Cinnamon Banana (Protein) Pancakes

Before we go about our little protein spiel, let us explain how we came up with this recipe. While searching for breakfast recipes high in protein, we came across this recipe. It took about a month or so, but we finally tried it. They were pretty good, but we really don’t like cottage cheese and thought they gave the pancakes a weird texture. We decided to try the recipe again with some changes. We used greek yogurt instead of the cottage cheese, bananas instead of blueberries, cinnamon instead of vanilla, and added some almond butter. We have to say we were very happy with the results! This recipe made 16 pancakes, so we plan on freezing the rest and enjoying them the rest of the week:-)Each pancake has approx. 8 grams of protein. We usually eat 2, so thats 16 grams of protein to start off our day.
Most people don’t know that one of the crucial types of foods we should be eating is protein. Before you can eat protein you have to know what protein is and how much you should eat. Protein is one of the basic building blocks of the human body, being about 16 percent of our total body weight. Muscle, hair, skin, and connective tissue are mainly made up of protein. More importantly, protein plays a major role in all of the cells in our bodies. Although our bodies are good at recycling protein, we use up protein constantly, so it is important to continually replace it. Unlike fat and glucose, our body has little capacity to store protein. If we were to stop eating protein, our body would start to break down muscle for its needs within a day or so. The amount of protein that our bodies require is dependent upon how old we are, how big or small we are, and how much exercise we get everyday.The standard method for the minimum requirement is to multiply .37 by per pound of body weight. If you workout you should multiply that number between 1 and 1.8 (depending on the intensity). We hope we were able to teach you something new today and that you will begin to monitor your protein intake.
Recipe:
Ingredients:

12 Egg Whites ( I used 1 carton of organic egg whites)

2 1/2 cups old fashion oats

1 1/2 cups greek yogurt

2 Tbs. Almond Butter ( you can substitute Peanut Butter)

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1-2 Tbs. Agave Nectar or Honey

Pinch of salt

2 Bananas, sliced


Directions:
In a blender combine egg whites, oats, yogurt, almond butter,cinnamon, agave and pinch of salt. Blend until smooth.
Meanwhile, heat 8-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Spray  skillet with non stick oil spray. Pour batter into skillet in batches. I used a 1/4 cup measurement. Sprinkle a few sliced bananas on batter before you flip the pancake over. Flip and cook other side.
Transfer to a plate, add more bananas if desired, and drizzle with a Tbs. of pure maple syrup. Enjoy!

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