Clean-eating recipe: 4-ingredient protein pancakes


When I posted these protein pancakes to my Snapchat last week (come say hi @rosemarymaccabe), I got so many snaps asking for the recipe. And, I mean, it's not complex – but I decided to be a dickhead and make everyone wait for the blog post, knowing I'd gone to the bother of taking pictures. I mean, if you put in the astounding effort of taking badly lit pictures with your phone... banana protein pancakes

Anyway, these have been an absolute godsend on my clean eating mission. Word of warning: I'm not 100% allowed to have these. Let me explain. On a Saturday, post-workout, if I've stuck to my macros and been, quite literally, saintly all week, I can make protein pancakes as a clean treat. But I wouldn't be busting 'em out every day.

banana protein pancakes

For one, I'm not allowed to have any fruit. "No fruit on the way down!" chirped my trainer Niamh (Lift Training Studios), happily. I also don't have carbs like oats, sweet potato, brown rice unless I've done a workout. So, on rest days, my carbs (I have a 50g allowance) come from broccoli, spinach and so on. On workout days, I'm allowed to go a little wild! Hence, the protein pancakes.

banana protein pancakes

This recipe serves one, and will make either one enormous pancake – which is handy if you're lazy, because making the small ones is slightly more time-consuming – or four small ones, and you can do whatever you want with toppings. I like some form of nut butter, bacon and raspberries; here, I've added a little bit of honey and I'm using cashew butter, which is incredible.

If you're not the type to have fresh raspberries in the house 24/7 (honestly, who is?), do frozen ones and defrost them right before eating – so you get nice, mushy raspberries which provide a really great contrast with the nut butter and the pancakes... My mouth is watering just thinking about them – and I've just had my dinner!

Anyway, no point wittering on any more – recipe time!

4-ingredient protein pancakes

  • Blend 1 banana, 2 eggs, 30g of oats (I use Flahavan's organic and, if you have cup measures, it works out at around 1/3 cup) and a teaspoon of cinnamon in a blender – mine's a Nutribullet, but any kind of hand blender will work!
  • Heat up a teaspoon of coconut oil in a hot pan. When the oil has melted, lower to around 75% of the max.
  • Fry your pancakes! Once they start to bubble, turn 'em over.
  • Top with the toppings of your choice, and enjoy!