Pancakes are a food that I feel, get a bad rap. A lot of people have this idea that they’re bad for you and not the healthiest choice. Which honestly, yes if you eat 10 in one sitting and if you load on the sugary fake maple syrup! But do most of us really eat that much in one sitting?
My personal view on food is that we shouldn’t deprive ourselves from certain foods. It’s all about moderation, people!
I mean if your body is craving some pancakes for breakfast, go ahead and have 1 or 2, it’s not going to kill you. Top them with Greek Yogurt and Honey for a healthy alternative to syrup. And use some whole wheat flour over all purpose. This will fill you up faster and give you a less processed carbohydrate.
As runners we love carbs! Carbs are good for runs because carbohydrates are stored in your muscles as glycogen, which your body needs and uses during a workout.
You still want to be smart about the carbs that you eat as a runner and not eat overly processed foods, because they can make you feel sluggish or just give you bad GI issues. And we don’t want that!
So, if your looking for a simple pancake recipe, here is one I made for Coconut Pancakes. Let me know how you like it!
Makes about 10 Pancakes
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk or whatever milk you prefer (I used half cows milk and half full fat canned coconut milk)
- 3 tbs. coconut oil
- 2 tbs. granulated sugar, brown sugar, or honey (I used granulated sugar)
- 6 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Beat eggs until combined. Add flour, milk, coconut oil, and sugar. Mix until combined but the pancake mix should be somewhat lumpy.
- Add baking powder, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir until combined in the mixture.
- Oil a medium sized pan with coconut oil and heat stovetop on medium low. This will vary based on your stove. Or you can use a griddle on medium heat.
- Pour pancake mixture on pan forming individual “pancakes.” Let cook until the middle and sides bubble and flip over. Let the other side cook 2-3 minutes.
- Serve with your favorite pancake toppings! I added blueberries to ours. Coconut flakes would definitely add to the coconut-ey-ness! Enjoy!
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