So I like to make protein pancakes. Since Justin doesn’t really like my vegan protein powder I’m not making them as often for the two of us. It’s usually a regular Sunday thing because we love hitting the gym together Sunday mornings and what’s a better pre-workout breakfast than something with 50g of protein in it? But this past Saturday I was awake at 3am because the tattoo I got the night prior was so painful I couldn’t sleep. We wake up early on the weekends, as long as we get to bed on time and Justin hits the gym with me before my shift starts at 9am. So around 5:30 that morning I made myself some pancakes and I made him a sausage egg and cheese bagel sandwich – I figured he would prefer that.
Funny when I woke him up and we sat down to eat his first words that morning were “Oh, YOU get pancakes?” I honestly think he liked the sandwich more than he would have like these pancakes though. Especially the way he’s been eating lately – they were not sweet enough for his taste buds.
But these brownie batter pancakes…umm yea they were pretty damn good to me. Using my vegan protein seems to make them a little less sweet but the texture turns out better so I’m playing with my recipe a little. I think these would have been great with mashed banana (which I was out of). I used applesauce instead which doesn’t have quite the same sweetening effect as extra-ripe bananas do but it does keep the carb content a bit lower.
My new favorite way to dress up some pancakes, toast, or protein bars is to make a protein nut butter frosting. It’s easy – 1 or 2 tbsp of nut butter with a serving of protein powder and add milk until it’s the right consistency. Might need to melt your nut butter a little for easier stirring.
I should have put chocolate chips in these but we were running low on them and I’m trying my best to watch all the sweets in my diet – even if they’re protein-sweetened or as small as a few chocolate chips. The more I eat chocolate, the more I want to eat chocolate. And it’s a craving that hits about 15 times a day. It’s bad, guys.
But that’s why I make things like these BROWNIE batter protein pancakes! I call them brownie batter because I tossed extra cocoa powder in – makes them extra chocolatey but also probably affected the sweetness of it. Perhaps next time I’ll try a couple drops of liquid stevia or a tbsp of maple syrup.