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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that your typical pancakes are certainly NOT the type of food you want to eat if your goal is fat loss or staying lean. The refined flour with almost zero fiber, the added refined sugars, the crappy inflammatory vegetable oils... not good.
The fact is... normal pancakes make you gain FAT!
However, for years, there's been a basic type of modified pancake recipe floating around in bodybuilding circles that is a healthier higher protein version (although not my favorite)...
Basically, the bodybuilder version is as simple as using a carton of egg whites in a blender, adding some dry oatmeal and vanilla whey protein (and a few other minor ingredients), and then cooking them up as "protein pancakes".
But I'll be honest with you... this bodybuilding pancake recipe tastes more like sweetened eggs than it does like pancakes.
So what I've done is come up with my own variation of healthier, higher fiber and high protein pancakes that actually TASTE like pancakes. Of course, we know that most pre-made pancake dry mixes are not the healthiest option. However, they can be more convenient for most people than trying to make pancakes from scratch.
Here's what you can do to make much healthier pancakes:
1. Take only 1/3 of the quantity of pancake mix that the box calls for. So if the box says to use 1 cup of dry pancake mix, just use 1/3 cup instead. This way, you're greatly reducing the amount of refined wheat flour and sugar that are in these mixes by only using 1/3 of the amount recommended.
I know I'm usually pretty strict with ruling out ALL refined wheat flours, but sometimes just reducing the quantity and substituting the remainder with healthier ingredients is the best option for something like this. If you want the healthiest option, start from scratch with your own blend of almond flour, coconut flour, and quinoa flour. Otherwise, the easier method is just to follow this recipe.
2. For the remaining 2/3 of the dry mix, substitute in a mixture of equal parts oat bran, rice bran, and whey protein (preferably grass-fed raw whey protein). You can find oat bran at most grocery stores, and rice bran at most health food stores. Try using a little cinnamon ... Continue
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