Whether you’re looking for some fresh breakfast ideas or need to use up some leftover quinoa, these banana quinoa pancakes are sure to be a favorite in your home.
As a mom of littles, mealtimes are often challenging. My three-year-old is volatile when it comes to food. One minute, he loves one kind of food (literally. just one. currently, it’s toast with honey), and that’s all he’ll eat. The next minute, it’s a complete guessing game for me while he finds himself decidedly angry at just about any alternative meal I present.
And then there’s my five-year-old, who is an excellent eater — thank You, Lord. However, she has so many wonderful, big, exciting thoughts in that beautiful mind of hers that she often gets distracted between bites.
Suffice it to say, we throw away a lot of food. So, the other day, when I pulled leftover quinoa out of the fridge and turned it into something new and healthy that my kids actually ate, I was pretty proud of myself.
Why You Should Try Pancakes with Quinoa
These pancakes are healthy. Quinoa is one of the best plant-based sources of protein. It’s also high in fiber, iron, magnesium, and manganese. This means that these pancakes will keep you feeling full longer, promote healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and support your metabolism. Plus, they taste great!
What Kind of Quinoa Should I Use?
For these pancakes, I used white quinoa, which has a milder flavor and a fluffier texture than red and black quinoa. I have not tried making these pancakes with red or black quinoa.
I cooked the quinoa in my Instant Pot (thank you, 1-minute cook time!) using a 1:1 ratio of quinoa to water.
Note: If your leftover quinoa was cooked in something like chicken stock, it might not be good for these banana quinoa pancakes. Unless you’re going for a sweet/savory, chicken-and-waffles vibe. Hmm… [ponders silently].
Are Quinoa Pancakes On-Plan for THM?
If you follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan, these pancakes make a perfect “E” breakfast. They are full of healthy carbohydrates, anchored with protein, and contain very little fat if you use minimal oil when you grease your pan. (I love using the coconut oil cooking spray for this.)
Of course, you can also make them a healthy crossover with some yummy butter, a side of eggs or even a salted caramel hot chocolate to warm you up on the inside.
Can I Use Uncooked Quinoa?
It’s best to use cooked quinoa for this recipe. If you don’t have cooked quinoa on hand, do yourself a favor and save this recipe for another morning. The next time you make quinoa for dinner, double or triple the recipe so you have leftovers. You can refrigerate some for the week or even freeze a batch for longer-term storage.
Note: Before cooking your quinoa, it’s important to rinse it a few times. This will keep it from tasting too bitter. A fine mesh strainer works perfectly for this step.
What Kind of Toppings Are Best for Quinoa Pancakes?
If you’re following THM and are focusing on carbs for this meal (known as an “E” meal), you’ll love topping these quinoa pancakes with fresh fruit, fat-free Reddi Whip, or maybe some sugar-free maple syrup. You could also do a light drizzle of raw honey or pure maple syrup, depending on your sweetener preferences.
Banana Quinoa Pancakes
These banana quinoa pancakes are a great way to use your leftover quinoa.
- 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 banana (ripe is best)
- 1 cup egg whites
- pinch mineral salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, maple extract, banana extract...
- 2 tbsp pressed peanut flour
- 1/2 "doonk" stevia
- berries and/or banana slices
- fat free Reddi Whip
- Lakanto maple syrup
Throw all your ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Spray a heated skillet with cooking spray. I recommend coconut oil.
Pour pancake batter into heated skillet and cook until golden brown.
Top your pancakes with anything your heart desires! I prefer sliced fruit and maybe a light drizzle of pure maple syrup.