Here is an idea of how to eat a healthy and filling breakfast with minimal effort with the help of… pancake tacos!
You might wonder what pancake tacos are, so let me help you with that! Pancake tacos are exactly what they sound like, pancakes shaped like tacos. The secret of making these ‘tacos’ nutritious is choosing healthy ingredients as filling options. I usually make the batter the evening before and keep it in the fridge, so the only thing left to do in the morning is to heat a skillet and cook the pancakes.
There are a multitude of pancake recipes that vary depending on the type of flour (wheat, rye, buckwheat), the fats (butter, oil), the dairy products used (milk, yogurt, whipped milk), or toppings. This time I chose to prepare a batch of buckwheat pancakes; you can find the recipe on the blog.
There are endless combinations you could try out here, all you need is a bit of imagination and creativity! Here’s what I always include in my breakfast: a cream base (plain Greek yogurt, peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter), fresh or dried fruits, and nuts or seeds. Feel free to modify the ingredients depending on your preferences or nutritional needs. For example, if you are going to hit the gym after breakfast, you can add some protein powder to the base and use fewer nuts.
A brief history of pancakes
Before proceeding to today’s task, so simple that even the little ones should succeed, I want to tell you a few exciting things about the origin of the modest but so well-liked pancakes.
Pancakes are one of the few dishes that gourmets of ancient Greece should be proud of because they have stood the test of time (and what a quiz!).
If we were to translate the original (i.e., Greek) name of the pancake, we would call it “pan” because the Athenians also called it “tagenites”, “teganites” or “tagenias” (derivatives of the word “tegano” which meant the frying pan ).
The chronicler Athenaeus tells how this dessert was prepared: the plakous (the composition consisting of 500 gr. Of flour, 60 ml of white wine, 60 ml of sour milk, half a teaspoon of salt) was fried in a small amount of olive oil. After the composition began to blister and brown on both sides, it was served hot in the morning. It was necessarily seasoned with honey and sesame seeds, sometimes with cheese.
Pancakes have spread all over the world, often changing their composition and appearance.
- a medium skillet
- a medium bowl
- 1 batch of your favorite pancake batter
- coconut cooking oil spray
- 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter + 1 small banana + 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cacao nibs + 1 teaspoon of unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon of natural almond butter + 2 tablespoons dried cranberries + 2 tablespoons of raisins + 1/2 teaspoon of hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons of unsweetened apple puree + 1 tablespoon of chopped almonds + cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of coconut whipped cream (unsweetened) + 1 tablespoon of cashew butter + 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
- 3 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt + 2 tablespoons of chopped pecans + 1/3 cup of cubed strawberries
- Heat and medium skillet over medium heat and spray it with coconut cooking oil.
- Fill half a measuring cup with pancake batter and pour over the heated skillet.
- When you see bubbles forming, flip the pancaked with a spatula. Alternatively, you can toss them up, twisting in the air.
- Turn off the heat and cover the skillet with a lid. This way, the pancakes will be moister, and you will be able to fold them into taco shape easier.
- Transfer it into a bowl so that it will set in a taco-like shape. Repeat the procedure and cook all the pancakes.
- Choose your favorite filling ingredients and enjoy!
In less than 25 minutes, you get an excellent quick breakfast. It is worth trying the recipe for Pancake tacos!