Nothing says “Sunday Morning” like a child’s eager face glowing in front of a stack of fresh chocolate chip pancakes. Most parents are willing to sacrifice a more nutritional breakfast option once or twice a week for the bright smiles triggered by these beloved fluffy cakes, but let’s not kid ourselves. Pancakes please virtually everyone in the household, not just the little ones. With a few adjustments to your family’s favorite flapjack recipe, you can take the sacrifice out of your Sunday. That is where chia seeds come in.
For those new to this nutty-flavored nutritional powerhouse ingredient, chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber and calcium. The small seeds, once exposed to water, form a coating of gel that adds substance to your pancake batter that will leave you with long lasting energy (and no excessive calories!). Unlike normal griddle cakes, the high level of protein and fiber keeps you fuller for longer. By packing your pancakes with chia seeds, you are incorporating omega-3 oil into your family’s diet while avoiding the unsavory “fishy” flavor associated with this heart-health booster.
The list goes on. However, the most important detail is that this chameleon-like ingredient can disguise itself with any flavor. Our Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Pancakes recipe removes the guilt out of a universal breakfast indulgence, and your young’ins may never know the difference!
Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Pancakes
1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour (or whole wheat flour)
½ cup old fashioned oats
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoon honey
½ cup miniature chocolate chips
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chia seeds
DirectionsUse cooking spray on a griddle or pan set to medium heat. Beat egg, add milk and oil. Then, in a separate bowl, mix flour, oats, baking powder and salt. Combine and stir flour and egg mixtures. Stir in the honey, followed by the chia seeds (as close to cook time as possible). Pour ¼ cup of batter onto pan or griddle. Sprinkle chocolate chips according to your preference. Once the edges start to bubble, check for a golden brown on the bottom, then flip and cook until centers are cooked through. Feel free to sprinkle extra chia seeds, maple syrup or other desired toppings on finished product and dig in!