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Quinoa pancakes are a healthier twist on the traditional buttermilk pancake. They are dense and flavorful, and no one will guess they’re full of protein! I added chia seeds for an additional boost of protein!
Quinoa Pancakes Recipe: I’m approaching four years at my current job and I have to say that it’s gone quicker than I can even believe. Is it possible that time accelerates the older you get? I spent almost 6 years at my previous job and it felt like an eternity. To be fair, my job now is a super good fit for, and one of the best parts of it is the ladies I work with. We have a small office, there’s just four of us. We all have kids at home, and we support the heck out of each other.
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I was one of the earliest employees at my company, along with another woman who has become a good friend. Even as the company has grown, we’ve kept up our tradition of monthly breakfast or lunch dates, just the two of us. Lately, it’s been breakfast at a super cool little place that is right by the office. We’re both on a health kick, so we’re prone to ordering omelettes, yogurt or oatmeal, but we caught a wild hair during our last meeting and ordered Quinoa Pancakes.
I put on a brave face. I was very skeptical about these, but everything this restaurant makes is good, so I figured it wasn’t so risky to try a slightly healthier pancake there. They were incredible. Super fluffy yet dense, healthier pancakes! The quinoa didn’t add any flavor, but did add that extra density to the pancake, and I loved it. Perhaps even more importantly, it filled me up. I ate them around 9am and stayed satiated until about 2:30pm. I didn’t even think about food, which is pretty unusual for me!
I also snuck some extra nutrition in these pancakes, in the form of Salba Chia Seeds.* I’m new to the chia seed movement, but have been sneaking them in my smoothies. In addition to the extra protein you will get from the quinoa, adding in chia seeds sneaks in even MORE protein, tons of fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. And you won’t even know they’re there!
Have you ever been about to sneak healthy ingredients like quinoa or chia seeds in a favorite recipe? I’d love to hear even MORE ideas!
If you like this recipe, you’ll love this protein packed PB&J Smoothie and these Avocado Muffins!
*I receive free product from Salba to try out. I was not otherwise compensated for this post.