When I was little…err younger (I’ve never been little), my Grandpa Clemens— my closest connection to Mark Twain— taught me the art of making animal pancakes. This one’s for you Grandpa.
I long for turtle-shaped pancakes from my wonder years. Nowadays they still warm my heart, but punish my power store and have devastating waistline effects. All purpose flour + buttermilk sinks my gut like an anchor and wreaks havoc on my machinery.
I’ll still eat them—admittedly.. regretfully. But I recently compromised with a simple alternative. In dire need of a Sunday morning pancake fix, I got nasty in the kitchen mixing ingredients that would resemble the cloudiness of Grandpa’s pancakes, yet satiate and pack enough power to get my a$& up Long’s Peak.
Yep, these pancakes are more than just delicious and nutritious; they’re powerful, portable and save-able, making them the BEST pack food to take on early morning hikes or overnight camping trips. And did I mention they only require 3 ingredients?
Huckleberry Thinn’s Power Pancakes
This recipe makes 4 pancakes. Triple it for a few days o’ cakes.
First, fire up your griddle because these cakes are quick. Lightly grease with your heart-healthy oil of choice to create an elegantly smooth finish and prevent sticking.
Smash 1 super bruise-y banana in a bowl until gooey > Plop in 1 egg and 1 heaping kitchen spoon full of almond butter (I like 100% almond butter from self-grinder in bulk foods sections.) > Whip aggressively until you have a homogeneous mixture > Give your mix a swirl of vanilla and a heavy cinnamon shower > Spoon batter onto your griddle—about the size of a good skipping rock—to ensure they cook through without burning > Serve simply with honey or deck em out with a treasure box of toppings.
What these pancakes lack in baking soda and flour, they make up for in bonafide banana almondy goodness.
If the thought of a banana puck sounds mild, get wild. Make your pancakes a galactic dream. Use this recipe as the barge for your wildest breakfast bonanza. Mix in orbits of heaven: shredded coconut, flax seeds, raisins, blueberries, poppy seeds, crushed cashews, quinoa, apples, you name it. Mix these in right before searing your power patties.
Nutrition Facts (Thinn style)
This recipe defies the household staple. If you thought traditional pancakes promoted a well-balanced breakfast, you thought wrong. The only thing they promote is naps. Sure this recipe rhymes with recipes labeled “Paleo Pancakes” and “Gluten-free Pancakes”. Mark Twain wasn’t a paleo-partisan, neither am I. Call them what you need to justify their place on your table. They’re good for you. Here’s why:
ALMONDS. You already know almonds are nutritious. A good source of fat, (~60% fat content), almonds are powerful for their size… great for avoiding a heavy pack and beastly feasting while trying to shimmy up a mountain. Excellent source of:
– Protein! You need heaps of protein in the morning for afternoon staying power. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils (more on this later).
– Potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin E, antioxidant flavanoids and laetrile… hence the name “anti-cancer food”
BANANAS. A banana a day keeps thy bowels at bay. Bananas = problem free bertha birthing in the morning before you set sail. Aside from soothing the gastrointestinal tract with high contents of pectin—lighten your load guarantee!—bananas boast 440 milligrams of potassium, one of the most important electrolytes for lowering blood pressure and protecting against heart disease and strokes. Another food densely packed with power, a banana supplies ~89 calories. Excellent sources of:
– Vitamin B6,vitamin C, fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, biotin, carbohydrates.
EGGS. A nutrient-dense food, an egg holds all the nutrition a developing young chicken (Gallus gallus) needs. So it’s no wonder why huevos contain highly important engineering. Contrary to what you may have heard, eggs promote hearth health. Bottom line: saturated fat in the diet—not dietary cholesterol—is what influences blood cholesterol levels (thus heart disease). Studies PROVE the daily nutrition intake of egg-eaters is significantly greater than non-egg eaters for ALL nutrients studied, except fiber… Aside from being one of the best sources for low-cost, high-quality protein, eggs are:
– Rich in vitamin K and B vitamins, including biotin, thiamine and vitamin B12.
– Full of choline (~300 micrograms)—a key component of fat-containing structures in cell membranes, creating structural integrity. Also important for brain function and health.
– Pick eggs that come from happy chickens, not crappy chickens. You want eggs that contain omega-3 fatty acids.