Pancakes don't have to be unhealthy!
Pancakes get a bad rep for being a glutenous brunch cheat meal. I mean, the word 'cake' is in the name! But what you get at iHop and at your favorite breakfast spot doesn't have to be the only time you get to eat pancakes during the week! I truly believe that you can make anything healthy, and this recipe proves it.
The biggest issue with most pancake plates is not only the maple syrup that people use (in buckets) to garnish them, but also the amount of sugar! Restaurants use sugar to make the pancakes taste good and even sometimes they whip heavy cream to make the pancakes light and fluffy! I mean... totally unnecessary.
My recipe uses natural sweets like bananas, and instead of cream or anything super heavy I use a healthy and low-in-sugar yogurt that (BOOM) is also high in protein. Gluten-conscious? I use gluten free oats and oat flour. So when you look at the contents, it's basically a bowl of oatmeal. No, really. It's super close!
This recipe gives you healthy carbs in the fruit and oat flours, which will give you a great source of energy to get you through the morning. Since it has a bit more protein? It'll keep you full throughout that morning too! Want to give it a little extra boost? Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to make it a great post-workout breakfast.
So, yes, you can have your pancake and eat it too. And it won't ruin your diet for the week, and it won't leave you craving more sweet and unhealthy foods throughout the day.
Just make me a promise? That you won't douse these in maple syrup??
SKINNY BANANA BLUEBERRY PANCAKES
// serves 2 people //
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup siggi's vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup oat flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup blueberries
Mash the banana and whisk in the egg whites, vanilla extract. Add in the yogurt until completely combined
Mix together all of the dry ingredients and then add in the banana mixture. Once almost combined, mix in the blueberries.
These make about 5-6 pancakes that are medium - large in size. You'll know when they are done cooking on one side by the bubbles on the side