After catching up with one of Crossfit Yas‘ athletes and a Crossfit Faction member last week I decided to try making almond and banana pancakes. This was a staple of the team who went to the Crossfit Games last year. It formed part of their pre-bed snack. Here’s how I made them…
Unlike most pancakes, these almond and banana pancakes are a much healthier option for an evening snack. Here are some of the key benefits
- Each pancake is full of flavour
- The pancakes are quick to prepare
- On the whole they are low-cost
- The pancakes are not full of additives/unhealthy ingredients
- Pancakes can be gluten-free if using GF oats
- They are filling and ideal for a pre-bed snack
The almond and banana pancakes ingredients are really simple for the pancakes which is the best part:
- 2 bananas
- 2 eggs
- About 250ml Unsweetened Almond Milk (or enough to make the mixture pourable)
- 1 heaped protein scoop cup rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- Coconut Oil (To oil pan)
- Half a scoop of protein powder or,
- Natural Greek yogurt and a handful of red berries
Perhaps even easier than the almond and banana pancakes ingredient list is the method:
- Blend the banana, eggs, almond milk oats and baking powder. *If using protein powder add this here as well*
- Blend until the mixture is as smooth with all lumps removed.
- Allow the mixture to stand for 10-20 minutes, it will thicken slightly.
- Heat your pan on a medium heat and add half a teaspoon of coconut oil.
- Add the mixture to the pan to create pancakes of your desired size/thickness (I went for smaller, thicker pancakes).
- Serve with the toppings of your choice!
Overall, the almond and banana pancakes were better than expected. I’ll be honest, I was slightly skeptical at the outset. The lack of traditional ingredients had me wondering what they would taste like!
You do have to be careful not to under cook them, don’t heat the pan too much otherwise they will burn. Although, once you get the test pancakes out-of-the-way (first 1 or 2) the rest are really nice. The almond and banana pancakes are slightly heavier than traditional restaurant pancakes but have a really sweet, nutty taste.
As a pre-bed snack, especially if training early on an empty stomach, almond and banana pancakes make the ideal meal to fuel your morning session.