With the new year and its wishful healthful intentions in full swing, one resolution I know many people, including myself, have is to eat a solid, balanced breakfast everyday.
I’m right there with y’all. Too often, I just grab a Quest or RX bar on my way out the door and shovel it into my mouth at my desk while my students are in gym first thing in the morning. At least it’s something, though it’s not a breakfast I feel exactly proud of.
Yes, there’s a time and a place for those protein bars, and I know everyday is not how they should be consumed.
Now, pancakes, that’s something I could really get behind having on a daily basis. And yes, my friends, pancakes don’t have to be the endless sugary, carby, blood sugar thaiphoon of a beast that we see paraded on monthly commercials from IHOP (what will they think of next to put on a pancake…they never cease to amaze me).
Today, we’re giving the beloved pancake a healthy makeover, and I’ll show you how these little beauties can be apart of your daily breakfast routine or at least weekly routine. Pancakes and the weekend seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly in my books, so while I may not honestly have time to whip up a fresh batch every morning at 6:45 a.m., I can always make time for them on the weekends.
But let’s face it, any morning that starts with pancakes, healthy ones especially, is a solid morning.
Back in college, I can remember one of my most anticipated days of the year involved free food, and they were Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry’s as well as Free Short Stack Day at IHOP. Alas, my nutritional perspective wasn’t quite as balanced in college as it is now, but I digress…
Seeing those blonde, perfectly symmetrical stacks of carbs on a plate makes me feel right at home, like everything is and will be alright in the world. Pancakes are nostalgic stacks of comfort for me. From my early years, I can recall my mom, wonderful gem that she is, whipping us up pancakes on Saturday mornings as a way to kick off the weekend. I remember making banana pancakes in high school with a girlfriend after the Jack Johnson song Banana Pancakes came out. I also remember my weekly IHOP dates with my best guys friends in high school where I ALWAYS ordered the short stack of harvest grain and nut (as if that makes it so much healthier) pancakes.
Pancakes have been and always will be apart of my life. These days, though, my pancakes aren’t loaded with gluten, dairy, soy, and refined sugars like they once were. No immediate nap will be required.
I’m here to argue that we can have our pancakes and eat them, too! Whether you’re taking on a Whole 30 or trying out Paleo or just wanting to clean up your diet, my protein pancakes will meet your nutritional needs.
All ya need is a little coconut flour, protein powder (I LOVE Great Lakes Gelatin...I'll link a pic of it below), egg, almond milk, orange zest, and vanilla to make the actual pancakes.
From there, the sky is the limit! Plop in a few blueberries, chocolate chips, or strawberry slices for customized pancake perfection.
But for today’s recipe, inspiration sought me out when I discovered a nearly abandoned half-bag of cranberries in my produce drawer, begging for some love, affection and attention. Sure, Christmas is over, but that doesn’t mean we must harshly slam the cranberry door for good. That’s where the citrus cranberry glaze/topping/syrup/reduction of wonderfulness comes into the recipe.
So how easy is this? Toss a handful into a low-heated pan for about 3-5 minutes, pour in two tablespoons of orange juice (or any juice you have on hand would probably work…water could get the job done as well) and simmer those berries another 3-5 minutes until they are popping and sizzling and the liquid has nearly reduced out of the pan.
Pour that beautiful concoction atop your pancakes to really elevate them to a gestational gold metal.
If you’re not a fan of cranberries, you could sub in sliced apples, pears, or oranges for equally lovely yet still nutritionally clean fruit syrup.
Do you lack confidence in the pancake department? Here’s a few Pancake 101 tips for ya…if you’re already a pancake pro, you can go ahead and scroll down to the recipe, too. You won’t hurt my feelings.
Oh tay team, it’s time to get our protein pancake perfection on.
If you want to check out my favorite protein powder right now, click on the pic below!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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