These gluten-free Chocolate Sweet Potato Oatmeal pancakes are a great naturally-sweetened breakfast made from whole foods!
So, I really suck at riding a bike.
On Wednesday night, my husband and I decided to skip the WOD and go for a bike ride instead. He led the way and I followed throughout our neighborhood. Getting on at first was a bit wobbly for me, but I got used to it. But I was terrible at everything else.
I wasn’t able to look to far to the right or left because I was so focused on where I was going, and making sure I wasn’t going to run into anything. I’m also not very confident out on the road where there is traffic. I had to dismount when we were crossing a road because I didn’t trust that I could start peddling fast enough to get across in time, because for those first three seconds of taking off on a bike there is a short delay for me of getting situated, starting to peddle, finding my balance, and gaining control over where I am going. I don’t like riding on roads where there are cars because I don’t feel I have enough control yet over my speeds, stops and turning. And it’s difficult for me to look behind me because I feel like I’ll lose control. And turning corners….that’s a big struggle. I have to slow down to almost walking pace to be able to turn a corner on the sidewalk.
Now, it has to have been at least 15 years since I actually rode a bike that wasn’t stationary for more than a block. Also, I have never really ridden where there was traffic. When I was a kid we only rode up and down the street in front of our house, and then when we moved to a different neighborhood there were barely any cars that drove through the subdivision frequently, and we mainly went and rode at the park anyway. Once my husband and I got to the park and did a few loops around it, I was much more comfortable. David was much more fluid since he was used to it, he rode BMX with his friends and used his bike to commute everywhere when he was younger. He was swerving and swaying and able to do much more than I could, even stand up to where he was on one side of the bike while it coasted. He was like Pee Wee Herman on his bike.
I think that once I do it more often and get used to it it will be better, but for now I will just stick with riding at parks. David bought a bike rack to put on one of our cars so we can take them to different parks and greenways, I’m excited to do so this weekend.
These pancakes are not paleo since they contain oats, but they are gluten free and delicious, and made with natural, whole foods. I still eat grains and rice, and David and I are trying to get in more carbs, so these pancakes were a good source of healthy, complex carbs. And they were yummy without having to add a bunch of artificial sweeteners or refined sugars. These are sweetened naturally with honey.
I liked this photo because if you look, you can see Wallowitz’s little head in the background on the right 🙂
Top it off with natural, pure maple syrup if you would like a little extra sweetness! Although I ate mine on their own and they tasted great without too!
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Combine the oats and almond milk in a large mixing bowl and stir. Let sit for about 5 minutes to let the oats soften a bit.
Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, and mix well with a mixer until everything is thoroughly combined.
Heat butter or oil in a skillet over medium heat. Drop the batter by 1/4 cup into the skillet and cook for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side, flipping when the edges are dry and cooked, and you see air bubbles releasing through the tops.
Serve with desired topping (I like to use sliced bananas or pure maple syrup) or eat plain. Enjoy!
Hope you enjoy!