Fluffy, delicious pancakes are one of the greatest things on earth. But they’re also one of the worst.
It’s sad to admit, but all that flour and Aunt Jemima syrup are terrible for your health. If you’re concerned at all about losing weight, or feeling your best, or not getting diabetes, pancakes should not be a regular part of your daily routine.
“That sucks. But I don’t think I could ever give up pancakes.”
I feel that 100%. The thought of giving up pancakes forever is scary.
Luckily, there’s a much easier option – Banana Protein Pancakes.
Get rid of all that floury, pre-made, pancake mix garbage, and use bananas instead. Add in some protein powder to help everything stay together and you’ve got tasty pancakes that are actually quite good for you.
The many benefits of banana pancakes
- for starters, you get rid of the dangerous blood sugar spikes caused by the refined flour and processed syrup
- you add in protein which will mean you won’t be hungry in an hour and it’s just what your body needs in the morning to fuel your metabolism
- oddly enough they’re actually quite easy to flip
- there just as easy to make, perhaps even easier, with just 4 ingredients
A couple quick things
- Protein Powder! We like to use Vega Sport Chocolate Protein Powder. It works super well for making the pancakes stick together, it’s made with fantastic ingredients, and it’s probably the most delicious tasting protein powder I’ve ever tried. You can grab your own from Amazon here. With that said, you can use whatever protein powder you prefer, you just might have to experiment a little with exact measurements.
- Syrup! You’re probably of the mindset that pancakes aren’t complete without syrup. That’s fine. Just make sure you buy actual maple syrup. Like real, pure, no random lady on the package, straight from the tree, syrup. Even then try not to go crazy. If you add some fruit instead you can get a similar sweetness and the bananas make the pancakes quite moist already.
- Butter! Most people think they’re doing themselves a favour by skipping the butter. This is a misstep. If you like a little butter, go ahead and put it on there. While fat has more calories per gram than carbs, it’s actually way better for weight loss. Unlike carbs, fat takes longer to digest and is a better source of energy for your body. So your pancakes will have more calories, but you’ll also feel more full, have more energy, and be less likely to overeat. Just make sure it’s real butter, not margarine, and grass-fed if at all possible.
Okay, here’s the moist, easy-to-flip, chocolatey banana, protein packed recipe:
Serves two – about 14 small pancakes
These are the foods you need:
- 4 eggs
- 2 bananas
- 1 1/2 scoops Vega Sport Chocolate Protein Powder (Roughly 2/3 cup)
- a pinch of gluten-free baking powder
- cut fruit (for topping)
- pure maple syrup (for topping)
- couple tablespoons of coconut oil (for frying)
This is how you do it:
- Heat up a tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Put all the foods you need in the food processor.
- Look for clumpies. If clumpies, process more. We’re looking for a thick, smooth, creamy consistency here.
- Use an ice cream scoop (or some big spoon of sorts) to plop your pancake mixture into the pan. About 3 at a time leaves enough room for easy flippability.
- There are generally fewer bubblies than normal pancakes, but once you see any bubblies forming it’s time to flip them. You’ll also notice them lose a bit of their shine. A more of a matte finish, if you will. They should be easy to flip and not fall to pieces.
- They should take roughly 2 minutes to finish cooking, but just take a peak underneath to see how they’re doing. It should go quickly.
- Once finished, pop those babies in the oven at 200’ to stay warm while you’re cooking the other batches.
- Between batches check on the oil situation in the pan. It never hurts to add a little more coconut oil once in a while to keep the sticking to a minimum while increasing nomminess.
- Now it’s time to get to the good part. Grab some plates, yank your pancakes out of the oven, throw on some cut fruit and drizzle a little pure maple syrup over everything.