Pumpkin (Protein) Gingerbread-men Pancakes

From Christmas lights to holiday music playing on every radio station, it seems like you just can't escape the holiday spirit. But why would you want to? I say breakfast should be no exception! Which is exactly why I decided to make these pancakes in the form of gingerbread men! Aren't they cute? 

Pumpkin (Protein) Gingerbread-men Pancakes

This recipe can also be made in a traditional pancake shape. Gingerbread men just seemed more fun and festive ;)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 6 tbs egg white OR 2 whole eggs
  • 1 scoop cinnamon protein (I used cellucor cinnamon swirl, but any protein powder would work. Different flours should work as well if you don't want "protein pancakes")
  • 1 tbs flax seed meal
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

Directions

  1. Mix together all ingredients.
  2. Lightly grease a large skillet and gingerbread-men molds with cooking spray, butter, oil etc.  
  3. Fill each mold with about 1/4 of pancake mixture.
  4. Add a few drops of water to the edges of the skillet and cover with a lid. This will allow the pancakes to steam and cook a bit faster, making them easier to flip and still hold their shape.
  5. After about 2 minutes, flip your gingerbread men and allow to cook for an additional minute or two.
  6. Serve with blueberry buttons and pumpkin spice eyes (optional, but highly recommended)

Nutrition: (Serves 1) 260 calories 3g fat, 17g carbs & 39g protein

This recipe is super easy to make, adorable AND good for you! The protein in these pancakes will easily keep you full until your next meal and give you plenty of energy to get through your day. I hope you enjoy and happy holidays :)

~Mandy

2 Ingredient Pancakes for a Quick & Healthy Breakfast

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 Mash it all together and cook on LOW. 

Mash it all together and cook on LOW. 

Two ingredient pancakes. Sounds crazy right? But trust me, it works!

I don't know about you, but I feel like I never have time for a good breakfast. I'm constantly  shoveling whatever food I can find into my face before I have to run out the door before work or school. Well I've found the solution! These pancakes only require TWO ingredients and take FIVE minutes to make. Just a banana and two eggs!

Mash them together and BAM pancake batter. Just make sure to cook them nice and low so they don't burn!

These pancakes come out kind of dark, but that's  just because of the sugar content of the banana. Your pancakes aren't actually burning, I promise :)

I'm sure you could also add coconut flour or protein powder to make a thicker, more substantial batter. Cinnamon is also a great addition! Maybe chocolate chips or blueberries too? The options are endless!

Personally, I like to top my pancakes with peanut butter. No syrup necessary because the bananas are so sweet!

RECIPE

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • Optional: peanut butter, chocolate chips, blueberries, coconut flour, protein powder etc. Whatever your heart desires!
  1. Mash banana with a fork until nice and smooth. A few chunks are okay.
  2. Add two eggs and beat with a fork.
  3. Heat a pan over low-medium heat and either spray with non-stick cooking spray or lightly grease with your favorite oil (I recommend coconut oil due to its high smoke point)
  4. Spoon pancakes onto pan and wait until small bubbles begin forming.
  5. Flip pancakes and allow to cook for an additional minute or so.
  6. Plate pancakes, top with your desired toppings and enjoy!

As is, these pancakes are gluten free and paleo friendly! I'm sure they could even be made vegan with the substitution of a flax egg. Feel free to try it out and expiriment!

~Mandy