Hearty Healthy Pancakes

My daughter has a bit of a cold and hasn’t been eating much recently.  We had a lazy morning today and I decided to make up some uber healthy pancakes since she’ll ALWAYS eat pancakes!  And she did – she ate 4 good sized pancakes in addition to her smoothie this morning and I’m happy knowing she got a great start to her day!  I think I should make some bigger batches of these next time and freeze them in breakfast size portions for easy school mornings.

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  • 3/4 cup almond meal (or ground almonds – I processed about 1/2 cup raw almonds to make 3/4 cup ground almonds)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3 Tbsp succanat (or sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp flax meal
  • several shakes of cinnamon, optional
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, or oil of choice, or omit
  • heaping 1/2 cup pureed zucchini (peel and all) or other veggie of your choice (pumpkin, beets and eggplant have all disappeared into the pancakes)
  • 1 banana, mashed or pureed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, or more as needed depending on which veggie you choose
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • frozen or fresh blueberries, for adding to pancakes once you put them on the griddle, optional

In a medium mixing bowl, add all the ingredients except blueberries in the order listed above, mixing thoroughly after all of the dry ingredients and then mixing until well combined after all the rest of the ingredients**.  Heat a griddle over medium-low heat.  Using a 1/2 cup measuring cup as a scooper, make 2 pancakes for every 1/2 cup (so 1/4 cup each).  After pouring 4 pancakes onto a griddle, add blueberries (frozen is fine) to each pancake.  Allow to cook until bubbles stay open (until holes begin to form from the bubble), then flip.  (Or just peek at the other side if you aren’t sure whether to flip them.)  Cook a few minutes more (a little less than the first side) on the second side.  Serve onto plates and serve with warmed maple syrup or fresh fruit or just plain (that’s my way!).

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**Chef’s Note:  If you want to let a blender do a lot of the work for you, combine the milk, banana, applesauce (or raw apples), veggie, and vanilla and blend until smooth.  If you have  Vitamix or high speed blender, you can use whole flax seeds instead of flax meal and blend in those too!  Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, mix well, and then add the pureed contents of the blender.

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