…Or how I ate 20 pancakes and stayed on track with my diet.
I’m sure after reading the subtitle of this recipe you are thinking, “Ohhhhh, she is one of those girls, who can eat anything and never gain a pound”… well, you couldn’t be further from the truth. This is me: I like food. A lot. I also like a lot of food.
As a personal trainer, I am well aware of the do’s and don’ts of the eating game. After a quick stint in the body building world, I became even more aware of the lengths “fit” people go to in order to incorporate their favorite foods without diverting from their very strict eating plans. In the body building industry, where people’s “jobs” are to constantly look like a character from Spartacus, or the super-fit woman who grace the covers of all the fitness magazines that we all have stashed away in our gym bags, it’s safe to say that these people have done, or eaten, their research.
One recipe I picked up back in those days was my healthy pancake recipe. By using only a few ingredients, I am able to eat (daily if I wish) 20 pancakes for the same amount of calories as a cookie from your local coffee shop, and have as much protein as the infamous chicken breast! Yup, it’s the truth people, and it’s splendid! The key to clean eating is eliminating the bad and replacing it with the good. One of the biggest bad guys in traditional pancakes is of-course sugar; with white flour a close second. Add the butter and loads of maple syrup, and it’s a mouthful of refined carbs and with a GI number so high it would shock you.
So, this is what you do: you swap out the sugar for 1 banana. This naturally sweet fruit provides a great load of potassium and fibre. It also makes the pancakes light and fluffy! Second, you swap out the flour with a scoop of protein powder of your choice. (I use a natural whey vanilla flavor). This acts as the binding agent for the mix while also adding a great deal of protein. Egg whites are next. I skip the yolk, but it doesn’t hurt to keep it in. Throw in a little cinnamon or nutmeg, put it in a blender, and start up the griddle! This recipe will make 20 mini pancakes. Yes, I count every time, and the number is real. Enjoy my friends, and don’t feel guilty next time you sit down to stack of these heavenly little masterpieces.
And as a decadent alternative for when you really want to treat yourself, add some yummy Nutella or some cacao hazelnut butter between those delicious pancakes:
- 1 banana
- 1 scoop of your choice of protein powder
- ⅓ cup eggs whites
- Dash of cinnamon
- Organic cooking spray/coconut oil/butter
- Topping ideas:
- Fresh strawberries or raspberries
- Stewed apples and cinnamon
- Nutella or a cacao nut spread
- Add all your ingredients to your blender and blitz until combined.
- Heat up the griddle/pan and then pour in little dollops of the pancake batter.
- Wait a couple of minutes and then flip the mini pancakes over so they brown on the other side.
- Serve warm with your choice of toppings.
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