More flavoursome and nutritious than your run-of-the-mill breakfast pancakes, protein pancakes are a great way to up your protein intake in a much more exciting and delicious way than a plain old protein shake. Many of the top-selling protein brands would not disagree with the prior statement, as protein pancake mixes are now widely available. Rather than testing out these processed mixtures, you can fashion up your own great-tasting protein pancakes at home with this quick and easy recipe.
Many popular recipes online recommend minimal ingredients; some are even as minimal as egg whites and whey. However, there's no need to sacrifice on flavour in producing a nutritious and delicious meal. This recipe uses a great flavour combination of banana and blueberry. Using natural ingredients such as these fruits not only bursts your dishes with flavour but can also increase your potassium and vitamin C intake.
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2 servings (3 pancakes per serving)
- 1 scoop (20 grams) whey protein, choose your favorite flavour (banana, strawberry, or vanilla)
- 50 grams rolled oats
- 50 grams low-fat yoghurt
- 20 grams peanut butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch salt
- tablespoon agave, for topping
- Place the oats, eggs, banana, yoghurt, peanut butter, and whey protein into a blender. Begin to blend these ingredients on a low speed.
- During the blending process add in the cinnamon and salt.
- Make sure the mixture has not caked around the side of the blender. Turn the blender off, scrape down the sides with a spoon and continue to blend until the mixture achieves a slightly thick consistency.
- Add the blueberries to the mixture and quickly pulse no more than 3 times.
- Place a small frying pan on a medium heat. Use a low-cal oil spray to ensure the mixture does not stick when frying.
- Dollop the mixture into the pan straight from the blender jug. For each pancake, aim to use a fist-size amount of the mixture.
- Leave to cook until the bottom of the mixture has solidified. Use a spatula to flip the pancake to the other side.
- Fry until you can manoeuvre the pancake around the pan. Constantly flip the pancake making sure both sides become golden.
- During the frying process, use a small pan-lid to cover the pancakes. This will ensure the middle of the pancake cooks consistently, as well as speeding up the cooking time.
- To ensure the best flavour, make sure your blueberries ooze when frying the mixture. They should look just like the ones you would find in a moist blueberry muffin.
- Top off with a drizzle of agave or honey for a truly flavoursome breakfast.
- For this exact recipe, only use banana, strawberry, or vanilla flavoured whey protein. If you only have chocolate flavoured whey I recommend skipping the blueberries and adding more crunchy peanut butter at the end of the mixture. In doing this, you'll have great tasting "Snickers" protein pancakes.
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