If you have a family member or growing active kid looking to make some gains in the gym, you might relate to the quest of constantly finding clever ways to infuse protein into the diet.
We’re no different in our household. Which is how, one morning, I was inspired to play around with the morning pancakes. The beauty with the way I make pancakes is that I don’t fuss around with lots of extra steps. I reach for the “just add water” pancake mix and then go from there. This particular morning I added some quick oats, peanut butter, and half a scoop of chocolate whey protein. Next I added just enough water to get to that classic pancake batter consistency you see in the photo below.
Let it sit for a few minutes and then cook it off like regular pancakes with bananas laid on top. The final result was actually REALLY good. If you need clever ways to – dare I say it – gain weight. This just might be an option for you.
1 cup “Just Add Water” Pancake Mix
1/2 cup Oats
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
3 tbsp Whey Protein Powder (I used chocolate, but vanilla or plain is fine)
3/4 – 1 cup Water
1-2 tbsp Butter (for greasing the pan)
In a bowl combine pancake mix, oats, whey protein and whisk together. Then add 3/4 cup water and peanut butter. Whisk until you get a classic pancake batter consistency, adding a little bit of water if needed. Set aside and let it sit for a good 5 minutes while you heat up your pan.
Heat skillet to medium heat, and add a small pad of butter to grease the pan and prevent sticking. The butter also gives the pancake a nice crisp edge. Scoop batter into the pan 1/3 cup for each pancake (1 at a time for your standard 9 inch skillet). While the pancake is cooking on the one side, add slices of banana to the top, uncooked side. Once the batter is bubbly and cooked slightly more than halfway through, gently flip the pancake to finish off the under side.
Continue until all pancakes are done, serving as they come off the skillet with a pad of butter and your favorite topping (I always reach for the real organic maple syrup myself).
That’s it! Enjoy this protein packed breakfast that will be sure to fill up even the hungriest growing kid, or that gym fanatic in your life.