When I began the alkaline diet, I really missed having weekend pancakes. What I learned from playing with new ingredients and learning new cooking techniques is that I really love blended fruit as a topping for pancakes.
This recipe is perfect for topping your pancakes with something sweet while eating a low sugar diet, helping you to achieve your goals without compromising flavor.
Maple syrup is delicious, but I always fall into a sugar crash after having it if that is my only pancake topping. The blended fruit helps me keep stable with no sugar crash afterwards (so long as I can resist not eating too many pancakes!).
You can make this topping with most any fruit. Some of my favorites are made using frozen mango, pear, apple, and of course frozen berries. I use frozen only because it’s more economical, especially in winter. You can use fresh if you prefer.
For this recipe I am using a frozen berry mix because I like to include berries into my diet as often as possible. Berries are very fragile, but also hold a multitude of health benefits. Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries contain antocyanins which can be protective on a cellular level. (1)
Also hidden in the syrup recipe is chia and flax seeds, these are to thicken the syrup so it is not too watery but they’re also good for improved digestion, omega 3 ALA, and to support balanced blood glucose levels. (2)
To make the syrup satiating and help to avoid that sugar spike, I also add grass-fed butter for supporting brain health and fat soluble vitamins that may reduce inflammation. (3)
If you are eating a low sugar diet, the berries will be sweet enough or you can add a tiny amount of ground dried stevia leaf powder when warming the berries in the sauce pot. There is a slight learning curve when using the unrefined stevia leaf, you will have luck adding it in during the cooking process. Using this natural sugar free sweetener will increase the sweetness of the syrup without increasing the amount of sugar.
As delicious as this recipe is, it also is strategically created to help you function better while eating your favorite comfort foods.
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