So, I saw this meme on Facebook:
And I thought “Bananas: healthy carb sticks. Eggs: healthy protein…ellipticals…? I’m gonna do this!”
The picture pretty much explains it all: you can either mash the bananas and then whisk with the eggs, or you can do what I did and just blend them with a hand blender. You can also add cinnamon (as I did) or other spices to… um… spice it up…
Warning: These make really, REALLY fragile pancakes. The batter is very thin so they are super difficult to flip, and I’m not great at flipping to begin with, so I wound up with a really ugly batch of malformed pancakes. My best advice is to keep them small, about the circumference of a tube of Pringles for each one… you feel like you’re getting more that way anyway!
I added to the protein party with two tablespoons of creamy peanut butter, and sweetened the deal with some Lyle’s Golden Syrup and thawed frozen berries (fresh berries that a froze myself, feel free to buy bags of frozen but always check labels for icky added sugars).
One batch of pancakes is a little under 250 calories, 10.3g fat (3.2 of which saturates), 27.7g carbs, 3.1g fiber, 13.9g protein, and 141.2mg sodium making it a very good fueling food. Just be a bit cautious of what fats you put on it if you’re just about to go on a run. Maybe reach for the PB2 instead of full fat peanut butter, or just go for some honey or sugar-free jam. Or if you want to nibble on a dry pancake, they’re subtly sweet, and taste slightly of banana (big surprise there) when they have no toppings. With toppings the slight banana flavor is disguised and they’re just like small, thin pancakes!
Aside from being yummy and nutrient-rich, these pancakes also meet certain dietary requirements for those who need them. Namely, they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, and fit in with the diets of those following the paleo regimine (but only if you buy free-range eggs!). While they are also vegetarian (like all pancakes?) they are NOT vegan. I saw a commenter on the OP say she was vegan and was going to make them for a treat. Eggs are not vegan!! Nor is honey, bee pollen, milk of ANY SORT (not just cows), as well as certain wines and liquor! There are vegan-tweaked recipes for pancakes (and just about everything else) but if it contains any kind of an animal product and you are on a vegan diet DON’T EAT IT.
Enjoy your pancakes and let me know what you think!