Banana pancakes

Banana Pancakes

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PBJ pancakes (topping by @gracefitUK)

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

Method:

  • 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)

Toppings:

  • 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
  • Berries
  • Cinnamon

 

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PBJ pancake stack and PBPopcorn in the background

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Banana pancakes topped with Walden Farms pancake syrup

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