Sunday, 16 February 2014

Healthy Banana Oats Pancakes - No Sugar, No Flour and No Dairy!

Today's post is a special one! It's a very very unusual one coming from me! Yes! You might have noticed that I am rarely posting heatlhy recipes, since I am actually on the lookout for calories - I badly  want to gain some lean weight! *Cough Cough* I am not too sure if there's anything like that but anyways, my take today is on a healthy breakfast!


Unlike, for my Valentine's day post, I am in the mood to ramble about nothing and everything today!!!


To be honest, I have been requested, quite a few times, to make quick yet healthy breakfasts! We are all rushing in the morning (except for Miss Late, that is me!!!!) and breakfast is definitely not the food we want to miss!


Yesterday I made some yummm....mmyyyyy-tarty-tasting Lemon Curd! And from the recipe, I had egg whites leftovers! Yes yes, I heard it too, egg whites screaming protein! What a perfect excuse to make healthy pancakes! Healthy Banana Oat pancakes! Plus I had spotty bananas, which are perfect for this recipe!





Initially that sounded dreadfully awful to me! I am not a big fan of pancakes for one, banana flavour for two, and lastly my old but not anymore friend - Oats!


I love bananas on their own or absolutely enjoy them in banana breads, but that's it! I used to have a liking for oats too, until one day I was served with a flavourless bowl of porridge and I swore to myself I would never have it ever again!


Mistaken as I was, (I'm happy I was!) the Banana Oats Pancakes, though lacking a tiny little bit of flavour without the Hot Raspberry Jam, took me by surprise! It was actually reasonably delicious for a healthy pancake!


Now, because it is a healthy recipe, I laid my hands on the most healthy ingredients! While I haven't done this before, I will try to describe each product as accurately as I can, just so you get a fair review/idea of this healthy pancake for yourself!



Like most Mauritians, I have always (when I used to) consumed Jungle Oats or Quaker Oats! So my comparison will obviously be made next to these brands! I don't remember looking at and memorising their prices, but I wouldn't think there's great a variance! I'll check on that and amend as necessary later on!

Based on the texture I find that the Mornflake's one is much creamier and is perfect for the little time you cook your pancakes! What's more persuading about this brand is that it helps actively reduce cholesterol (it is approved by Heart UK) and it is sugar-free, salt-free, and additive-free! Great for both vegetarian and vegan! Sooooo nutritious! Oats themselves are very benefitting to our health, I will prolly write about its benefits in the coming weeks!





However, let me share a quick fact with those of you who do not know it yet, rolled oats (whether organic or not) are better than any oats, as they are less processed. Unfortunately I couldn't find any at my local supermarket not even a gluten-free one!

I also would want to add that, the famous Tiger Brand Jungle Oats were found to contain GMOs. 



Now, I could have used honey or maple syrup to drizzle on top of the pancakes, but I wanted a little bit of change, you see!? And this has given me the chance to review Stute's No Sugar Added Diabetic Raspberry Jelly for you too!





As the name suggests, it's suitable for people with Diabetics and has no sugar added! Plus it is has less calories than normal jam's, no added preservatives and artificial additives. It helps slimming, or weight control as part of a calorie-controlled diet.

However, it does contain Sorbitol as sweetener. I find it sweet, like very sweet for me but reviews on the web show that it's a much-appreciated jelly! Jelly yes, there's pectin in it, but its close enough to jams! It smells a little acidic to me but all in all a great jelly!



Easy to spray, it is non-stick, you don't need much plus it has no preservatives and is cholesterol-free!




I sincerely hope that this review will help you somehow! Be it in your ingredient choices, or the way you will now look at your diet, whichever way it is, as long as it is in a healthy way, I'll be happy with that!

My secondary aim behind this post, is to also show that you don't have to waste spotty bananas and leftover egg whites! So, the next time you have these two ingredients, you will know what to do! If you're not craving for pancakes, then make these pillowy Marshmallows with the egg whites and Dark Chocolate Chips Banana Bread or a simple Banana Bread with the bananas!


Happy Pancake-Making!


Makes 8 Pancakes (3.5" in diameter)


Equipment:

  • Whisk
  • Blender
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons (or just eyeball it!)
  • Skillet/Crepe Pan


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Egg Whites (3 egg whites)
  • 1/3 Cup of Mornflake's Superfast Oats
  • 3 Medium (5") Bananas, the riper the better!
  • 1/4 Tsp of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1½ Tbsp of Stute's Diabetic Raspberry Jelly
  • Spray and Cook, Non-Stick Oil Spray




Method:
  • Peel bananas and toss in a bowl! Mash until smooth.
  • In another bowl, lightly beat the egg whites using a whisk.
  • Toss beaten egg whites into mashed bananas. (At this point it might look gross don't worry.)
  • Add vanilla extract and cinnamon! Whisk to combine.
  • Throw in the oats and stir to mix combine.
  • Pour the mixture into the blender and blend for 15-20 seconds.
  • Pour mixture back into the bowl.
  • Spray cooking oil on pan and set it on medium heat.
  • Using a laddle spoon mixture onto a pan in 8 times, or less if you want bigger pancakes.
  • Let cook for 3 minutes on each side.
  • When you are done cooking the pancakes, microwave the raspberry jelly for 15-20 seconds, and drizzle on top of pancakes.
  • Serve hot!





Enjoy your Homemade Healthy Pancakes!


Notes:
  • You can add 1/4 Tsp of Baking Powder to get fluffier pancakes.
  • You should not get too thick a paste, especially do not think of adding more bananas.
  • Give the pancakes the time to cook, do not rush things by heating pan and cooking on high heat.
  • If you do not want to serve it with hot raspberry jam, you could use a low-fat yoghurt, peanut butter, fresh berries or frozen berries warmed and then puréed or most obviously, honey or maple syrup!

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