If you do a search for protein pancakes you will find a myriad of recipes that call for the addition of protein powder, which doesn’t thrill me. Now, I’m not against protein powder, I just haven’t found one that I like. Typically they are sweetened, and I personally find the taste of the sweeteners used (like stevia) off-putting and overwhelming. So, to say the least, a recipe that calls for the addition of powders aren’t really my thing right now.
Anyway, back to the pancakes. I wasn’t actually on the search for a protein pancake recipe but I stumbled across one that called for banana and eggs only. Feeling intrigued by the concept I decided to give it a whirl. And while it wasn’t necessarily bad, I thought that texturally it could be improved upon to reflect more of a traditional pancake. I wanted to keep the ingredients as pure and healthy as possible, and the results were so good, we now eat these pancakes weekly without a bit of guilt. In fact, the banana adds so much sweetness (especially if it is really ripe) that most times we eat them without syrup. But for a special treat, pure maple syrup and some butter is always nice! They will be denser and more “hearty” tasting than you may be used to, so don’t be surprised when you take your first bite.
Oh, and this recipe is totally customizable! We’ve done several variations by adding different fruits (in addition to the banana) and spices and they always come out great!
Protein (Powder-less) Pancakes
1 large ripe banana (the more brown spots there are, the sweeter the pancake)
3 large eggs
3/4 c oatmeal flour (I make my own by whizzing organic oats up in my magic bullet. You can do this with both old fashioned oats and steel cut.)
3/4 tbs cinnamon (or to taste)
A dash of salt
Coconut Oil (for cooking the pancakes)
Additions, if you so desire: sunflower seeds, blueberries, a dash of vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, etc.
Add the eggs and combine. (I know, the picture only shows 2 eggs, but add 3 please.)Add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine.If you are using any additions, you can add them now or in the case of blueberries for example, you can carefully sprinkle them on top of the batter after you’ve added it to the skillet.
Heat a skillet over medium to medium-high heat and add some coconut oil to it. Once the oil has melted, add about 1/3 of a cup of the batter to the skillet. When bubbles begin forming on the surface, flip the pancake and cook the other side.Cook until golden brown and delicious!Now go and eat them without guilt, because compared to a tradition pancake, these could almost be considered a health food! They are in my book!