Blueberry Oatmeal Vegan Pancakes are super delicious, fluffy, and are mouth-watering good!
As you may already know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While many of us are aware of this fact, it can definitely be a bit difficult to keep up with eating a hearty first meal of the day, especially when you are busy and always on the run. However, in my house, I like to make a nice breakfast on days when my mornings aren’t so hectic. It’s nice to share a bit of family time during a meal when you get the chance. But as you may know, I’ve been eating a vegan diet for the past two weeks (or maybe a little less than that), who’s counting? Haha. And while I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this diet (with all the bold flavors and new ingredients that I’ve used), we’ve decided as a family that we don’t like the idea of being “boxed” into a specific label or diet label to be specific. This means that I won’t consider myself a “vegan” (since veganism goes far beyond just what you eat and I’ll be doing actual vegans a disservice), rather, we’ll just “eat clean”. So, it’s back to meat (mostly chicken + fish anyway!), however, I’ll be sticking to my gluten-free diet (on most days) and I’ll try to stay away from dairy as much as possible. All in all, we’re just all about eating a clean diet and making sure that what we consume is HEALTHY and intentional!
So, I apologize for those of you who have gone around in circles with me while I’ve tried to figure out the best diet. But after much thought, I think that it’s safe to say that by eating clean—that’s the best thing that works for me! No worries, I’ll be incorporating a lot of vegan recipes (since I love a lot of the foods I’ve tried), but you’ll find some recipes that satisfy my meat-lovers, too! Haha. Equal love shared! Just thought I’d shed the light on my progress and future plans for Ya’ll!
Anyway, back to this recipe—-I’m not a huge oatmeal eater like most people. I’ve come across people who love their oats in the morning with a slice of fruit and maybe a coffee or cup of tea. Sorry, but that’s not me at all! Haha. However, I do enjoy adding oatmeal to my dishes, especially if that includes some sugar as a taste booster. Whether it be in a cookie, pancake, waffle, cake, you name it. I’ll incorporate it! And in case you weren’t fully aware, oats are really good for you! I mean REALLY good for you. Check out my fun facts below:
BENEFITS OF OATMEAL/OATS:
- Oats Are Incredibly Nutritious
They are a good source of carbs, fiber, protein, fat, Vitamins, and other minerals.
- Oats Are Rich in Antioxidants, Including Avenanthramides
They are high in antioxidants and Avenanthramides which help to lower blood pressure levels by increasing the production of nitric oxide. This gas molecule helps dilate blood vessels and leads to better blood flow. #WhoKnew
- Oats Can Lower Cholesterol Levels and Protect LDL Cholesterol From Damage
One study reports that antioxidants in oats work together with vitamin C to prevent LDL (“The bad Cholesterol”) oxidation.
- Oats Can Improve Blood Sugar Control
- Oatmeal is Very Filling and May Help You Lose Weight
Eating filling foods may help you eat fewer calories and lose weight.
- Finely Ground Oats May Help with Skin Care
The FDA approved colloidal oatmeal as a skin-protective substance back in 2003. But in fact, oats have a long history of use in treatment of itch and irritation in various skin conditions.
- They May Decrease The Risk of Childhood Asthma
One study reports that feeding oats to infants before the age of 6 months is linked to a decreased risk of childhood asthma.
- Oats May Help Relieve Constipation
Studies indicate that oat bran, the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain, may help relieve constipation in older people.
So, there you have it! Oats work beneficially in more ways than one.
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Well, be sure to check out my recipe below for these delicious healthy pancakes! Cheers to clean eating!
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups organic flour
- 3 Tbsps baking powder
- 4 Tbsps organic brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup vegan butter (melted)
- 2 1/4 cup coconut milk (You can also use your own favorite non-dairy milk)
- 2 cups blueberries, plus a handful for garnish
- vegan butter (for greasing of pan)
Grind the oats in a food processor until it becomes "flour-like".
In a large bowl, whisk together the grinned oats, organic flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
Add the melted vegan butter, coconut milk, and blueberries, and gently stir to combine. Set aside so that batter can slightly rise.
Place a tablespoon or so of vegan buttery spread in a large skillet and melt over medium heat.
When the buttery spread is sizzling, reduce the heat to medium low, and spoon the batter into the skillet. Be sure to keep the pancake sizes small (about 3-4 inches). This helps them hold together and cook evenly.
Cook until the edges of the pancakes look done, about 5 minutes. Flip the pancakes over and cook on the other side until done in the middle, about 5 minutes more.
Remove pancakes from pan and add more vegan buttery spread. Repeat until all pancakes are made.
Top pancakes with fresh blueberries and maple syrup. Bon Appetite!
What is your favorite breakfast food to eat?