As more families choose to go gluten-free, you can’t help but wonder if you should start switching out a few ingredients in your own kitchen to go gluten-free, too. There’s nothing wrong with going gluten-free. In fact, there are quite a few reasons that gluten-free pancakes are the perfect breakfast.
Gluten-Free Pancakes Are Delicious
Gluten-free food has a bad reputation for being bland, but it doesn’t have to be. Homemade gluten-free pancakes taste delicious. Recipes deliver fluffy pancakes, and include the bare minimum of ingredients, leaving plenty of room for creativity to make them delicious. Consider adding these things to the recipe or your breakfast table and watch the kids ask for more every morning:
- Use almond flour as one of the dry ingredients for sweeter pancakes
- Top the fluffy pancakes with whipped cream instead of maple syrup (whipped cream usually has less sugar)
- The oat flour in the flour blend will make pancakes more filling
- Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into the wet ingredients for a mild coconut flavor
- Always include their favorite toppings, like strawberries or organic chocolate chips
- Use vanilla almond milk as one of the wet ingredients for a sweeter flavor
- Play with flavor combinations by using flavored almond milk in the wet ingredients, such as chocolate almond milk or chocolate banana almond milk
- Use coconut milk for thinner pancakes and a touch of coconut flavor
Natural ingredients, such as fresh fruit, are naturally gluten-free. This makes them the perfect topping for pancakes. Add a bit of fruit juice into the pancake batter in the mixing bowl for a delicious flavor and moist pancakes.
When children eat a sugary, unhealthy breakfast, they are more likely to experience an afternoon slump. That’s why so many children are ready for a nap as soon as they walk in the door. Moms are always on the go, making them likely to feel worn out well before the end of the day.
Gluten is known for causing fatigue, even in individuals that do not have Celiac disease. Simply switching out regular flour for gluten-free flour is a great way to enjoy more stamina, leading to happier moms and children that are less likely to have a meltdown because they are exhausted.
Kids That Eat A Gluten-Free Diet Have Fewer Behavioral Issues
Certain additives, such as food dyes and gluten, are linked to changes in the brain. Not only do they inhibit brain development in certain areas, but they are also behind certain disorders, such as ADHD, various mental illnesses, and temper tantrums.
Both children and adults that have undiagnosed gluten sensitivity are more likely to be irritable, resulting in behavioral issues in children. Looking into their diet is a great idea if you’re usually on the phone with your kid’s school once a week for outbursts.
Increased Focus For The Entire Family
Gluten causes several symptoms that are linked to ADHD, including difficulty concentrating. This leads to children having a difficult time in school and moms consistently forgetting something. The brain fog that is a direct result of gluten consumption can wreak havoc on the entire family.
By switching to a gluten-free breakfast option (such as gluten free bread), you’re making the choice to help everyone in the family stay focused. Children will perform better in school, and moms will feel less frazzled as the day goes on.
More Nutritional Value Than Traditional Pancakes
When you opt for gluten-free pancakes, you make a healthier choice. Homemade pancakes don’t contain the preservatives and additives that most store-bought pancake mix does. Instead, you and your family will be eating ingredients that are good for you.
Different brands of gluten-free flour offer different vitamins and nutrients. For example, one might have more protein while another may be fortified with more vitamins. When you add gluten-free flour to the mixing bowl, you add more vitamins and nutrients. Make sure to read the nutrition label to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your gluten-free pancakes.
You’ll also enjoy the nutritional benefits of added ingredients. Fresh fruit is packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Almond milk is an exceptional source of vitamin E. Almond flour can help reduce the risk of heart disease and is an excellent source of magnesium. Coconut oil has natural anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
They Are Convenient
Homemade gluten-free pancakes mix can be convenient, too. Pre-cook them and store them in an airtight container. Then, simply pop them in the microwave for a healthy breakfast on busy mornings. If your child has to bring a snack to school, bite-sized pancakes are a healthy alternative to pre-packaged gluten-free snacks like fruit snacks.
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