As you may know, today is National Pancake Day—a breakfast food holiday created by the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) in 2006. In order to celebrate, some choose to visit the restaurant and take advantage of a free stack of pancakes. Instead, it is also a great day to experiment with a new pancake recipe, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Pancakes are a favorite breakfast meal for most American families, but many of us are unfortunately aware of this food’s lack of nutritional value. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. For example, if you use whole-wheat flour instead of the regular white, you have already greatly increased nutrition in a pancake recipe. Whole-wheat flour is naturally low in gluten and can be substituted for most baked goods, such as muffins and cookies. Nothing is lost in the production of this type of flour. Nutrients from the grain, such as bran and germ, remain intact, unlike with white refined flour. Whole-wheat flour also offers generous amounts of protein and fiber.
To further the “healthy pancake” endeavor, cut down on cholesterol by making vegan pancakes—without cow’s milk, eggs and regular butter. Instead, incorporate non-dairy milk (soy, almond, coconut or rice milk), vegan butter (Earth Balance brand is the best) and substitute eggs with flaxseed meal mixed with water, as a basic foundation. There are some recipes that don’t call for an egg substitute, so you can try different ones in order to find your new favorite.
Also, don’t forget the syrup! To be more specific, real, pure maple syrup is what you want to add to your pancakes, unless you enjoy them without a topping or with fruit. It has been scientifically proven that pure maple syrup contains quite a few anti-oxidant compounds, which have been found to hold anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-bacterial properties. If that isn’t reason enough to pour on the maple syrup, then I don’t know what is! Remember, this is only true for 100 percent real maple syrup (i.e. from the sap in the maple tree).
As you can see, you can still enjoy some of your favorite food guilt-free, whether you are a vegetarian/vegan or not, by simply adjusting the basic ingredients. All of the natural ingredients listed above can be found in the Apopka, Florida area at all the local grocery and health food stores. So after today, don’t forget to continue experimenting with some of these great vegan pancake recipes (below).
- Five Minute Vegan Pancakes: http://www.food.com/recipe/5-minute-vegan-pancakes-132263
- Easy Vegan Pancake Recipe: http://vegetarian.about.com/od/breakfastrecipe1/r/veganpancakes.htm
- Fresh Corn Pancakes: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-12-28/features/sc-food-1223-veggie-pancakes-20111230_1_corn-pancakes-fresh-corn-cups-corn-kernels
- Moby’ Vegan Blueberry Pancakes: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Mobys-Vegan-Blueberry-Pancakes-241771
- Easy Weekend Pancakes: http://veganyumyum.com/2008/02/easy-weekend-pancakes/
If you enjoyed this article, please click the subscribe button at the top and you can be one of the first to receive future articles from the Apopka Vegetarian Culture Examiner. And don’t forget to share with a friend. Let’s create a healthier America together!