Are you stuck in a breakfast rut? Studies have shown that repeated exposure to a food can lead to a reduction in the appeal of that food, which will eventually lead to decreased intake and an increase in mindless eating episodes. So no matter how healthy your daily breakfast is, switching it up will be beneficial. These fruit pancakes are a great option – they’re not only packed with whole grain and fiber that will keep you full, but the strong aromatic flavors of the cinnamon and vanilla and the unique texture of the walnuts, chia and grated fruit has been shown to play a significant role in increased satiety.
Makes 12 servings – (Serving Size: 1 pancake)
1 1/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chia seed
1 1/3 cup water
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1 fresh grated apple
1 fresh grated pear
1 peeled, halved and thin sliced banana
In large bowl combine dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and chia seed, and mix well with a wire whisk.
In separate measuring cup combine water and vanilla extract.
Peel and slice the banana. Now add water and vanilla mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well with wire whisk. Add nuts and then grate apple and pear into pancake mixture. Then add the banana.
Mix well and if batter seems a little thick depending on ripeness and juiciness of fruit, add two more tablespoons of water.
Begin to make your pancakes in a preheated, non-stick pan that has been wiped with a light film of vegetable oil over a medium heat. Use 1/4 cup to measure batter for each pancake.