As we all know, the protein pancake is quite the starlet in the blogosphere and healthy-living world. So what’s a girl to do when she runs out of protein powder and is craving some delicious, nutritious fluffiness? Improvise. Besides, the whole banana + egg whites, + protein powder routine gets a little boring after a while. Nothin’ wrong with switching it up…
Since I had no protein powder on-hand, I substituted some PB2 and baking powder in its place. The baking powder gave the pancakes a fluffier consistency than usual. I also threw in some rolled oats to give them more texture. The final product tasted very similar to our go-to Tone It Up Protein Pancakes. If I had a banana I would have added it into the mix, but I was also out of bananas. The recipe below would taste great with a mashed banana or half banana if you have one, so feel free to add that in as well.
Despite the lack of protein powder these pancakes still have a whopping 20g of protein! Not too shabby for some last-minute improvisation.
I used these ingredients, plus strawberries, not pictured:
(Makes 2 pancakes, which is enough for one person):
- 1/3 cup egg whites
- 1/4 cup soy milk [or almond, rice, etc.]
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 tbsp PB2
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, except for half the strawberries, which you will use to top the pancake. Using a whisk, whisk ingredients until fully smooth. Add more soy milk if the batter is too thick. Lightly spray a non-stick skillet with olive oil cooking spray and pour in half the batter. Cook over medium heat, flipping once when edges begin to brown and center of pancake starts bubbling. Once the first pancake is cooked, cook the second. Top with remaining sliced strawberries. I also spread additional PB2 on my finished pancakes in the picture above [optional, and not included in calorie count below].
Nutrition Info [for 2 pancakes]: 217 cal, 7.5g fat, 20g carb, 8g fiber, 6g sugar, 20g protein