5 Healthy Berry Pancake Recipes That Will help You Lose Weight and Make Your Skin Glow

Why choose berries instead of any other fruit? Well, the most obvious answer is because of their taste. Strawberries are no. 1 best-tasting fruit on the planet, followed by the rest of the berry cousins: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries… Also, the color. In pancakes, it ranges from pale pink to deep blue and purple, depending on how you use them. Pure beauty.

But the key reason for choosing berries is their healthiness.

Strawberry Pancakes

Strawberries are full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants. They contain anti-aging flavonoid antioxidants (anthocyanin and catechin), which are responsible for lowering the risk for various diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Other health benefits of strawberries include better vision, neurological health, better skin health, and ability to prevent inflammation.

Besides being full of dietary fiber, strawberries are low in calories and low in sugar. however, you can always spoil their healthiness and combine them with some (or plenty of!) Nutella? Oh, yes! Add them to the batter (chopped) or simply on top of the pancake stack. The choice is yours.

Blueberry Pancakes

 

Blueberries are one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet! They are also rich in vitamins C and K, as well as manganese. Their health benefits include fighting cancer, weight loss, and younger skin.

I have tried combining blueberries with many different ingredients, and I am struggling between the chocolate/blueberry and almond/blueberry combo. But why choose one when you can have them both in one blueberry-based recipe? Almond Blueberry Pancakes with Chocolate Ganache. If there is a recipe that is healthy and decadent at the same time, this must be it.

Blackberry Pancakes

 

In the botanical world, there is one golden rule: the darker the fruit, the more powerful its antioxidant properties. Blackberries are rich in bioflavonoids and Vitamin C, similar to spinach, raisins, and grapes. Besides making your skin glow and protect you from various types of cancer, blackberries are great for the stomach – they help reduce intestinal inflammation, soothe hemorrhoid problems and alleviate diarrhea.

Berries and lemon go hand in hand, so add some lemon juice and zest to the batter and top with fresh blackberries or blackberry jam.

Raspberry Pancakes

These berries contain phytochemicals, responsible for their dark color and their numerous health benefits, which include preventing cancer, heart disease, and weight loss (did you notice that all berries include weight loss on their list of benefits?)

You can add them chopped to the batter, but I have a bit different offer – add them in the form of preserves on top of peanut butter pancakes. P & J sandwich in a pancake recipe right there!

Mulberry Pancakes

I think that mulberries are quite underestimated berries, always in the shadow of their more widely used relatives. Mulberries are filled with nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, riboflavin, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and calcium, plus dietary fiber, phytonutrients, resveratrol, anthocyanins, lutein…

Add juiciness by suspending a handful of mulberries over the pancake batter while cooking and use some more on top of the stack, together with melted butter. They will contribute some tanginess and wake you up quickly and efficiently if you eat them for breakfast!

 

8 Ways to Incorporate Fruits in Banana Bread Recipes

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Sure, banana bread is great, but fruit banana bread is even better. The reason? It is healthier, fresher, and richer. You can incorporate any kind of fruit in any form:

  • Whole (berries)
  • Slices and dices
  • Mashed and pureed
  • Grated
  • Flaked
  • Dried
  • Caramelized
  • Preserves
  • Syrups
  • Juices
  • Zest
  • Fruit liqueurs

Here are some suggestions how to incorporate a few of them:

Pureed and Mashed Fruit Banana Bread

Pumpkin is the fruit that comes in the form of puree to make best banana bread recipe rich and autumn-y. Pair it with spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove. You will also find that all pumpkin recipes also involve vanilla and can be mixed with nuts and chocolate. I recommend preparing a classic pumpkin banana bread and top it with vanilla bean glaze made with vanilla bean paste, heavy cream, sugar, and salt.

Mashed avocado brings softness and creaminess to the banana loaf. Mash 2 small avocados combine them with either blueberries or chocolate chips.

Sliced and Diced Fruit Banana Bread (plus Examples with Caramelized and Grated Fruits)

Dice an apple or a pear (one cup). You can add them to the batter complemented with cinnamon, but they are even tastier when you caramelize them with butter, brown sugar, cornstarch and add them on top of each slice. Well, this version is not exactly healthy, but it is certainly delicious.

Besides apples and pears, you can add any fruit you wish- peaches, apricots, pineapples, mangoes…

If you don’t like feeling the fruit chunks, especially when the apples and pears you use are very fresh and hard, you can also grate them into the batter.

Whole Fruits Banana Bread (and a Preserves Example)

When I say whole fruits, I mean berries. And by berries, I mean any berry that comes to mind – strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry… Add them to the batter or prepare some homemade jam to use on the side, for instance, my favorite strawberry jam.

Combine strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan with a heavy bottom. Stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to boil. Boil, stirring constantly until the mixture reaches 220 degrees F (use a food thermometer to check this).

Flaked Fruit Banana Bread

Flaked fruit = coconut flakes. Mix their unsweetened version with any other (overripe) fruit you have in your cupboard and you will get an instant tropical flavored banana loaf. I have also combined it with chocolate and nuts. Tastes perfect every time. But I think the best combo is the coconut-pineapple, especially the recipe that calls for pineapple-rum glaze made with pineapple juice, rum extract, toasted coconut, and powdered sugar. All these ingredients appear in the batter as well.

Dried Fruits Banana Bread

I am sure that the first fruit that comes to mind when hearing “dried fruit” are raisins. One cup of raisins into the butter will suffice, and they are best to mix with nuts, especially walnuts.

However, my favorite dried fruit to use in banana quick-bread is the apricot. I don’t really like fresh apricots, but I adore them in banana loaves. Also, my dislike for the fresh version always leaves me with dying ones ready to reuse in my favorite sweet treat. It is best if you combine them with bourbon, butter, vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon and use them as a topping.

Fruit Syrup Banana Bread

You can use any kind of fruit (strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruit, peaches…) to prepare easy homemade syrups to use as toppings and sides for banana quick-breads. Syrups can also be used as sweeteners if you want some extra fruity flavor in your loaf.

Here is how to prepare a syrup. Combine 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup water, and 1 1/2 cups fruit, frozen or fresh, or squeezed fruit juice in a sauce and allow the mix to simmer for about 25 minutes or until the fruit softens and starts to fall apart. Remove from heat and pour the mixture through a strainer. Let it cool and store in the fridge.

Juices and Zest Banana Bread

Any type of acidity makes batter-based goods fluffier, softer, and airier! Add at least a tablespoon of lemon, lime, or orange juice to the batter. Or add it in a cup of milk to create homemade buttermilk.

For extra tanginess, add 1-3 tablespoon of zest to the batter, or mix it with some maple syrup and vanilla and pour it on top of the bread slices. This is sure to wake you up instantly in the morning and is especially delicious when served with a cup of coffee or tea.

Fruit Liqueur Banana Bread

If you type “fruit liqueur” on Google, you will get a list of amazing fruity liqueurs. Even their names will make your mouth water: Amarula, Curacao, Hesperidina, Lichido…Now imagine using them in your favorite sweet treat. Add 1/4 cup any type of liqueur to your recipe to create an unbelievable depth of flavor. Mix it with chocolate chips, and compliment with some vanilla.