Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Figgy Vanilla Protein Pancakes

I love figs. It's very rare for my local grocery store to have  FRESH figs, so I make sure I grab them when I see them! These pancakes came out amazingly delicious. The figs - like banana, applesauce, etc. - replace the fat in this recipe, keeping them moist. Figs are a good source of potassium, a mineral that plays a crucial role in muscle contraction. Potassium also works with sodium helps to maintain fluid balance and cell integrity, and has been shown to improve blood pressure. Figs are also a source of fiber, which adds bulk to your stool (aka helps you go to the bathroom), provides a feeling of satiety (fullness), decreases serum cholesterol, and delays glucose absorption. Just 37 calories for one medium-size  fig! Ok, so here's the recipe:


Figgy Vanilla Protein Pancakes

Ingredients for Pancakes:

2 tablespoons oatmeal
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1/2 tablespoon psyllium husk
3 tablespoons vanilla whey
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Stevia to taste
1/4 cup egg whites
1 medium fig, cut into chunks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Filling:

3 tablespoons greek yogurt
Vanilla liquid stevia drops, to taste (or regular stevia)

Directions:

1. Blend oats into flour using a blender/food processor. Add all dry ingredients (through stevia) and blend again.
2. Add egg whites, fig chunks, and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
3. Heat a non-stick pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Drop your batter onto the pan (about 3-4 pancakes). Reduce heat slightly and cover. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until edges set. Flip your pancakes, cover, and cook an additional 2 minutes or until done.
4. Combine filling ingredients and layer between your pancakes.
5. DEVOUR!

Nutrition facts: 230 calories, 3 g Fat, 26.3 CHO, 7.8 g Fiber, 27.8 Protein

*Nutrition facts may vary depending on the brands of ingredients you use*