Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes

Quick snack idea needed. Kids are hungry. Bananas are sitting in the fruit bowl getting browner by the minute. Everyone has turning their nose up at the soft brown fruit for one day too long. “Eww squishy mummy”! Any of this sound familiar?

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Enter Chocolate Banana Protein Pancake experiment! Now, I’ve seen all those recipes for 2 ingredient breakfast what-evers and 3 ingredient miracle cakes, and don’t get me wrong they are all great ideas and perfect if you only have a few ingredients on hand (or you are stuck on a desert island with little more than a banana tree and a chicken laying eggs). I’ve tried a few of them and I inevitably end up adding a handful of other ingredients to make the recipe actually tasty or palatable enough for one patient husband and two trusting children to try. Our 2 ingredient breakfast banana pancakes normally turn into 12 ingredient pancakes by the time I add a pinch of baking powder, a pinch of salt, a spoonful of ground linseeds, a sprinkle of chia, a bit of coconut flour, a spoon of quinoa flour ….. etc etc you get my point. So while these pancakes have 7 ingredients, they are easy peasy on the difficult rating, and so quick you will struggle to photograph it as it’s over in the blink of an eye.

My little one has not been feeling well today and she missed morning snack at school sitting in the nurse’s office. And although she ate a good lunch I’m always conscious of trying to add sustenance to her diet at every occasion. We had a recent conversation between family members about trying to feed her some sort of protein or supplement to help her gain weight but balancing that out with what her little system can handle. I thought a pancake ‘treat’ was just the thing to perk her up and it did the trick 🙂

Pancakes

Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes

  • Servings: 4 (as snack)
  • Time: 10mins
  • Difficulty: easy peasy
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Ingredients

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons of gluten free old fashioned wholegrain oats
  • 2 eggs (you can use 3 egg whites instead of 2 eggs for a lighter mix)
  • 3/4 scoop (about 20g) vanilla protein powder (*use soy protein for dairy free option)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 3 pinches of baking powder (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder

Method

Heat a frying pan while you prepare the ingredients. The mixture will be ready in no time if you have a few little helpers 🙂

Place all ingredients in your Nutribullet and wizz everything up to a lump free liquid (about 10-15 seconds).  If you don’t have a Nutribullet, then you can use the blender or stick blender. It doesn’t make a lot of mixture so no need to get the big heavy kitchen equipment out for this one. You could even mix it by hand if you so wish, but the oats will be a little chunky.

Once the pan is hot, melt a little butter or coconut oil if needed and fry for a few minutes on both sides. Just remember, the smaller they are, the quicker they cook. Our mini ‘fairy’ pancakes were only one and a quarter inch so they were ready in no time!

Serve plain, or as dippers into plain yoghurt, or threaded onto cake pop sticks or toothpicks (for 4 years and older only) alternating with strawberries and raspberries for a playdate treat!

The kids can help by:

  • Measuring out the ingredients
  • Operating the Nutribullet by pushing it down on the base (with adult supervision of course!). This one is a good shoulder strengthening exercise for my chefling
  • Threading pancakes onto little sticks and decorating with berries if required

By simply involving kids in any cooking and kitchen process it increases their ownership of the dish and therefore the likelihood of actually eating it. Every time you involve the kids with cooking or food preparation it also increasing their knowledge and confidence in the kitchen. Now today with this recipe there was not much conviction needed to help me eat a plate of mini chocolate pancakes, but every little helps. For me it’s important for my little ones to understanding that “treat’s” don’t have to be laden full of sugar and processed ingredients to be super food and tasty 😉

From our sticky finger kitchen to yours xx

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