High Protein Pancakes are the perfect way to fuel your morning. Give your pancakes a protein boost by incorporating protein powder into the batter. If you are pressed for time in the morning, you can make these pancakes the night before and heat them in the toaster. High protein pancakes will make a busy weekday feel like a luxurious weekend.
The link between protein and energy levels
Protein contains 4 calories per gram. The body likes to use carbohydrates and fats for energy, but if these are lacking, it uses protein. The problem is that our bodies do not store protein the same way they store fat, so when protein is used to create energy it is broken down from our tissues which is not ideal. The bright side is that the process of converting protein into energy is slower than converting carbohydrate into energy so it provides a longer-lasting energy source.
Enzymes are made up of protein. There are enzymes required in the creation of ATP, our energy currency. If you are not eating enough protein you won’t have much energy. Enzymes are required to properly digest our food so we can absorb all of the nutrients.
Hemoglobin is an iron-bearing protein that transports oxygen to the tissues in the body. Iron has a big impact on our energy levels.
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High Protein Pancakes Recipe
(gluten-free, vegetarian, no soy)
Prep time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Serving Size: 1-2
- 1 cup almonds
- 2 eggs
- 1 banana
- scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder (3 tbsp)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tbsp coconut oil
- ¼ cup plain Greek yoghurt
- ½ tbsp honey
- ½ cup blackberries
- Place almonds in a high-speed blender and blend until they reach a flour-like consistency. Alternatively, use 1 cup almond flour.
- Add the eggs, banana, protein powder, and baking soda and blend until smooth.
- Heat a non-stick pan to medium and add coconut oil. Pour ¼ cup batter of the batter into the pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side. This makes 7 small pancakes.
- Enjoy these high protein pancakes topped with plain Greek yoghurt, honey and blackberries.
FOR THE WHOLE RECIPE: CALORIES: 688, FAT: 34 g, SAT. FAT: 11 g, CARBS: 66 g, FIBER: 14 g, SUGARS: 40 g, PROTEIN: 42 g, SODIUM: 149 mg, CHOLESTEROL: 331 mg