Pancake day…my grandma’s ‘secret’ ingredient & protein pancakes you’ll love

I‘m not the best chef on the planet, mainly because I lack patience. However, I’m pretty good at making pancakes! Here are my favourite protein packed varieties, plus my grandmas special recipe because not everything you eat has to be 100 percent good for you!

 

Mighty Matcha Protein Pancakes

You may well have guessed from my Instagram that I’m obsessed with Matcha! It’s got a plethora of benefits (find out more here) and gives you that caffeine high, without the energy slump you typically get from coffee. Frankly, I don’t know why more people don’t drink the stuff! The fact that I actively avoid (and fail) going to matcha bar and cafe Tombo is testament to how yummy matcha is when infused into desserts. If you do visit, you must try the gateau, it is chewy, gooey goodness and I can’t be held accountable for the addiction that will ensue – sorry.

They do pancakes too, but I make mine at home with their baking matcha and Lomax Nutrition Protein Powder…

Ingredients 

1 scoop Lomax Nutrition Informed Plant Source vanilla vegan protein powder

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Baking powder

2 Egg whites

170g  Oats

230ml Almond milk

1 tbs Stevia

Coconut oil to cook

Method

Blend all the ingredients using a food processor/hand held blender or even your NutriBullet. Heat a small amount of coconut oil in a non stick pan (thin layer coating the pan is all that is needed) then cook a small ladle worths amount – you should be able to make 2 at a time. Cook for 2-3 mins until bubbles start to form, then flip and cook the other side.

I usually sprinkle more cinnamon (its loaded with antioxidants) on top and add a dollop of Coyo vanilla coconut yoghurt and any berries I have in the fridge.

Serves: 3-4 people 

 

Easy Peasy Banana Protein Pancakes

Ok so this is weird, I hate eating bananas (it’s the texture) but I love banana bread and cake (even super healthy sugar free varieties) and these quick and easy pancakes.

Ingredients

2 Mashed bananas

2 Whisked eggs

1 cup Lomax Nutrition Informed Plant Source vanilla vegan protein powder

1tsp Cinnamon (yes I put it in everything)

A handful of dark chocolate chips (optional)

Coconut oil to cook

Method

Blend all the ingredients, except the chocolate. Heat a small amount of coconut oil in a non stick pan (thin layer coating the pan is all that is needed) then cook a small ladle worths amount – you should be able to make 2 at a time. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top then cook for 2-3 mins until bubbles start to form, then flip and cook the other side.

Serves: 2-3 people

 

Oma’s Fluffy Apple Strudel Pancakes 

Pancakes are right up there with some of the most favourite meals my German grandmother used to make me when I was little (creamed spinach not so much). She uses a secret ingredient – sparkling water! It makes her huge thick pancakes, extra fluffy on the inside and the generous helping of butter she uses to fry them in makes them gratifyingly crispy on the outside. When the apples were ready to be picked from our garden she’d make large batches of spiced apple compote that she’d store in the cellar for meals like this. After a few years of her trying to convince my siblings and I that it did indeed taste as good if not better than lemon and sugar (not a German thing), we eventually tried the combination and never looked back.

Ingredients

350g sieved plain flour

1/2 tsp salt

4 large eggs

400ml milk

125ml sparkling water

Unsalted butter to cook

Apple compote (I couldn’t get an actual recipe from my grandma – it’s ‘instinctual’ apparently, but I like the sound of this one. When I’m not at my grandparents I buy a sugar free apple sauce from the supermarket).

Sultanas to sprinkle on top

Sugar/maple syrup/agave/coconut syrup to sprinkle/pour on top

Method

Blend all the ingredients, (obviously my grandma whisks by hand – but who has the time or energy for that). Heat butter in a non stick pan (the more the better) then pour bater to fill the whole pan. Cook until bubbles start to form then flip and cook the other side. Top with apple compote, sultanas, cinnamon and your choice of ‘sugar’ (I did say this wasn’t very healthy).

Serves: 4

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