Shockingly Good Protein Pancakes
I try to eat very healthy. But sometimes you just need a pancake. Spoiler alert, you’re not going to ruin your gym session with these bad boys.
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On my blog I generally try to share some gourmet, “special” recipes but I also love to share my everyday type recipes with you as well. Not every day has to be a delicious pan seared filet or miso halibut with bok choy. Trust me, that’s not an everyday occurrence in the Janes household. Today, I’m sharing something we make at least 3 times a week.
I love breakfast. I used to be terrible about skipping breakfast, “most important meal of the day” was nonexistent to me. Sure, maybe I would grab a sugary Starbucks drink or a yogurt to go packed with artificial flavors and fake fruit. Once I started eating a little healthier and making nutrition more of a priority, breakfast became my favorite meal of the day. I can guarantee you that every day of the week, no matter what my plans are, I will have a huge breakfast. I tend to eat the majority of my calories and carbs for the day at breakfast time. That way, my body has plenty of time to burn off those calories throughout the day. For my husband and I, usually breakfast is simple. I am not a morning person… at all. So all of my breakfast options usually require little brain power and not too much time. To be honest, we usually just circulate through about 3 or 4 different breakfasts throughout the week. Simple eggs and toast, some oatmeal, avocado toast and then there’s my favorite… protein pancakes.
I used to make protein pancakes with just whey protein powder and eggs. They weren’t horrible, but it still left me wanting a real pancake. It just wasn’t the same. I was strolling down the breakfast food isle one day and I spotted a protein pancake mix. Usually I am not a “pre mixed” kind of girl because most of them are packed with unnecessary, unhealthy ingredients and I would rather just do it myself. But I grabbed this box and was shocked at how good the ingredients were. 14 grams of protein, only 2 grams of sugar and 190 calories for a stack of pancakes? Sign me up! I figured I would give them a try, expecting them to taste like cardboard.
Kodiak Cakes became a pantry staple very quickly. Sure these pancakes are packed with whole grain goodness and give you an awesome amount of protein to start the day…but more importantly, they are GOOD. When I say it feels like you’re sitting at IHOP eating some delicious buttermilk pancakes, I truly mean it. You won’t miss that short stack at all, plus you won’t have the guilt either.
The beauty of Kodiak Cakes is how versatile the mix is. I have not only made pancakes with it, but also muffins, waffles and even cornbread. For the pancakes, you can make it as simple as only adding water to the mix. While they are delicious even like this, I tend to add a few more ingredients to make them even better. I like to add a mashed banana, an egg and a little almond milk. The banana adds lots of flavor but also keeps my blood sugar levels stable for the day. The egg of course adds a little more protein and I just love the flavor of almond milk. You can customize these delicious little guys as much as you would like. Don’t like bananas? Leave them out. Need even more protein? Add another egg. Out of milk? Just use water. Add this mix to your pantry and you won’t regret it!
Makes 6 large pancakes
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup almond milk, or milk of choice
optional fillings: 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 teaspoon lemon zest
optional toppings: melted butter, honey, maple syrup
In a mixing bowl, combine mashed banana, beaten eggs, pancake mix and milk. Whisk to combine, batter may be slightly lumpy. Add in desired fillings.
Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Be sure to use a nonstick pan or use nonstick cooking spray. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and melt.
Once pan is heated, use a spoon to add about 1/4 cup of batter into circles. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side.
Top with warm honey or maple syrup, enjoy!