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It's Pancake Day - Let's make a healthier pancake to maintain our slim transformation

Pancakes are not just for Shrove Tuesday, but are also the breakfast (or brunch) champion. Fluffy and delicious, but often laden with sugar and empty calories. But fear not, with a few simple swaps and tweaks, you can transform this classic treat into a healthy and satisfying start to any day. 


Here's how:

Flour Power:

  • Ditch the white: Opt for whole-wheat flour, oat flour, or a blend of both for added fibre and nutrients.

  • Go nuts (literally): Add some almond flour or ground flaxseed for extra protein and healthy fats.

  • Spice it up: Experiment with alternative flours like chickpea or buckwheat for a unique flavour and boost of vitamins and minerals.


Sweeten Wisely:

  • Skip the syrup: Opt for natural sweeteners like mashed banana, dates, or strawberries.

  • Get fruity: Add fresh berries, sliced mango, or chopped apples for sweetness and a burst of vitamins.

  • Spice it up: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger add warmth and flavour without the sugar spike.


Boost the Protein:

  • Egg-cellent: Use whole eggs for protein and healthy fats. Consider adding an extra egg white for even more protein.

  • Whey to go: Mix in some protein powder for an extra protein punch. Choose unflavoured or vanilla for maximum versatility.

  • Nutty goodness: Add chopped nuts like almonds or walnuts for protein and healthy fats.


Recipe Idea: Banana Oat Pancakes

These fluffy pancakes are packed with protein, fibre, and natural sweetness, making them a guilt-free pancake day treat.


Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed

  • 50g rolled oats

  • 125ml unsweetened almond milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Pinch of salt

  • Optional: 25g chopped nuts or berries


Instructions:

  1. In a blender, combine the banana, oats, milk, egg, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Blend until smooth.

  2. Heat a lightly greased pan over medium heat. Pour batter onto the pan, forming small pancakes.

  3. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.

  4. Serve with your favourite toppings, like fresh fruit, chopped nuts, or Greek yogurt.


Tips:

  • For thicker pancakes, use less milk. For thinner pancakes, use more milk.

  • Don't overmix the batter, as this can make the pancakes tough.

  • You can substitute other flours like whole wheat flour or even chickpea flour.

  • Get creative with your toppings! Try yogurt, chia seeds, or even a dollop of nut butter.



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