Here’s a delicious, nutritious recipe which involves rich, chocolate-ty pancakes…
I jumped on the protein pancake trend pretty quickly, but I will admit at first I was suspicious. I didn’t understand how pancakes could be super satiating, and I was convinced that pancakes had to be a cheat meal – as they aren’t packed with overly nutritious ingredients.
I was shocked to find that each pancake had as low as 100 calories, and the meal itself kept me full until lunch (even with a morning gym session). I loved all the recipes I found on the internet, but I really wanted to craft a recipe that was light, fluffy, and flavourful, as well as densely nutritious. Note: if you don’t have the same connection I did with these fluffy creations – be sure to check out my slightly naughtier, and just as yummy, regular pancakes here.
Protein for Breakfast?? Why is that important?
Protein is an especially important macronutrient for muscle growth, as well as tissue repair and recovery. You want to make sure you are smashing protein in the morning so that your body can use the day to develop and maintain its lean muscle. Protein also helps to keep you full, so eating a healthy amount of it at breakfast time, stops you from getting ravenously hungry at 3-4pm and binging on unhealthy foods in the pantry (trust me, I’ve done this too many times).
The protein powder in the recipe: The protein powder you choose really makes the pancake – so make sure you choose a protein powder you actually enjoy the taste of. Prana Plant Protein and Vida Glow are two of my to-die-for brands, as I really crave a sweeter protein mix, and I prefer plant-based formulas. I love the chocolate variations of both these brands and I am yet to try the other flavours.
You will need:
- 25g Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1/3 Cup rolled oats (Use coconut flour for the gluten free option)
- 100ml almond milk
- Pinch of Salt
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- 1 egg or 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- Vegan butter alternative or coconut oil for cooking
- Peanut butter, blueberries, chopped banana for topping.
- Sometimes I also add Vida Glows Cacao Maple Beauty Skin Formula for collagen production, a pro-biotic boost and some great Omega 3’s.
My very Simple Method:
- Blend all the ingredients together in a blender to form a thick batter
- Heat a fry-pan to a medium-high heat and grease pan with vegan butter or coconut oil.
- Pour the batter into circle shapes the size of your palm and cook each for about 3 minutes. Flip when you first see bubbles forming on the top of the batter.
- EAT & ENJOY