Thursday, 23 January 2014

Coconut Pancakes

I posted a photo of these pancakes on the Facebook page yesterday and they got lots of attention.... Thing is, I had them for lunch. How can you eat pancakes for lunch when your goal is fat loss??

Well... it's pretty simply! First of all these pancakes are full of fantastic ingredients which won't affect your goals. They're high fat & protein and low carb...Secondly, and most importantly, I'm smart about it.... if I have something like this for lunch that's a little high on the calorie side, you can be sure that the rest of my meals are planned with this in mind. I'm not for one second suggesting that you should eat pancakes every day of the week.... BUT if you're going to, make it these beauties :) 

For the pancakes:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk (or full fat cow's milk) 
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 scoop protein powder of your choice (usually approx 25g)
  • 1 tbsp dessicated coconut
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Whisk all the ingredients together in a large bowl until light & fluffy. 

The mixture will be quite runny at this stage, so you need to put it in the fridge for 15 minutes. Coconut flour absorbs a lot of moisture, but it takes a few minutes to do this & give you a thick pancake batter. 

While you're waiting.... you can make the most amazing topping for pancakes ever...Frozen raspberry fluff!! 

For the fluff (can't believe I'm calling it fluff but hey... it tastes good!)..
  • 60g frozen raspberries 
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I used vanilla whey protein)
  • 2 tbsp Greek Yoghurt

Blend together in a food processor/using a hand blender & watch it form a frothy pink fluff! 

By now your pancakes will be ready to cook, so pop the fluff into the freezer until you need it to keep it like frozen yoghurt... 

To cook the pancakes: 

Simple cooking at it's best... 

Melt a little coconut oil in a frying pan, drop large spoonfuls of the batter onto the hot oil. 

Don't attempt to flip the pancakes until you see little air bubbles on the surface of the pancakes. This means the underside is cooked. 

To assemble your mountain of pancakes:

Take your frozen yoghurt from the freezer. It will have solidified slightly at this stage. You can use a stick blender to break up any ice crystals that have formed. 

Simple really... a pancake, a layer of fluff & repeat.... 

Watch the warm pancakes melt the fluff slightly....Yum! 

Drizzle the top of the mountain with the remaining fluff. 

To decorate, I drizzled with a teaspoon of Keen Almond Butter, some flaked coconut & a raspberry. 

It took serious self control to have the patience to take photos before devouring these!! While it's a real treat to have something like this... there's lot of healthy fats from the coconut, eggs & Greek Yoghurt, and they're a great protein source....


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