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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Gingerbread Protein Pancakes topped with Brown Buttered Maple Cinnamon Apples



The title is a mouthful but I couldn't leave anything out! Lets just say the apples are pretty much the star of the show, although the pancakes are mighty tasty themselves!  I topped my pancakes with a big helping of the apples and a scoop of greek yogurt.  Talk about protein protein protein!  Greek Yogurt, Shakeology and Eggs are all packed into these tasty pancakes.  

These are an awesome healthy breakfast this week before Christmas!  Or do what we did last night and enjoy them as "Breakfast for Dinner"!  

Gingerbread Protein Pancakes topped with Brown Buttered Maple Cinnamon Apples


Total Time: 20 min.
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cooking Time: 15 min.
Yield: Makes 3 servings, 2 pancakes each

Ingredients:


1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 scoop whey protein powder, vanilla flavor, I used vanilla shakeology
⅓ cup reduced fat (1%) plain Greek yogurt
4 large egg whites (½ cup) or 2 eggs
¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 Tbsp. coconut flour
1 tsp. spice mix (see below)
½ tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. molasses (Blackstrap if possible)
Olive oil
2 apples 
Butter
Maple syrup 

Preparation:


1. To make spice mix, combine cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
2. Combine protein powder, yogurt, egg whites, oats, coconut flour, 1 tsp. spice mix, baking powder, and molasses in a medium bowl; mix well.
3. Heat large nonstick skillet lightly coated with spray over medium heat.
4. Ladle about ¼ cup batter for each pancake; cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until bubbles form on top. Flip. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.
5. Repeat until all batter is used.
6. Serve two pancakes topped with cooked apples, if desired; serve immediately.

For apples

1. Melt 2 tsp butter in frying pan. 
2. Warm until butter starts to brown. 

See how it starts to brown up!  That's the flavour.

3. While butter Browns, Slice apples and add to heated pan. Cool for 2 minutes then add drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Stir and cover with a lid to soften. 
Check and stir apples every few minutes until soft. 

4. Serve apples on top of pancakes with a scoop of plain Greek yogurt. 



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