I have been actively eating chia seeds lately. Normally in a morning smoothie but it’s Sunday and I wanted something a little more special. I’ve been feeling pretty great as I’m on the final stretch of pregnancy and my energy levels seems to be maintaining throughout the day. I couldn’t tell you exactly what the chia seeds are doing for me but I know they are doing something. I can say they definitely give me an energy boost along with plenty of nutrition in the form of omega-3’s, calcium, protein, and fiber. And they also have many other vitamins & minerals with antioxidant powers. I’m not sure why I stopped eating them, but I’m glad I started again.
I’ve been telling Josh I have been in the mood for pancakes recently but he hasn’t had the inspiration to make them for me so I went ahead and made it happen. I didn’t follow a recipe but threw together a handful of ingredients and they turned out thick, fluffy, and delicious. For the flour I used both spelt and rye. And the thickness came from using old fashioned oats, which I soaked 10 minutes in the almond milk before making the batter. My seasonings were cinnamon, vanilla extract, and cardamom. And lastly I added in a banana and a few chocolate chips. Definitely a good start to the day!
Chia Seed Banana Oatmeal Pancakes (15-20 pancakes)
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 3/4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1/2 cup rye flour (you can use spelt if you don’t have any)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- dash salt
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 1/8 cup brown sugar
- 1 banana, sliced
- 2-3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/8 cup chocolate chips
- maple syrup, to serve
- In a medium size bowl add the almond milk and oats. Allow to soak for 10 minutes.
- Mix dry ingredients: flours, cinnamon, cardamom, baking powder, and salt.
- Once oats are soaked mix in the egg, oil, and sugar.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients mixing until just barely incorporated. Small flour pockets are expected.
- Add in the banana, chia seeds, and chocolate chips. Lightly mix them in. Do not over mix! A few flour pockets may still remain.
- Heat a large pan over medium low heat. Once fully heated add a pat of butter and place a bit of batter around pan making 4 or 5 pancakes. Cook 3-4 minutes until bubbles form on top, flip and continue to cook another 3-4 minutes on the other side. Remove from pan and repeat until all the batter is used.
- Serve with maple syrup.