Mixing Greek yogurt with peanut butter makes for a dip that’s got protein and fat—the perfect compliment to a piece of fruit.
So, you fried a big stack of thin green pancakes (aka spinach crêpes) for dinner last night and still have a few left in the fridge. How can you make the most of them? Here are three ideas:
1. Add mustard, lentils, sliced tomato and cheese, fold the pancakes, bake them quickly until the cheese melts and serve with a lentil and melon salad.
2. Roll them up with sweet potato, spinach, feta, yogurt and za’atar. Then slice them into rolls and bring on a picnic.
3. Make a banana split pancake bowl with some cream, yogurt, raspberries, nut butter an chocolate.
We are sharing all of these recipes below. They are not vegan but if you use our vegan chickpea pancakes as base, you can easily modify the fillings to suit a vegan diet. Hummus, pesto, ajvar or coconut yogurt are excellent creamy toppings on vegan pancakes instead of yogurt and cheese.
The recipe for the batter comes from our Green Kitchen at Home cookbook and we share it in the bottom of this post. They are the most easy flippable gluten free pancakes we know. Pancakes work as a quick dinner in our family as the batter literally takes 30 seconds to mix together so we can have the first pancakes on the table within 5 minutes (admittedly I don’t always let the batter rest even if I recommend it).
Gruyere, Mustard & Lentil Pancake Melt
Serves 4 as a lunch
This is the pancake equivalent to melted cheese sandwiches. It’s a great way to give old pancakes new life. We love it with lots of mustard (obviously use less for kids) and a crunchy salad for balance.
4 green pancakes (see recipe below)
8 slices gruyere cheese (or another cheese)
4 large teaspoons mustard
8 cherry tomatoes
200 g / 1 cup cooked lentils (store bought are fine)
1 bag mixed lettuce
1 galia melon (or other melon)
10 cm / 4 inches cucumber
salt & pepper
Make the batter and fry the pancakes if you haven’t done so already. Place two slices cheese in the middle of each pancake. Spread a layer of mustard on the cheese, slice the tomatoes thinly and lay them on top of the mustard along with a small handful lentils. Fold the pancakes into quarters and place in a baking dish with a drizzle of olive oil on top. Bake at 200°C/400°F for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Meanwhile, chop up lettuce, avocado, melon and cucumber and place in a salad bowl. Add the remaining lentils. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and toss. Serve the pancake warm with salad on the side.
Sweet Potato & Za’atar Pancake Picnic Rolls
Makes 20 rolls
You can use almost any veggies in pancake rolls. Just make sure you have something creamy and sticky as base to bind them together. For a vegan version, use hummus instead of yogurt and tofu instead of feta cheese and sprinkle with nutritional yeast.
Next time, we’ll add some crushed walnuts for crunch, pomegranate seeds for extra tanginess and maybe a couple of mint leaves for a fresh flavor twist.
4 green pancakes (see recipe below)
1 large sweet potato
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup full-fat Turkish yogurt
200 g feta cheese
2 handfuls spinach, chopped
1 cup cooked chickpeas
2 tbsp za’atar (an awesome spice blend that you can find in Middle Eastern stores)
2 tsp chili flakes (optional)
Set the oven at 200°C/400°F. Cut a sweet potato in half lengthwise, brush each cut side with a little oil and cinnamon. Place on a tray and bake for 40 minutes or until the flesh is soft and golden. If you haven’t prepared the batter and fried the pancakes, now is the time to do so. When the sweet potato is ready, use a fork to mash the flesh (you can mash it in its own skin to save some dishes). Squeeze over lemon juice and extra cinnamon while mashing.
Spread out sweet potato mash on one half of each pancake and thick yogurt on the other half. Cut the feta cheese into 1 cm / 1/3 inch thick sticks and place them in the centre of each pancake. Add a small handful chopped spinach, a couple of chickpeas, a generous drizzle za’atar and some chili flakes (if using). Roll up the pancakes as tightly as possible and slice into 2 inch / 5 cm rolls.
Sweet Pancake Banana Split
4 green pancakes (see recipe below)
1 cup whipped cream
1 cup greek yogurt
1 cup raspberries
4 tbsp nut butter
4 tsp honey
30 g / 1 oz dark chocolate
1 handful hemp seeds or slivered almonds
Place each pancake in the bottom of a small bowl. Add dollops of whipped cream and yogurt. Cut the bananas into bite-sized pieces and spread out in the bowl. Add raspberries and drizzle with peanut butter and honey. Sprinkle with finely chopped dark chocolate, hemp seeds and top with a few mint leaves.
Spinach Crêpes (in our house they are know as Green Pancakes)
Makes 10-14, depending on the size of your pan and thickness of your pancakes
150 g / 1 cup rice flour (both light or wholegrain works)
500 ml / 2 cups oat milk, or milk of choice
a large handful spinach
a small handful herbs (basil, mint or parsley)
Crack the eggs into a blender or food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on high speed until smooth. Leave to rest for 20 minutes before starting to fry them (you can fry them right away but they will be a little harder to flip). For frying, add a little butter or coconut oil to a 20 cm / 8 inch non-stick frying pan/skillet on medium heat. Once hot (this is important or else it will stick), whisk the batter then ladle 80 ml / 1/3 cup into the pan. Let fry for 1-2 minutes or until small bubbles form on the surface and the base is golden. Run a spatula around the edges to make sure it has detached from the pan, before carefully flipping it over and frying the other side for another minute. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the rest of the batter (you may need to reduce the heat slightly after the first crêpes).
To store the crêpes, keep them in an air-tight wrap in the fridge and they will be good for 3-4 days.
Looking for a healthy homemade treat to bring to your in-laws or a get-together with your gluten-free besties? Or planning to stay in and devour it yourself? It is chocolate after all. Make this chocolate chip banana bread and become everyone’s most favorite person in the world. You’re welcome.
Bananas, with their naturally sweet taste, are effortlessly transformed into nutritious recipes. They’re an obvious choice for homemade ice cream, are delicious when sautéed with coconut oil and spooned over oatmeal, give moisture to granola bars, and are the other staring ingredient in two-ingredient protein pancakes (eggs + bananas = magic. FYI).
Nutrient-packed bananas also lend their moist texture and natural sweetness to baked goods, like this chocolate chip banana bread. With a variety of vitamins and minerals, this sweet fruit is the ultimate quick bread ingredient.
Nutrient Breakdown: Bananas
One Medium-Sized Banana:
Potassium: 9% of the recommended daily intake (RDI).
Vitamin B6: 33% of the RDI.
Vitamin C: 11% of the RDI.
Magnesium: 8% of the RDI.
Copper: 10% of the RDI.
Manganese: 14% of the RDI.
Fiber: 3.1 grams.
Protein: 1.3 grams.
Fat: 0.4 grams.
Along with digestive friendly fiber and nutrients, bananas are packed with antioxidants that help to reduce oxidative stress in the body. Some of a banana’s antioxidants include dopamine and catechins–two compounds thought to reduce the risk of heart disease and degenerative diseases when consumed frequently.
This chocolate chip banana bread uses coconut flour to make the recipe both gluten-free and fiber-rich. Coconut flour is made from ground and dried coconut meat, also known as the white flesh on the inside of a coconut shell. Due to its minimally processed nature, coconut flour is rich in a variety of nutrients and is an easy flour to use in your baking and cooking.
Dietary tip: Easily make this chocolate chip banana bread Paleo-friendly by swapping out the peanut butter for almond or hazelnut butter. To make this recipe vegan, use flax eggs or egg replacer. If you are substituting ingredients due to dietary restrictions, check the chocolate chip ingredients, too! Most conventional chocolate chips contain soy, dairy, and even gluten. I like Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which are certified vegan, non-GMO, Paleo approved, and gluten-free.
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread Recipe
- 3 medium ripe bananas
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup chocolate peanut butter
- 2 eggs
½ cup coconut flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips + an additional handful
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with coconut oil.
- In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine bananas, vanilla, and peanut butter. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Add in eggs and blend until combined.
- Add in coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix again until just combined. Stir in ½ cup dark chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Sprinkle with a handful of dark chocolate chips.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until tester inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool and devour!
Photos by Kate Gavlick
Whether you’re a wellness aficionado who’s obsessed with healthy food blogs or a junk food lover who enjoys the occasional salad, chances are, you’ve heard of Whole30, a 30-day elimination diet that promises to benefit your digestive system with some seriously ascetic dietary changes.
Whole30 participants are asked to avoid grains, soy, dairy, most legumes (like beans and peanuts), added sugar, alcohol, and processed goods for the month they’re doing the program. So what is on the menu? Veggies, fruit, meat, fish, and healthy fats—like olive oil and (some) nuts.
The reasoning: According to the creators of Whole30, foods on the “banned” list are associated with food intolerances and other dietary problems. By staying away from these foods for 30 days, you’re giving your body a chance to “reset,” according to Whole30’s creators. Once you’re finished with the 30 days, you can slowly reintroduce these foods back into your life—all the while paying attention to how they make you feel. Think of it as a really strict, monthlong elimination diet, basically.
Now, for a quick caveat: SELF has reported at length that going on an elimination diet without first consulting a doctor is a Bad Idea. Elimination diets can be great diagnostic tools for helping people pinpoint (and avoid) specific irritants, but only when done under the care and supervision of a licensed professional. Why? If you don’t consult a doctor before (and while) trying an elimination diet—especially one that’s as strict as Whole30—you might not be getting all the nutrients you need. So if you’re thinking about participating in Whole30 at all, go ahead and call up your doctor. Talk the program through with them before banning cheese and peanut butter from your life for the next month. It’ll be worth it—I promise.
Let’s get back to business. If you’re planning to do a Whole30 (or if you’re in the midst of one right now), you’re probably finding that many of your go-to recipes aren’t compliant. Bummer, but there’s a silver lining: It’s an excuse to expand your cooking repertoire and experiment with ingredients you wouldn’t usually include on your grocery list.
“A great thing about the Whole30 from a dietitian’s perspective is the fact that it brings your attention to food quality while opening up your food world to a whole host of foods you may have never thought to include in your diet,” Jessica Beacom, R.D., tells SELF. On her blog, The Real Food Dietitians, Beacom has published tons of Whole30 recipes, hoping to inspire readers to try new foods and different cooking techniques.
And a quick perusal of the internet—or, you know, a quick skim through this article—will reveal to you that Beacom’s not the only one churning out Whole30 inspo. There are myriad healthy food blogs publishing Whole30-compliant recipes that are as delicious as they are healthy, so you can rest assured knowing your life won’t consist of meat-and-vegetables monotony for the month you’re doing the program.
Below, you’ll find 19 blogs that are chock full of yummy, Whole30-compliant recipes. These blogs have dozens (some even have hundreds!) of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack recipes to choose from. Most of them are so good that you might even keep cooking them after your Whole30 days are up.