Banana Protein Pancakes

This is a recipe that I’ve been meaning to post for awhile, but like most things, I haven’t gotten around to it until now.  I can sometimes be a slight procrastinator…

During Hurricane Isaac (in August – told you this recipe is a bit late) I was craving pancakes.  Not all too unusual because I do love a good pancake.  However, there aren’t many pancake recipes that are clean eater friendly – that don’t taste like rubber.   Hmph… This led to playing in my kitchen which ultimately resulted in these beauties!  {Insert trumpet fanfare.}

Banana Protein Pancakes

Banana Protein Pancakes

They were fabulous and fluffy, very banana-y, and oh so good!  With only a handful of ingredients, you, too, can be enjoying some protein pancake goodness.  So here’s the recipe low down –

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used RAW).
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 cup milk (plus more if needed to thin the batter)

Step 1: Mix together the dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, mash the banana to smithereens, add the milk, then add the lightly beaten egg and stir everything.  Slowly combine the dry ingredients with the wet; stir just until combined.  Depending on how you like your pancakes, you may want to add some milk to thin the batter out a bit.

Step 2:  On a pre-heated skillet, drop 1/4 c batter and cook until the entire pancake bubbles.  The trick to these pancakes is to cook them low and slow (like medium heat).  With the addition of the banana and protein powder, these puppies take quite a bit longer than regular pancakes.  If you have the heat up too high, you cook the outside and have pancake soup on the inside.  LOW and SLOW, people! Got it?

Step 3:  EAT!!  This recipe makes 10 pancakes if you use the 1/4 c method.

Since I love all things peanut butter, I topped mine with natural peanut butter and pure maple syrup – they were divine! I’ve also contemplated using chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla for a bit more decadent pancake.  If you try that, let me know how it tastes!  You can also ditch the protein powder all together and just make some really yummy, kid-friendly banana pancakes.

pub

Tonight, my running buddies and I are meeting with a new running group.  And I. Am. Excited! The group meets every Wednesday at an Irish Pub.  They have a few different courses but after you’re done running you meet back up for drinks and appetizers.  Sounds fun, right?

Question: Are you a pancake lover? What’s your favorite topping??

Food to Feel Good About: Organic Raw Multigrain Hot Cereal

Personal Note:  I wasn’t asked by Better Oats to write this post and am not/have not received any compensation or freebies from them.  In fact, they don’t even know I’m writing this.  My intention with these ‘Food to Feel Good About’ posts is to let others know about great -clean- health foods that are on the market.  If you come to my house, you’ll find these foods in my cabinet. (But call first so I can make sure my house is clean.)

Oats.  I love oats; specifically oatmeal.  Always have and probably always will.  According to my mom it was one of the few things she could get me to eat as a baby.

Aw, little baby Gina. Wasn’t I cute with my red, white & blue dress?

As an adult, I still adore my oats but I’m always looking for ways to get more bang for my buck when it comes to nutrition.  So you can imagine my excitement at finding Better Oats who makes my {now} favorite oatmeal Raw Pure and Simple Multigrain Hot Cereal. They make four flavors Bare, Cinnamon Plum Spice, Pomegranate, and Chai Spiced.  Bare is my fav.

Alright, so it’s not actually oatmeal by Webster’s definition.  It’s So. Much. More.  Raw Pure and Simple is combination of whole grain rolled oats, barley, wheat, flaxseed, quinoa,  rye and sea salt – all 100% organic! That’s it; no other ingredients.  Be still my beating heart, I love when I recognize and can pronounce ALL of the ingredients on the label.  No fluff, no filler, just good-for-you food.

So what kind of nutritional punch does this breakfast pack? I’m so glad you asked! First of all, it’s a low fat food and the fat it does have is the good unsaturated fat.  Raw contains 41 grams of whole grains, and 200 milligrams of ALA-Omega 3.  And as far as nutrients go, it’s a good source of fiber, potassium and protein and you also get a the benefit of iron, phosphorus and magnesium.   The pies de resistance for me is that the carb to protein ratio makes this a perfect post run recovery meal – especially on a cold day.

Sorry, I’m not a good food picture taker…But it still tasted fabulous!

Bonus: You can customize it with whatever you’d like! Want more protein? Throw your favorite protein powder in after it’s done cooking.  Want something chocolatey? Helloooooo, cocoa powder! My favorite way to eat it is with raisins, some additional ground flaxseed (you can never have too much of that stuff) and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. YUM! I like to cook the raisins with the grains so they rehydrate a bit.

My line up of mix-ins.

Double bonus: I can always find it on sale at Winn Dixie (my local grocery store).  So, what are you waiting for? Give it a try! Your tummy will thank you, your heart will thank you, your digestive system will thank you… I could go on and on.  Seriously. But I won’t. You’re welcome.

Question:  What’s your favorite(s) ‘food to feel good about’? Leave a comment telling me; I love finding new good-for-me foods!