Banana Oatmeal Peanut Butter Pancakes – Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free

Banana Oatmeal Peanut Butter Pancakes – Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free

Healthy AND tasty pancakes? You bet! This delicious chocolate sprinkled Betsy’s Best banana and oats peanut butter pancake will make you jump for joy. Not big on chocolate for breakfast? Use berries for a delicious twist.

  • 1 very ripe medium banana
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 flax seed egg substitute (1 tbsp. flax seed meal + 2.5 tbsp. water)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. Betsy’s Best Gourmet PeanutAlmond or Seed Butter
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp. almond milk (or other milk substitute)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (or gluten-free oats), ground
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free flour (or sub other flour)
  • 3 tbsp. semisweet chocolate chips (non-dairy for vegan) or blueberries

Preheat a skillet to medium heat or about 300-325°F. Prepare flax egg by mixing flaxseed meal and water and letting set for 3-5 minutes. Mash your very ripe banana with baking powder. Add flax egg, oil, salt, vanilla, Betsy’s Best, almond milk and stir. Stir in oats and flour until just combined. Sprinkle in chocolate chips and fold gently. Scoop scant 1/4 cup measurements onto lightly greased griddle. Cook for 2-4 minutes on each side – until golden brown. Serve plain or with a small drizzle of maple syrup and a few additional chocolate chips for melting.

Notes:

* Should yield 5-6 small pancakes.

* Make gluten-free by using gluten-free oats and flour.

* Adding 1 tbsp. of honey, maple syrup, sugar or agave nectar is optional for extra sweetening, but I didn’t find it necessary.

* Reheats great the following day in the microwave.

This gluten-free pancake recipe is so good you can skip the syrup!

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Flax Seed Nutrition Facts for a Functional Foodie

Flax Seed Nutrition Facts for a Functional Foodie

Who thought an itty bitty seed could pack a nutritional punch to your health? Flax seeds are a rich source of ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid) which is a type of Omega 3, along with ligins, which is a plant based phytoestrogen and an antioxidant.  If you have a NEED for SEED in your diet, then check out these crazy ways to sneak this seed into your recipes!

Some Functional Ways To Use Flax Seeds

  • Adapt your existing recipes by substituting flax for the oil or shortening specified in a recipe. If a recipe calls for 1/3 cup of oil, replace with 1 cup of ground flaxseed – a 3:1 substitution ratio.  Also replace an egg for a dairy free alternative: 1 tbsp. ground flax + 3 tbsp. water
  • Ground flax can be added to your morning juice or chocolate milk – usually a heaping tablespoon or two with your favorite beverage. Or you can sprinkle ground flax on cereals, yogurt or Betsy’s Best!
  • Recommended Daily Usage – To get the maximum benefits from flax seeds it is recommend using 3 tbsp. of ground flax seeds per day. 

Try this recipe for Homemade Dairy & Gluten-Free Pancakes!

Your Bestie,

Betsy Opyt

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Crockpot Steel-Cut Oats with Caramel Apples

Crockpot Steel-Cut Oats with Caramel Apples

Crockpot steel cut oats are a staple in Betsy’s healthy breakfast choices. The steel cut oats are super healthy and the crockpot makes this recipe super easy. After all, the only thing better than the smell of slow-cooked caramel apples is how they taste! Especially when steel-cut oats and Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond butter are key ingredients.

Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch cubes (2½-3 cups chopped)

1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats

1½ cups unsweetened almond milk (or any milk/non-milk substitute)

1½ cups water

2 Tbsp brown sugar (or maple syrup/another non-calorie sweetener)

½ Tbsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp ground flax seed (or chia seed)

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp sea salt

1½ Tbsp coconut oil (optional)

Step By Step Crockpot Steel Cut Oats Recipe Directions:

Step 1Coat the inside of a 3½-quart crockpot with cooking spray (recipe can be doubled for 6-quart or larger crockpot: increase cooking time by 1 hour).

Step 2: Add all ingredients except toppings to crockpot.

Step 3: Stir, cover and cook on low for approximately 7 hours.

Step 4: Spoon oatmeal into bowls.

Step 5: Sprinkle with additional toppings and serve.

 

Step 5: Enjoy the crockpot steel cut oats!

Refrigerate leftovers. Freezes well.

To reheat:

Combine 1 cup oatmeal with 1/3 cup fat-free milk (or any milk) in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high 1 minute. Stir. Cook another minute, or until hot.

Optional toppings:

chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, milk, butter

Your house is sure to smell delicious with this fragrant crockpot steel-cut oats recipe! Did the caramel apple smell amazing while the oats were cooking??

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