If “breakfast time” is synonymous with “mass chaos” in your house (see Exhibit A) you’re not alone. Moms everywhere can nod together in resigned agreement thinking about the ridiculous struggle that is getting their kids to eat a balanced, healthy breakfast in the mornings without fights, tears, spitting it out or, our favorite, throwing it clear across the kitchen. (If you’re a mom who cannot relate to this scenario, we still love you but please know that we also kind of hate you…it’s complicated, okay?)
But just like popsicles can save a hot summer day, pancakes can swoop in and lessen the madness in the mornings—and even leave your littles begging for more. Our favorite healthy food blogger, Mary Ellen from Milk N Honey Nutrition, is back again with a healthy banana pancake recipe filled with good-for-you ingredients like eggs, oats and coconut flour to start your mini’s morning off on the right foot.
Gluten Free Banana Oat Pancakes
Real Food Dietitian Mary Ellen – Milk N Honey Nutrition
Breakfast is always kind of a “you-know-what show” in our house. Kids screaming, refusing to sit still and eat. Me desperately trying to get sips of coffee in as I’m trying to rip gross overnight pull ups off, get clothes on, and convince them that yes, you should eat the plate of food I slaved over. Oh, and did I mention that my kids wake up at the ripe hour of 6:15am on the dot??? … every. single. morning.
Not what you’d expect from the picture perfect (non)reality that social media creates for us right?! Hopefully that makes you feel a little better that even your friendly dietitian finds it a struggle to get her kids fed and out the door in the morning.
Sometimes mornings are just so downright hard, but I know that if I’m intentional and prep ahead – either the night before or on the weekends for the whole week ahead – mornings go much much smoother. And let’s be real, I get to sleep 10 minutes later. So, pancakes are an easy make ahead option for me.
Since my husband has Celiac disease, we tend to only eat gluten free in our house. These Gluten Free Banana Oat Pancakes are great for everyone in our house (and if you’re allergic to dairy or eggs as well, see the instructions below for how to make them perfect for your house, too!)
The extra little boost of protein from The Natural Citizen Organic Protein, ensures my girls (and my husband and I) stay fuller and more satisfied, and help blunt any blood sugar spikes from the bananas for me (type 1 diabetic here!). Keep reading for more info on why this is the only protein powder I’m ok letting my girls have small amounts of.
I hope you and your family enjoy these as much as we do… and that your kids would “just sit still and stop touching each other for 30 seconds and eat” … that’s a direct quote from earlier this morning in our house. #reallife
Gluten Free Pancakes
2 bananas, mashed
2 eggs, beaten*
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk*
3 Tbsp coconut flour
3 Tbsp oat bran (or ground oats)
2 Tbsp The Natural Citizen Organic Protein*
2 tsp baking powder
*For more info on why I LOVE The Natural Citizen and am ok serving it to my kids in proper amounts, check out this post. As an alternative though, any unflavored protein powder should work.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spray with a preservative free cooking spray. (I use Chosen Foods avocado oil spray use code milknhoney20 for 20% off on chosenfoods.com) Mix all ingredients together and blend well. Divide batter evenly into pancakes on griddle/skillet. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack. Top with sliced bananas and all natural peanut butter for that perfect low sugar breakfast.
Enjoy, and be sure and let me know how yours turn out by leaving a comment below!
*You can substitute a flax egg (1 Tbsp ground flax seeds and 3 Tbsp water), and almond milk if needed.
Thanks Mary Ellen! We’ll be sharing more from Milk N Honey Nutrition every month.