Happy birthday to me! What better way to start a special day than with extra-special and super easy and delicious pancakes!
The ultimate plant-powdered protein pancake to make all your brunch dreams come true. I am in love with this recipe and am actually licking my lips after just devouring one on a grey and drizzly morning. It is super simple to make, coming together in one small blender and is a great versatile base mix to which you can add a variety of flavours and a range of toppings.
These protein pancakes are based entirely on whole foods and ‘normal’ ingredients, without the need for protein powders – although I do love a good protein powder and feel free to add a scoop to this mix along with some extra milk.
The pancakes find their protein in a combination of oats, buckwheat groats, hemp hearts and chia seeds – all of which are sources of protein. They also provide you with fibre, vitamins and minerals and a healthy dose of carbohydrates and fats. Blend this mix up to form a fine flour which makes the pancakes really smooth and light. Add in some banana to help bind the batter while adding natural sweetness, baking powder for fluffiness and almond extract.
I am a little obsessed with almond extract at the moment and am enjoying this in my raw bakes and cakes as opposed to vanilla. It has quite a strong flavour, reminiscent to sweet marzipan but I’m in love with the subtle nutty aroma. Feel free to use vanilla if you prefer a more classic flavour. The maca powder is also optional but highly recommended.
Now, perhaps what I love most about this recipe is the GIANT-ness to the Giant Protein Pancakes. We all know how satisfying a good stack of small pancakes is – and when you need some pack inspiration check out my Fluffy Spelt Pancakes – but the last pancake is left without the toppings! Making the batter into one giant pancake ensures the entire surface area can be topped, drizzled and sprinkled to your hearts content.
For this recipe, I have topped my Giant Protein Pancakes with extra banana, mixed berries, buckwheat granola, chocolate chips, tahini and fruit syrup for a delicious blend, but use whatever you have to hand.
These packages are light and fluffy, fibre and protein rich, subtly sweet with nutty aromas, perfect for a speedy breakfast or lazy weekend and brunch and easily adaptable to make for 1 or 10 people.
Giant Protein Pancakes
Plant-powered protein pancakes made from good for you ingredients for a quick, easy and delicious brunch. Serve with lots of fruit, but nutter and chocolate for the best gluten-free refined sugar free pancake.
- 50g oats
- 50g buckwheat groats
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 260 ml milk
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 banana
- Coconut oil, for frying
- To serve:
- Fresh fruit
- Chocolate chips
- Measure the oats, buckwheat groats, hemp hearts, chia seeds and maca powder into a food processor and whizz until a fine flour is formed. Cover with milk and stir, leave to rest for 5 minutes.
- Add the baking powder, almond extract and banana to the mixture and blend again until smooth.
- Heat a large non stick frying pan and grease with a little coconut oil. Ladle half the batter into the pan and allow to cook for a minute until golden, carefully flip and cook on the other side. Repeat with the other half of the batter.
- Serve pancakes topped with extra fruit, tahini, chocolate chips, granola and syrup or any other toppings you like.
I hope you’ll enjoy these Giant Protein Pancakes and I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Remember to tag me in your creations – I’m @nourishing.amy on Instagram and use the hashtag #nourishingamy. I’m also on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest – please say hello!
With giant love x