Healthy and Delicious Blackforest Protein Pancakes!
Healthy and Delicious Blackforest Protein Pancakes!

It’s pancake day! So I’m re-sharing this brilliant recipe because it’s delicious and healthy.

If you follow my blog, you’ll be well-aware that my love of cake is almost part of my branding. You’ll also know that a few years ago, this could not have been further from the truth: I was fit and enjoyed a (mostly) wholesome diet – I was very much into a healthy lifestyle.

Fast forward to when I gave birth to my daughter and began breastfeeding…and that all went out of the window. Oops.

Healthy and Delicious Blackforest Protein Pancakes!
Mmmmmmm – I want them ALL!

Luckily, I have a good understanding of nutrition and so in spite of the naughties, I’ve continued to eat tons of veg too, ie. my diet has not gone entirely to pot, I’ve just consumed a lot of added fat and sugar I wouldn’t have otherwise eaten. (FYI, sleep-deprivation causes sugar cravings and inhibits willpower. #justsaying #dontjudgeme)

And though I’ve really, really enjoyed All. The. Cake, something has recently changed: I’m no longer breastfeeding. Which essentially means if I don’t get my butt in gear, I’ll start piling on the pounds. With that in mind, I’ve been practically saintly this week – and I’m pleased to report I’m already feeling the benefit!

However, life is for living and I absolutely believe in a little bit of what you fancy… Especially if you can concoct recipes which are (almost) virtuous – yet still indulgent.

Best intentions aside, I’m a foodie. It’s why I tend not to bake – quite simply, I’ll get fat. But I do love cooking. Over the years I’ve tried out many ‘healthy’ treat recipes, and I’m going to make an effort to do more of this. I feel so time-poor, but this is (hopefully) something I can do with Pixie for fun…

Healthy and Delicious Blackforest Protein Pancakes!

I’ll probably regret that particular idea, so I won’t be making this a weekly series (yet); but as I add to my repertoire, I shall share my healthy-but-divine discoveries with you.

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I’m kicking things off with a really fab low-carb, no-added sugar breakfast recipe that the kids can get involved with too. The really cool thing about these delicious – and sinless – pancakes is that you should be able to find the ingredients in your kitchen already. Well, if your husband is anything like mine anyway… But if protein powder is not a staple in your home, don’t fret – you’ll find it stocked in most health food shops and many supermarkets.

Love pancakes but want the healthy option without all the sugar? These beauties make the perfect protein packed breakfast and include zero added sugar as the sweetness comes from banana! Quick, easy, healthy and delicious - what's not to love?!

Blackforest Protein Pancakes

Serves 1 or 2 – depending on how hungry you are!

Approx. 530 calories in this batch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 chopped banana;
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder;
  • 1 egg;
  • 25g rolled oats;
  • 1 tbsp oil;
  • Blueberries and cherries, to serve.

Method:

  1. Mash the banana, oats, protein powder and egg together.
    Healthy and Delicious Blackforest Protein Pancakes!
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan and add a dollop of batter (you should be aiming to make three or four pancakes).
  3. Once underside of batter is cooked, using a slice carefully lift the pancake and flip it over.
  4. You may wish to blot away excess oil, then simply plate up and serve with the blueberries and cherries!

This recipe is so simple and tasty, and can of course be customised to your preferences, by changing the flavour of protein powder, using different fruits, adding chopped nuts/yogurt/coconut, etc.

But the best thing about these pancakes is not only do they taste temptingly decadent, nutritionally they actually make a really fantastic breakfast.

Containing slow-release carbs, no-added sugar and 2-3 portions of fruit – plus packing a punch in terms of protein (approx. 25g) – this is a really great way to start the day!

Healthy and Delicious Blackforest Protein Pancakes!

Give it a try and let me know how you get on; I’d love to hear your family’s verdict – and your own unique twist if you vary how it’s served!

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An award-nominated blogger and author, Kate is an experienced breastfeeding advocate, and expert baby sleep chaser. Her writing has appeared on Mothercare, Huff Post, and BritMums.

15 Comments

    • Kate Tunstall Reply

      You won’t regret it! Let me know how you get on!

  1. Lizzie firstooth Reply

    Yum! These look delicious hun and a healthy alternative breakfast to a bowl a dried cocopops! I enjoy a little treat once in a while and pancakes are sometimes that, I will give these ago next weekend for my hubby and kiddies and let you know what they think x #thelist

    • Kate Tunstall Reply

      Oh goodie, yes – please do! I hope you enjoy them. ? x

  2. justsayingmum Reply

    Oh I love the idea of pancakes for breakfast but am never organised to have the ingredients in – they are going on my list for next weekend’s shop so we can all enjoy them – thank you for the inspiration #KCACOLS

    • Kate Tunstall Reply

      They’re delicious and personally I think that’s a generous portion for one! Enjoy!

  3. Oh these look amazing! I’m doing the Herbalife eating plan at the moment and need to eat a protein based snack every day, I will definitely be trying these! 🙂 #KCACOLS

  4. Now they do look delicious. Healthy too! That has to be a win-win. I also happen to be reading this when I’m hungry and need to keep my hands out of the sweet box! Thanks for linking with #KCACOLS. Hope you will join us again on Sunday.

    • Kate Tunstall Reply

      Haha! Well you can enjoy these guilt-free! ?

  5. Mommy's Little Princesses Reply

    They sound simple enough to make and look tasty too. But are they suitable for young children? I mean no offence by this question it’s just protein powder is not something I’ve ever used. Xx #KCACOLS

    • Kate Tunstall Reply

      None taken, it’s a reasonable question. I’m not a qualified nutritionist, but I can tell you protein powder is basically naturally derived protein, flavour, and sweetener. I guess it’s up to you whether you’re happy to let your children eat those things, but I personally wouldn’t have a problem. In my opinion, it’s far superior to some of the toxic ‘foods’ aimed at little ones.

      You can also buy plain protein without added flavour or sweetener in health food shops, should that be preferable. X

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