Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, kick-starting your metabolism. Start your day with a wholesome, nutritious breakfast, and your body and brain will be functioning efficiently all through the day. Some healthy breakfast choices include oatmeal, pancakes, muesli, fruits, and milk. Pancakes are easy to make and homemade pancakes taste even better.
Muesli in itself is a highly nutritive dish. Made with rolled oats, nuts, fruits, and eaten with milk, it provides you with the necessary carbohydrates, fiber, and proteins your system requires. If you like muesli, have you tried making muesli pancakes? If not, now you can. It's incredibly simple to make and will certainly be a hit with your family. You can buy pre-packaged muesli from the stores. Have a look at the recipe below.
Recipe for Muesli Pancakes
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 2 cups milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp oil
- 1 cup muesli
- 2 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- Cooking spray
- In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, muesli, baking powder, and salt.
- Add milk, egg and oil to this dry mixture and mix it thoroughly. Make sure the batter is not too lumpy.
- Lightly grease a skillet with the cooking spray and place over medium heat. Using a ladle, scoop out the pancake batter and pour on to the skillet to make individual pancakes.
- Cook till the top side begins to sizzle, then flip them over. Continue cooking till both sides are a lovely golden brown.
- There you are! Your muesli pancakes are ready. Serve them with maple syrup.
- Serve the pancakes with a dollop of butter. If you like cheese, spread cream cheese (try flavored varieties if you prefer) over the pancakes.
- Instead of maple syrup, you can use honey, jam, caramel or butterscotch sauce. Or simply sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
- If you want to keep blood sugar in check, omit the sugar.
- Cutting back on fat too? Do not use oil while making the pancakes. You will still need some to grease the pan or skillet though, if you do not use cooking spray.
- You can use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. Or combine whole-wheat flour and cornmeal in the ratio 3:1. For a healthier version, add one tbsp of wheat germ or bran as well. These will provide good fiber content.
- You can also use the ready-made pancake mix instead of preparing the batter at home.
- Add a few drops of vanilla extract to the pancake batter for a unique flavor.
- Muesli usually contains fruits, but you can still try out some of these suggestions. Cut thin slices of banana, apple, peach, plums, raspberries, or strawberries. In a microwave-safe dish, arrange the slices and sprinkle sugar on top. Microwave on high till the fruits soften. Add a dash of cinnamon powder over the fruits and arrange these fruits over the pancakes. Or instead of the microwave, cook the fruit slices in the skillet and then place them on the pancakes.
- Add walnuts to the pancake batter for a crunchy, more wholesome dish.
- Indulge your kids. To the pancake batter, add chocolate chips. Be careful with the added sugar or the pancake may turn out to be very sweet. Kids will definitely love the chocolaty taste and eat them without much hassle!
- Here's another interesting kid-friendly variation. Using pancake molds to make pancakes is an excellent way to get your kids to eat this healthier version of their favorite breakfast recipe. You get molds in all shapes from hearts to animals, cars, and even cartoon characters. Get creative and decorate the pancakes to make faces! Use fruit slices to make the eyes and nose and honey or maple syrup for the hair and lips (and even whiskers).
- Don't have molds? Do this. Make one big pancake and two much smaller pancakes. Use the bigger pancake as the face and the smaller ones as ears, and place them accordingly (like a Mickey Mouse). Decorate the face appropriately.
So there you have, an easy and nutritious breakfast recipe with a whole lot of variations. Try it out this weekend as a change from your everyday breakfast menu, and trust me, your family will be impressed and hungry for more!