Although I love to cook, I actually don’t love baking. I find it to be too tedious and precise. If you mess up the order of ingredients or the amount of something in cooking, it’ll generally still come out fine. With baking, one wrong move and the whole thing can fall flat. For this reason, I usually rely on packaged mixes for my baking needs. Unfortunately, most commercial baking mixes have some serious work to do in the nutrition department. Most are low in fiber, high in added sugar, and have chemicals and/or preservatives added to extend their shelf life. Simple Mills mixes are the antidote to this problem. Much like their crackers that I talked about in my previous post, Simple Mills uses only wholesome ingredients in their baking mixes. The ingredient list for their pancake and waffle mix includes almond flour, arrowroot, organic coconut sugar, organic coconut flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and sea salt- no added preservatives, phosphates, or mysterious chemicals. The directions call for additional eggs, water or milk, and oil. I used pasture raised eggs, unsweetened soy milk, and coconut oil (I tend to reserve coconut oil for baking/sweets only, since olive oil is my cooking oil of choice).
The baking mix alone provides 3 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per two pancake serving. I usually eat 3 or 4 pancakes which means up to 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, plus the additional protein from the egg and soy milk. Recommended toppings include berries or diced fruit, chia jam, nut or seed butter, chopped nuts, yogurt, or some maple syrup or honey if you like things extra sweet. For my pancakes, I used diced strawberries and peaches, creamy almond butter, and some yogurt on top. Feel free to use non-dairy yogurt or a different kind of nut butter if you prefer.
Another option is to replace the oil with mashed banana, which gives you a naturally sweeter pancake. Banana walnut is an unbeatable combo that requires no toppings at all.
Something else I love is that Target has started carrying Simple Mills products! We finally had a city Target open two blocks away from our apartment, which has been life changing, and also means I can run out on a weekend morning to pick up pancake mix when the craving strikes. Look for Simple Mills products next time you’re at your local Target.