There's hardly a weekend that goes by without the incorporation of some form of pancake goodness here in my home! Although I usually never deviate from my favorite banana & walnut combo, this time I decided to get a bit risky and add some greens to the mix.
Green pancakes? Hm... I know. Sounds questionable, but I promise you these taste JUST like regular pancakes but have a nutrient density that kicks any store bought mix to the curb! Give this a try to add an extra boost of protein and superfoods to your Sunday morning brunch!
Green Dream is the star ingredient for this recipe. It's a protein powder/superfood blend created by Sophie Jaffe, an LA-based health and wellness enthusiast. I recently found her products/website/youtube channel, and once I learned about her story/ ethos and how the products were made, I decided to give them a try! And boy, I'm so glad I did. I'm not usually a huge smoothie/protein powder gal (can't stand the taste of most), but I have to admit-- I've been putting my blender to use on the regs in the dead of winter. That is saying something. You can read more about her here and watch her youtube videos of great recipes and yoga/workout tips here.
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Anyway, the green blend is composed of these rockstar ingredients:
- hemp protein: one of the most concentrated sources of plant-based protein, and contains all essential amino acids. It has a smooth, nutty flavor and is easy to digest. Good for those with a sensitive tummy!
- spirulina: a form of algae (cyanobacteria) in powder form that is also a very high source of plant-based protein and contains all essential amino acids. It's a great source of bioavailable iron, B vitamins (B12 especially), magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, selenium, chromium, and has been shown to have an antioxidant capacity 4x the amount of blueberries.
mesquite seed pod powder: from a leguminous plant found in South America and the Southwest US, mesquite has long been used by the Native Americans as a flour or natural sweetener. It has a caramel type flavor, is high in protein, low on the GI index, and is a great source of soluble fiber. This means it digests slowly and does not cause a huge spike in blood sugar. Bonus: naturally gluten free.
chia seeds: we've gone over this here.
maca powder: we've gone over this here.
- vanilla: self explanatory, right? Delicious.
*1 Tbsp of green dream powder provides 10g protein, 5g fiber, and all of the goodness listed above. Win win.
'Green Dream' Pancakes
1-1.5 Tbsp Green Dream powder
3/4 C. spelt or whole wheat flour
1/4 C. all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 egg or flax egg (1 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 2.5 Tbsp water)
1 C. almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
Optional toppings: walnuts, fruit, hemp seeds, etc.
*Note: if you're on the fly, Whole Foods makes a great whole grain pancake mix to cut some time.
Directions: If using a flax egg, prepare ahead of time and let it sit for 5-10 minutes or until mixture thickens. In the meantime, combine your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add your egg, almond milk, vanilla, and coconut oil and mix together.
Grease a skillet with coconut oil, earth balance spread, or oil of choice. Spoon your batter onto skillet, being careful not to let each pancake touch each other. Flip once when bubbles begin to form in middle of pancakes and the edges turn golden, but be careful not to let them burn! Once flipped, leave on skillet for another minute or two. Transfer them onto a plate, then add your toppings of choice along with a drizzle of pure maple syrup.
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