Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

Happy Thursday!!!

I honestly cannot believe it was just thanksgiving a week ago. It seems like this week has flown by but that thanksgiving was so long ago already.

I am sure i’ve told you all already but I have been working out in the mornings before work almost everyday and really loving it. I enjoy having the gym a bit less crowded and knowing that after work all I have to do is go home and relax. Not fight the crowds in the weight room.

However, I struggle with adequate nutrients and energy for these early morning workouts. I generally wake up and am at the gym within 30 minutes so eating something that will charge me in 30 10-15 minutes is a challenge. The GPP workouts I’ve been doing can be very taxing to my system that early in the morning so I need the fuel but not the weight/slosh factor.

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I have experimented with multiple small carb packed foods prior to working out and still haven’t quite found the perfect fit. However, last night I decided to make some Protein Pancakes since the ones I made on Thanksgiving morning were such a hit {with my belly, HA!}

I ate one said pancake this morning prior to hitting the gym & felt full and energized through my whole workout. Now I must say my workout was mostly strength training and not very cardiovascularly taxing, AND it didn’t involve much fast up-down transitions which is where I find my pre-workout choice to be most impacting. But these little pancakes were packed with flavor and absolutely scrumptious pre & post workout session. {note: brent ate 3 prior to a cardio/ab workout this morning and didn’t seem to vomit either.}

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I used Jamie Eason’s recipe for Thanksgiving however I didn’t have any pumpkin in the house (travesty!!!) so I made some adjustments/substitutions to make it my own!

Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 C oat flour (I poured a bunch of oats in my blender and pulsed until flour texture was achieved)
  • 1/4 C flax or chia seeds
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder ( I used Optimum Nutritions French Vanilla)
  • 2tbsp Stevia in the raw (or splenda, trivia, ideal…)
  • 1tbsp Baking Powder
  • 2-3tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 medium apple grated (any flavor would be fine)
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups unsweetened Almond Breeze

Instructions

  1. Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl (Flour through cinnamon)
  2. In a large bowl add remaining wet ingredients and whisk to combine.
  3. In 2 parts add dry ingredients to wet and mix until smooth
  4. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle to medium, add scoop of batter & cook until golden brown on each side (3-5minutes/side)
  5. Enjoy!
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I enjoyed two of these bad boys post workout {cold} with a heaping amount of peanut butter, a few walnuts & a few golden raisins! A perfect post workout protein pack meal!

I hope you enjoy!

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I’d Love To Know ~~ Do you workout in the morning? What is your pre-workout go to?

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Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes — 5 Comments

  1. YUMMMMMMMMMMM especially on a cold winter morning!!!!!! It’s like you’re eating a warm blanket… Okay that was a weird visual, LOL!

    And I most certainly work out in the AM. But I don’t fuel before I go, I chow down after :)

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