Hi there friends! It has been an incredibly busy, challenging, and inspirational weekend. Valuable challenges always inspire me. I took my first 18 hours of Mat Pilates training, and let me tell you, it was rigorous, demanding, and exciting, all at the same time. Last night, I came home exhausted but was literally jumping around because I was so excited about my classes. I walked away with a plethora of knowledge as well as a very long list of everything that I have yet to learn. I have this month to soak it all in and practice with clients before I take my second installment of classes. You can read all about this weekend, and my first chapter (of many) about Becoming a Pilates Instructor on my Pilates page. So excited for what is yet to come!
After a short run this morning, Eric and I got to have breakfast together. Since having breakfast together is a special occasion for us, I wanted to make us a treat. I think pancakes are a treat. Can’t decide between oatmeal and pancakes? You don’t need to. These vegan chia seed oatmeal pancakes taste just like banana oatmeal with a hint of chocolate. Yes, chocolate. I wanted to make “treat”, remember?
If you’re new to chia seeds, they are wonderful. They are rich in Omega-3, fiber, protein, and have many essential minerals such as calcium, manganese, and potassium. I first read about these in Born To Run. The author, Christopher McDougall, learns how an ancient tribe used chia seeds to make chia infused water to bring on their runs. These gels would sustain them for miles and miles on end. In my personal experience, drinks or smoothies with chia seeds give you a burst of energy and help you sustain it. The omega-3 in the chia also reduces inflammation. You can add chia seeds to shakes, oatmeal, or pancake batter.
I usually buy plain chia seeds in bulk, but recently I came across a packaged version at the Co-op, called Chia Goodness.
Chia Goodness is a package of chia seeds with some added goodies. The Co-op had a couple of different flavors, including cinnamon apple, cranberry ginger, and chocolate. I looked at the chocolate, and my hand grabbed that package and threw it the cart before I could even blink. It was that kind of day. The chocolate version is a combination of chia seeds, buckwheat, hemp, cocoa nibs, and dates.
1 1/4 cup of milk (almond, soy, hemp, or of your choice)
3/4 cup of oats (quick cooking)
3/4 cup of oat flour (or your choice)
2 Tbls Chia Goodness (or plain chia seeds)
2 Tbls arrowroot (or cornstarch)
2 Tbls maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbls vegan butter (Earth Balance) or coconut oil
1 banana, sliced
1. Combine chia seeds with 4 Tbls (1/4 cup) of the milk and set aside.
2. Heat 1 cup of milk in the microwave (or a saucepan) until hot, but not boiling. Add the oats and let them sit for 5 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a big bowl, combine the flour, arrowroot, salt and mix.
4. Add the oatmeal and the chia seeds to the mixed dry ingredients and stir until combined.
5. Put vegan butter on the griddle or pan and heat over medium heat. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup pour the batter onto the pan and cook.
6. Place the banana slices on top of pancakes as they are cooking on the griddle, and press them into the batter. Cook for about 2 minutes on one side, or until your spatula can easily slide underneath. Flip.
Serve hot with extra banana slices on top! These are not your typical pancakes – they will taste just like a warm bowl of oatmeal with a hint of chocolate. Although these are a treat, they are packed with nutrients and won’t leave you sluggish after your breakfast.