This is my first pancake recipe on the blog! To be honest, that isn’t too crazy when I think about it. I am much more of a savoury breakfast person so I don’t do pancakes very often. And second, I am so picky when it comes to pancakes. I want them fluffy and light, but also nutritious and kinda healthy. I just don’t like overly sweet things, so you’ll never find me ordering a stack of pancakes when I am out, it’s eggs all the way. The problem with using more fibrous flours is that they aren’t as fluffy, but these spelt pancakes are so good, it doesn’t matter. So you may lose a bit of fluff, but trust me, with the toppings you won’t even notice. Plus they are much more filling.
When the cravings hit
I actually love using spelt flour because it not only has more protein and fibre than traditional white flour, but it also has a more unique taste too. Spelt is an ancient grain and is believed to be easier to digest than white flour, although it is not gluten free. Personally, I do ok with gluten. Although most of the meals I make are inherently gluten free, I still love a good sourdough every now and then. With spelt, I feel like I am still getting that bread taste, just in a different way.
Well this past weekend, I woke up and wanted pancakes. It is not often that I will get a pancake craving, it’s usually my partner, Sam who wants something sweet in the morning. But because I am all about intuitive eating and living and honouring my cravings, I listened to them.
Thats the thing abut cravings, most people I talk to want to simply ignore them. But, what ends up happening when we do this is that we ignore the signals our bodies are sending us. After doing many workshops on intuitive eating and emotional eating, I have found that women either want to forget about the craving and they try to ignore them or they try to satisfy it as quickly as possible. I always encourage these women and clients to listen to the craving and to sit with the feelings before trying to move on too quickly. A lot of the times, these cravings are emotional rather than physical. That means that although there could be a nutritional element missing from our diets which is why we are having the craving in the first place, it is more often an emotional reason. This requires some mindfulness on your part. So check in with yourself, ask yourself “what do I need?” You may be surprised of the answer when you search for it. Many times it is more self-care, slow living and love. For example, often times when we crave chocolate, what we are really craving is love. Maybe, you need to allow more love in your life in some way. This doesn’t always need to be love from someone else, but maybe more self love instead. Finding what that missing element is can be much more beneficial than just numbing yourself with food. And maybe, food is the answer at the time and that is more than ok too. Sometimes, we can’t feel all the feelings and we just need a distraction, that could be in the form of some spelt pancakes. Whatever feels best for you, do that.
What I was Really Craving:
For me, I think the craving for something sweet came at the perfect time. I’ve been acting a bit like a recluse lately… working from home all day, everyday can get lonely. I haven’t allowed much time for play. I think this craving was trying to tell me that I need to slow down, go outside have a little fun. Summer time is the perfect time to be outside and yet, here I am spending far too many hours at home trying to do all the things. So I spent the afternoon outside, wandering through the market in Toronto and taking in the beautiful summer weather.
Here are some snaps of what I found, bought and admired.
Spelt Pancakes For the Win
I also made these spelt pancakes with chocolate chips and coconut whipped cream because I truly wanted them. So next time you find yourself getting a craving, rather than being upset with yourself or trying to ignore them, just stop for a minute and listen. Maybe you need a little more excitement or love in your life, maybe its these spelt pancakes and maybe like me, its both.
Do you find yourself constantly dealing with cravings? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see if I can help.
If you make these spelt pancakes, please let me know, or tag me on Instagram.
If you want to know how to make the coconut whipped cream, which is optional but highly recommended, check out this post but just cut the recipe in half.
This recipe makes about 8-9 pancakes depending on the size. I was inspired by Choosing Chia for this recipe, so please be sure to check out her original lemon poppyseed pancakes.
For the collagen, I recommend my favourite one from Vital Proteins.
Delicious, easy to make spelt pancakes with chocolate chips and coconut whip cream.
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl (spelt, baking soda, sea salt and collagen).
Mix the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl (almond milk, eggs, vanilla, avocado oil).
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined, do not over mix.
Heat up a pan on your stove over medium heat and use a little bit of coconut oil if you need.
Pour a large scoop of batter in the pan (and add some chocolate chips if you are using). Cook until bubbles start to form and the one side is starting to get golden in colour, then flip and cook for an additional minute or so. This should take only a few minutes per pancake.
Keep the pancakes in your oven to keep warm, just set the oven on the lowest possible setting and keep them on a baking tray.
When you're done making the pancakes, serve with sliced banana, extra chocolate chips and coconut whip cream. Enjoy!