When you think “healthy breakfast,” do you think “big stack of cinnamon pumpkin pancakes”?? If you read as many health blogs as I do, you’d have to be living under a rock to not notice the pancake craze that has been sweeping the blog world, but despite this, I have always thought of pancakes as a food that I would save for a “very special treat.” One part of this is that I just love my satisfying and filling pumpkin-chia-yogurt breakfast, another part is that bringing a skillet and pancake ingredients with me while traveling might be a little bit of an overkill … but I think another part of me was at one point “scared” of eating pancakes.
We’ve all seen GIANT stacks of restaurant-made pancakes that look as if they’ve been made with an entire stick of butter, a pound of sugar, and a gallon of maple syrup. All I had to do was a simple Google search for “unhealthy restaurant pancakes” to determine that Bob Evans’ Caramel Banana Pecan Hotcakes have “the sugar equivalent of 7 Twinkies, the caloric equivalent of 8 Dunkin’ Donuts glazed donuts, the sodium equivalent of 6.5 large orders of McDonald’s fries, and 4.5 times the daily limit of trans fats.” (source). Fine for an occasional splurge, but as a daily breakfast? Umm, no thank you!
Now, I truly believe that NO food should be 100% off-limits. No, I would not endorse eating 3 fast food cheeseburgers per day (and truthfully, the thought of eating a fast food cheeseburger kind of disgusts me in the first place), but if you’re a person that absolutely craves a fast food cheeseburger, do I think you should indulge a few times a year? Absolutely! If you’re traveling to a new place, or if a friend or family member cooks a special dish, do I think you should deprive yourself? No way! Enjoy it, and don’t stress about the caloric consequences.
But even though I believe this wholeheartedly, I still had a lingering “fear” of pancakes. They seemed like a food that I couldn’t (or at least “shouldn’t”) make for myself on regular occasions. See? Even healthy living bloggers who talk about eating healthily most of the time and striking the right balance still have habits we need to coach ourselves through changing.
Not a ton of coaching was needed here, though, because once I tried these delicious (and nutritious!) pancakes, I was sold. My fear of pancakes is long gone, and I’ve re-made these several times since. These are pancakes I can feel good about eating! I like to make them fairly small, because let’s face it … a tall stack of pancakes is just that much more fun!
I used Cinnamon Roll flavored protein powder from All Pro Science, but if you don’t have this, you could try vanilla flavored protein powder with an extra pinch of cinnamon. If you missed my review of All Pro Science protein powder last week, you can see it here. And you can still get a 40% discount by using the promo code LYON40!
Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Protein Pancakes
- 10g (about 1/3 scoop) 100% Grass-Fed Whey All Pro Science Cinnamon Roll protein powder (or try other protein powder with an extra pinch of cinnamon)
- 1 T coconut flour
- 1 T oats
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1/2 cup liquid egg whites (or 2 eggs)
- 6 drops liquid stevia
- 1 T low-fat cottage cheese (I used 2%)
- 2 T unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or 2 T regular milk or other non-dairy milk)
- If you want to be fancy, mix your dry ingredients, then mix your wet ingredients and add in dry ingredients. Truth be told, I just threw everything into a bowl and stirred the second time I made these, and it turned out just fine.
- Heat a large skillet, and coat lightly with cooking spray, olive oil, or coconut oil. Carefully pour small circles of batter onto skillet, and be patient as they cook! When you see bubbles coming up through the batter, turn over with a spatula, and heat until fully cooked.
- Stack them high, choose a topping, and enjoy! For this batch, I made a sauce out of peanut flour, water, a pinch of salt, a bigger pinch of cinnamon, and 3 drops of stevia. I poured that on the pancakes with a chopped peach over everything. Feel free to get creative with your toppings, though!
**If made according to this recipe (without toppings or oil for pan), the entire recipe contains 181 calories, 3g fat, 16g carbs, and 22g protein.**
So tell me in the comments … Are there any foods you are “scared” of? When is the last time you had pancakes? What’s your favorite breakfast food?