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.
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…
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.
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.
Blackforest Protein Pancakes
Serves 1 or 2 – depending on how hungry you are!
Approx. 530 calories in this batch.
- 1 chopped banana;
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder;
- 1 egg;
- 25g rolled oats;
- 1 tbsp oil;
- Blueberries and cherries, to serve.
- Mash the banana, oats, protein powder and egg together.
- Heat oil in a frying pan and add a dollop of batter (you should be aiming to make three or four pancakes).
- Once underside of batter is cooked, using a slice carefully lift the pancake and flip it over.
- 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!
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!