How To Make Pancake Mix

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Protein pancakes have quickly become a favourite of  gym goers, heavy lifters, long distance runners and – really – anyone maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s easy to see why. These tasty, protein-packed alternatives to traditional carbohydrate-heavy pancakes will delight your taste buds and help you on your way to that summer bod!

While they have replaced eggs and oatmeal as a breakfast food, they’re also being eaten throughout the day and even as a dessert. Yes, they can be that good.

You can find boxed protein pancake mix at any health food store, but why settle for something store bought when you can make and customise your own? We’ll tell you how!

But first…

What’s in Protein Pancakes

This, of course, depends on what recipe you’re using. But, one ingredient is always present: protein powder. Really, when talking about protein pancakes, it makes more sense to discuss what isn’t in them.

A good protein pancake mix recipe will not have:

  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Refined Oils
  • Enriched flour
  • Dextrose
  • Salt

Key Benefits

We’re sure that you’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And it is! After sleeping and fasting for 8+ hours, your body needs a metabolic wakeup call. Unfortunately, many of the foods that we traditionally associate with breakfast are carb-heavy, full of sugar, and do more harm than good. Toast, baked goods, and cereals will all cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then quickly drop off, leaving you feeling tired and still hungry.

Enter protein pancakes!

A protein-rich breakfast will help you to:

  • Stay fuller, longer
  • Reduce cravings
  • Improve concentration and focus
  • Help you maintain a healthy weight
  • Encourage muscle recovery and growth

For more detail on how protein helps aid in all of these functions, check out our blog about its many benefits for both men and women.

When To Eat Them

As is the case with protein shakes, protein pancakes can be enjoyed any time of the day. But, for the best results, take into consideration your lifestyle and goals.

If you work out first thing in the morning, consider whipping up a batch of protein pancakes topped with fresh fruit for breakfast, before you hit the gym. This will give you a mental and physical boost and will help give your muscles the amino acids they need to grow and repair themselves.

If you’re looking for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, try protein pancakes topped with bananas and honey for lunch or a snack in between lunch and dinner. This will help improve your focus, ward off cravings, and keep your metabolism working hard.

Protein pancakes can also be used to treat ‘yoself without cheating. Almond butter, coconut and cinnamon can all be incorporated into your recipe for sweet, indulgent flavours without the guilt that’s often associated with dessert.

Our Favourite Recipe

There are hundreds (if not thousands!) of protein pancake recipes floating around the internet. Here is our tried and tested favourite. Bear in mind, this is a dry mix that you can keep in your cupboard and add liquid to later.

180g rolled oats (blitz in a blender until fine, like flour)

57g WHEY PLUS RIPPEDCORE or PRO-V GAIN PROTEIN (no need for sweeteners when our protein powders come in a variety of flavours and taste great)

15g baking powder

To prepare the mix:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift the rolled oats to get rid of any clumps
  2. Add the WHEY PLUS RIPPEDCORE or PRO-V GAIN PROTEIN and baking powder
  3. Mix well
  4. Store in an air-tight container

When you’re ready to use:

  1. Scoop approximately 95 g of powder into a large mixing bowl
  2. Add nuts, coconut flakes, or dry/fresh fruit to taste
  3. Add 4 tablespoons of water, skim milk, almond milk or soy milk
  4. Stir and – if necessary – add more liquid until the batter is thick and smooth.
  5. Heat up a pan, add coconut oil to prevent sticking, and cook each side of the pancake for 50 seconds.
  6. Top with whatever healthy and delicious extras you’d like!

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