Friday, March 4, 2016

Chocolate Protein Pancake

Chocolate Protein Pancake

What do you make on a morning when you have a little time to cook yourself breakfast, but not too much time, want something chocolate, but not too sweet, and high in protein?  This pancake! I had heard that you could make a pancake out of nothing but banana and eggs, but honestly that sounded not only boring to me, but a little suspect.  I couldn't really imagine what it would taste like (banana quiche?) and unless I drowned it in syrup I imagine it would be hard to swallow.  So I added in a few of my favorite ingredients to make it chocolate (cocoa powder), heart healthy (nut butter & raw walnuts), and flavorful (cinnamon). I honestly wasn't sure how the end result would be, and if it would taste good enough to eat without butter and syrup on top (which of course makes everything taste better).  I suggest you let it cool for a couple of minutes before eating, to let the chocolate and peanut butter flavors settle, and the addition of the walnuts was a spectacular choice. I didn't have much time to eat it once I was done, but that was no problem since I devoured it in less than five minutes because it was so good.  And extremely filling. It would be a perfect breakfast to serve your kids before a busy morning of school or sports, or for anyone heading to the gym or planning to be active. And it's the type of fullness that feels like you did your body a favor and you're stronger for it.  Definitely going to be on my short list for a go to perfect first meal of the day.  You can use whatever nut butter you prefer, and even add a little honey if you want the pancake sweeter. Or be like my kids, who would inevitably cover it with butter and syrup before gobbling it up.

Chocolate Protein Pancake
(smiling at me!)

1 banana
2 organic eggs
2 - 3 T. natural peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1 T. dark cocoa powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 C. raw walnuts, optional

Mash up the banana, eggs and peanut butter together well and then whisk all the ingredients until the batter is smooth.  Pour into a 6 inch, preheated and greased frying pan on medium low heat.  Add raw walnuts (or any other topping you desire).  Flip when the edges start to brown, and the top begins to bubble, about 5 minutes.  Flip and cook on low for another 3 - 5 minutes, until cooked through.  Enjoy!

finished batter

breakfast is served

close up view

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