Gluten-Free Banana, Cacao, Chia & Coconut Pancakes

banana pancakesLately, I have been so sick of making the same things for dinner… chicken, pasta, bean tacos, fish on Fridays because it’s Lent, food limitations for the sake of the baby, no dairy for my little guy, it is starting to make cooking a bit of a drag lately. So I asked the kids what they wanted for dinner, they said cereal! I never let them have cereal for dinner unless someone is sick. They actually would rather eat “organic fiber o’s” for dinner, just because it’s breakfast foods.

So we mixed it up for a Monday night and  I dug through the pantry and yelled out what about pancakes! They were racing into the kitchen and fighting over who got to help cut the bananas and who got to add the coconut to the cakes so here’s our new recipe to share with you for those nights you need something fast and quick and something a little bit more sinful while mixing it up and making breakfast for dinner!

Ingredients: Makes about 10 medium sized thick pancakes

  • 1 1/2 C of Gluten-free pancake mix. (Trader Joe’s has a great one!) ( You can also make your own flour mixes, but a box already together is way faster and cheaper! Just read the label for good quality ingredients)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C of water (may need a little extra if it’s too thick)
  • 1/4 C of Coconut oil-melted down
  • 2 Tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 1 Banana sliced thinly
  • 1/2 C unsweetened coconut
  • 2 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Cacao Nibs
  • Coconut oil or spray for the pan while cooking

Directions:

  1. In a bowl add flour mix, eggs, water, cacao powder, coconut oil and mix well. Add more water if it seems too thick.
  2. Preheat and oil pan so pancakes will not stick. Keep heat on medium once the pan has warmed up.
  3. Scoop in pancake mix to the pan, whatever size you would like. Remember these will be thicker so make them a little smaller.
  4. Top with a pinch of chia seeds, coconut, and cacao nibs, and 2-3 slices of banana. Once the pancake begins to bubble you can flip them so they cook all the way through.
  5. Stack them high on a plate add some fresh berries to the side or top with a few more banana slices and a little syrup if you wish.
  6. Dig in and enjoy!
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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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