Well hello there 2019. You are lookin might fine aren’t you? The first official TNK recipe of the year and I didn’t hold back on you one bit. Fluffy Oamteal Blender Pancakes. Proof you can start the new year feeling your best self and still enjoy delicious, comoforting foods.
When it comes down to it, that’s what I strive to do for you. Show that you don’t have to limit yourself to dieting, restriction or bland food to be healthy. To inspire you to be your own “athlete” each day, finding gratitude for your body and what it’s capable of…and then nourish it in a genuine way.
Leave it to me to get sappy over a pancake recipe. I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but with the start of the new year it can feel like everyone around us is caught up in the latest diet trend, setting unattainable goals for themselves or forgetting what their true WHY is in terms of wellness.
I’ve worked with so many athletes and fitness enthusiasts who feel limited to their food as well. Like steamed broccoli and bland chicken is the only way to perform or get strong. Sigh.
There is no room for BRO food on TNK. While that lifestyle and diet “regimen” can feel like an easier path, my hope is that these recipes shed light your way…That delicious, REAL food based on wholesome ingredients can be simple to whip up for yourself. And damn delicious.
So we’re starting 2019 with the easiest blender-method pancake recipe to ever hit your inbox. I have always been a pancake gal over waffles (don’t get me wrong, I love me so crispy waffles, just see THIS recipe for proof). When I was young, each birthday I requested pancakes in bed, the number based off how I old I was that year. There’s even a picture of me turning 8, consuming 8 stacked pancakes doused in maple syrup with the happiest (tooth missing) smile on my face.
Those were THE DAYS. Now, I’ve discovered a nutritious home made method that replenishes my body after a weekend workout or soulful run. The best part of this recipe is that they’re easy enough to enjoy during the busy weekdays as well. PANCAKES ALL DAY ERRYDAY my loves. Or do what I do and prep a big batch on Sunday morning and freeze some to enjoy whenever the craving strikes. Yes please.
Fluffy Oatmeal Blender Pancakes Nutritious Facts & Details
Gluten Free Rolled Oats: The gluten free is totally optional but in general I adore Bobs Redmill rolled oats brand for quality and price. Oats are an amazing source of fiber, natural antioxidants, minerals and heart healthy fuel to balance cholesterol. Based on personal experience and others I’ve worked with, oats/oat based flours seem to be easier to digest and don’t cause lethargic bloating (this isn’t a science based fact, just some food for thought!). Plus they are a great way to replenish after a workout or run because of those healthy carbohydrates babay.
Collagen Powder: This is an optional addition but a great way to sneak in some extra protein to help keep you full and won’t alter the taste in anyway. I love Ancient Nutrition brand or Vital Proteins. Collagen is also easier for people to digest versus whey based protein powders and made up of amino acids, aiding in post workout recovery! Some studies have shown it can help with joint pain, skin elasticity and reduce inflammation.
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Mashed Banana: It’s essential to use an overripe mashed banana in this recipe to help sweeten the pancakes naturally. The more ripe your banana is, the best flavor/sweeteness it will bring. Plus the banana in general helps lend to the fluffy factor. You may be able to sub 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce as well but I haven’t tested!
Cashew Milk: I absolutely adore creamy cashew milk which makes the recipe dairy free (aside from the egg), full of calcium, healthy fats AND adds a creamy, tasty factor. My favorite is a local Boston based brand, Nuttylife but any will work! Almond milk or regular work fine as well.
Additions: Highly recommend adding some chopped nuts to the batter (or dark chocolate chunks if you’re in a sweet mood) or topping with your favorite nut butter! Adds filling healthy fats and amazing texture/flavor. YUM. I also love doing a creamy-maple drizzle and provided a recipe for you! These pancakes are super customizable so YOU DO YOU.
- 1 cup rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
- 1/4 cup collagen powder (optional)
- 1 medium, overripe banana
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg + cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup vanilla cashew milk
- Optional Additions: chopped walnuts/nuts, blueberries, chocolate chips
- Maple Cream: 1 Tbsp. maple syrup + 1/4 cup creamy almond based cream cheese + 1/4 cup cashew milk
- Add all ingredients except maple cream/additions into a high powered blender. Blend until a batter forms then mix in your nuts/fruit if adding.
- Heat a skillet with a little coocnut oil over medium high heat. Once pan heats up (about 30 seconds), pour some of the batter onto skillet to form a pancake. Cook about 2 minutes until bubbles form and flip, cooking on other side for 1-2 minutes. Careful not to burn! Repeat with remaining batter.
- To make maple cream, whisk together all the ingredients then drizzle over pancakes. Other topping options I suggest are your favorite nut butter, sliced banana, greek yogurt…options are endless!