Quinoa Chia Pancakes

Quinoa:  “Quinoa is almost a complete meal—it has your protein, being one of the highest protein ancient grains—and it has your healthy carbohydrates. It’s very nutrient dense and very versatile—you can add more protein to it or healthy sources of fat like pumpkin seeds and oils. We need carbohydrates in our body (like quinoa), and a lot of people are afraid to eat them. Quinoa is a slow digesting carbohydrate and it’s not high glycemic, so it won’t cause an insulin response like eating straight sugar would,” Jim White

Chia:  “The chia seed is nutrient dense and packs a punch of energy boosting power.  The reason Chia seeds are so beneficial is due to them being rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals such” (Dr. Josh Axe). They are great for digestion and energy levels.

Quinoa Chia Pancakes

“The healthy fat and protein in here allow for the classic yummy pancake feel but with more nutritional bang!” Smith.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Makes: 10-12, 4-5″ pancakes

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa flour

2/3 cup almond milk or water

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp maple syrup

Dash salt

(For pan) mist of avocado oil

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and combine using whisk or immersion (hand-held) blender until mixture is homogenous.

Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and mist the pan with avocado or other high smoke point oil- 2 minutes.

Pour batter into 4-5″ rounds and cook on each side- about 2 minutes.

Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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