Chocolate-PB Protein Pancakes


I have a problem with Sunday mornings and the chocolate/PB flavor combo. I always wake up wanting a giant stack of pancakes covered in butter and syrup, eggs, and hash browns, which would undo all of the hard work that I put in during my workouts from Monday-Saturday. Yesterday morning, I woke up with a similar craving.Thankfully, the Open Championship was on TV and Ryan wasn’t about to leave the apartment to go somewhere that wouldn’t have golf on, so I was forced into coming up with Option B.

After scouring the internet for a good protein pancake recipe, I decided to think up my own with whatever ingredients from the pantry sounded good. I cleaned off the counter tops, made my 10-year-old-in-a-31-year-old’s-body boyfriend a glass of chocolate almond milk, and started creating a breakfast experiment. This is what came out.

YUM. I was pretty satisfied, considering this was my first stab at protein pancakes. They were SUPER filling and satisfied my craving, so I figured I should share.

Nutritional Overview
Calories: 280
Carbs: 34
Fat: 7
Protein: 30

Serves: 2-3
Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients:
For pancakes:
– 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
– 1c. liquid egg whites
– 1 small banana, mashed
– 1/4c. Stevia (add more if the batter isn’t sweet enough)
– 1/4c. flour (use oat/coconut/almond/whole wheat)
– 1-2 tsp. baking powder
– 1 tsp. vanilla
– Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste

For topping:
– 1-2 tbsp. sugar-free maple syrup
– 1 tbsp. all-natural peanut butter
– 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
– 2 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

Directions:

  1. Mix all pancake ingredients together
  2. Prep a griddle (or medium skillet) with cooking oil/butter/spray and heat over low-medium heat
  3. Drop 1/4c. of the mix into the skillet and flip once it starts to bubble on top. Cook both sides until brown
  4. Transfer to a warm plate
  5. Combine all topping ingredients in a bowl and mix together
  6. Pop the bowl in the microwave and zap it for 20-second increments, stirring in between each, until the mixture is a thick, syrupy consistency
  7. Spread over your pancakes
  8. OPTIONAL: Top with rainbow sprinkles (because they make everything 100x better)
  9. Indulge, guiltlessly.

Note: If your skillet is too hot, your pancakes will look like ugly sausage patties. Here’s the progression of my pancakes. I turned the skillet down after the first one came out hideously (left), but I nailed it by the 4th. :)

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