Solar Eclipse today, back to school tomorrow….or so it seems. Whether you have school age children or not, the end of the summer signifies a time to get back to life and routines. In my health coaching practice, the number one reason I hear for not starting the day off with a wholesome breakfast is—you guessed it—time! Nobody seems to have enough of it, especially in the morning, while trying to get out the door on time. Seriously, who is making fresh, wholesome pancakes on a school day? What if that could be you? Gluten-free blender pancakes—uber healthy ingredient list…..and the batter can be made in advance.
Not only can this batter be made in advance, I think it actually tastes better once it’s been sitting in the fridge for a bit. Which means, these are also a great thing to make when you have guests staying with you—–make the batter before they arrive, the rest is simple. Awesome recipe for Sunday Brunch too—maybe you would like more time with your guests than your kitchen.
The truth behind this recipe lies more in my love of pancakes but not the empty calories of traditional recipes than it does in saving time. I’m all for menu planning in advance—-especially when it comes to breakfast which is often overlooked—–but sometimes it’s not that easy to find recipes that have wholesome ingredients. I couldn’t find a recipe for pancakes that met my standards, so I began experimenting in order to come up with something that was gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, tasty, nutritious, delicious, adaptable. It wound up being a bonus that this batter held well…..and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that a “make ahead” pancake batter is exactly what busy people need. No excuses now to not feed yourself and your family a wholesome and hot breakfast, no matter what day of the week it is!
It’s important to get some protein and healthy fats into the mix at breakfast in order to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and sustained energy to last all morning. These gluten-free pancakes are full of pantry staples that fill nutritional needs making them an awesome choice for those looking for a wholesome breakfast.
Going for a simple, and healthy gluten-free pancake, oatmeal was the natural whole grain choice. Oatmeal is incredibly nutritious, loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds. Compared to most other grains, they contain higher amounts of protein. Oats are also a great source of soluble fiber which helps regulate blood sugar, promotes growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract, reduces cholesterol levels and increases feelings of fullness.
Using cashews in this recipe gives them a rich texture along with some high quality protein and healthy fats. The cashews, mixed with water and apple cider vinegar, provide a buttermilk like reaction when mixed with the baking powder and soda, so you get a light and fluffy pancake even if you go the vegan (flax-meal) route. A little chemistry in school went a long way in terms of my understanding of the reaction of food combining and I’m using it to full advantage while manipulating recipes these days.
Don’t forget the add-ins and toppings!! You can add berries or nuts to the batter….or even chocolate chips!! Top your pancakes with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, chopped nuts, sliced bananas, real maple syrup, or make the tasty raspberry sauce…..it’s an opportunity to add even more nutrition, and have some fun!
Whether you make this batter in advance or right when you want to eat these gluten-free pancakes, the clean-up is simple thanks to using a blender as the only piece of kitchen equipment. Three cheers for less dishes!! This pancake batter gets better as it sits….so if you can, make it the night before and keep it in the fridge……imagine having this one up your sleeve? Even on a school day, you can surprise your kiddos and quickly whip up some made from scratch fresh pancakes. Say what? A wholesome hot breakfast on a weekday? You bet!! If you decide to make the batter the night before, do not stir it up before ladling into the pan. Those air bubbles that formed overnight will be the key to your fluffy pancakes.
This is the perfect time of year to get yourself organized with recipes that work as hard as you do. Start your weekly menu planning with breakfast. Some other great ideas for make ahead healthy breakfast besides these gluten-free pancakes: granola, chocolate chia pudding, banana bread, mini veggie frittatas, blueberry muffins, double chocolate muffins, overnight oatmeal parfait or these yummy health cookies.