• 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2.25 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1.25 Cups Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

I was on the road a few days ago and I got breakfast at a typical diner. While deciding on what to order, I happened to consult my phone to find nutrition information for the place. The short stack of pancakes that I had been so close to pulling the trigger on packed almost 1000 calories! A quick look around revealed many patrons eating full stacks along with omelettes, toast, and other such things. It was rather disturbing to think that most of these guests had a full day’s worth of calories sitting in front of them, and that they probably were not aware of it.

I passed on the pancakes and got some lighter fare to fuel my day’s training, but I made myself a note to find a healthy alternative. A little bit of googling revealed that one of my favorite recipe sites, SkinnyTaste.com, had a healthy recipe for pancakes. I adapted the recipe to match my preferences and made some awesome pancakes that won’t break the scales!

This recipe makes one full stack or two short stacks. The great thing is that even the full stack won’t leave you feeling guilty. These pancakes are very filling though, so a short stack may be plenty. Start by combining the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, almond milk, and vanilla extract. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Grab a small skillet and spray a small amount of cooking spray (or add a drop of vegetable oil) in it. Let that heat up for a little bit over medium heat. Use about 1/4 of the batter per pancake. Simply pour the pancake mix in the skillet, let it cook for a minute or so until it no longer sticks, then flip it. You’ll figure out the timing pretty quickly.

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Serve these with your preferred fixings. I went with Nuttzo butter and homemade apricot jam as well as a drizzle of maple syrup on my stack. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a chore, it just requires a bit of attentiveness and effort on your part. It’s not always possible to be 100% health-conscious. The idea is to aim for it as often as possible, and don’t overdo it the rest of the time. The goal isn’t to look like the photo-shopped models in magazines, it’s to live a long, happy life. By the way, there are roughly 80 calories per pancake if you use a low-calorie milk alternative!

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