It's no secret that I love carbs. And breakfast. Especially carbs FOR breakfast. For the first five or so years of my life in the working world, I used to rush through the morning M-F, often grabbing either a smoothie or breakfast to go. About a year and a half ago, I decided that since my morning sets the tone for the day, I needed to slow down a bit - and that meant eating breakfast at my house, not my desk. As a result, I found myself turning to stovetop oatmeal, smoothie bowls and protein pancakes for breakfast on the regular.
As you probably know from this post, stovetop oats are my jam. But, if I work out in the morning, I typically turn to protein pancakes to help my muscles recover and keep me full until lunch. There are many things that I love about protein pancakes, but some of my favorites are:
- They're super simple to make
- They're packed with 40+ grams of protein
- They fill me up but aren't nearly as heavy as regular pancakes
- They're essentially another vehicle for PB&J
I post the pancakes on my story every time I make them and have received quite a few requests to share the recipe, so ask and you shall receive! I do want to note that I use the Growing Naturals Vanilla Protein Powder but feel free to use any favorite. Bess introduced me to it years ago and I've been buying it ever since. It has a very subtle vanilla flavor and it also cooks really well. You can find it on Amazon!
Back to the pancakes. Like I mentioned, they're really easy to make and all you need is three ingredients:
- One scoop of protein powder
- Two egg whites
- Half of a banana, mashed
- Spray a medium pan with non-stick oil and heat over medium heat.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together protein powder, egg whites and banana.
- Cook on medium heat until edges are cooked and large bubbles form in the center of the pancake. Be patient - you must cook on medium heat or else you will burn your pancake.
- Flip, then continue cooking for 2-3 minutes.
- Top with fruit/nut butter of your choice. I typically top mine with the other half of the banana and peanut butter and jam, but you can also add yogurt, honey, granola - it's up to you!