A few days ago I was scrolling through good ol’ Pinterest when I came across a healthy alternative to a Sunday breakfast classic, Banana Pancakes! There were quite a few variations but I decided to do a blind run (on facebook live video no less) of this one. For those of you out there who are too lazy to click on a hyperlink for a recipe, I will write it on this post as well – or you can watch the video at the bottom of this page.
It is a really simple base recipe that opens up to a wide variety of flavour combinations. I will admit that during my first attempt on a facebook live recording – I had slightly burnt the pancakes. Let this be a lesson in why you need to follow the temperature guide rather than winging it with a list of ingredients when it comes to cooking.
– 1 ripe banana
– 2 eggs
– 1 scoop protein powder (I used the ItWorks! brand – it has less than 1g of sugar, find it here)
1) mash banana until smooth
2) whisk eggs until smooth
3) combine eggs, banana and protein powder in a bowl
4) mix until smooth
5) cook batter on medium low heat (flip pancake when small bubbles are visible on top)
6) Serve and enjoy
The base recipe is fantastically simple but the type of protein powder you use can change the consistency drastically. I found the first attempt to be uncomfortably dense however with some tweaking (and not overcooking it) the results were fantastic!
If you are looking for a fluffier texture then try adding a dash of self raising flour and pinch of baking soda (honestly, I eyeball everything when I start altering recipes but would estimate I added maybe 1/4 cup of Self Raising Flour). The brand of protein powder also drastically changes the texture and consistency, my ItWorks! protein shake only required 1 scoop however my fathers musashi mass building protein shake required 2 scoops.
The banana flavour is very subtle when you use chocolate flavoured protein powders so if you are a fan of sweet breakfasts then you will definitely have to add honey for that traditional ‘pancake’ feel/taste. If you used vanilla protein powder then you could add your favorite fruits to the batter to create a wide variety of flavours.
For the guys out there, you can change up this recipe to up your carbs but who can complain about having a tasty treat that is also giving them at least one serve of fruit?! For the parrots you could substitute the protein powder for almond meal or something similar to have a parrot friendly treat for your feathered friend!
This will become a regular in my family and we loved it after tweaking the recipe. A must try!