These healthy whole grain pancakes use Celtic Sea Salt to bring out the natural sweetness of ripe bananas, coconut milk, and walnuts. (Sponsored Post)
I can’t name the last time I used table salt in my recipes – I opt for sea, kosher or Himalayan salts. When Celtic Sea Salt® offered to send me a variety of their products to review, I was more than happy to give them a try.
After peeking at the company’s history, I was impressed that they’d been in business since 1976 and offered customers “authentic, unprocessed, gourmet, whole salt packed full of naturally occurring, essential minerals. Absolutely no additives or anything removed from the salt that would alter it.”
Sounds great to me!
In fact, most often I omit the salt from ingredient lists so folks can season to their taste. So many of us are watching our weight and limiting the sodium in our diets, but that doesn’t mean we need to remove salt from the table altogether (for most of anyway). Salt brings out the goodness in all kinds of dishes and is a necessary component in the chemistry of baking.
Salt is truly an important element to good cooking, I’m simply picky about the salt I use when amping up the flavor in my own recipes like these whole grain pancakes naturally sweetened with overripe bananas. It’s the salt that heightens the sweetness and lessens the need for refined sugars.
When it comes to the differences between table salt and sea salt, according to the Mayo Clinic website the difference isn’t only in taste and texture, but in how these salts are processed.
Sea salt is processed through the evaporation of ocean water or water from saltwater lakes and requires little processing. Celtic Sea Salt isn’t bleached, contains no chemicals, and no anti-caking agents.
Table salt is obtained from underground salt deposits. This salt is heavily processed to eliminate minerals and contains additives to prevent clumping. When it comes to flavor, in my opinion, table salt leaves a harsh, metallic after-taste.
Since I’ve been on a breakfast kick lately (note last week’s breakfast cookies with oats and peaches), and Mr. Mike likes a good whole grain pancake, it seemed like a good opportunity to whip up a batch and try out my new collection of sea salts.
This generous company sent me a generous variety including their Light Grey, Flower of the Ocean®, Seaweed and Toasted Sesame, but these pancakes did just fine with their fine sea salt.
I would take a plate of these whole grain pancakes over a plate of boxed mix any day of the week. They’re fresh and flavorful thanks to those extra ripe bananas and a pinch of sea salt. Don’t forget to garnish with sliced bananas and a drizzle 100% maple syrup!
Thank you for sharing, Celtic Sea Salt. I’m definitely a fan of your products and love that I can order them online or pick them up at my local Whole Foods Market.
Whole Grain Pancakes with Oats, Bananas, Walnuts and Celtic Sea Salt
15 minPrep Time
25 minCook Time
40 minTotal Time
- 1 large banana, over-ripe
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup walnut pieces
- Combine banana, coconut milk, eggs, and vanilla in a blender until smooth.
- Add baking powder, cinnamon, oats, and pastry flour and blend until smooth, then fold in walnuts.
- Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray, or lightly grease with coconut oil (my choice, but stick to a small amount).
- Pour 1/2 cup measure into the skillet and allow to cook until bubbles form on the top. Gently lift sides to ensure the bottom isn’t burning. Flip after 2 - 3 minutes and cooking on the remaining side until lightly browned.
Food energy: 199kcal
Weight Watchers Smartpoints 6
Saturated fatty acids: 1.11g
Total fat: 6.62g
Carbohydrate, by difference: 28.41g
Total dietary fiber: 4.19g
Total sugars: 4.65g
Disclosure: This post is sponsored byCeltic Sea Salt®. I only share products I use myself and created this recipe while receiving compensation to do so.