By Kristin Pulling, TLS Weight Loss Solution Product Manager
Growing up, devouring a massive pile of my dad’s amazing homemade pancakes was a Saturday morning tradition. My dad made the batter from scratch: a buttery, sugary, mouthwatering combination. I honestly don’t know everything in that batter, because the only thing I could focus on was eating as many pancakes as humanly possible, as quickly as possible.
The pancakes were always loaded up with butter and maple syrup. I would eat pancake after pancake, always leaving the table stuffed to the point I wanted to go back to bed. Not only was this weekly treat delicious, but the time I spent with my family over weekend breakfasts was precious.
Food has that emotional effect on us that, even as adults, we can’t seem to shake. Because last night, I developed a sudden craving for my dad’s famous pancakes. I don’t know what he even put in his pancake batter, but I knew that my healthy lifestyle would not agree with most of his recipe. I couldn’t stop thinking about his pancakes though, and I knew the craving wouldn’t go away until it was satisfied. My pantry was relatively bare but I had lots of fruits and veggies, eggs, almond milk, and of course TLS Whey Protein Shakes. Determined, I did a little Googling for protein pancake recipes that used the limited ingredients I had.
I ended up finding a couple awesome recipes, combined suggested ingredients and nixed ingredients I didn’t have on hand, to create my own healthier version of Dad’s famous flapjacks.
Ingredients: 2 egg whites; 2 pouches TLS Whey Protein (Vanilla Flavor); 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk; 1 banana;
Directions: Mash banana with fork, then add in egg whites – mix well; Add 2 packs of TLS Whey Protein (Vanilla Flavor); Add 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk – mix well; Set stovetop to low/medium heat and cook pancakes until golden brown.
Note: If the batter is a little thin for your taste, add more protein shake powder, or if you have them on hand, use some steel cut oats; Stevia can be added to sweeten batter.
These pancakes are extremely filling – I could not finish mine, but I sure did get close!
I would have to rate my pancakes a 7 out of 10. They definitely did the job of satisfying my craving. But did they compete with my dad’s Saturday morning pancakes? Not really, but it’s hard to compete!
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