Sunday, January 31, 2016

Snickerdoodle Protein Pancakes

I was looking through some of my old pancake recipes recently and realized I haven't posted the one that I've been making the most.

Other things have changed. I've been using PEScience protein powder for all of my protein powder recipes, and I'm obsessed. The great thing about this powder is that it's a mix of whey and casein.

Whey: A liquid by-product of cheese production (appetizing, I know- it tastes nothing like cheese). It is quick digesting and easily absorbed. Whey is best used anytime of day, especially as a protein source post-workout. Whey protein comes in a few forms, but the best is "whey protein isolate".

Casein: Casein is another milk-based protein. It has a slower rate of digestion compared to whey protein, so it provides a more steady release of amino acids to the body over a longer period of time. This protein is a good option anytime of day, but is used a lot before bed (to prevent protein breakdown overnight).

So, the combination of both of these proteins is ideal. Plus, casein tends to act like a thickening agent- and thick batters make awesome pancakes!

Also, PEScience has amazing flavors including Snickerdoodle and Blondie that are unique AND delicious. I'm not sponsored by them or paid to say any of this (I wish)....I just truly like the brand!

Back to the  pancakes. And by the way, you can use whatever whey protein you have if you don't have PEScience. If you want to buy it, Vitacost has great prices. You can use this link for $10 off your first order :)

Snickerdoodle Protein Pancakes


Ingredients:

1/2 medium (~100 g) zucchini, grated (I just chop it in my Ninja food processor)
1/3 cup oatmeal
2 tablespoons coconut flour
2 tablespoons PEScience Snickerdoodle protein powder
1 teaspoon psyllium husk
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup egg whites
Stevia to taste
Almond milk as needed (or any milk)

Directions:

1. Cook the zucchini in the microwave for one minute. Set aside. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.

2. Combine all ingredients (including the zucchini) in a food processor. Batter WILL be thick. Add enough almond milk to give it a pudding-like mixture (about 1/4 cup?).

3. Coat skillet with cooking spray. Add batter by the spoonful to the pan. Flatten slightly. Cover and cook about 4 minutes (or until pancake sets and is golden brown underneath). Flip pancakes and cook about 3 minutes on the other side or until cooked through.