i have been a lover of pancakes my whole life, especially cracker barrel's blueberry ones. those and french toast. i could literally eat those two things every day and be happy forever. when i was flipping through this book though, i knew i had to try the banana-blueberry protein pancake recipe that stared me in the face, but thought i could be disappointed because i would compare them to my favorite ones. obviously these could not possibly be tasty because they were healthy, right?! wrong. these are simply amazing.
when i have the time, i eat these every single morning i don't have to work. i stay full all morning which is great and they are also loaded with protein and fruit, which helps. no, they're not calorie, gluten, or carb free....but at least they don't come from a box and i would consider them good for you. unfortunately i do add maybe a half tsp of butter and a few strips of syrup for extra sweetness, not going overboard.
here is the recipe.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup fat-free ricotta
4 large egg whites
1/2 mashed banana
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 blueberries (i cut mine in half so they stay in better)
spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. mix all ingredients together well except the blueberries. i tend to do all the wet ingredients first and add the oats last and then the blueberries. when the skillet is hot, pour 3 or 4 separate dollops of batter to form pancakes. cook over medium heat for about 90 seconds or so, flipping once.
and that's it.
i'll give you another secret from this book. drink a glass of water before each meal and you won't eat as much. i have been such a huge fan of bob harper for years since i watched the biggest loser way back when. i don't have time now, but the few seasons i did watch were amazing. i love bob and i think he's great. this book is awesome and i think i'm going to share more of it sometime because it has awesome tips that aren't just for weight loss, but for overall health for life!
hope you enjoy these as much as i do.