Thursday, 29 December 2016

Chocolate Cardamom Protein Pancakes

I created this recipe for two reasons:

1. When I have a meal I always like to include some sort of vegetable for both satiety and nutritional benefit, so pancakes as a meal just doesn't do it for me. It doesn't keep me full and I just end up hungry a couple of hours later, if that!

2. This means that when I do eat pancakes I like to have them as dessert. In which case they can't be the indulgent pancakes you're used to seeing and eating as having that as a dessert would mount up to well over 1000 calories as you're technically eating two meals worth in one. 

Now I don't count calories or macros but this doesn't mean I'm not mindful of the nutritional content of the food I consume (and I think this is a very important point to note about intuitive eating, which I'll talk about in my next blog post). 

For the sake of this post I also worked out the macros (which I don't usually do) just to ensure what I said above wasn't completely wrong..! And before toppings, they are only 230 calories with 1g sugar and 30g protein - literally seems too good to be true, right?


  • 1 scoop Vivo Life Raw Cacao PERFORM
  • 1tbsp spelt flour 
  • 1tsp cacao powder
  • 1/2tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2tsp baking powder 
  • Pinch of pink himalayan salt
  • 2tbsp egg whites 
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (probably less if not using vegan protein powder) 

To cook with: 1tsp coconut oil


1. Combine all the above ingredients in a nutribullet or mix well in a bowl if you don't have a blender

2. Add the coconut oil to a non-stick frying pan on medium heat and once warm, spoon the mixture into the pan - amount of mix depends on the size of pancakes you want (mini are more fun though so that's my go to)

3. Once bubbles start to form on the top of the pancakes, flip them over and cook for about 30 seconds more to keep the inside soft - overcooking protein pancakes just makes them taste like rubber so don't leave them unattended! 

4. Once all the mixture has been used - plate up, add your toppings and enjoy your guilt free treat!

Jess x


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