Quick, tasty, and super-nutritious!
This is one of the easiest and most nutritious breakfasts to make on lazy summer days- with only one dish to wash, and no stove or oven needed! My grandchildren make these all by themselves when they come to visit, adjusting the recipe to their own particular taste. One adds chocolate chips, one adds hot cinnamon candies (and chocolate chips), and another likes it with extra fruit (and chocolate chips) and dipped in maple syrup. It is an easy and adaptable breakfast or snack. Jump to Recipe
The flour in this recipe is where your nutritional creativity can really shine. Start with a whole-grain flour and add whatever other flour you have around- almond flour, squash flour, bean, or any other flour. Each type of flour adds a different nutritional profile. Adding a vegetable flour gives you another serving of vegetables for the day. You can purchase vegetable flours in specialty shops, or make your own. I dehydrate lots of winter squash each fall and grind up several gallons to use throughout the year. I also add 1/2 cup of chia seeds to every 3 cups of my 'pancake' mix as well and store it in a large jar.
For the grandchildren, I fill a plastic peanut butter jar with the dry mix and leave it on the counter for easy access. I also pre-chop the microgreens and leave them in a covered container in the refrigerator. This gives them the joy of making their own breakfast 'from scratch' with almost no help or supervision.
To make the microwave pancake, just mash half of a banana in a microwave-safe bowl, beat in a fresh egg and a handful of chopped microgreens, and then stir in two tablespoons of the flour or flour mix. Pop the bowl into a microwave for 90 seconds, and breakfast is ready!
I like to top mine with a spoonful of plain yogurt and perhaps a little jam or some chopped fruit. The children often like to dip it into elderberry or maple syrup. It’s a great way to start the day that can be leisurely enjoyed or scooped up and eaten on the run.
This can easily be turned into a dessert by adding a tablespoon of honey, a little vanilla, and chocolate chips. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream and you have a lovely, quick sweet treat.
Quick Microwave Pancake with Microgreens
- 1/2 banana
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp. flour (Whole wheat, almond, or any other flour)
- 2 tbsp. chopped microgreens
- 1 tbsp. optional ingredients if desired: chia seeds, chocolate chips, chopped fruit, nuts, seeds, cinnamon and sugar, etc.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, mash the banana with a fork.
- Add the egg and mix until it is well blended with the banana.
- Add the flour, microgreens, and any optional ingredients. Mix well.
- Cook on high in microwave for 90 seconds
- Remove from microwave and allow to cool slightly before eating.