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10 Amazingly Decadent Pancake Recipes The Whole Family will Love

10 Amazingly Decadent Pancake Recipes The Whole Family will Love

I remember as a kid my mom made us Mickey Mouse pancakes, or pancakes with one big circle and two little circles on top for the ears. It made Saturdays feel special and fun. With the lack of family meals these days due to our rush-rush-rush lifestyles, a good pancake recipe can help bring the whole family together, if only on a Saturday morning. The cool thing about pancakes is that you can whip up a big batch once a week to reheat throughout the week. You can make each morning feel special even if you only have a few minutes to heat them up and inhale them before rushing out of the house. Without further ado, here are some mouthwatering pancake recipes that the whole family will surely devour!

1. Cake Batter Pancakes via How Sweet Eats

cake batter pancakes via how sweet eats

    These look like dessert for breakfast! That’s because it basically is. There is actual cake mix in this pancake recipe and it’s topped with a sugary glaze. Maybe serve it with some veggies or a protein. (Pin it here.)

    2. Strawberry and Sprinkles Buttermilk Pancakes via Averie Cooks

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    Strawberry and sprinkles pancakes

      These lovely pancakes continue the festive sprinkle theme, but at least they have a little fruit to make it a bit of a healthier breakfast. (Pin it here.)

      3. 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Pancakes via Fit Foodie Finds

      3 ingredient peanut butter pancakes

        This pancake recipe is healthier still with no oil or butter. The author uses peanut flour for the peanut buttery taste and the topping is healthy as well! (Pin it here.)

        4. Pumpkin Gingerbread Protein Pancakes via The Big Man’s World

        pumpkin gingerbread pancakes

          Speaking of delicious gluten-free recipes..this one looks amazing and totally reminds me of fall. (Pin it here.)

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          5. Bacon Pancakes via The Frugal Girls

          bacon pancakes recipe

            Now this sounds like the perfect pancake recipe; but we all know that bacon makes everything better! There’s also a link in this post for homemade maple syrup and tips for perfectly crispy bacon. (Pin it here.)

            6. Maple Cinnamon Pancake Recipe via A Mom’s Take

            maple cinnamon pancakes

              How sweet does this recipe look? I mean, literally, so sweet and decadent! It also uses natural maple water which until now was a totally foreign ingredient to me. (Pin it here.)

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              7. Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes via Strength and Sunshine

              chocolate pumpkin pancakes

                I’ve had chocolate chip pancakes, but never chocolate pancakes! This is another glorious gluten free pancake recipe. (Pin it here.)

                8. Almond Oatcakes via Diary of a Semi-Health Nut

                almond oatcakes bite pancake banana oatmeal

                  These are called “oatcakes” because of the use of oatmeal in the batter. Something else found in the batter is maple syrup..yum! (Pin it here.)

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                  9. Fluffy Cauliflower Protein Pancakes via Sprint 2 The Table

                  fluffy cauliflower protein pancakes

                    This pancake recipe looks incredibly decadent but it has a hidden odd ingredient: cauliflower! (Pin it here.)

                    10. Whole Wheat Blueberry Granola Pancakes via Two Peas and Their Pod

                    whole wheat blueberry granola pancakes

                      To finish off the recipes is a more classic recipe with a twist. This blueberry pancake recipe has blueberry flaxseed granola from Naturebox—a granola I have actually tried and loved! (Pin it here.) I actually haven’t made pancakes in a long time, but I’m feeling quite inspired now! Which pancake recipe will you try first?

                      Featured photo credit: Diary of a Semi-Health Nut via semihealthyblog.com

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                      Last Updated on January 11, 2021

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                      2. Stress Relief

                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                      3. Improved Sleep

                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                      4. Appetite Control

                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                      5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                      6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                      Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                      7. Mosquito Repellant

                      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                      8. Pain Relief

                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                      9. The New Anti-Viral

                      Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                      10. Improved Cognitive Function

                      Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                      11. Money Saving

                      With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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