Sunday, August 12, 2012

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Eat like a Pro(tein)

Salutations! With a weekend full of ample downtime I am able to keep up with the posts in order to make up for my lack of much recently.

This morning I had anticipated making corn cakes due to my new found love of Masa Harina, but with a failed attempt. They came out really gooey and all around unappetizing. No good.

Remembering from the countless hours of web surfing last night I came across Eating Bird Food's Pumpkin Protein Pancake, and thought about trying it. I vaguely remembered the ingredient amount, so pretty much came up with my own take on it.

While the pancake was pretty tasty and really filling, the topping really took the cake. (Pun of course intended). I had planned on using this topping for my corn cakes, but suited this Protein powerhouse just dandy. I suggest you make it spread on anything edible.

Trust me, it's delicious!

Protein Pancake with Banana Butter Topping
serves 1, adapted from Eating Bird Food

1/3 cup rolled oats
3 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
2 T milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 frozen banana
1 T Sunflower Butter (or Peanut Butter, any other nut butter)
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Start by heating a skillet to medium heat, and spraying with cooking spray.

Mix the pancake ingredients in a medium bowl until fully combined.

Pour into skillet, using a rubber spatula to thoroughly scrape out contents.

Cook about 2 minutes per side, and serve.

For the topping, start by placing frozen banana in a microwave safe bowl, and heating for a little over a minute, or until warm. I'm not sure if a fresh banana would deliver the same results, but let me know if you try. Combine with cinnamon and nut butter, mashing to combine. Spread evenly on pancake, using a spatula to scrape out every last drop of goodness. (Trust me, you will.) I also topped mine with some granola for an added crunch.

No, this does not taste anything like your typical pancake, and I find it hard to even call it a pancake. It has a much denser texture from the oats, but it sure was filling. I planned on having a snack in between breakfast and lunch, but didn't find the need to! The pancake is rather large, so don't feel discouraged that it is in fact only one pancake. You and your tummy will be quite satisfied. The whole recipe has about 22 grams of Protein in case you needed justification to it's title.

Happy Eating!

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