Back-to-School Healthy Muffin and Pancake Round-Up!
Below are 12 recipes for pancakes and muffins that all contain fruits, veggies or both! Great for making ahead of time to send with the kiddos for lunch - or a nutritional breakfast to start the day right!
Sweet Strawberry & Almond Pancakes - Filled with a cup of whole strawberries, these pancakes are naturally sweet and filled with iron and vitamin C. A hint of sugar brings out the natural strawberry flavor, and the almond meal adds vitamin E and fiber. See recipe.
Carrot Pancakes - Filled with whole grain and shredded carrots, these pancakes are a sweet treat you can feel good about eating. Carrots add vitamin A and fiber, and round out the heartiness from the oatmeal and whole wheat flour. See recipe.
Greek Yogurt & Banana Oat Muffins - Fiber, iron and potassium, oh my! No refined sugars and filled with potassium, iron and omega 3 fatty acids, these muffins are a great start to any morning. See recipe.
Whole Wheat Avocado Pancakes - Any butter or oil used in traditional pancakes is replaced with avocados, filled with potassium and healthy fat. Whole wheat flour also brings in B vitamins and fiber, making this a great pancake to start the day! See recipe.
Sweet Potato & Blueberry Muffins - Rich in vitamin A and fiber (from oats, blueberries, seeds and sweet potatoes), these muffins satisfy a sweet craving, but are also packed with nutrients for a hearty breakfast or snack, without the large amounts of oils, refined sugars and unhealthy fats from most store bought muffins. See recipe.
Applesauce, Banana & Carrot Muffins - These muffins are full of fiber and just enough sweetness to have kids begging for breakfast. Molasses adds a bit of iron, as do the old fashioned oats. Carrots and banana add vitamin A and potassium, rounding out a great little muffin! See recipe.
Protein Packed Fruity Muffins - These muffins are a hearty breakfast as well as a great snack, packed with nutrients such as extra protein, vitamin B-6 and magnesium from chickpeas. Banana and dried apricots add iron, potassium and fiber, plus a little extra natural sweetness. See recipe.
Strawberry, Banana & Beet Muffins - Fruits, vegetables, oh, my! These muffins have it all, packing in vitamin C, potassium, iron, and fiber. Don’t be intimidated by the list of ingredients, as these muffins are well worth it. Making a double batch never hurts, as these go fast! See recipe.
Spinach & Pear Oat Muffins - Spinach and pear, with a hint of cinnamon, make up a tasty combination for this muffin. Packed with nutrients - from the fruits, veggies, flaxseed, coconut oil, oats and whole wheat flour – this is one healthy start to the day! See recipe.
Almond & Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes - Packed with B vitamins, fiber and iron from whole wheat flour and oatmeal, these pancakes get the morning off to a healthy start. Blueberries add a fruity flavor, plus are good for the health of the eyes and circulatory system. See recipe.
Banana Spinach and Oat Blender Muffins - Using the blender helps get these muffins in the oven in about 5 minutes! Plus, they are loaded with nutrients such as protein, fiber and iron from bananas, spinach and oats blended right in! See recipe.
Pink Power Beet Pancakes - These pink pancakes claim their power from iron rich beets! Oatmeal also adds to the iron power of these pancakes, making it a great vegetarian option as well. White or wheat flour can be used; the white flour making the pink stand out a bit more, yet the wheat flour boasts a bit more nutrition. See recipe.
And that's not all - if you'd like to see more recipes, here is an index to make it easy! I hope you enjoy and are able to get back to school with a great start!
*Updated August 27, 2016. Originally published August 23, 2015.