Hey Burlesquers! I am refreshed! I am rejuvenated! Maybe it was from all those
Cinnamon treats healthy eats and play time this holiday weekend? (In my dreams I’d be having fun on the beach with these fun-looking ladies!)
But, but seriously, I am feeling better, and I am now fairly certain I became sick after improving my diet, exercising, and losing a few pounds. (That probably seems contradictory, right?) I thought so too, but this ALWAYS happens to me. Every time I’ve made too drastic of lifestyle changes (even if its to a more healthy, limited diet or exercising 5 days a week), I get sick. This makes sense though. Your body is initially thrown off course by any changes (good or bad!), and your immune system lowers…hence, me getting a cold! Sigh. I can never win.
I wanted to start fresh today though, and I made a special healthy breakfast for myself. How about Banana Vanilla Protein Pancakes by PB Fingers (blogger)?
Peanut Butter Finger’s recipe (a very cute, healthy lifestyle blogger, by the way) includes oats, egg, mashed banana, protein powder, vanilla extract, and cottage cheese, which makes for a very healthy pancake! I only made slight changes: I added lots of cinnamon (of course), a smidgeon of honey, greek yogurt instead of cottage cheese, and I used oat flour instead of blended oats (she uses an immersion blender to grind the oats in her recipe).
I really liked this recipe! The “pancake” turned out moist and chewy—different from a regular pancake, but just as good and even MORE filling! Four hours later and I am still not hungry! Kind of amazing, actually. These pancakes would freeze well if you made a large batch, and if you don’t have protein powder, just substitute with an equal amount of oat flour, wheat flour, white flour, or even fiber powder. If you don’t have oat flour but would like some, you can actually make your own by grinding oats in a food processor. (Oat flour has a more mild, sweeter flavor than wheat flour.)
Banana Vanilla Protein Pancakes (by PB fingers, with my changes included)
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 very ripe banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- Heat pan or griddle to a low-medium heat and spray with cooking spray.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and blend.
- Pour batter onto griddle and cook for approximately two minutes per side.
- Top with syrup, fresh fruit, nuts or chocolate chips and enjoy!