In my opinion, one of the best meals to wake up to on a rainy Saturday is, drum roll please, pancakes.
However, traditional pancakes may not be exactly what you’re looking for when trying to stick to a relatively healthy diet (even though, don’t get me wrong, you need to indulge sometimes!). But fear not: one can easily make pancakes using clean ingredients without sacrificing their scrumptious taste. The secret: vanilla protein powder instead of traditional flour.
So, protein pancakes are your answer!
By using protein powder, you are eliminating unwanted carbs and sugar. For instance, the protein powder that I use is by IntraMedia and has only 3g carbs and 1g of sugar. Not to mention, around 20g of protein and 140 calories per two scoops. Very impressive seeing as though it’s still delicious.
That being said, this protein powder kills two birds with one stone: flour and sugar. However, if you don’t have protein powder on hand, you can very easily substitute in almond meal for the flour and Truvia for the sugar. But, protein powder = less ingredients = less prep time.
Now on to the fun part: the add-ins, mix-ins, toppings–what ever you like to call these components that take your protein pancakes breakfast from bland to bold!
In this particular protein pancake recipe, I mixed cinnamon and blueberries into my batter, along with a little unsweetened apple sauce. Then, I topped them off with some whipped peanut butter, a slight berry compote and sugar-free maple syrup. To me, this combination is simply divine!
Here are my top recommendations for nutrient-dense (or “clean”) toppings: fruit, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, coconut flakes and/or sugar-free maple syrup or agave nectar. See, eating clean doesn’t have to taste like spinach all the time!
Okay, I’m sure at this point you’re itching to know how to bring these hyped-up pancakes to life. Well, here’s how:
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5-7 minutes
Serving size: 2 pancakes
2 scoops vanilla protein powder of your choice
1/4 cup liquid egg whites
2 tbs unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp baking soda
1.) Combine the protein powder and baking soda in a big mixing bowl. Slowly add in the liquid egg whites while stirring them with the powders. Stop if your batter is becoming too liquidy.
2.) Add in the applesauce and stir. Then mix in the blueberries and cinnamon. Now is the time to add in any other mix-ins like chocolate chips or crushed nuts.
3.) Heat up a pan over the stove and spray with olive oil or butter. Pour half of the batter onto the stove.
4.) After about one minute, check the bottom of the pancake to see if it is hard and golden yet. Be prepared to flip it if it is.
5.) Once the first pancake is cooked, repeat this process for the second one. Once they are on a plate, top them off with your favorite toppings like peanut better, berries, whipped cream or maple syrup.
Enjoy these spicy protein pancakes!
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