Oh, those lovely early mornings! Waking up, pulling on some warm sweater and heading to the kitchen for a delicious breakfast, what more could a person want? With the festive season coming up, I am craving spiced foods even more than usual. I found these mini pancakes to be the perfect thing. They are spicy and warming, yet have a certain freshness as well. And they are completely healthy!
Worth the Effort!
There are some mornings when you have just a little bit more time than usual and you would like to treat yourself to something special. For me, mornings like that are for pancakes. I mean, I love oatmeal, I really do! But a bit of variation every now and then is nice as well. So although these pancakes take a little more time, they are definitely worth it!
Healthy Spiced Mini Pancakes (makes one serving)
What you need:
- ½ banana
- 15 grams of rolled oats
- 40 grams of wholegrain spelt flour
- ½ teaspoon of a spice mix (I like to use Dutch “speculaaskruiden”, but apple pie spices or something similar to that would work as well)
- A pinch of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of baking powder
- 6 to 7 tablespoons of milk of choice
- Optional add-ins like crushed pecan nuts, dried cranberries, almond slices (Or whatever you think would be nice, feel free to experiment!)
- Maple syrup for topping (see note)
- Mash the banana.
- Then add in all of the other ingredients.
- Mix well.
- If the mixture is still a bit lumpy, add some more milk. It should eventually have the consistency of paint. If you would like to add any add-ins, you can do that now.
- Set the batter aside for a few minutes. Meanwhile, take a skillet, add just a drop of vegetable oil and heat over medium heat.
- When the skillet is hot, take about a tablespoon of batter at a time, and drop it in the pan. You can add some more if you would like to have bigger pancakes.
- When you see some bubbles forming, gently flip over the pancakes with a spatula.
- Bake for a minute more on the other side. When you think they still look rather pale, bake some more on both sides.
- Transfer to a plate while baking the other pancakes.
- Top with some maple syrup and optional other toppings. (Extra cinnamon, some cocoa nibs and fresh fruits are all delicious toppings)
- Take some time to enjoy your delicious breakfast!
Note: I think maple syrup has such a warming and spicy flavour, which is perfect on these pancakes. But it is rather expensive and can be hard to find in stores, so topping with honey instead is a very good second option.
With a breakfast like this, you are ready for whatever the day might bring!