16 Aug 2014

Protein Packed Banana Pancakes

With only 4 simple ingredients, these super easy pancakes will prepare you for your day ahead and keep you full for hours! Pancakes are my personal favourite breakfast food but it’s a struggle to find healthy tasty ones without the extra ingredients that are so hard to find in the supermarket. These pancakes include: bananas, eggs, a small amount of flour and a scoop of protein powder. That’s all!

protein banana pancake stack. #pancakes #breakfast hungrylittlebear.blogspot.com


Protein powder is great to add to smoothies, pancakes, oatmeal (or porridge to the English!), baked goods, and other various foods. I personally don’t get enough protein in a day to meet my daily requirements, so I find protein powder great to give me that extra boost. It also helps keeps me fuller for longer. That is one powerful scoop!

Brand is completely up to you, find what works best for YOU. I find that Optimum Nutrition Whey is best for me and tastes good too (The rich double chocolate is super tasty as protein shakes!). I mostly buy it when it’s on offer :) as Protein powder is quite pricey here sometimes! I’m not a protein-fitness expert, so do your research if you’ve never used the stuff before and find what is best for you.


protein powder eggs banana flour

 If you don’t want to use protein powder in the recipe – then simply leave it out! But make sure you keep the flour (or gluten free flour or rice flour or oat flour, any flour really) in the recipe. I tried to the 2-ingredient (bananas and eggs) pancakes, but I personally found them to taste quite gummy and not very nice. With the addition of ¼ cup of flour, the recipe is transformed to look and taste more like proper pancakes. They rise better with flour, create bigger and more air pockets on the top that pop before you flip them. The flour simply helps to produce a better pancake, I find. But obviously, feel free to try the flour-free version, just 2 bananas and 2 eggs in those pancakes! (They are the same directions, just omit the flour and protein powder addition)


banana pancakes cooking griddle frying pan hungrylittlebear.blogspot.com

This recipe is now my go-to easy peasy recipe for pancakes, usually adding in various fruits like blueberries or even small slices of raspberry! Serve with honey, nutella, maple syrup or simply eat as they are! A quick, super easy, protein packed, healthy stack of pancake! Sharing is optional.. 



Let me know how yours turn out!


Protein Packed Pancakes 
Makes 6-7 pancakes

Ingredients
2 ripe bananas
2 eggs
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
¼ cup (31g) of flour
Fruit (optional)

Directions:
  1. Mash bananas with fork. Then use electric mixer on low to medium speed to whisk the banana to a mush, with no lumps.
  1. Add 2 eggs, 1 scoop of your favourite protein powder and ¼ cup of flour. Then mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Roughly, 1-2 minutes on medium speed.
  1. Once griddle or frying pan is on a low heat, use the ¼ cup measure to scoop the mixture onto the griddle carefully, making round circles. This is when you can add fruit to the pancakes, gently placing them on the pancake. Then use a small amount of mixture to cover the fruit, so it is sealed inside the pancake and cooks evenly)
  1. Wait until you start to see a few bubbles form on top of the pancake. (see photos above) Then flip. You should have a nicely golden side. Wait a few moments before serving onto plate.
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