Saturday, 2 April 2016

Banana, protein and oat pancakes

Pancakes for me are the epitome of a lazy Sunday. Whipping up a batch of pancakes for a long lazy start to the day. And there has to be maple syrup.

But they aren’t too great for the health conscious eaters and whilst the odd pancake binge isn’t going to do anyone any harm, it’s perhaps not a weekly staple.

Unless that is… they are these...

Made with oats and protein powder, rather than the usual flour and butter based pancakes. They are quite sweet but they work equally well with savoury and sweet toppings – my personal favourite are oodles of berries and natural yoghurt or the classic (lean) bacon, banana and a touch of maple syrup.

1/3 cup oats
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
3 egg whites
¼ cup fat free natural yogurt
½ banana
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ - 1 tsp cinnamon
150 – 250ml unsweetened almond milk

In a food processor, combine all the ingredients (except the milk) and whizz up into a smooth batter

Whilst whizzing, add the milk slowly. 
This here all depends on how you like it – for a thinner batter, add more milk and for a thicker batter, add less!

Heat up a large skillet pan and add a few sprays of oil

Pour the pancake batter into the pan, forming a small circle. Cook over a medium-high heat, about 3 minutes on each side (depending on the size and thickness)

If you are making a big patch, plate up the cooked ones and keep in a warm (not hot) oven.

How easy is that!

Delicious yet healthy and full of protein and goodness – 
The Whole Grains Council states that oats can help reduce asthma risk, increase appetite control hormones, improve the immune system and reduce the risk of type II diabetes. Medical News Today says oats are loaded with fibre, can lower blood pressure and help lower risk of colorectal cancer

This recipe has been adapted from The Slender Student

For more pancake recipes, check out "pancakes" on the blog. 

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