Healthy Pancakes: It’s a Thing, I Swear!

So it’s no big secret that pancakes are incredible, and were quite possibly sent to us from the Food Gods to hail as one of the best brekkies ever to happen to mankind.
However, pancakes also have a bad rap for being ‘naughty’, one of those meals surrounded by a pool of golden light in our eyes, luring us in, but we know we should only really have them sometimes
Which is absolutely ludicrous, c’mon! Why shouldn’t we be able to enjoy pancake-y goodness every morning of the week?! I know I for one would be one happy chick.

But, I have some amazing, life-changing news for you guys… so you might want to sit down for this one.
We totally can gobble down a short stack every morning, and not even have to bat an eyelid!
“But… but healthy pancakes? That’s the elusive unicorn of the food world!”

The only thing you need to do, is switch up the ingredients, swap a few, add a few, you get the gist… and you’ve instantly transformed the former sinful brekkie into something that is full of nutrients and is great for you.

Let me explain- Basically the basic ingredients of any protein pancakes are:

  • Oats or whole wheat flour
  • Eggs
  • Protein powder
  • Skim milk (soy or almond milk work beautifully aswell)

…And that is literally it! And you don’t even always need all of them.
Then, of course, you get to whip out your Masterchef skillz, and get to the fun part- being creative and adding ingredients to the batter or simply plonking some good stuff on top of your pancakes!

Some additions to the batter could be mixed berries, dark chocolate chips, nuts, cocoa powder for an extra chocolate-y punch… the options are endless.
Then you can embellish your beaut short stack with some natural yoghurt, berries, sliced banana, sprinkle of cinnamon…
and hey, I wouldn’t hold it against you if you couldn’t go past a bit of maple syrup and butter either. 😉

If you’re busting to try some protein pancakes tomorrow morning,
here’s a couple of really basic recipes that you can really make your own and play around with:

Recipe 1 (featuring oats)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of oats
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 scoop protein powder

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a blender until mixed well, and have a batter-like consistency.
  2. Cook them in a pan on medium heat, and flip them when they’re lightly browned.

Recipe 2 (featuring flour)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/2 a scoop of protein powder

Method:

See above! 1. because it’s pretty much exactly the same, and 2. I’m just feelin’ incredibly lazy anyway. It’s Sunday night, don’t act like you’re not too! 🙂

So basically, choose one of these based on what you’ve got at home; then go absolutely hog wild with the toppings!
Pair this with a morning workout, and you’ve got yourself a guaranteed amazing start to the morning, and you’ll feel pretty damn good for the rest of the day…
…and maybe a bit smug that you know the secret to healthy pancakes. 😉

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