Healthy Cinnamon Swirl Cream Cheese Pancakes

Ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls.

My first encounter with a cinnamon roll was at a beach cafe. My family rents a cottage every summer for a week, and every year, I need to get my hands on a cinnamon roll. The positive connotation and feel-good cinnamon roll memories may, in fact, have led to a slight obsession with cinnamon in my daily life. Someone actually pointed it out to me recently; the fact that I put cinnamon. On. EVERYTHING. Aside from it’s fantastic flavour, cinnamon actually has some benefits in the body worth noting!

Let’s look at cinnamon’s effect on a meal high in carbohydrates, which break down into glucose. The larger your carb intake at a meal, the more glucose will be absorbed, and the larger your insulin response to it will be. Studies show that adding cinnamon to a meal may actually regulate the insulin response, as well as slowing digestion following a meal so that blood glucose levels don’t spike as quickly. For more information see this article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2901047/

Healthy Cinnamon Swirl Cream Cheese Pancakes

Nutritional Information:
194 Calories | 8F/21C/11P

Ingredients

  •  1/3 cup oat flour (or 30g oats blended into flour)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 splash cashew milk to batter consistency
  • optional granulated sweetener of choice (I used 1 tsp monk fruit extract)
  •  1 tsp low fat cream cheese
  •  1 tbsp ground cinnamon

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Method
1) Heat a non stick pan over medium heat and coat in non-stick spray.

2) Combine all ingredients except cinnamon and cream cheese in a small bowl.

3) Pour 1/4 of the batter into another bowl, add cinnamon and cream cheese, and mix well. Pour this into a ziplock baggie and cut off the tip.

4) Using the original pancake batter, spoon 4 pancakes into the pan. Once the tops start to bubble, use the ziplock baggie to pipe a swirl on each and flip.

5) Cook for another 20 seconds and transfer to plate.

Enjoy and have a rocking week,

Mikaila 🙂

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