE! Right?? It’s gotta taste good. If you’re actually enjoying what you eat, the chances of reverting back to unhealthy habits is much less likely.
Not only do we have to make our nutritious food taste delicious and be ultra satisfying, but we also may need to experiment with food items that may not typically be in our diet.
For example, unsweetened almond milk is a fantastic alternative to cows milk if you’re trying to reduce your calorie and fat intake. For only 30 calories per serving, its silky consistency and slightly sweet flavor is incredibly satisfying. Exchanging white flour for white whole wheat flour is also a simple swap that will yield more nutrients in your baked products.
While on the topic of baked goods, adding Greek yogurt to recipes is a fantastic way to help maintain moisture of the product while adding a boost of protein! And as far as natural sweeteners, replacing sugar with either a ripe banana or a handful of medjool dates are both fantastic alternatives.
Now as far as possible new additions to your diet, let’s start with the almighty chia seed! These tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch. They are rich in fiber, omega-3 fats and antioxidants, and also have a decent amount of protein. They are also essentially tasteless, so you could toss them in salads, soups or even add them to your pepper grinder.
I seem to go through spurts of using my chia seeds. I’ll add them in my oats, yogurt, smoothies and baked goods when I think of it, but I definitely need to be more consistent with my use!So, to incorporate these healthy substitutes and new additions to your diet (and most importantly, ENJOY what you’re eating), what better place to start than with these pancakes?!
For how indulgent they taste, you would never believe how nutritious they are. They are also great to eat as snacks with a little smeared peanut butter if you don’t polish off the whole stack for breakfast. As one may assume, they are quite filling!Severely hooked would be an understatement.
This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk.
- 1 extra ripe banana, mashed
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup 0% fat plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- ½ cup Blue Diamond Almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 3 tbsp dark chocolate chips
- Non-stick cooking spray or coconut oil
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together banana, egg, yogurt and almond milk until well-combined. Next add the white whole wheat flour, baking soda and chia seeds, stirring gently until just combined.
- In a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Grease with cooking spray or coconut oil. Pour ¼ cup pancake batter in the center of the skillet. Sprinkle each pancake with chocolate chips. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Using a spatula, gently flip the pancake over and cook the other side for a minute, or until golden. Repeat with the remaining batter.
- Serve warm with optional toppings: sliced banana, chocolate chips, chia seeds and syrup of choice