I sat down and contemplated the masterpiece in front of me. A stack of three golden pancakes, layered with sweet slices of banana, soared from my plate. A pile of plump blueberries tumbled down the mound, into a pool of dark maple syrup. A drizzle of rich, creamy almond butter melted into the crevices of this tasty tower, and my shiny fork glistened eagerly in the Saturday morning sunlight. There was no way this protein pancake recipe was healthy.
As I dug into my weekend treat, my taste buds and my body thanked me. This delicious breakfast happens to be whole-foods based and nutritious. I do not believe in sacrificing flavor in favor of healthy foods; I believe in embracing the incredible taste of what nature has given us, and finding healthy foods that I truly enjoy. These decadent pancakes are one of them, and they are deceptively simple to make. Who knew that healthy eating could be such a treat?
I take half of a ripe banana and smash it with a fork until it turns into a sweet paste. Then I add an egg and whisk the two together. I slowly add a scoop of protein powder, a ½ teaspoon of baking powder, and ½ teaspoon of baking soda until just combined. Pour the thick batter onto a well-greased and slightly warmed skillet, and watch as three pale, limp circles transform into crispy golden rounds. Top them with your favorite healthful choices; I usually slice up the other half of the banana, spoon maple syrup on top, add a dollop of almond butter, and finish with a flurry of cinnamon. This nutritious breakfast treat lets you have your pancakes, and eat them too!
Banana Protein Pancake Recipe
- ½ ripe banana
- 1 egg
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (about two tablespoons)
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
1. Mask banana in the base of a measuring cup (using a measuring cup makes it easier to pour the batter into the skillet). Whisk in the egg.
2. Add the protein powder and baking powder on top, and whisk until just combined.
3. Grease a 12-inch nonstick skillet and add the batter (should make about three 4-inch pancakes). Cover the skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes on one side, flip, recover the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side.
4. Top with whatever you desire.
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