“A healthy outside starts from the inside.”
With these Banana Carrot “Cake” Pancakes, you get a nice early serving of vegetables and fruits. They are gluten-free and can be made in 5 minutes, perfect for a school or work day morning. All ingredients used are relatively cheap and can be find at basically every grocery store. I used ground up oats in place of flour, so you don’t even have to buy oat flour. Almond flour would also work. And if you want to make these pancakes vegan, then you can swap out the egg for greek yogurt or some other non-fat yogurt. What we used:
- Oat Flour
- 1 Carrot
- 1 Banana
- 1 egg
- Optional* Honey or syrup
- Optional* Pecans
- Optional* sugar-free chocolate chips or dark cacao nibs
With the side of strawberries, these were absolutely amazing and didn’t even need whipped cream or syrup to top!
Just cook these on a skillet on your oven top or a griddle at around medium-high heat and you’ll have yourself a nice hot stack in 5 minutes.
I slightly modified a vegetable fritter recipe found on Pinterest to get these pancakes to a nice smooth consistency. These look like pancakes but are basically omelettes ground up in a food processor and mixed with *surprise* more oat flour. I used Greek Yogurt as my dip but cottage cheese will also work as more of a lunchtime recipe. What we used:
- Baby carrots (or one whole carrot!)
- One egg
- Oat flour
- Mozzarella Shredded Cheese
- (optional) A little tomato
- Greek Yogurt as dip
First I ground up the oats, then mixed in the carrots and blended again, then mixed in the egg and spinach, and blended again. You definitely don’t have to blend all of these together though, I just decided to be extra and get my fritters really smooth. I sprinkled cheese on top and cooked on the oven top.
Make sure you tell us how it tastes! These took around 5-10 minutes and can be incorporated into a busy morning routine. Teens often go to cereal or other sugary breakfasts so this is a great way to start your day off healthy and with energy. With the Greek yogurt, these are plenty satiating and will hold you over well until lunch.
We normally don’t ever have time to make oatmeal on the oven and but this Sunday morning, we actually had time to treat ourselves. Thankfully! This was such a tasty and quick breakfast. It was a nice portion and the almonds provided a good dose of protein and healthy fats. The Blackberries allowed us to sneak in an early serving of fruit. What we used:
- Quick Oats– 1/2 cup
- Water–1 cup
- Honey (or maple syrup)
- Sweetened (or unsweetened) coconut flakes
You can also add cinnamon, nutmeg, or any of your favorite spices. A non-dairy milk may taste richer as well but water worked perfectly for us. The Quick Oats allowed us to have the porridge done in literally one minute on medium heat. Just let the water boil first and then pour the oats in.
Make sure you try it and tell us how it goes!
Fast Food Breakfast Biscuit Alternative: Egg, Avocado, and Cheese Biscuit
We all know the cravings we sometimes get in the morning for a savory buttery breakfast biscuit. The quickest option is a fast-food restaurant near us like Mcdonald’s which unfortunately doesn’t make anywhere near the cut for a nutritious breakfast. This Egg, Avocado, and Mozzarella cheese biscuit is quick and made on pre-made biscuit dough but you can of course make homemade biscuits as well. They were delicious, filling, and packed a nice hearty dose of protein and healthy fats. What we used:
- 1 egg
- 1/4 avocado
- Mozarella cheese slice
- 1 pre-made biscuit
You can opt to just use egg whites if you have a weight-loss goal. We hope this satiates your early- morning cravings!
Parfaits are basically dessert for breakfast. They’re only drawback is that they’re not always feeling. For a quick meal that truly keeps you full for the morning–try adding oatmeal to it. You can add it either to the bottom or the top for a delicious layer treat. Of course, top with fruit for a nice nutrition boost. Depending on the thickness of your yogurt (i.e. Thick vanilla greek yogurt), you can have a “cheesecake” style breakfast on your hands. I did overnight oats, so you can prepare this at night and grab it to-go in the morning.
- 1/4 cup quick oats
- Light & Fit Greek Nonfat Yogurt
- 3 tbsp (frozen) blueberries
- Frozen mango and strawberry slices to top!
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