These Pegan Blueberry Pancakes Are Perfect For Protein-Packed Brunch

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Getting some protein within the first hour after your workout (particularly a strenuous workout) is in your best interest if you want to minimize soreness and avoid injury. I live by this rule, and as a result I spend a lot of time looking for protein-filled breakfast options—and I love when I find one that isn't something mixed with protein powder (sorry, protein, I love you, but I need some space on the weekends).

So when I stumbled upon Mark Hyman, M.D.'s latest recipe, Pegan Blueberry Walnut Pancakes, I was thrilled without reservation. Finally, a whole-food pancake recipe that I have most of the ingredients for and that uses eggs as the main source of protein.

These pancakes are pegan-approved, meaning they're paleo, almost vegan (maybe try flax eggs?), grain and gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free—the sweetness comes from the blueberries! I was drawn to this recipe because, like every other living being, I love pancakes, but with my health and fitness goals in mind, regular pancakes aren't something I feel the need to splurge on. When formulating this recipe, Hyman kept these simple and healthy but still managed to make them taste like a special treat.

"Loving food that loves you back doesn't have to be difficult," Hyman says. "You don't have to deprive yourself when making major dietary shifts. The thing I often hear from my patients who are hooked on sugar and processed foods is that they miss things like pancakes, fries, and pastries. I tell them that they don't have to miss these foods—they can create them using quality ingredients in their own home. These grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free pancakes are the perfect guilt-free treat for breakfast and brunch. They're easy to make, and the whole family will love them."

Ready to give them a try? Here's what you need.

Pegan Blueberry Walnut Pancakes

Makes 2 to 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 large omega-3 eggs
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • ½ tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • Coconut oil, for greasing the skillet (about ¼ cup)
  • ½ cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries

Method

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and then add the almond milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Whisk until well blended.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and arrowroot. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, ¼ cup at a time, while continuously whisking. Once combined, gently fold in the walnuts.
  3. Grease a large skillet and place over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, use a ladle to pour 3-inch pancakes onto the skillet. Cook until bubbles appear, then flip. The pancake should cook on each side for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Add a tablespoon more of coconut oil to the hot griddle, as needed.
  5. Make a blueberry sauce by simmering the blueberries in a small saucepan with 2 tablespoons of water for 10 minutes before serving.
  6. To serve, place three pancakes on a plate and top each stack with the blueberry sauce. Enjoy!

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