To the average human, pancakes are a treat to be enjoyed every now and again, maybe on pancake day, or as a decadent breakfast. But to us fit-freaks, a humongous pancake stack is a perfectly acceptable form of breakfast food – not to mention it looks pretty as anything, and sharing a pancake stack is a great way of making friends…. Which is why I have no friends 😉 #allforme
They key to getting a good pancake stack is to use a super non-stick pan and a lid. Using a lid allows the top of the pancake to cook, so you don’t end up with a burned pancake bottom and raw top, before trying to flip it over.
The pancake itself is only the start – the toppings are at least as important! As I someone told me on instagram this morning, anyone whose toppings don’t make up 90% of his or her breakfast is doing it wrong.
Here I outline the basic banana pancake recipe and some topping options – all guilt free of course!
Ingredients (serves 1):
- 1 large ripe banana (or 2 small ones)
- 2 eggs
- 1 scoop protein of choice (optional)
- 2 tbsp oats
- Baking powder (optional – adds fluffiness)
- Oil spray or coconut oil
- Mash/blend the banana
- Crack the egg into a jug, add the mashed banana and oats to it and mix.
- Add the protein powder and baking powder, if using. Mix well.
- Heat some low calorie oil spray/small about of coconut oil in a pan
- Once the oil is hot, pour a small amount of the mixture into the pan (depending on the size of the pan, you may be able to do multiple, as they should be quite small)
- Put the lid on the pan and wait until the underside is properly cooked (it should be golden brown – use a spatula to take a peek to make sure)
- Once the bottom is cooked, carefully flip the pancakes using a spatula – some mixture may spill, but don’t worry!
- The second side will take less time than the first, so don’t let it burn!
- As each pancake comes off the pan, pace it on a plate and stack, stack, stack!
- (Sometimes, if the topping takes a while to make, I put these in a warm oven to keep them hot)
- Walden farms pancake syrup
- Chopped nuts and dark chocolate
- PBJ – Pb2 peanut butter powder mixed with water, with frozen berries mixed with agave and hot water to make a jam