No matter how much you praise the humble pancake, in my opinion, it is not going to be enough. Its the lightest, healthiest (if you make it so), fastest, yummiest route to a healthy body and a happy mind. I mean, just the thought of fluffy pancakes with that hint of cinnamon, a drizzle of maple syrup, piled with bananas, strawberries, blueberries or any fruit that you like essentially, makes you giddy with happiness, doesn’t it? With all the sinful indulgence you’ve allowed yourself through Christmas and the holidays this is the perfect morning after breakfast.
In our household pancakes are an extravagant affair. I make our batter from scratch which not only ensures that we get to eat fresh stuff without any unnecessary add ins but it also means that we get to spin it any which way we like, a twist here, a turn there, a surprise here, a hint there to make it nutritious and delectable. And all of it coming together in a burst of flavors in every bite. Its like a bit of Diwali in every spoon.
Without going into any more tirade about pancakes and virtually driving you out of here, rolling your eyes and panting for reprieve, I share with you one of my little boy’s favorite.
Oatmeal Flax seed Pancakes with Almonds, Raisins and Chocolate Chips.
Ingredients : (Makes about 7-8 medium sized pancakes, Time Taken – 15 minutes)
- Rolled oats – 1.5 cup
- Flax seeds – 1/2 cup
- Eggs – 2 no.s
- Almonds – 1/3 cup
- Raisins – 1/3 cup
- Chocolate chips – 1/3 cups
- Milk – 1 cup
- Cold Pressed Organic Coconut Oil/any vegetable oil of your choice – 2 tbsps
- Baking powder – 2 tsps
- Brown Sugar/Palm sugar – 3 tbsps
- Salt – a pinch
- Cinnamon powder – 1 tbsp
- Vanilla extract (optional) – 1 tsp
Dry blend the oats and the flax seed powder together to a smooth powder. Its fine if its a little coarse or grainy or not super fine, it needn’t be. Chop the almonds and raisins to a smaller size and transfer them to a mixing bowl.
Crack two eggs into the pan. Add the cup of milk, the baking powder, cinnamon powder, brown/palm sugar or any other sweetening agent you want, coconut oil, salt and vanilla extract. Give it a good mix so as to integrate the different components well.
Pour this into the mixing bowl that have the almonds and the raisins and give it another mix. Once that is done add in the dry mix of the oats and flax seed and fold gently. Next add the chocolate chips and fold some more. Remember, vigorous mixing of the batter will incorporate too much air into it that will consequence in non-fluffy pancakes. And pancakes that aren’t fluffy kinda miss the right notes, don’t you think?
Now that the batter is ready, heat a skillet (tawaa) and drizzle it with some olive/vegetable oil spreading it across well. Once the oil heats turn the flame to low and pour some batter with the help of a ladle. Give it 2-3 minutes and flip it and cook the other side for another 2-3 minutes too. Once done lay it on a plate. Stack up some more if you want which is what I like to do. Then pile your sliced bananas or strawberries or apples or all of them together. Drizzle maple syrup or whipped cream or some Milkmaid (condensed sweetened milk), sprinkle some cocoa powder and enjoy! I love a bit of iced coffee with it. So my stack is usually accompanied by a glass on the side.
Let me know what you think. Do share with us if you have any of your favorite healthy pancake recipes. We’d love to hear about your innovative and interesting ideas that cater to both our bodies and our palettes. Now go make yourself some of this fluffy goodness and pat yourself on the back for having treated your body well.