When I was a kid my favorite breakfast was always Mama's rice pancakes. She would take day-old basmati rice, add an egg, some cinnamon and grill them up.  These days, although rice pancakes are always my number-one request when sitting at her table, I rarely choose to start morning in my home with sugary breakfasts. Then this morning as I was set to make my new favorite Quoina Breakfast Bowl, I decided to re-vamp this nostalgic treat into an easy and protein packed pancake. I added some vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, cardamom and fruit, then served mine with a goat kefir. Success! These will be made again and again. Just (sort of) like mama did.

Quinoa Pancakes

Serves 1-2

1 1/2 cups previously cooked quinoa

1 egg

1 spoonful of vanilla protein powder

1 handful of fruit- Today I used dried blueberries. Other options- fresh berries, banana, nuts, etc.

dash of cinnamon & dash of cardamom  on each pancake

In a bowl mix the quinoa and 1 egg.  Mix until evenly disbursed.Then add protein powder and fruit and mix.

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Heat up a non-stick pan or skillet with butter, olive oil or coconut oil. When the pan is hot, add dollops of your batter to make your desired pancake size.  Once on the pan sprinkle with cinnamon and cardamom.

Let them cook as you would a flour pancake, flipping when first side is crisp, and removing when coked through.

Serve with yogurt or kefir, fresh fruit and nuts. Sweeten with honey.