Our family went vegan together as an alternative treatment option for Bill when they first identified his tumor type. It was a difficult shift for all of us, but this was one of our favorite breakfasts. Bill especially loved them with blueberries.
These vegan pancakes contain protein, sneaky benefits from apple sauce and spices, and are sweetened with agave nectar. Top them off with maple syrup or a warm fruit “syrup”. Yum!
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup plain soy milk
1 cup almond milk (plain or unsweetened vanilla)
One single serve apple sauce cup (or just under 1/2 cup measured)
1 Tbsp agave nectar (option to omit or replace with a dash of maple syrup)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and baking powder together.
2. Make a well in the middle of your mixture.
3. Add the milk, applesauce, agave (if using), and vanilla to the well. Whisk all together until just combined.
4. Add the cinnamon and ginger and whisk until just smooth, no lumps.
5. Spray a non-stick pan lightly with oil and bring to medium-high heat.
6. Pour between 1/4 to 1/2 cup of pancake batter onto the pan.
7. Cook until bubbles begin to form on top.
8. Flip and heat until cooked through.
To get more protein, you can replace the almond milk for soy. It does, however, make a denser pancake.
Bill’s favorite blueberry pancakes: Immediately after step six, drop frozen blueberries over the top of the batter. It’s an added boost of antioxidants and flavor.
Not using soy? You can also replace the soy milk for 3/4 cup almond. Add more to make pancakes thinner.
HIGHLIGHTED BENEFITS FOR CANCER PATIENTS:
- VEGAN: Some studies, like the China Experiment, show that limiting meat products helps to stifle tumor growth.
- PROTEIN: Protein is needed for the body to heal from the treatment process, as well as to produce the blood cells needed to increase numbers and fight naturally.
- SNEAKY BENEFITS: Oil is replaced with apple sauce, cinnamon which is reputed to help with inflammation and fight bacteria, and ginger which can help to alleviate nausea among other good things.
- NO REFINED SUGAR: This recipe uses apple sauce and agave nectar (option to omit or replace) to sweeten. Agave nectar has a low glycemic index to help keep blood sugar more stable than other sugars, however it has become more controversial as it has a higher fructose content than other sweeteners. We use it in our home, although it’s not our go to sweetener. Ultimately, using all sweeteners sparingly is always a good rule of thumb.