Toddlerhood, that stage in life where going against the grain seems to be one’s sole purpose. With that comes certain staples like: never eating vegetables, doing the complete opposite of what’s asked of you, yelling…a lot, refusing to bathe and constantly asking to go to the bathroom at the most inopportune times. While as parents we can’t control 99% of our toddler’s new found claim on independence, we can beat the system by sneaking in those dreaded veggies into some of their favorite foods. I usually turn to Pamela’s Products for our Sunday Brunch pancakes, but have recently been trying to up the ante on our healthy eating habits around here; so I’ve started experimenting with other alternatives. Here’s a recipe that never fails:
Green Oatmeal Pancakes: (Yields 2 small servings; more than enough for mom and toddler to share)
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 large handfuls baby spinach
- 2 whole eggs
- 1/2 cup oat flour or whole rolled oats
- 1 tsp. Baking Powder
- Splash of almond milk (optional)
Heat a nonstick pan on medium heat, add a dollop of coconut oil to the pan as it heats. Put all ingredients in a blender/Vita Mix/food processor and blend until a cohesive batter is formed. Add a splash of almond milk, if needed to incorporate well. Do not add too much almond milk.
With a ladle spoon the mixture into the pan, approximately 1/4 cup per pour. You should be able to fit about 2 – 3 pancakes on the pan. Let the batter cook as you would a regular pancake, making sure to keep the temperature on low-medium. When bubbles start to form on the surface of the pancakes, flip them gently and allow to cook through on the other side. These pancakes take a longer to cook than regular ones, so be a little patient.
I like to serve mine with a drizzle (not a lot because the pancakes are already sweet) of Organic Maple Syrup, fresh berries, walnuts and hemps seeds. Enjoy!
Tip: If the banana you use is not too ripe, add a drizzle of raw Agave to add sweetness. Also, only add the almond milk if you see that the ingredients need a little help incorporating properly. Otherwise, you run the risk of having the mixture come out too runny.