Leafy Green Pancakes and Superfoods

>> Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I admit they are freaky looking at first. Gross, even. But if you are willing to trust me, and I hope you'll trust me, please keep reading. These pancakes taste great. And they have all the leafy green benefits found in green smoothies and green oats. What exactly? Beta-carotene, carotenoids (lutein and zeaxathin), vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin B6, manganese, potassium, and calcium.

And for once, at least it seems, not being able to pronounce some of those words is a GOOD thing. It's better than what you'll find in Bisquick! (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamin, mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, canola oil, baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, dextrose, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, salt, datem.)

Anyway, that's why you read so much about kale in magazines and on health blogs. It's a true superfood. So, I'm on a quest to incorporate it into my breakfasts, lunches, and dinners -- as much as possible. We created this recipe on a whim Sunday morning. I've been craving kale and spinach. I've also been highly conscious of the food I've been putting into my body -- trying to stay as healthy as possible before our race.


What you'll need . . .
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1 handful kale (or other greens, like spinach or chard)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon grape seed oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 can of corn kernels (no salt) -- optional
  • Ground pepper, to taste

Method . . .
  1. Whisk together the flours, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a blender, blend the banana, kale, milk, oil, and water until smooth. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until there are no lumps.
  3. Stir in the corn kernels and pepper.
  4. Heat a lightly oiled pan over medium-high heat. Drop batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto it and cook until lightly browned on bottom. Flip and cook until lightly browned.
  5. Repeat with remaining batter.

To top these green beauties, we didn't go with traditional syrup. Instead, we followed our savory side. A few slices of red pepper -- briefly grilled. We even made a peppered butter (well, Earth Balance) with a touch of strawberry jam. Simply mix together your perfect blend with a fork:

Also, I'd like to give a shout to Julie (Savvy Eats). She's such a sweetheart. When she heard about my slammed finger issue (if you don't know what I'm writing about, check this video post for the details), she sent me a care package filled with Ithaca goodness (tasty vegan macaroons, to be more specific).

THANK YOU, JULIE! I'm sure if I lived in Ithaca, we'd be good buds, I just know it!

Back to SUPERFOODS for a moment. According to WebMD, the following foods are actually superfoods we all (especially active people) need to eat more of.
  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Oats
  • Oranges
  • Pumpkin
  • Salmon
  • Soy
  • Spinach and kale
  • Tea (green or black)
  • Tomatoes
  • Turkey
  • Walnuts
  • Yogurt
Have you tried to incorporate superfoods into your diet? Which foods do you use . . . and how to you use them? I went on a sweet potato kick a few months ago -- and now I'm sick of eating them, unfortunately. Currently, we're eating more blueberries, Greek yogurt, pumpkin, and tomatoes. Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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