Pancakes tend to be high in calories, making them a breakfast indulgence. For those either on high-protein diets or looking to slash the calories they consume, pancakes often end up on lists of prohibited foods. However, making a protein pancake can satisfy a craving without wreaking havoc on a diet. Protein has been shown to keep people satiated throughout the day, so these filling pancakes can help increase muscle and stave off hunger.
Combine the egg whites, protein powder, oatmeal, flour, cinnamon and sugar substitute in a bowl until well-mixed. If the mixture is too thick, add water by the tablespoon until it reaches the desired consistency.
Heat the skillet over medium high heat. After about a minute, spray with cooking spray. Wait a minute longer and test the pan; if a drop of water sizzles on it, it is ready.
Add the batter, 1/2 cup per pancake. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes. Once bubbles begin to form in the batter, check the bottom of the pancake and flip when it is golden brown.
Cook for about three more minutes on the other side, checking to make sure the pancakes do not burn.
Transfer the pancakes to a plate, and an enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast with none of the guilt.
The basic pancake recipe is perfect for add-ins. Try it with fresh or frozen berries, which can be added to each pancake once you place the batter in the pan, or add chopped nuts to Step 1.
Be sure not to ruin the healthy pancakes by topping them with unhealthy options. Instead, choose fresh fruits or low-sugar whipped cream or syrup to dress them up.