Pancakes have experienced a prolonged moment in the fitness and health world for the past couple of years, and with good reason – you can customise them to fit your macros, plus they’re delicious with a variety of toppings. But making good pancakes escaped me for a very long time: mine would be too runny, too thick; too burned, too raw; in some cases just plain bad. I mixed and matched recipes I found on the internet that had ingredients I didn’t already have, thinking that randomly chosen substitutes would work well – this only contributed to the amount of pancake failures I suffered with.
It took me years to make my very first half-decent pancake, but now I’ve chanced upon a recipe that is pretty much fool-proof, works every time, and has decent macros whether you share with someone or eat them all. These are also made from ingredients you should already have in your cupboard, meaning no mixing and matching required!
These have a cake-like texture, and although they’re slightly sweet with a taste of vanilla, they’re not overly flavoured. I like that as I can add my own flavouring in the form of toppings, but you might want to add your own cinnamon or cacao – these are so simple to make that it’s easy to customise them like this! I normally cover mine with nut butter (my favourites right now are Pic’s Peanut Butter for a real peanutty taste and Pip & Nut Coconut & Chocolate Hazelnut Butter for a real treat) but on this occasion I’d run out (shocking!) so I covered them with Greek yoghurt and warm blueberries.
For measurement, I use a 25g scoop from a pack of protein powder, so it’s worth keeping hold of an older one of these so you don’t get one wet from your protein powder. The protein powder I’ve been using recently is the Missfits Vegan Multitasker which seems to work really well for cooking and baking, plus is pretty decent for drinking, especially considering it’s a pea protein! Whey should work fine too, but it’s absorbent so you may need to add more milk.
I’ve also stated that this recipe makes enough for 2 people – which I guess it does, for normal people. But if you’re a fitness person, I’ve also included “what if I ate the whole damn thing” macros, as I very often do! Anyway, without further adieu, here’s the super simple, super healthy pancake recipe:
The real key to successful pancakes here is to have your pan on low heat – I use setting 2 of 6 on my hob, for context. Half of this recipe – which is still a good and filling breakfast – contains 136 calories, 10g carbs, 3.5g fat and 15.5g protein. If you’re really hungry (maybe you trained legs yesterday) eating the whole thing is pretty realistic with 272 calories, 20g carbs, 7g fat and 31g protein. Just add in the macros for whichever topping you like then you’re all set until lunchtime!