Gone are the days of scooping out pancake mix, adding water, and plopping it on a griddle to cook. Ten years ago we never would have considered adding things like quinoa, chia seeds, flax meal, protein powder, or even wild rice to our pancakes. Today however, we are much more creative and looking for any way to add an extra dose of healthiness to the foods we eat. While the idea is still strange to some, I have to tell you that I have fallen in love with adding quinoa to pancakes, especially these Strawberry Quinoa Pancakes!
Don’t get me wrong, I still love plain old buttermilk pancakes, those will never go out of style. However, when I’m trying to include protein and an extra dose of nutrients to my breakfast, those plain buttermilk pancakes aren’t going to cut it.
Traditional pancakes are of course loaded with carbs, but that’s about it. Over the years though we have gotten creative with the way we make pancakes and suddenly those carby breakfast cakes are loaded with protein whole grains, new flavors, and texture. One of the things I always thought was missing in buttermilk pancakes was a little texture. I could of course add nuts for a little crunch, but I decided to go a different route with these.
I’d seen a lot of recipe adding quinoa to pancakes and muffins, so I thought I would give it a try. I chose to use red quinoa in my pancakes because it has a slightly nuttier flavor than regular quinoa, but either one will work. The cooked quinoa not only added a nutty flavor, but a slight crunch to every bite of the pancakes which I instantly fell in love with. By adding quinoa you not only get a different taste and texture, but a healthy dose of protein.
Because spring is on it’s way, at least I hope it is anyways, I had to buy some strawberries and not only add them into the pancake batter, but also make the most delicious strawberry sauce to pour over my pancakes. The sauce is so simple to make and only uses strawberries, vanilla, and pure maple syrup. After cooking the berries on the stove for a few minutes they start to break down and create a thick syrupy sauce that is perfect poured on top of the pancakes. You won’t miss drowning your flapjacks in butter and maple syrup when you have this sweet sauce on hand! Upgrade your morning pancakes from 1995 and give them an extra boost of flavor and nutrition by making these Strawberry Quinoa Pancakes!