Okay, so I’m pretty damn proud of these chocolate protein pancakes. And may be more smug that they’re only sitting around the 500kcal mark.
I could write a whole load about how they taste and what to expect – but let’s be honest we all just want to get to the good part, the recipe. I will say however, I have nothing against a proper pancake recipe, flour and all. But, for me, these are so quick, easy and hassle free – they’re my go-to every time. I like to be smart about my calories. All food can be enjoyed in moderation, but it’s good to be mindful of where your calories are coming from. Eat smart. With this recipe, I have more flex on the toppings – and by incorporating calorie-free options, I can make a stack that is this delicious, without a second thought.
1 banana (1/2 for pancakes, rest to top)
30g Free Soul Chocolate Whey Protein (or 15g, whatever floats your boat)
Dark chocolate chips
- Mash the banana in a jug. I find a jug is the easiest, but a bowl obviously works just as well. Any utensil will do.
- Beat the eggs into the banana and then follow with the protein powder. Then add a few dark chocolate chips. Add as few or as many as your heart desires.
- Coat a pan in spray oil and let it get hot and sizzly. But, drop the heat before it gets battered.
- Spoon two dollops onto the pan at a decent distance. Let that sit for 30 seconds and then spoon another load onto each pancake. Slow and steady wins this race. Repeat until all the batter is cooked and your stack is starting to form. On the last batch, pop in some of the banana you’ve set aside for toppings and sprinkle with some sugar. It’ll caramelise slightly. Yum.
- Hopefully by now, you have a full plate of fluffy pancakes and the fun bit begins.
- GET YA TOPPINGS OUT FOR THE LADS. Sorry, that was childish. Anyway. Let’s get topping. I always start with a little yog on top, closely followed by crunchy nut butter (I swear by Aldi’s own brand) that I microwaved for about 20 seconds and a drizzle of Sweet Freedom. Some kcal free sauces are a bit iffy, but I quite like the chocolate and caramel one they do. Then finish with the banana, chocolate and some seeds if you fancy it.
With a whopping 40g of protein, these are an ideal brunch after a sweaty morning workout or sunrise walk. What I love most about these are that you don’t have to bother weighing anything and eggs and bananas are staples in our house so they’re always lying about. It’s such an easily adapted base – that you can take your pancakes on any kind of flavour journey. I’m thinking carrot cake next.
Also, out of all protein powders I’ve ever tried, and my god I’ve tried a lot over the years – Free Soul blow any others out of the water on taste and mixing ability. The powders are rarely lumpy, and when they are I blame my poor mixing skills and genuinely taste great in recipes. I’ve always believed that you can get enough protein from a balanced diet, without needing supplements. But, often on a Sunday I’ll have a sweet brunch – whether that’s a smoothie or pancakes – so it’s great to add and ensure I’m getting my protein in. Also, Sunday usually means an early morning walk with my mum on our Moonwalk marathon training, followed by strongwoman training. So it’s even more important to stay fuelled!
All our products are soy, gluten and GMO free and unlike other brands, we haven’t bulked up our protein blends with cheap milk powder fillers (MPC).Free Soul
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