*These pancakes are gluten and dairy-free!
This is one of our all-time favorite breakfasts! These pancakes are easy to make, they’re a healthy alternative to traditional pancakes, and they’re absolutely delicious! After all, what is food if it’s not fun to eat?
I hope you love it as much as we do!
The recipe is at the bottom of the blog, but feel free to read the “Your Food as Fuel” and “Why we like them” sections for more information about why we choose our PB banana oat blender pancakes over traditional ones.
Your Food as Fuel
Pancakes are one of the most iconic breakfasts out there and for good reason. They’re delicious! The problem is that a lot of pancake recipes are very carb-heavy.
As a note, carbohydrates are not inherently bad. We need carbohydrates to function properly, but we also need to make sure we have a balanced diet.
By balancing our diet, we get the energy and nutrients we need in optimal proportions for proper and efficient utilization in our body. It’s when we have too much excess of certain nutrients that we run into trouble.
As an example, a car needs gas and motor oil to run properly. Adding a bunch of extra gas doesn’t fill your tank any more than its capacity, it just makes a mess, and you still need motor oil!
Now, on to pancakes!
The carbohydrates in typical pancakes are quickly broken down into simple sugars by your body’s digestive system. The sugars that your body doesn’t immediately use for energy are stored as fat.
That means that eating too many carbs and simple sugars can make weight loss or maintenance more difficult than it already is. Achieving a good carb balance is important.
Why we like these pancakes
If you look through the following ingredient list, you’ll notice that flour and sugar are not on the list! These two ingredients in pancakes are their biggest source of carbohydrates.
By replacing the flour and sugar with oats and banana, we essentially replace all the traditional simple carbs (that are broken down quickly and create excess energy, stored as fat) with complex carbohydrates (that take longer and require more work to break down, so they release energy over time for your body to utilize more efficiently). And I promise you, it comes at no sacrifice of flavor!
This PB banana oat blender pancake recipe is delicious. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it helps balance your diet to help your body feel better throughout the day.
People with gluten and dairy restrictions can also enjoy this iconic breakfast because this recipe is totally gluten and dairy-free.
Prep Time: 8 min
Yield: 10 4 in. pancakes
1 ripe banana (all yellow or with some brown)
2 TB peanut butter
¾ c milk (or almond milk)
⅓ c apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp coconut oil
2 C oats
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
Semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
Try it out, and let me know what you think!
My name is Angela. I am a wife to a rock-star husband, and a mom to two beautiful baby girls. My family will always be my number 1!
Total Bodi is something I have dreamed of creating for years - it would be a big understatement to say I’m excited for you to try it out and be a part of this program.
Fitness and exercise have always played a huge role in my life. They are central to the upkeep of my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Exercising as a mom is HARD!
When I became a mom, I struggled feeling like I was so limited in what I could do. My life was not my own anymore, and going to the gym or exercising very long was difficult given our circumstances.
I could feel myself becoming more anxious, stressed, tired, irritable, depressed, lonely... you name it.
Then I had a sobering realization that if I waited for ideal circumstances when it would become convenient to exercise, it would never happen. So, I decided that there had to be a way to make it work, because I NEEDED it to work.
I’ve found that in life, if something is important enough to you, you can generally find a way to make it happen. That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but it will almost always be worth it.
I used to only call myself a runner/cardio-buff. Strength training was definitely not my favorite, and I treated it like my “due diligence broccoli.”
I’d do a few reps of random exercises and a few minutes of core a couple times a week and call it good! But when my situation changed, I realized that I needed to adapt.
I still LOVE to run and take my girls out in the jogger, but sometimes, given my time constraints, that's just not an option. In these cases, I can maximize my time with a strength-oriented or high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout from home.
This was such a revelation to me! I began to really enjoy doing strength and HIIT style workouts and feeling my body get stronger in new ways. It was so fun to switch up my workouts and get sore, and I realized that exercise doesn’t always have to be the same.
My body loved being challenged in new ways all the time, and I think that’s something we all have a bit of. We are designed for progression; we thrive on it!
By pushing myself with new workouts, different weights, or more reps/sets, I could see and more importantly feel myself progressing through the challenge of it all.
My physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health were SO much improved. All this was from simple and challenging workouts that I could do in about 30 minutes at home!
As my oldest has gotten older, she’s begun to try and mimic my exercises and join in. It is so fun to include her in something that I love and is important to me.
The Birth of Total Bodi
During this time, I realized that I’m not the only person with a crazy schedule or circumstances that make it difficult to get a good workout in! That is how Total Bodi was born.
I want to make quality workouts and fitness accessible to anyone! There’s a TedTalk I love by Dan Ariely called “How to Change Your Behavior for the Better”. In it, he talks about the role of friction in behavior change.
Friction is essentially anything (big or small) that is keeping us from doing some behavior. My goal is to eliminate some of the friction that keeps you from getting the exercise you need and feeling how you want to feel.
The Purpose of Total Bodi
Here are some of the ways the Total Bodi program will do that:
This program’s sole intent is to allow you to THRIVE in all areas of your life. Ultimately, we'll be helping each other succeed because there is a special power that comes from community.
So welcome, again! And cheers to investing into yourself. Know that I am committed to you and you should be too! Let's do this!