I love pancakes (I mean, who doesn't?) but the usual pancakes that my parents/grandparents would make for us as children, although absolutely delicious, were not the best for us nutritionally. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not moaning because of course I'm always partial to a crepe-like pancake drowned in syrup on pancake day because #balance but, I wanted to create a pancake recipe that was equally delicious, stodgy and yummy but also packed with goodness. #winning
I use oat flour in this recipe rather than the usual plain white flour that would traditionally be used because oats are a great slow release complex carbohydrate that will keep you feeling fuller for longer (as opposed to refined plain white flour) and oats are a lot more nutritionally valuable than white flour. Oat flour is made simply by blending up plain rolled oats (not the kind you get in pre-packaged breakfast oats as usually they contain unnecessary added extras like sugars etc).
I used almond milk because I like the texture it creates as well as the flavour but if you prefer another kind of milk then that would work too. When buying almond milk always check the label to make sure you're not getting a list of added ingredients that don't need to be in there! In almond milk look for almonds, water and usually sea salt (sounds simple but you would be surprised what they put in there these days).
Maca Powder is something I have recently been adding to my diet to help balance my hormones. Mine is from Sainsbury's and the brand is Naturya. As well as balancing hormones Maca powder is packed with vitamins and minerals including thiamin, riboflavin, B6, calcium, potassium and iron.
In terms on protein powder, in all honesty I haven't found one yet that I absolutely love. I am currently on the quest to find a good quality protein with all natural ingredients (no added extra nasties or packed with sugar) and of course, it has to taste good. Once I find it I will of course let you all know but in the mean time I pinch some of hubbys 'My Protein' Vanilla Whey Impact Protein.
Serves 1-2 (makes about 4 pancakes)
4 tbsp Plain Rolled Oats
1 Ripe Banana
1/2 cup of Almond Milk
1 tsp Maca Powder
1 scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder
Coconut Oil for the pan
Plain Greek Yoghurt
100% Pure Maple Syrup/ Organic Honey
- Put the oats, maca powder and protein powder in the blender and whizz up until you get a flour like mixture.
- Add the banana and almond milk and blend until smooth.
- Place a small frying pan over a medium heat and melt a little coconut oil so the pancake mix doesn't stick to the pan.
- Spoon some of the mix into the pan once the oil has melted and fry until the pancake bubbles on the top. Then, using a spatula carefully flip over and cook on the other side (how long you fry for depends on the size of your pancake so I usually fry it until golden each side)
- Repeat this until all the mixture is gone.
- Place your pancakes on a plate and top with the yoghurt, frozen berries and maple syrup or whatever toppings you enjoy!
[NOTE: These are super delicious but also super filling so if you struggle with portion size *cough* like me, then I would recommend making these with a friend so you don't get tempted to eat them all and find yourself in a food coma].
As always, really hope you enjoy this recipe and if you try it and love it then let me know as I always love to hear your feedback!