Berry Protein Pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes? Usually, such a breakfast treat would be reserved for weekends when there is generally more time to cook, and a little leeway to indulge. I’ve long since wondered what mystery ingredients are in those “ready to pour” containers and have usually opted for a pre-made multi-grain mix or in most cases, settled for cereal.The protein powder and egg whites make this breakfast a great way to get a head start on your protein intake and start your day right. I’ve tried many protein powders, and I can always detect them in my smoothies. With this recipe, the protein powder goes unnoticed. I love this delicious pancake alternative because it is the perfect combination of naughty and nice; the high protein content makes it nutritious, yet the fact that it’s pancakes makes me feel like I’m actually getting away with something! The deep color of the pancakes reflects well the flavor o blueberries, blackberries and raspberries that have been blended well into the batter.I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did! Enjoy!Serves: 1

Cook time: 10 minutes

  • 1/4 Quick cook steel cut oats
  • 1/3 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup mixed berres (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 serving protein powder
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Non-stick spray or cooking oil
  1. Overnight: place 1/4 cup steel cut oats in a container along with 1/2 cup water, or until the oats are covered. They will absorb the water over night. Refrigerate till morning (you may skip this step and just use instant oatmeal).
  2. In a blender combine oats, coconut milk, 1/4 berries, protein powder, egg whites, honey, and cinnamon. Blend ingredients well for 30 to 60 seconds, or until the consistency is like a smoothie.
  3. Heat skillet on high and once heated, coat skillet with cooking spray or oil and pour batter directly from blender. I found that my protein pancakes took a little longer on each side than normal pancakes. You’ll want to wait till the pancake is nice and firm before flipping.

 

Confetti Oatmeal

Who loves oatmeal? I have always heard very mixed reviews. For some it is bland and the texture is all wrong. Others who like it even tire of it, because they have run out of ideas. Since we know the healthy benefits of iron, fiber, protein and more– it is good to wake up a little earlier and take the time to prepare oatmeal and start the day out right. I’ve gone out on a limb and combined fruits and flavors that I have never eaten together before, and it is absolutely delicious. With nothing more than the natural sweetening from fruits, this hot cereal is almost too good to be true!

You will need:

  • Quick cook steel cut oats
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP chopped walnuts
  • 2 TBSP pomegranate seeds
  • 1 TBSP mint leaves, chopped roughly
  • 1 date minced for sweetening
  • 1/2 banana thinly sliced
  • Optional: 1 TBSP unsweetened coconut milk ( I used Trader Joe’s Coconut Drink)

1. Cook steel cut oats according to directions. Just as they finish thickening into the pot, add coconut milk.

2. Pour oatmeal into a bowl and top with cinnamon and tiny date pieces for sweetening and flavor.

 

3. Last, add walnuts, pomegranate seeds,  mint and banana slices.

Calories: 304 Fiber: 8g Iron: 16% Protein: 8g

Naturally Sweetened Steel Cut Oatmeal

I find it difficult to ever go back to instant oatmeal after having Jamba Juice’s delicious steel cut oats. In vowing to add no sugar or salt to my food for 21 days, I opted to make my oatmeal at home. It’s also much more cost-effective. Breakfast was divine, and with only a few ingredients. I used:

*Trader Joe’s quick cook steel oats
*1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh strawberries
* 2 large dates minced
* cinnamon
*1/8 cup walnuts chopped

1. Cook oatmeal according to instructions.

2. Sprinkle cinnamon, nuts, strawberries, then dates.

Enjoy!

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Nutritional facts: Calories: 322, Fat: 13g, Protein: 8g, Iron: 14%