If you are anything like me and follow millions of health blog and Instagram profiles you might have been introduced to some ‘protein powder’ pictures and posts. Either in a plain boring shake/smoothie form or maybe in mouth watering pancakes or cupcakes versions.
Usually it states that if you want a ‘toned body’, you’ll need a lot of protein… Stating that they seem to make your muscles grow like it’s nobody’s business. Assuming you did an exhausting workout first, that is. Proteins don’t make miracles happen, they can’t make anything grow if you don’t train ‘them’ first. (sadly, I know)
I usually get proteins from chicken, fish, lentils, quinoa, eggs and yoghurt. Like most of us plain mortals do. You know. A plate filled with some greens, proteins, carbs and healthy fats is the usual healthy thing to do. But, I was triggered with the protein powder quick fix option a while back.
We so happened to have a big (and I’m talking huge) pot of ‘One Whey Protein Powder’ gathering dust in our kitchen cabinets (a leftover fitness thing from my boyfriend). We had it, so there really wasn’t an excuse for me not to try it.
So one morning, after a 5K run, I made protein pancakes based on a recipe from Tone It Up. And boy were they tasty. Yeah. Healthy pancakes, we all know I’m game for these kind of things.
Meanwhile, I learned that ‘One Whey PP’ is a shitty product. Read: they use all kinds of nasty ass processed stuff to make the powder. Even aspartame. Yuk. Not really something that fits my ‘clean eating’ way of life.
Luckily for my healthy-ass there are brands out there that produce all natural and organic, stevia based powders. Ideal for your post workout smoothies, pancakes and cupcakes. Mine is a Vegan (no cow milk stuff in this one, grrrreat) version from SunWarrior that has a vanilla smell and taste to die for. Vanilla pancakes: yum!
If you don’t care to follow the protein craze you can easily substitute the protein powder with plain flour or nut flour in this recipe.
Another thing I want to have said: do not fear turning into a bulky, man-looking, female-fitness athlete after using a scoop of protein powder every once in a while:
You’ll need to do a whole lot of fitness, for several hours, like 24-7, on a daily base before you’ll even remotely look like one of them. Woman don’t tend to gain muscles that easily because these babies need testosterone. And guess what: us ladies don’t have all that much testosterone going on inside of our bod. And if you do see a lady with huge arms and legs, you bet your ass something fishy is going on there!
You’ll need (serves 1, about 350kcal)
- One ripe banana
- 2 tbsp almond milk (or any milk you like)
- 1 tbsp of sparkling water
- 2 egg whites
- 15g protein powder
- 5g flaxseeds (or 20g protein powder if you skip these)
- cinnamon (to taste)
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil (for baking)
- Fruit and toppings (maple syrup, sugar, yoghurt, chocolate spread,…)
Mix the banana or mash with a fork until you get a batter.
Add some almond milk and egg whites. Add some sparkling water (trust me, this will make the batter so good and fluffy)
Now gently mix through the protein powder and flaxseeds until you get a thick batter. Add some cinnamon.
Heat a pan on a high heat. Add some coconut oil. Make sure your pan is really heated.
Add two to three tbsp of the batter to the pan (think American pancake sizes). Bake for a few minutes on each side. Usually when the batter starts to boil a bit it’s time to flip. Repeat until you’re out of batter.
Now add your favorite toppings. I usually add some heated frozen berries, a big tbsp of maple syrup (yum), and some yoghurt.