A couple weeks ago, I put out a request to send me your best recipes that include whole grains. We all need carbs, and grains, as a complex carbohydrate, are one of the best ways to get them in our diet. Whole grains are a fabulous source of fiber, often contain some protein as well, and include B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). A diet rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer. So let’s eat some, right?!
A big thank you to all who sent in a recipe. I loved trying them, and now have several new ways to include some more grains in my diet. But, for the recipe contest, I had to choose just one, and these Clean Eating Pancakes, sent in by the awesome Olivia, were my favorite! I have had them twice in the last week, and they are calling my name again….I’m thinking today after my long run!
These pancakes have an almost nutty quality to them with the oats, and combining the banana (for potassium), an egg (protein!), and the oatmeal (all the amazing grain benefits listed above) make these a delicious and satisfying way to start your day, or a great post-workout meal. And if you like simple, these pancakes are it! Just four ingredients–that’s right, FOUR! And I actually forgot the vanilla the first time around, and they tasted fine. So if four ingredients is one too many for you, you can make 3-ingredient pancakes instead.
So far, I have topped these with peanut butter and banana slices as well as greek yogurt and blueberries. Both–amazing! Today, I’m thinking raspberries….
So, enough rambling. Here’s the recipe.
Clean Eating Pancakes
Makes 2 3-inch pancakes
- Half a banana
- 1 egg
- 1/4 c. dry oatmeal (can grind the oatmeal in food processor to make it more flour-like)
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Mash the banana in a bowl. Add the egg, oatmeal, and vanilla. Mix well. Cook until brown on each side.
Calories: 200 Carbs: 29g Protein: 9g Fat: 6g