There are many things I enjoy about the weekend, but the best one would have to be time to cook a great meal. This beautiful Saturday morning I woke up bright and early, got my workout in, walked my dogs, fed the dogs (yes, they eat before me) and then started making breakfast (the best part). Today, I felt like kicking my regular breakfast shakes to the curb and decided to instead treat myself. That of course meant PANCAKES! — Protein pancakes that is! Of course they were just too delicious to not share with all of you!
Before we dive into the recipe, I want to quickly touch on the importance of eating clean when you can. This isn’t about losing weight or looking skinny; this is about your health today and your health tomorrow. And I’ll let you in on a little secret, the more conscious you are of what you put in your body, the more you’ll crave fresher and healthier foods. I promise. And if you’re like me, you’ll find some way to make delicious dishes into healthier dishes. So here’s my take on pancakes. Enjoy!
Blueberry Protein Pancakes
Pancakes (makes 2):
1/3 cup of protein powder of your choice – (I use an organic, plant-based protein powder. Beware of soy-derived products.)
1/2 mashed banana or 1 tablespoon of pure almond butter – (pure meaning the only ingredient should be almonds.)
1/2 TBS of almond milk or coconut milk
1/4 cup of egg whites – (about two eggs)
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 cup of blueberries
3-4 strawberries (or berry of choice)
1 TBS pure maple syrup
Mix protein powder, banana (or almond butter), almond milk, egg whites and cinnamon in a bowl. Add blueberries to the mixture. Heat your pan* on medium heat. (If you don’t have a non-stick skillet, I suggest using a stainless steel pan. Heat the pan first on low heat, THEN add oil. I like to use coconut oil. This will keep your pancakes from sticking too much.) Add half of the pancake batter in the pan and let cook about 1 minute on each side. Flip to other side with spatula. Flip more often if needed. Repeat for second cake.
For the topping, use a blender to blend your strawberries into a think mixture. Add maple syrup and continue to blend. Use as topping for pancakes, along with other fruits, such as blueberries and bananas.
*I recommend sticking to cookware that does not use non-stick surfaces (this includes most griddles), unless you follow the correct temperature protocol before non-stick turns “toxic”. It is recommended to keep your non-stick cookware under 500 degrees Fahrenheit. (Read more here: WebMD)