As I have mentioned on the blog earlier already, one of my favourite healthy breakfasts is protein pancakes. Everyone loves pancakes but when trying to eat healthy then it is something most people feel like they should say no to. However, if you make them with the right ingredients, you won’t have to be missing out on delicious fluffy pancakes anymore! I need to add though, that if you are cutting and are on a strict or low-carb diet, these might still not be the best choice for you. These pancakes are high in protein and fibre, and use whole grain spelt flour to make it better for your body, but in the end, this meal is still quite high in carbs, so keep that in mind!
So what will we need?
* 1 cup whole grain flour
* 1 cup milk of your choice – regular, soy, almond, etc.
* 1 free-range egg
* 1 scoop coffee/tiramisu flavoured protein powder
* ½ cup of brewed coffee (optional)
* 1-2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 teaspoon of baking powder
* ½ teaspoon cinnamon
* Sweetener of your choice – e.g. stevia, honey, etc.
One of the best parts of this recipe, apart from being healthy and delicious at the same time, is that it is super easy to prepare.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: In a large bowl, combine and mix all dry ingredients: flour, protein powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon (and sweetener if you use a solid/powdered one)
Step 2: Once it’s all mixed, add in one whole egg, the cup of milk, and if you want an even stronger coffee flavour and caffeine kick then also about half a cup of brewed black coffee. (Plus your sweetener, if you are using honey or a liquid sweetener.) Mix it all together with a spoon until it’s completely smooth.
Step 3: Heat up some coconut oil in a pan, and once it’s hot, pour smaller amounts of the batter into the pan to make pancakes of your desired size. If you would like to spice up your pancakes even more, this is the time to drop in some small chocolate chips!
Step 4: Wait until you see bubbles on the surface of the pancakes and then flip them, cooking them a minute or two more on the other side as well.
And we’re done! Serve them fresh with some Greek yoghurt, fresh fruits (bananas, any kind of berries, kiwi), sprinkle with some cinnamon or drizzle with honey.
One more quick tip for the end: when adding the sweetener, keep in mind that your protein powder already has sweeteners, so you might need less than you would normally use. However, also that the cocoa powder we are using is unsweetened and can have a litter bitter taste, so you will have to balance it too. Sweeten the batter for you taste based on how much protein powder and cocoa you are using – don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with the ratios.
Try out this recipe, I will assure you, you will LOVE it! If you do try, let me know how you liked it in the comments below and/or tag me in your pictures on Instagram (@nulian.fit)