The Hungry Swimmer: Banana Protein Pancake Bites

It’s the end of a long week of training and you’ve just completed Saturday swim practice. You and your teammates are in the locker room… stomachs are rumbling. Everyone is looking for a way to start a well-deserved recovery weekend. What’s the best way to do it?… pancakes of course! Who doesn’t love a nice stack of hot, fluffy, flavorful pancakes?

Calling all banana lovers!

For the hungry swimmer of today, we prepare pancakes but with a touch of originality! We’ll replace the average pancake by taking a banana and creating bite-sized pieces for the perfect breakfast bowl.

After endless hours of intense exercise, your muscles become exhausted. For this reason, it is important to replenish muscle glycogen stores as soon as possible for effective recovery. To maximize this replenishment, consuming a carbohydrate-rich meal coupled with protein is ideal. Banana Protein Pancake Bites are the perfect way to refuel after rigorous practice.

Bananas are packed with nutrients like carbohydrates and potassium, making them a great pre- or post-workout snack. They are also quick and easy to eat on the go!

Have fun with this recipe! Jazz it up however you want. Add toppings like maple syrup or honey and/or garnish with your favorite fruit. If the bites are sweet enough as is, go ahead and dive into the banana goodness! Remember that the darker the banana you use, the sweeter the recipe will be.

As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why not start with something delicious? So what are you waiting for? Try!

I promise you… you will love this recipe.

Ingredients:

For the dough. . .

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 ripe bananas (one for the batter and one for the pancake bites)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder of your choice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Toppings. . .

  • Maple syrup / honey / date syrup
  • Fruit of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Heat a skillet with butter over medium-low heat.
  3. Cut a banana into bite-size pieces. Place each piece in batter and coat completely. Using a fork, place the banana bites on the baking sheet one by one. Keep an eye on them!
  4. Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Then flip and cook the other side for another 2 minutes. With more butter on the pan, it will make flipping easier!
  5. Place the bites in a bowl and add the desired toppings.
  6. Enjoy!

Storage:

I recommend eating them immediately while they are fresh. If that’s not possible, these banana dream boats can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Dietary restrictions?

Gluten free – sub-regular oats for gluten-free oats.

vegan – egg subs for flaxseed eggs or another egg alternative of your choice and sub for vegan protein powder!

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