Kick your mornings off with an extra dose of protein with these healthy and customizable protein pancakes. I’ve got the base and you’ve got the creativity to make these pancakes exactly how you like them!
Remember when I was planning to take the rest of 2015 off? Yeah, that didn’t happen. The truth is, I missed this space. It was nice to not feel the self-inflicted pressure I sometimes experience about posting but I missed being creative and I really missed being in the kitchen.
If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (SC: TheHealthyMaven) then you know I spent the last week with C’s family in Minnesota. I look forward to this trip (and all of my trips to Minn) because his family is the best and it is always a super relaxing time for me. Coffee by the fire, walks along the creek, Christmas Eve pizza, it’s all pretty much the making of the perfect vacation.
Admittedly, I love arriving at C’s parents house and unwrapping the excessive amounts of presents I order to myself. I totally forgot to give them a heads up this year and I’m grateful they didn’t ask questions when 3 massive boxes arrived in my name, including one full of this LES MILLS Protein Powder.
LES MILLS reached out about trying their new protein powder, Good Protein and suddenly all of my positive Body Pump-loving memories came flooding back to me. I haven’t been a member of a gym for a few years now but when I was I was OBSESSED with Body Pump.
If you’re not familiar with Body Pump, it’s a strength-based workout class developed by LES MILLS that is absolutely killer and as it turns out, the most popular class at every gym I’ve been a member of. That’s how my love-affair with LES MILLS began, and if I could get access to those classes without having to pay for a full-blown gym membership, I totally would.
Lately I’ve been experimenting with plant-based protein powders, which Good Protein is not (it’s whey-based), but I’ve yet to find a plant-based protein powder that makes delicious protein pancakes. They all end up too mushy and won’t set. So I did some digging on Good Protein and I was seriously impressed with its stats:
1. It’s made with six simple ingredients and has 26 grams of protein per serving
2. It’s made from ethically sourced protein from the milk of grass-fed cows (New Zealand Whey!)
4. It’s a complete protein, including both whey and casein.
5. There are no added fillers, sugars or fructose. –It’s sweetened simply with stevia leaf extract.
I put them to the test and whipped up some of my Customizable Protein Pancakes. I love making a big batch of this recipe with a whole bunch of different flavors and then freezing them for when I need a quick, ready-to-go breakfast. I just pop two in the toaster, top them with a bit of maple syrup and almond butter and I’ve got breakfast ready in minutes.
Plus, they’re packed-full of protein so they’re especially awesome when I need an extra dose after a morning barre class or workout. If you’re on the lookout for a good quality whey protein, definitely check out LES MILLS Good Protein.
It also felt awesome to get back in the kitchen and start creating again! I’m so looking forward to bringing you more healthy recipes like these pancakes in 2016. I’ll see you on the flip side 😉
- 2 scoops LES MILLS Good Protein Powder - I used vanilla
- 1/2 cup flour (I used brown rice, but oat flour or all-purpose flour is fine)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 bananas, mashed (or 1 cup applesauce or pumpkin)*
- 1 egg
- 3/4-1 cup unsweetened almond milk**
- Add-ins: chocolate chips, coconut, berries, peanut butter, anything!
- Mix together protein powder, flour, and baking powder and stir to combine.
- Add in mashed bananas (or applesauce or pumpkin), egg and almond milk and stir until all ingredients are fully combined and there are no clumps.
- Let mixture sit for 5 mins to thicken.
- Spray a pan with coconut oil or add a teaspoon of coconut oil to the pan to melt.
- Over medium heat add each pancake one at a time and top with add-ins of choice.
- Let cook for 2-4 mins on each side. Be patient and make sure pancake is mostly cooked through before flipping. Cook time depends on your stovetop, but mine are about 3 minutes on each side.
- Top with maple syrup, nut butter or toppings of choice.
For freezing: Place each pancake in tin foil and store directly in freezer once cooled. Pop into toaster and toast until warm.
**How much milk you add will depend on which flour you use. The mixture should be thick so don't add too much milk.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by LES MILLS Good Protein as part of their #TheGoodWhey campaign. I was compensated for my time. All opinions shared are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting The Healthy Maven!
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