Part of what I love about cooking is how much flexibility I have with my food. I can open my fridge and just create dishes from what I have on hand, throwing a little of this, and a little of that to build flavorful meals. So when it comes to baking, or anything where ratios and measurements are concerned, I tend to shy away. I like getting the occasional inspiration from recipes, but not following them.
This is something I’m trying to change my mind set about. Measuring shouldn’t be my enemy, and I can still make recipes “my own” while following someone else’s direction. So I wanted to try out something I hadn’t made before, protein pancakes. My view of pancakes was always that the batter was a difficult thing to perfect. You were either using a box mix (no thank you), or measuring out ingredients exactly (yikes), or you were ending up with a disaster. I’m actually not a huge fan of regular pancakes, they leave me feeling too full and weighed down, but this healthier version piqued my interest and I decided to start researching it.
In looking around the internet at recipes I realized that most of them all had similar base ingredients and similar ratios. Happily, I decided to compile a general outline to follow and then decided to put my own twist on them.
The result: Coconut banana chocolate protein pancakes, drizzled with honey, natural peanut butter and dark chocolate dreams peanut butter. A-MAZ-ING.
I’ve decided to count this as a positive step and compromise in my fear towards recipes and a hopeful move in the direction of easing my fear of baking. 😉 There will be more experiments to come I’m sure!
Here’s what I used:
1 scoop protein powder (I use Garden of Life Organic Raw Cocoa Protein)
½ cup egg whites
½ organic banana
¼ cup organic oats
1 TBS organic coconut flour
1/8 cup (Silk) coconut milk
1/8 TBS baking soda
2 dashes of cinnamon (optional)
Dash of nutmeg (optional)
Blend it all together. You can use a regular blender or I used my smoothie blender cup (kind of like a magic bullet but cheaper haha)
Cook over medium low heat in a skillet sprayed with coconut oil. You know they’re ready to flip when bubbles start to form and pop! This made 3 decent sized pancakes for me, and yes, I ate them all.
I finished them off with a drizzle of honey, and then melted in the microwave a healthy tablespoon of Whole Foods fresh ground natural peanut butter and Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Simply delicious!!