Thursday, 29 January 2015

GREEN SMOOTHIE PANCAKES - GO GREEN



The first meal of the day, Breakfast has to be cooked with utmost creativity, especially when you have a cute little face peering at the breakfast plate, cringing her nose and turning her head away with an emphatic No. Getting little D to eat her breakfast so early in the morning has always proved to be a Herculean task for me and I was determined that I would not send her to school without breakfast. Little D being a fussy eater I always knew that she would hardly eat her tiffin in school giving away sometimes full of what I packed, to her classmates or on some days bringing back the entire box, untouched home. 

As a mother I wanted to be assured of the fact that at least she had a few morsels in her tummy to ferry her through the day till she came home and I could coax her to eat, sometimes with a story and sometimes with a stern look.

So like it or not my creative juices had to be very active even at the time when half the world were fast asleep tucked tightly in the warm comforts of their bed. Sometimes I succeeded in making something which she ate and on other days no amount of coaxing or stern looks would make her chew.


One day at a friend's house I noticed her fancy for a glass of smoothie and she finished the drink, which was very unlike her. So having gained confidence from this incident I started the smoothie session everyday for breakfast as this was the easiest way to make her gulp down nutrient filled healthy ingredients without much effort from my end. But alas like most children her love for smoothies was short lived and my breakfast wooes returned. 

Saviour came in form of a fantastic recipe by Heather, author of the splendid Blog, KISS MY BROCCOLI The line that caught my attention in her post was "Now you can have your Smoothie and eat it too". I thought to myself, really eat your smoothie. Why had it not occurred to me. Little D was very fond of pancakes. On our visit to IHOP she would finish her portion of pancake without having to be told twice. So I promptly took down the recipe and made it the very next day.

My joy knew no bounds when she actually smiled seeing the breakfast plate and ate the whole kid sized pancake that I had dished out for her. So our breakfast is still continuing on a happy note, that is to say till putting up this post. Not sure how long it will last. But when it ceases I will again have to resume my hunt for another recipe to captivate her fascination.


This recipe does not use sugar or milk. The egg whites can be replaced with whole wheat flour. Therefore this recipe can be enjoyed by both my Vegeterian and vegan friends alike.

This fabulous recipe can be referred back to its original source by clicking the link below.
I have followed it exactly the way the original recipe has been put down by the author Heather. However each and every picture posted here are my own.

So let's get cooking.

GREEN SMOOTHIE PANCAKES

SERVES : 1
TYPE : BREAKFAST
TIME : 5 MINUTES PREP + 10-12 MINUTES COOKING

INGREDIENTS :

1) 1/3 Cup Rolled Oats / Jai
2) 2 Tbsp Ground Flax Seeds / Alsi
3) 1/2 Tsp Sodium -Free Baking Powder
4) 1/2 Tso Cinnamon/Dalchini
5) 2 Cups, Packed Raw Spinach / Palak
6) 3 Large Egg Whites or 2-3 Tbsp Whole Wheat Flour (for vegetarian option instead of egg white)
7) 1/2 Medium Ripe Banana
8) 1/2 Tsp Vanilla extract

       

GET COOKING WITH ME IN EASY STEPS :

STEP 1:
Assemble all the ingredients together. In a small blender or food processor blend oats into flour. Empty oat flour into a medium sized bowl. Add Baking Powder, Ground Flax Seeds, Cinamon Powder. (Add now Whole Wheat Flour if you are VEGETARIAN or Vegan as this is what you add in place of egg whites). Stir and Mix.

  

STEP 2:
Combine Spinach, Egg Whites ( Not for vegetarians and vegans), Bananna, Vanilla Extract in Blender or Food Processor and blend Until Smooth.

 

STEP 3:
Add wet ingredients and dry ingredients and stir till flour is incorporated. At this point if you feel the consistency of the batter is too thick add almond milk ( or rice, soya or hemp milk) or simply water to get the desired consistency.

 

STEP 4:
Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Spoon batter into skillet forming 4 medium pancakes. Cook 4-6 minutes per side or until the edges start to brown (batter will not bubble).

 

Transfer to a plate and top with yogurt or fresh fruit and or nuts.

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GREEN SMOOTHIE PANCAKES RECIPE :

INGREDIENTS :

1) 1/3 Cup Rolled Oats / Jai
2) 2 Tbsp Ground Flax Seeds / Alsi
3) 1/2 Tsp Sodium -Free Baking Powder
4) 1/2 Tso Cinnamon/Dalchini
5) 2 Cups, Packed Raw Spinach / Palak
6) 3 Large Egg Whites or 2-3 Tbsp Whole Wheat Flour (for vegetarian option instead of egg white)
7) 1/2 Medium Ripe Banana
8) 1/2 Tsp Vanilla extract

GET COOKING WITH ME IN EASY STEPS :

STEP 1:
Assemble all the ingredients together. In a small blender or food processor blend oats into flour. Empty oat flour into a medium sized bowl. Add Baking Powder, Ground Flax Seeds, Cinamon Powder. (Add now Whole Wheat Flour if you are VEGETARIAN or Vegan as this is what you add in place of egg whites). Stir and Mix.

STEP 2:
Combine Spinach, Egg Whites ( Not for vegetarians and vegans), Bananna, Vanilla Extract in Blender or Food Processor and blend Until Smooth.

STEP 3:
Add wet ingredients and dry ingredients and stir till flour is incorporated. At this point if you feel the consistency of the batter is too thick add almond milk(or rice, soya or hemp milk) or simply water to get the desired consistency.

STEP 4:
Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Spoon batter into skillet firming 4 medium pancakes. Cook 4-6 minutes per side or until the edges start to brown (batter will not bubble).

Transfer to a plate and top with yogurt or fresh fruit and or nuts.

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CHECK LIST :
1) ROLLED OATS/JAI, 2) FLAX SEEDS/ALSI, 3) BAKING POWDER, 4) CINAMMON/DALCHINI, 5) SPINACH/PALAK, 6) EGGS/WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR FOR VEGETERIANS, 7) BANANA, 8) VANILLA EXTRACT

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