You know the saying that if you eat your cravings in the morning, you’ll get less cravings throughout the rest of the day? I think that it works only in certain instances. If you eat all your protein and your greens for breakfast, you’ll probably have something else at night. That’s true for me, except I want chocolate 24/7. I have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, in my dreams, etc.
Being healthy isn’t all about salads, egg white omelets, whey shakes, oatmeal, steamed broccoli and skinless chicken. You can have your craving foods too: pancakes, chocolate, popcorn, peanut butter, burritos, you name it, but it all depends on how you prepare them. Most of the time, I have some sweet potatoes with tofu or egg whites, but I NEVER fail to implement some almond butter and dark chocolate into my diet. You shouldn’t deprive yourself of anything at all if you can make it healthy.
I really hate the notion that you have to force yourself to enjoy wholesome food in its purest form. Yes, you shouldn’t be deep frying kale or putting tons of oil and breadcrumbs on your salmon, but it’s totally cool if you want to make Portobello mushroom pizzas a staple, or you want to make healthy oat pancakes a staple. If you are eating clean most of the time but allowing yourself enough flexibility to stick to your lifestyle, then nobody can tell you off.
But enough of my personal thoughts, though–how about the pancakes??
- 1/2 cup FlapJacked Buttermilk Protein Pancake mix
- 1-2 TBSP coconut flour
- 1-2 TBSP cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 or 1 tsp ground coffee powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- Sweetener to taste; I used Stevia, but you can use coconut sugar, brown sugar, etc.
- 1/2-2/3 cup water or plant milk
- Opt: chocolate chips, peanuts, almond butter, muesli, coconut, blueberries, strawberries, etc.
- Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl very well.
- Carefully pour in the liquid, stirring carefully as you go. Add more if you want a thinner consistency.
- Heat a nonstick pan on low-medium temperature. Coat with nonstick spray such as PAM or coconut oil.
- Add about a few tablespoons of batter per pancake, flipping every 30 seconds.
- Repeat until you run out of batter and serve.
Do you always treat yourself to little things?