Starting your morning with a healthy, super charged breakfast is important to get your day off on the right foot.
Instead of reaching for a box of sugar filled cereal or picking up fast food on the way to work, try these easy to make, superfood pancakes. Breakfast can set the tone for your day, so make sure yours is positive beginning with good fuel!
These pancakes are packed with nutrients, from wholesome oat flour to antioxidant rich honey. The real star in these pancakes however are the flaxseeds.
Health Benefits of Flaxseeds
Lignans – Lignans are estrogen-like chemical compounds that have antioxidant qualities, meaning they help to scavenge free radicals in the body.
Flaxseeds are considered to be one of the best sources of lignans. Lignans can also help protect against estrogen dependent cancers such as breast cancer.
Lignans are also known for their anti-viral and antibacterial properties, therefore consuming flax regularly may help reduce the number of colds or flus you battle.
Fiber – Maybe the biggest flaxseed benefits come from it’s ability to promote digestive health.
Flaxseeds are rich in both soluble fiber (dissolves in water) and insoluble fiber (does not dissolve in water).
Soluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol and glucose levels while insoluble fiber absorbs water and adds bulk to your digestive track, helping with digestive issues.
Flaxseeds have also shown to be beneficial for those suffering from Chron’s or other digestive issues due to its ability to reduce gut inflammation.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Most people fall short on their consumption of omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are considered to be “good fats” and are vital for heart health.
Omega 3 fatty acids also help to combat inflammatory disorders such as lupus and arthritis. The body cannot produce them, so these essential omega 3 fatty acids need to be obtained by eating the right foods, such as flaxseeds.
Gluten Free – With cases of gluten intolerance on the rise, it’s important to know what foods can provide you with the most nutrients but not adversely effect you.
Using flax is a great way to naturally replace gluten containing grains which are inflammatory whereas flaxseed is anti-inflammatory. Flaxseeds can also be used in grain-free cooking and baking, as with these pancakes!
For an extra superfood kick, top your Flax and Honey pancakes with some warm Strawberry Chia Seed Jam!
These pancakes are gluten-free as well as dairy free, making them an excellent breakfast choice for those with gluten or dairy allergies!
Flax & Honey Pancakes
Makes 12 pancakes
- 1 cup oat flour
- 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons honey
- In a small bowl whisk together the almond milk and lemon juice. Set it aside.
- In a large bowl mix the oat flour, ground flaxseed, baking powder, and sea salt together.
- Once almond milk mixture has curdled slightly, whisk in the egg, vanilla extract and honey.
- Slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry.
- Once everything is mixed through, scoop 1/4 cup of the batter and pour onto a heated pan.
- Cook until bubbles appear, then flip.
- These pancakes can be made gluten-free as long as the oat flour is made from gluten-free rolled oats.
- The body cannot digest whole flaxseed, so make sure that you are using either store bought ground flaxseed or whole flaxseed that you have ground yourself.
- Oat flour can be purchased at most health foods stores or can be made by simply grinding whole oats into a fine powder in a high powered blender or food processor.
- Almost any flour can be substituted for oat flour in this recipe, however then the pancakes will no longer be gluten-free.
- Almond milk and lemon juice are combined in this recipe as a substitute for buttermilk. If you have no aversions to dairy you can use regular buttermilk to make these pancakes.
- Try adding fresh fruit to the batter for a flavorful twist!