The first meal of the day is often packed full of carbohydrates from grains. For children with wheat or starch sensitivities, breakfast will likely be the most difficult meal to adjust to. However, by including proteins and vegetables in most of these meals, blood sugar levels will stay high and energy won’t decrease rapidly as it often does with the more common cereal and milk combination. Depending on your child’s total nutrition needs the benefit of feeding him or her these healthy and nutritious breakfasts void of empty calories are endless. You may find they do better in school, experience less illness, and don’t beg for lunch at 10am!
Almond ‘N Coconut Pancakes
The combination of almond flour and coconut for these pancakes makes them taste more like a gourmet dessert than a healthy breakfast, especially if you top them with whipped cream and blueberries.
Yield: 8 pancakes
1/2 cup homemade yogurt**
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (no artificial or natural sweeteners)
2 tablespoons crystalline fructose**
1/4 teaspoon Real Salt** or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon Ener-g baking powder** (or 1/4 teaspoon baking soda)
1 cup blanched almond flour
1/2 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
Simply Fruit Jam (S)
Pure organic maple syrup (S)
Mashed blackberries or raspberries
Whipped cream* or homemade yogurt and blueberries
Butter and honey
1. Whisk together eggs, yogurt, and vanilla until creamy. Add fructose and salt and mix well.
2. Sift almond flour, baking powder, and coconut into mix. Pour in any larger pieces that won’t go through sifter.
3. Melt a teaspoon of coconut oil** on low to medium heat on griddle or skillet. Pour pancakes in 1/4 cup portions onto heated griddle.
4. Pancakes must cook slowly in order to cook through without burning. Flip when edges begin to bubble and brown slightly.
5. Serve hot with any of the above-suggested toppings or refrigerate in plastic zipper bags for a take-along snack.
*made from heavy whipping cream and sweetened with crystalline fructose
**please see notes on these ingredients in the Shopping List