*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!