Fitness Crazed Foodie
Lover of all things food and fitness related
Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day, but sticking with the healthy options like oatmeal, greek yogurt and smoothies can get repetitive. Because of this, I have looked into recipes for pancakes that have no added sugar or flour, and experimented with two different recipes based on what I found. When trying out these recipes for yourself, don't expect a similar texture or fluffiness you would get with the unhealthy restaurant or pre-mixed versions. These will be thinner and won't look as perfect, but the taste is what really matters. By adding cinnamon and my suggested toppings, the pancakes have a great flavor and keep me full all morning!
My Suggested Toppings:
1. Sliced strawberries, blueberries, additional bananas, or other fruit
2. Drizzle sugar-free syrup on top (add 30 calories)
3. Heat up 1 tbsp of almond butter and drizzle on top (add 95 calories)
4. My favorite is to mix 2 tbsp of sugar-free syrup with 1/2 tbsp almond butter to create a sweet and smooth peanut buttery topping (add 70 calories)
Two Pancake Recipes Worth Trying:
1 ripe banana
4 egg whites
Optional- add one scoop of protein powder
Calories: about 200 without powder, about 260 with
Directions: Mash up banana with fork and whisk in egg whites, and protein powder if using it, and a couple dashes of cinnamon. Whisk until mostly smooth throughout.
Lightly coat saute pan with cooking spray or olive oil spray to reduce sticking. Pour batter onto pan like normal pancakes- you can make them as big or as small as you want, but I recommend making them a little smaller than normal because they are harder to flip. Flip when you can lift part of the pancake up without it sticking to the pan. Cook throughout like normal pancakes.
Result: The texture was spongey and you could tell it was mostly egg based. But, the cinnamon and almond butter give it a great taste and they are sweet enough to mimick a sugary pancake. By making a lot of small pancakes (thepicture is one serving), I was full all morning!
1 ripe banana
1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 egg white
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Optional- add scoop of protein powder
Calories: about 235 without protein, about 295 with
Put all ingredients into a blender and puree until mostly smooth. The batter will be thin! Spray pan with cooking spray or oil and cook pancakes normally. They won't look pretty and might stick to the pan, but if you don't care about aesthetics then you're good!
Result: These were harder to flip, texture was less spongey and more flat and dense, and the batter was a lot thinner. But, I thought they tasted great! I added a couple blueberries to one pancake, but they weighed down the very thin batter and made it even harder to flip. It got very messy! I would probably just add the blueberries on top of the cooked pancakes next time.
Overall, both of these healthy version of pancakes make for a great, filling and protein-packed meal that will fuel you for a workout and keep you full for a while. They would also be good to cook ahead of time, refridgerate, and then pack for an on-the-go meal. Try them out and let me know how it goes!
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