Boxed Pancakes to Healthy Pancakes

My cousin and her husband are big health freaks.   They go to bed at 9pm to make sure they get their proper eight hours of sleep.  Durning the summer, they have their food delivered from the local farmer and their poor child does not get to enjoy things such as fast food burgers, fries or chips.  Pobresito (poor thing).  When I would visit her, I thought her and her husband were a bit over the top when it came to their eating habits.  They stay away from processed foods, and mostly eat fresh food. Box mashed is not a thing in their home.  At the time, I didn’t quite get it.   Back then, I myself exercised on a daily basis about 3 hours a day and I would say I ate semi decent.   But then I got breast cancer and things changed.   After cancer,  I started paying more attention to my food intake and focused even more on exercising.   

Today,  you can say I have seen the light and have transformed. I am very similar to my cousin and her husband in their ways.  I still have a few things to learn or master but everyday is an achievement. I now sleep early to get the recommended minimum of 7 hours of sleep during the weekdays and on weekends I shoot for the 8 to 9 hours, which by the way burns an amazing amount of calories! I  I went from around 600 calories to a 1000 just by increased sleep time.  When I saw that, I was like Oh hell yeah!    I mean with that kind of calorie burn, why wouldn’t you wanna sleep more!   I also  spend more hours at the gym, I am up to 5 hours now.  I know it seems like a lot but you have to take into and the warm up, breaks between workouts, the stretching after and of shooting the breeze with folks.   That adds up! My eating habits have evolved.  As I said they were decent before but my family seems to think they are extreme.  Well, if you think not eating food that comes out of a box or can as extreme, well then I guess I am.  I also stay away from sugary things, unless I make them myself at home.  

One day my kids asked me for pancakes, so the healthy me whipped up a batch of my pancakes.   My healthy non boxed pancakes did not go over so well with my kiddos. They thought they were gross. I used my cousins recipe. 1 egg 2 bananas add oats if you like. Since then, my kids have not asked me again to make them pancakes and if I suggest that I am going to make pancakes they politely decline.  I of course took offense to this and asked them what was the problem with my pancakes. They said they prefer the boxed version of pancakes. Ok. So, I have to admit, with my cousins recipe the pancakes they came out a bit weird, like mushy and slimy.  Kinda nasty actually, but they tasted great! They were super difficult to flip too. I have tweaked the recipe after doing some research and the pancakes now look their boxed counterparts. My kids say the newer recipe is better but they still prefer the boxed ones over the healthy ones.  Give them a try and let me know what you think.   

Recipe for Healthy Pancakes

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • cinnamon (to your taste)
  • oats (optional)(I added 6 teaspoons because that is what my diet allowed)
  • 1/8 baking powder

Blend all ingredients. Grease pan. Pour batter. OJO! make them small for easy flipping! Top with butter (not margarine) , natural honey or maple syrup.

Flavor changers: add cocoa or peanut butter instead of cinnamon.

Super simple and yummy.

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