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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Chocolate & Banana Protein Pancake Recipe


Most of you will have seen this creation on Instagram yesterday, so I thought I'd post the recipe in case anyone wanted to make it for themselves!

 Since I've started my weight-loss journey, I find it so difficult not to eat unhealthy foods such as chocolate and sweets. After I started going to the gym, I've been taking protein shakes to aid my muscle recovery after heavy workouts and never knew the extent of amazing foods that can be made using whey protein powder. 

chocolate banana sci-mx protein pancake stack with toffee sauce recipe

The powder that I use is part of Sci Mx's Weight Management Range. Diet Pro Protein is full of weight loss enhancing ingredients and contains 21g of protein per 30g serving. Packed with green tea extract, this powder claims to boost energy, help control cholesterol, improve thyroid health, support your metabolism and support muscle growth which otherwise may deteriorate when dieting.

Knowing that you can make pancakes from protein powder,  I was adamant on creating the best protein pancake stack imaginable. And I hope you'd agree that we succeeded!

So what're we waiting for? Here's the recipe:

chocolate banana strawberry sci-mx protein pancake stack with toffee sauce recipe

Makes 18 mini pancakes or 9 normal sized pancakes. 

Ingredients:
3 scoops protein powder
4 Egg Whites
2 whole Bananas
1 tsp Baking Powder
100-200ml Almond Milk
Flavouring (vanilla pods/ cinnamon/ cocoa powder)

Method:
Use a blender or electric whisk to mix the banana and egg whites until fluffy, then slowly add in the protein powder of choice (I used SciMx Diet Pro Protein).

Add in the Almond Milk until the desired consistency is achieved. If you've used flavoured protein powder, you may not want to add extra flavouring. But you can add what ever flavourings you want, for example vanilla, cinnamon or cocoa powder. 

To make the circular mini pancakes, I used an egg ring. Ensure that the pan is well oiled, for this I used 1 calorie cooking spray. Turn the hob up to a high heat to ensure the pan is hot enough, then lower to a medium heat.

Use a dessert spoon and fill the egg ring with a spoonful of batter and spread it round. These pancakes will fluff up quite a bit, so only a small amount is needed. Cook for 30 seconds and then remove the egg ring. Flip the pancake and cook until both sides are browned. Keeping the pancake fluffy in the middle will stop it tasting dry. 

Once you've used up all the batter, set the pancakes aside and prepare your choice of topping. For me, this was sliced strawberries, bananas and sugar free toffee sauce. Other options could be different fruits, low fat yoghurt, zero cal syrups or low calorie sweeteners. Stacking them with alternating fruits, I created my protein tower of deliciousness. 

Nutritional Information (Per stack of 9 without topping)
Calories: 306kcal
Protein: 41g
Carbs: 31.45g
Sugar: 18.7g

Different protein powders will have different nutritional information. If you have any allergies, check the label for more information.
The protein I used has a trace amount of gluten in, so would not be suitable for coeliacs or gluten intolerances. However, I have a mild intolerance to gluten, and these did not have any repercussions after consumption! Happy Days!

chocolate banana strawberry sci-mx protein pancake stack with toffee sauce recipe

Do you have any healthy cheat recipes under your belt? What would you use as a topping?

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