Thick and fluffy Butternut Squash Maple Oat Pancakes made with simple ingredients and no added sugar. This gluten free stack is only 64 calories a slice!
Thank goodness it’s almost the weekend because I’m ready for a day without doctors. I’ve had my share of probing this week. Two MRI’s (one for my head & one for my knee), PT, multiple doctor appointments and a wave of hives. My doctor prescribed a lidocaine patch for a burning sensation in my knee. I wore it one day and the next morning I had itchy hives all over my calves. It seems I’m allergic to lidocaine. Needless to say, no patches for me! Hopefully the MRI results will come back with good news and I can get off the crutches and start therapy. Cross your fingers for me.
I want to thank you guys for your sincere comments on Monday’s post. Hip surgery is the last thing I want to face EVER, but I think talking about it helped me accepted it a little more. As far as the second surgery I mentioned, I haven’t been able to breathe very well for a couple months and have been getting sinus infections every 2-3 months. My doctor told me I really needed to see an ENT for my nose issues. I kept putting it off then finally went to see one.
The ENT took one look in my nose and told me I have a deviated septum and need surgery. It’s actually quite bad. He couldn’t even get the tube through my nose and estimated I’m getting less than 10% airflow. Well, no wonder I can’t breathe! After I left his office, I started laughing hysterically.
My Mom who had no idea what was going on was looking at me like I was crazy. She probably thought I was losing my mind. What can I say? Life is kooky. I can’t win and I’m not even playing the game. So in two weeks, I’m having nose surgery. At least they don’t have to break my nose and the recovery is only ten days. Truthfully, years of putting work before my health has finally caught up with me and this is the result of that. It is what it is and it could always be worst.
The message for you is take care of you and your health. Don’t put it off. And you can start taking care of you by feeding your body the right nutrition. These butternut squash pancakes are made with simple ingredients, are gluten free and have no added sugar.
They’re quick, healthy and stupid easy. They’re also the fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever made. I used canned pureed butternut squash, but you can always use pumpkin if you can’t find butternut. I also use low sugar maple syrup. Check out the recipe card for the maple syrup I buy. Happy cooking and cheers to taking care of you!
- With a hand mixer or standing mixer, add egg whites (or flax eggs if using in place of eggs) & mix until eggs are fluffy
- When they begin to rise, they are ready to add ingredients to usually 3-4 minutes of mixing
- Then add maple syrup, extract, nutmeg, cinnamon & sea salt
- Mix just to combine
- Add baking soda & flour until combined, do not over mix
- Heat a skillet to medium high heat & spray with nonstick cooking spray
- Once the skillet is steaming hot, add 3 tbsp of batter to the skillet
- Cook 2-3 minutes until bubbles appear then flip & cook another 2 minutes on the other side
- Remove from skillet & cool on a rack
- Serve immediately, refrigerate up to a week or freeze up to a month
These pancakes will be a bit smaller in diameter, but they are very thick. I like to keep mine small to make flipping more manageable.
How do you take care of you? Do you put things related to your health off?