It can be hard to perfect a protein pancake. A lot of the time I just make a damn pancake as they should be made. After all "protein anything" is more a fad trend than anything else right?
True. However, I often struggle to get the necessary protein for my activity into my body by the conventional means (eating loads of meat, eggs and dairy) and the odd protein pancake for breakie can really help me. Plus, these particular ones are pretty damn tasty!
Protein powders really vary in texture and how well they mix into things. Personally I have found that the Awesome Supplements range of vegan protein powders mix really well into smoothies, yoghurt and baking. Chocolate Salted Caramel is my favourite :). I opt for vegan protein powders as unfortunately whey protein can irritate my stomach a little.
If you go for a vegan protein, make sure it is complete i.e. has all the amino acids (building blocks of protein) that you need.
Makes 5-6 pancakes
2 scoops protein powder
1 large ripe banana
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
Mash the banana with a fork in a large bowl. Add the protein powder and mix with spoon initially so you don't cause a snow storm when you use an electric whisk..! Then add the eggs and use the whisk to beat them in fully and get a bit of air into the batter. Then gently stir in the cinnamon and baking powder until fully combined. The thickness of the mix depends on the protein powder you use. If it's a bit thick and claggy, add a small amount of milk or water to desired consistency.
Heat a frying pan with a small amount of oil ( I used a kitchen towel/tissue to rub around the oil evenly). When very hot, ladle in the mix. One ladle should be enough for one pancake.
When little holes start to form on the surface it is ready to flip over. Fry for just a few seconds more. Don't burn them!
Serve with desired toppings. My favourites are yoghurt, berries, granola, nut butter, cacao nibs, extra banana...the list goes on! Whatever you fancy and whatever you have in the cupboards!