I guess it is too late to wish a happy new year, but this is my first post this year! And I’m starting the new year off with these super nutritious, dairy-free and gluten-free Maca Pancakes with Wild Blueberries. Packed with coconut oil and coconut sugar, flax seeds, maca, oats, honey and wild blueberries, these are seriously delicious and give you a healthy kick of energy in the morning.
One of my goals this year is to be even more conscious about my nutrition and along with that, I am kicking off a series of healthy cakes and dessert recipes. Despite the name of my blog and the recipes I am usually posting here, I actually eat very healthy (with a side of cake haha) and am very into nutrition, so after 5 years of blogging I think its about time to reflect that here! I’ve been making these pancakes – and variations of them – for a while and I usually freeze the leftovers (if there are any) so I have a quick, yummy and healthy breakfast on weekday mornings.
I also want to take a minute to talk blueberries. Sure, you can go ahead and make these pancakes with the ‘regular’, cultivated blueberries – nothing wrong with that. But to get the most nutrition and flavor, I highly recommend going wild. Wild blueberries that is. You can find them in the freezer section of many grocery stores, especially health grocery stores (I get the organic wild blueberries from Trader Joes and love them). You heard that right – in the freezer section. Wild blueberries have not been genetically modified and therefore are not meant to travel, so they are frozen fresh off the field to lock in taste and nutrition.
Talking about nutrition, here just some quick facts about these super delicious wild blueberries:
• Wild blueberries are much smaller in size, much darker in color, and way more intense in flavor. And while more flavorful, they still contain 30% less sugar than cultivated varieties.
• Unlike regular blueberries, wild blueberries are not planted. Instead, they are indigenous and spread naturally where Mother Nature put them. When consumers choose frozen wild blueberries, they are directly supporting rural farmers and their families in Eastern Maine and Canada. Because many farms are multi-generational, the purchases are helping preserve a rural way of life that has been enjoyed for hundreds of years.
• Wild blueberries have twice the antioxidant capacity per serving as compared to regular cultivated blueberries. That is because they are smaller and have a higher skin-to-pulp ratio than their larger cultivated counterparts. More skin and less water equals more antioxidant-rich pigment and more intense blueberry flavor.
•One cup of wild blueberries provides 4 mg or 200% of the recommended daily allowance of manganese, which the body needs to regulate blood sugar, heal skin problems, and maintain strong bone health. One serving (1 cup) of wild blueberries contains 8x the manganese as compared to regular cultivated blueberries.
• With 6.2 grams of fiber per cup – 25% of the recommended daily allowance – wild blueberries provide a delicious way to boost fiber intake. One serving of wild blueberries has 72% more fiber than regular blueberries.
• Wild blueberries have a higher concentration per serving of the flavonoid anthocyanin, a phytochemical found in blue-pigmented fruit, that is recognized for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. So when you eat wild blueberries, you get more of what it takes to combat chronic diseases and promote healthy aging.
• Extensive research is revealing just how much wild blueberries can improve human health. Findings suggest that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of wild blueberries may contribute to better brain health, gut health, heart health, cancer.
You can learn even more amazing facts about wild blueberries on this Fact Sheet, provided by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America.
- 1 cup oat flour
- ¼ coconut flour
- ¼ ground flaxseeds
- ¼ cups coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons maca powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 4 eggs
- 1.5 cups coconut milk
- ¼ cups coconut oil or grass-fed ghee
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients except for blueberries.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well until combined. Add blueberries.
- Let the batter sit and thicken for about 20-30 minutes before baking the pancakes.