As a nutrition consultant, I am often asked for breakfast ideas that are high in protein besides eggs. I think we have all gotten in the mind set that breakfast has to be "breakfast" foods. It certainly does not! If last night's dinner leftovers sound good, go for it! Any type of meat and some vegetables is a great option. For those of you that have to have a traditional breakfast food, this is the recipe for you!!
I made these into a high protein pancake by adding egg white protein to the batter. You will never know it's there! The high protein content and healthy fats will keep you feeling satisfied longer than traditional pancakes or a bowl of cereal.
Recipe: Banana Pancakes
- 3 eggs
- 3 bananas, mashed (about a cup)
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup egg white protein*
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp or more of honey
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- dash of sea salt
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, bananas, vanilla, oil and honey until frothy
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, soda and salt
- Pour the dry bowl into the egg mixture and beat until combined
- Fold in walnuts at this time
- Let the batter sit for about 15-20 minutes to set up
- Heat a small oiled skillet over medium to medium low heat. Almond flour burns easily and these will be fairly brown when done
- Pour about 1/8 - 1/4 cup batter in the center. Make them about 3 inches in diameter. This will make them cook more evenly and flip easier
- Once bubbles appear and the edges get dry, flip the pancake
- Serve plain, with syrup or fruit on top
*I used plain egg white protein. Vanilla would work just fine, the plain is less expensive and tasted great. I have not made these without the protein, but I think you could just add extra flour and they would still turn out delicious.
Makes about 15 silver dollar pancakes
I think the bananas sweeten these up enough without the honey. I used Nature's Hollow Honey and Maple Syrup made with xylitol to reduce the sugar content of these. I enjoyed them plain with no syrup and felt like I was being naughty and eating bread!!!
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