I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who didn’t love pancakes. Those fluffy, warm flapjacks are guaranteed to take you back to childhood faster than a park swing. But the problem with traditional pancakes is they are, well, CAKE, loaded with empty calories and void of balanced nutrition, sending you on a blood sugar roller coaster that will leave you cranky and hungry by 10 am.
Power Pancakes to the rescue!
This healthy twist on comfort food has become my go-to breakfast, especially before a workout. These are simple, delicious, satisfying, and packed with nutrition. The combination of slow-digesting, high fiber oats, egg whites and coconut oil provides the perfect balance of carbohydrate, protein, and fats necessary to get you through the morning. And the added banana makes your dish sweet and creamy, with extra potassium, vitamins, and minerals.
I top mine with a little nut butter and a handful of antioxidant berries. My kids drizzle theirs with real maple syrup. Now you have healthy comfort food that tastes better than the old-fashioned variety from a box. Score!
1/2 C. old-fashioned oats
1/2 C. egg whites (can use prepared liquid egg)
Half a soft, ripe banana*
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 T. coconut oil
Favorite toppings: Nut butter, berries, extra banana, almonds, pure maple syrup.
Stir oats and egg whites together in a bowl. Add banana and mash with a fork. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Heat an omelet size pan on the stovetop to medium-high. Lightly coat with coconut oil. Pour in all the batter for one large pancake, or several minis. Cook until golden brown and egg is thoroughly cooked, about two minutes per side.
This recipe makes one large or four mini Power Pancakes.
*If your banana isn’t ripe yet, mash it in a bowl and set aside for 30 minutes before making the pancake.
Julie Meyers Miller is a Certified Nutritionist for Fitness and Wellness and founder of balanceisbest. She is a wife, mom, and blogger on a mission to inspire holistically healthier lives at any stage of the game.
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