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May 8, 2020
Who doesn’t love pancakes for breakfast?! Whether it’s lazy weekend mornings, a special week day treat or the lazy yet elaborate “breakfast for dinner” – pancakes are true heroes. What’s even better is pancakes which are actually healthy, offer ample protein, have added health benefits from targeted superfoods, and are free of refined sugars and gluten. Our recipe for Vegan Banana Protein Pancakes fits the bill.
Having adequate protein with your breakfast is so important! It helps to keep your blood sugar stable which means more even energy levels throughout the day and the ability to go 2-4 hours between meals without feeling hungry. Eating to keeping blood sugar stable reduces stress on your pancreas (the organ that produces insulin – the blood sugar balancing hormone) and your liver (the organ involved in more that 300 metabolic processes including detoxification, hormone balance, and blood sugar regulation). Keeping these organs happy contributes to whole body health, reduces the chances of developing diabetes, and lowers your risk of heart disease.
Our vegan banana protein pancakes recipe features Botanica’s Perfect Protein Elevated Adrenal Support. This protein powder contains 20g of sprouted and fermented plant protein per serving plus the adrenal-balancing superfoods ashwagandha, reishi, and acerola cherries.
Ashwagandha is an ancient Aurevedic adaptogen which means that is can help your body manage stress. Ashwagandha can help to reduce elevated cortisol levels (the stress hormone), blocks stress pathways in the brain, and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
Reishi Mushroom works as an “immune modulator,” so it can help restore hormonal balance, bring the body back to homeostasis and regulate activity of the immune system. Reishi mushrooms also work as adaptogens – helping your body cope with stress more efficiently and help regulate hormone levels to optimize your health.
Acerola Cherries provide a rich source of whole food vitamin C which is essential for the body’s stress response. The adrenal glands require vitamin C to stay healthy and manufacture the adrenal hormones that cope with stress, particularly cortisol.
These Vegan Banana Protein Pancakes are so easy to make! We use a flax egg (a mixture of ground flax seeds and water) as a vegan egg replacer and oat flour to keep the recipe gluten-free. Simply mash the manana with the wet ingredients, combine with the dry ingredients, and fold in the blueberries at the end. Easy peasy.
Meal prep tip: We like making a double batch, enjoying a few right away, and then freezing the rest to enjoy throughout the week!
Makes 6 pancakes
Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free.
*Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats to keep the recipe strictly gluten-free or if you are Celiac.
If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo with #botanicahealth on Instagram (we love seeing your creations!) Be well, friends!