“Abs are made in the kitchen”- we’ve all heard that before! This summer I’ve been trying to make a more conscious effort of what exactly I’m eating. I generally eat pretty well, not many processed foods, most of what I eat is made from scratch, I buy whole and organic, rarely ever eat fast food (I’m talking like the once or twice a year late night Taco Bell runs is our only exception), on occasion have a sweet treat and try to limit my alcohol intake to just the weekends. There is always room for improvement and my improvement looks like less grainy carbs and more protein.
I’ve been playing around with adding protein into every meal or snack I eat and cutting out grains when possible. Eggs are my go-to for protein, especially for breakfast on the weekends. The only problem is my son does not like eggs and who wants to make two different breakfasts? On Saturday’s my husband or I will make a doughy breakfast like waffles, muffins or pancakes; save any leftovers for the little dude to eat on Sunday’s so Mom and Dad can enjoy an egg breakfast.
One of our Saturday morning recipes on rotation is super chocolatey, filling, packed with protein and sugar/grain free! And only calls for 3 ingredients!!
You need to try these Chocolate Protein Pancakes like this Saturday. For real.
Recipe for One:
1 ripe banana
1 scoop protein powder
In a food processor, break down the banana until smooth. Then add the egg and protein powder and mix until well combined. Pour into small circles on a hot griddle and flip sides once the top is very bubbly. NOTE: these pancakes take longer to cook because they are dense. Also, if you’re making this for two people, double the recipe. Three people, triple. Etc.
It’s so easy to do: place sliced berries in a medium saucepan, add just a touch of honey to release the berries natural sugars and cook on low heat. I’ll throw these on before I make the pancake batter; stirring occasionally until all the pancakes are cooked.
If I don’t have chocolate protein powder on hand, I’ll mix 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of almond meal, and 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal for my scoop replacement. (We actually prefer this subsitute!)