I feel like I’ve been in a recipe slump lately. Probably because my desire to cook anything has sort of fallen by the waist-side. That is, until yesterday. For some reason I suddenly became super motivated to start cooking again. My favorite things to cook are baked goods and breakfast items so usually things that aren’t so healthy for you. Since I love those kinds of foods, I’m assuming some of you out there do too. Probably like me, you’d like to eat them and not feel terrible about yourself afterwards. So, my goal was basically to come up with breakfast and baked good recipes that are healthier than the usual suspects you’d see at a cafe or diner.
First up: pancakes! Pancakes I feel like are actually kind of easy since you can make so many different versions. The key is making them taste good when they are “healthier.” I’ve made some pancakes in the past that are pretty disgusting and others that are edible. Edible is good I suppose…although I’d prefer delicious!
I made some banana pancakes this morning that actually turned out really good and overall were quite healthy (no sugar or oil added!). Here’s the recipe I used:
Clean Eating Banana Pancakes
(inspired by The Gracious Pantry)
- 2 ripe bananas- can use 1 if you’re not overly in love with the banana taste
- 1 egg
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (or pastry flour…or white)
- 2 cups nonfat milk-can use milk of your choice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp of baking powder
- 2 tbsp of PB2- can omit PB2 or add regular nut butter or none at all if you want to save on calories.
I thought about adding protein powder to the mix too but decided against it since I added the PB2. Protein powder’s sort of risky in pancakes-it’s usually okay…but certainly doesn’t help any with taste or texture (in my experience).
So, basically all you do is mix everything together, then cook!
I’m really enjoying how versatile bananas are these days. They can be used in baked goods as sweetener or you can freeze them and make your own ice cream or soft serve (which I am obsessed with right now).
I used coconut oil to grease my pan with just to add some healthy fats and a little coconut flavor.
They turned out great! I ate like, 6 of them :).
I almost covered them in peanut butter but decided to control myself. I sliced up some banana instead with a little sugar free syrup.
Delicious! Pretty simple too which is a plus. I have some leftover for a snack later…yum!
In other news, I finally joined Instagram. I’m still not really sure what I’m doing but check out my super cool picture I took this morning:
I know..impressive. My profile name is @healthyhungryhappy in case you want to check out all my artwork.
How do you stay motivated to cook (or do you?)?
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