Healthified Pancakes

I have been a pancake fan forever and I will take them any which way you give them to me.

Over the last few years though it has been a mini-mission of mine to pimp my pancakes so they pack a nutritional punch, while still being light and delicious. There have been numerous incarnations of healthier pancakes in my kitchen. But with this one I think I’ve have hit the jackpot. image

The only sweetner is banana so you can happily give them to little people, and they are easily made gluten free with the addition of gluten free posts. They come together quick smart and I can report that they were devoured by the G also (hence that half pancake on top).

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Perfect Healthified Pancakes (makes 6 smallish pancakes)

Ingredients 
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1/2 banana
2(ish) tbsp milk (I used almond)
1 tsp vanilla

Method
1. First up pop your dry ingredients (oats, buckwheat flour and baking powder) into your food processor and whiz them up so the oats break down a bit- they don’t have to be super fine.
2. Add everything else and whiz again.
3. Heat your pan, add a little coconut oil (or another greasing agent) and cook 2 pancakes at a time. I could have got more but it makes flipping tricky.
4. You know the drill, when bubbles start popping on the surface of your pancake flip that sucker.

Now you can enjoy these babies however you choose, but it would be remiss of me not to mention how I ate mine… As peanut butter and raspberry sandwiches. Get. On. Board. You absolutely won’t regret it!

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Protein Pancake

Prior to discovering Tone It Up I never would have thought to substitute protein powder for anything. In my humble opinion it was nasty stuff that tasted like cardboard and was full of a whole heap of ingredients I couldn’t pronounce. No. Thank. You. But thanks to Tone It Up and their Perfect Fit protein my eyes have been opened. Unfortunately, shipping from the US makes Perfect Fit a little cost prohibitive, but I have found an equally good product in my local health food store- Sunwarrior. I’ve chosen the vanilla flavour but there is also chocolate or natural if you prefer.

IMG_1619Thanks to this discovery you could say I’ve changed my mind, especially after devouring this breakfast nearly everyday this week. I can now whip one of these babies up in about 15 minutes and it will keep me 100% satisfied for hours afterwards. I am a serious snacker so to be able to have only some green tea between breakfast and lunch is seriously amazing.

I enjoy mine with yoghurt and blueberries or yoghurt and raspberries…

IMG_1627Tomorrow I will go with strawberries. Whichever way I top them the plate inevitably turns out like this..

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Protein pancakes (adapted from Tone It Up)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1tbsp flaxmeal
1/2tbsp chia seeds
3tbsp coconut oil (soft or melted)
1/2 banana
1 egg

Combine all you dry ingredients. Add everything else and mix it up good. Heat your pan, oil it with whatever you like, don’t pour in your batter until it’s good and hot. Once your sizzling batter up. Let your pancake bubble away. If you flip it too early it’ll break, not a big deal you can always scramble it up, but if you want a proper pancake let it set around the edges. Now flip it. More sizzling, have a peak, once it’s golden you’re good to go. Top it with whatever you fancy and enjoy!