Thursday, March 14, 2013

Banana Chocolate Pancake

I'm starting to try out a new way of eating. My approach right now is to eat foods that I crave/love/want - as long as it's wholesome and not processed.

I am also testing out my body for food allergies - this means trying to eliminate certain foods that make me feel bloated/yucky. 

I have found that my body runs better and I have more energy when I eat more fruit and less eggs, dairy and grains. 
Please be aware - this is what works for my body, and I am in no way in favor of eliminating food groups from a diet. I do, however, encourage you to explore finding ways of eating the foods your body craves in their most wholesome state possible! (Like pancakes/pastries- try a clean protein crepe, Chinese food, or pizza - try this recipe out!, or any one of these healthy snack ideas)

This new experiment I've been trying has had great results- I am learning so much about my body by eating what I crave. Also, I get to  be creative in how I cook up foods that satiate my cravings, while still being healthy. 
It's a win-win in my book. 

If you love CHOCOLATE as much as I do, you have got to try these chocolate chips I discovered - they're dairy, soy and nut free

Using the same procedure as Tropical Pancake Recipe, combine 1 mashed banana (the riper, the better!) with a fork in small bowl. Combine with 1/4 cup of oats, 1/4 cup of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips, 1 teaspoon each of baking powder and vanilla extract, and the optional tablespoon of nonfat, plain Greek yogurt. The yogurt is not necessary, but honestly it helps give you a more consistent, pancake-like mixture. 

Spray the center of a stove top pan with Coconut or Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and heat to Medium-Low.

Spoon out your mixture onto pan, and pat down evenly. Your pancake will NOT BE PERFECT. This is OK- it will probably look a little "bulgy," but it will still taste good!

Watch carefully, as this will cook very quickly and can burn. Flip over carefully, and turn heat OFF. Let your pancake sit for about 1 minute. 

Remove, and eat plain - it tastes great this way. You can always top with Greek Yogurt, or natural Peanut Butter, but I liked it as is. 

There you have it- an easy, quick pancake recipe for one that takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and cook. 

Happy Morning, everyone :) 


Trixie said...

Did you also add egg whites to this recipe? If so how much? Thanks!

Karlene Linxweiler said...

Hey Trixie! No, I did not add any eggwhites. It's almost a vegan recipe, if you omit the 1 tablespoon of Greek Yogurt.
Thanks for your question! Have a great day :) Karlene

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