There’s no denying it, everyone loves a pancake when they’re made right. As a protein-packed snack, our recipe put together by Maxinutrition – retailers of protein shakes – will have you making perfect protein pancakes every time. Plus, they’re definitely better than those flimsy sugary ones that you are used to making!
In the mix
For those who are new to this wonderful recipe, being part of the protein pancake phenomenon only requires these ingredients:
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup cows/almond milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 scoop protein powder
If you’re thinking of making something extra exotic, why not try playing around with your pancake batter by including 1 banana, ¼ cup Greek yoghurt, ½ cup cottage cheese, ½ cup cooked & mashed sweet potato or 30g quinoa? Fruit are an extra-healthy addition to your mix, so try to include some if you want to include some naturally added sweetness.
Something smaller? Try mini pancakes
As a snack in between meals, or as a light-lunch, try mini protein-packed pancakes. They’re delicious cold or hot, and when you combine them with either fresh fruit, yoghurt or maple syrup, they make a great alternative to your everyday lunch.
Don’t add too much protein powder
Ensure that you don’t put too much protein into your mixture, instead aiming for around 1 – 2 scoops depending on the amount of mixture that you’re using. If you use too much, then your pancakes will turn out dry and rubbery, which might put you off them!
If you want to bulk out your mixture with even more ingredients, then why not try adding cottage cheese to your batter? Or, if you’d like a healthy alternative, you could use quinoa (a high protein grain) rather than oats. Don’t forget to play around with your toppings; remember, you can bulk-up the protein content by using pecan nuts and berried yoghurts.
Try going nuts!
If you want a great alternative to the standard pancake mixture, then try using nuts as the base for the pancake powder. You can do this by blending together different nut combinations and dried fruits. This works well for both savoury and sweet pancake dishes. Once you’ve had them once, you’ll never turn back!
Fluffing up your pancakes
No one likes to eat a doorstop pretending to be a pancake, so try this easy trick to ensure your pancakes are perfectly fluffy:
Use 1 tsp of baking powder, as this ensures that the batter is fluffy when it rises.
Metal spoons are better for sifting the flour into your batter – this is because a metal spoon can crush the air pockets that you’ve created within your mixture.
Remember, try not to batter your batter. If you over-whisk your batter, this will lead to a chewy, rather than a fluffy texture, and you should stop mixing as soon as all of your ingredients are incorporated.