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Valentine’s Day Strawberry Pancakes

Celebrate Valentine's Day with these adorable Valentine's Day Strawberry Pancakes the whole family can enjoy!
They are simple to make, and are a delicioius breakfast option that can be prepared ahead of time.
They're also low in sugar, high in fiber, and dairy-free and gluten-free.
Start your love-day with these festive Valentine's Day Strawberry Pancakes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Small Bowl
  • 1 Pan
  • Skillet
  • Spatula
  • Ice Cream Scooper
  • Knife or Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutter

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup strawberry sauce
  • 1 ripe medium banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free milk (unsweetened almond, macadamia, or coconut)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsb. maple syrup or honey
  • coconut oil

Toppings:

  • 1/4 inch squares small strawberry slices
  • 1/2 banana slices
  • extra strawberry sauce
  • Optional: honey or maple syrup, dairy-free whipped cream, nut or seed butters

Instructions
 

Strawberry Sacue

  • Place 3 cups frozen strawberries in a medium-size pan over low-medium heat. Saute until strawberries soften (about 10 minutes). Mash them with a fork so the mixture becomes more like a sauce. Use the extra sauce for a topping on the pancakes if you’d like. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week.

Pancakes

  • Place ½ cup strawberry sauce and remaining ingredients (except toppings) in a blender, and mix well until smooth.
  • Meanwhile, heat a skillet or large pan over medium-heat with coconut oil.
  • Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, pour the pancake batter into the skillet to make a pancake about 3-4 inches in diameter.
  • Flip the pancake once it starts bubbling, and cook on the other side until golden brown. Do this until all the pancake batter is used.
  • Remove the pancakes from the skillet and place on individual plates.
  • Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter or knife to make each pancake into a heart shape.
  • Add strawberries for the eyes and banana slices for the mouth, and add additional toppings of choice.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Tips to Make the Valentine’s Day Strawberry Pancakes:
  • You can prep the pancakes ahead of time and reheat them when you’re ready to use them. Avoid cutting the fruit up until right before serving. 
  • Make the strawberry sauce ahead of time and use the extras as a topping on yogurt, oatmeal, or as jelly in peanut butter and jelly. 
  • When looking for dairy-free milk, opt for unsweetened varieties and soy-free. I like to use plain full-fat coconut milk from a can, unsweetened almond, or macadamia nut milk. 
 
Substitutions & Additions:
Fruit substitutions:
You can substitute fruit to the pancake face with things like blueberries for the eyes, or kiwi slices for the mouth. 
Add extra nutrients:
Add additional protein with some collagen peptides powder, flaxseeds, or hemp seeds. 
Make it egg-free: 
You can substitute the eggs for flax eggs. For each egg combine one tablespoon of ground flaxseed with three tablespoons of water. Mix well and let sit for 5 minutes until it forms into a gel-like mixture. For this recipe, you will need 2 Tbsp. flaxseed, and 6 Tbsp. water. 
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