Pancakes are one of my favorite things to make on the weekend. All week, I try to have a healthy breakfast – a protein smoothie with berries and spinach or Greek yogurt. On the weekends (especially now that the wedding is behind us) I like to do something slightly indulgent. Or at least pretend to be indulgent.
Truth be told, these pancakes are hardly indulgent (except for the chocolate chips I snuck in some of them). The secret, protein packed, ingredient is quinoa. But instead of whole, cooked, quinoa like I used in these muffins, I ground the dried quinoa into a flour. Genius, right? I can’t take credit. I got the idea off of Pinterest (of course).
And making quinoa into a flour couldn’t be easier as long as you have a blender or food processor. I used our Magic Bullet blender and it took only 15 seconds.
Once the quinoa is ground, it can be used in place of flour for almost anything. The very nutty and distinct quinoa flavor is still there, so if you are not a fan of the quinoa flavor, then I wouldn’t recommend these. However, if you like quinoa and are in the mood for a hearty and healthy pre-workout breakfast, these are for you!