Friday, July 26, 2013

"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." Buddha

Banana Protein Pancakes & Cream Sauce.

FINALLY. A way to eat sweet delectable pancakes without all the added guilt. Not to mention the amount of fiber, antioxidants, and protein you are adding to your day! For only 210 calories per serving, these pancakes will be a hit for anyone with a sweet tooth.

To recreate, you will need:

The Batter:
*1 cup of rolled oats
*1 tbsp of raw chia seeds
*1/2 banana
*1 tbsp agave nectar
*1 tsp baking soda
*1 tsp baking powder
*A small sprinkle of sea salt (do not need to add if watching sodium intake)
*1 tsp vanilla extract
*1/2 cup coconut milk
*1 tbsp coconut oil
*1 tsp cinnamon
*2 tbsp water
Makes approximately 4 servings.

The Cream Sauce:
*1/2 cup organic cashews
*1/2 banana
*1/2 cup coconut milk
*1 tsp cinnamon
*2 organic medjool dates
*1 tsp vanilla extract
Makes 4-6 servings.

Now, let's cut to the chase... shall we? :)

Before you start focusing on the batter, grab that 1/2 cup of cashews and soak them in warm water. You want them to soak as you prepare everything else so they are soft when you need them.

Measure out your cup of rolled oats...
Then blend them into a fine powder. 
Like so...

Grab that raw chia seed and add it to your blended oats.

Now add your baking powder AND baking soda (forgot to add the soda in the picture lol)

Smash up half of that banana and add it to the mixture.

Now, add the remaining ingredients to your batter: the agave nectar, coconut milk, cinnamon, water and vanilla extract. Blend together very well!

Prep the 2 tbsp of coconut oil. I like to measure the amount aside and use a smidge of it for each pancake I cook. That way, I monitor how much oil I utilize. It's nice because I usually don't end up using the whole 2 tbsp after all. Yay for cutting calories :)

Now, let's get all the ingredients for the cream sauce prepped and into the blender: 2 dates, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1/2 banana (forgot to add in picture), 1/2 cup of soft cashews, and the optional salt.

Your blended cream should look a little like the photo below. If you'd like, you can warm it up on the stove or in the microwave. I recommend it!

Go to town on those pancakes! 1 serving will either be 1 large pancake or 2 small ones. If you're trying to stay in the 210 calorie serving zone, pour on about 3 tbsp of cream. You could also add a dollop of 0% fat Greek yogurt with some sliced fruit. Enjoy!

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