VANILLA PROTEIN PANCAKES & HEALTHY SYRUP
Growing up I was that trying-to-be healthy kid who always sat in the kitchen at breakfast and said “No mom, I don’t want waffles I won’t eat those!!” as I enviously stared at my family’s plates, but then I always end up stealing a bite (or half the plate) of my siblings’ food.. Anyways I’m not sure how it has taken me about 6 years now to even fathom the thought of making pancakes, but today I had a craving so I decided today was the day; I would make a pancake that I could be proud of, not afraid of. So after class I came home and went to town, and boy did I LOVE the results. I hope that you do too and I hope that if you also are a pancake-phobic health weirdo like me, this will help you out.
(Skinny) Vanilla Protein Pancakes
-1/2 cup cottage cheese
-1/2 cup quick cook or steel cut oats
-1/4 cup vanilla coconut or soy milk
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-3 egg whites
-1 tbsp flax seeds (optional)
Mix the ingredients in a blender until it becomes a batter like mixture
Pour batter onto skillet (should make about 3 small pancakes) and flip after about 3 minutes or until you see bubbles forming on top
So as easily as that I made some amazing pancakes. I had so many ideas as to where I could go with this.. I could put blueberries, bananas, peanut butter, or chocolate chips in there!! Maybe even a combination of a few of those.. But I will have to experiment with that next time. Next came the difficult part… Syrup. First of all I realize that syrup is a fat sugar pill, but secondly we have nothing of the sort in this house and I didn’t have time to go to the store.. So I made my own. And again, it was AMAZING. You really could go any direction with this. I think that blueberry syrup would be absolutely to die for, unfortunately all I had was strawberries so they got used, but I was so so so pleased with the turnout.
Skinny fruity Syrup
1 cup fruit (strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tsp brown sugar
Cut up fruit & put into sauce pan with water
Mash up fruit with a potato masher and crush the berries up moderately well
Add 2-3 tablespoons of honey depending how sweet you are wanting it & stir
Bring the mixture to a boil and boil for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
Pour mixture onto pancakes & serve
I try to not make too much of a good thing such as these because chances are I will go into overdrive and clear my plate.. So these are only single serving sizes. If you are cooking for more than just yourself then be sure to at least double the recipes! Have fun with these happy, healthy, pancakes!!