Strawberry Cream Cheese Banana Pancakes

Talk about YUM!!! I LOVE breakfast. I’m just a breakfast girl. I love eating all the different types of breakfast foods and often do for various meals throughout the day. I also don’t miss breakfast. I love it that much. Even if I wake up late and its really lunch-time . . . I eat my breakfast. I don’t do dinner or lunch for breakfast. I ALWAYS have breakfast for breakfast.

I also love protein pancakes. (Check out this previous post here, with an awesome recipe, btw), and I also love strawberries (can’t wait to go strawberry picking this season!) and I also happen to love cream cheese, and I only like bananas at a certain degree of ripeness, which is not very ripe at all.

However, I had some super ripe bananas and knew I needed to throw them into something before they went bad. I was also really, really hungry when I woke up, and decided I really wanted pancakes. And then I remembered the strawberry cream cheese in the fridge that needed to get used up . . . and voila!

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Yummy Breakfast Ingredients:

1/2 cup Kodiak Cakes, Power Cakes Pancake Mix

1-2 Tablespoons Strawberry Cream Cheese

1/2 cup Almond Milk

1 Egg

Some Sliced Bananas (This depends on how much banana you like in your pancakes)

Scrambled Eggs

Orange Juice

Directions: Whisk almond milk, egg, & cream cheese. Add Power Cakes mix until all combined. Pour into pan and place banana slices on top. Cook until done, and then make another one! Scramble some eggs, pour some juice, and get ready to eat a scrumptious, high-protein breakfast, and just pretend it’s the weekend!

(Jack Johnson stuck in your head yet?)

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You can get Kodiak Cakes at their website, or at amazon, OR I found mine at Target on sale for around $5! Seriously, the macros on this mix are so great & you have several different options for making your pancakes higher in protein (ex: subbing cow milk instead of water or almond milk, and using an egg). Make sure you get the POWER cakes. Those ones have more protein in them!

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ENJOY!

Egg White Oatmeal Pancakes

Ok, so I have been searching for an egg white oatmeal pancake recipe for quite a bit now, and just haven’t found one I love. I took a break from it until this morning when I found one to try and BAM! Most delicious of them all! (The others I was choking down to the last bite . . . no good).

What makes this recipe so different? Well, it is pretty fluffy and light for a whole-grain pancake. And, I don’t know, it was scrumptious until the end and I wanted more! That is always a good sign.

I found this recipe on Pinterest, of course. But modified it to fit my macros. I eat eggs, oatmeal, and fruit for breakfast almost every morning. I love eggs, oatmeal, and fruit! But, its nice to spice things up a bit and use those ingredients to make something different.

Here is my modified recipe:

  • 30g oat flour
  • 10g oats
  • 50g cottage cheese
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t. baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • dash of cinnamon
  • Stevia to taste

And for the topping:

  • Peaches
  • Stevia

I mixed up the pancake ingredients and cooked them in the fry pan. I made 3 pancakes, which is perfect for me! As far as adding sweetener to the batter, I usually don’t add much, and while my pancakes themselves were not very sweet, once you add the fruit topping it is plenty sweet, and I like it that way! In the meantime, cut up the peaches (if i had the means to fresh peaches, I wouldn’t be using canned. But such are these times. I just get the kind with no added sugar), and sprinkle some Stevia on top and microwave for about 45 seconds. You are more than welcome to use whatever kind of syrup/fruit topping concoction you can come up with. Right now I don’t have sugar-free syrup, so I have to make my own fruit topping. Plus, I like fruit topping better anyways. (Another fruit topping option is to microwave a serving of frozen blueberries until they’re almost soft. Mush them up with a fork and sprinkle Stevia on top, then microwave for another 20-30 seconds. Makes a delicious crushed blueberry topping!)

Plain pancakes!

Egg White Oatmeal Pancakes

Fruit Topped Pancakes! (I sprinkled cinnamon over the top)

Egg White Oatmeal Pancakes with Peaches

To finish up, I garnished my breakfast with a pan cooked egg white (I still had one egg white I needed to eat for my plan) and it was scrumptious!!! I wanted more. Definitely going to make this for breakfast again this week! Next step is to test it on the hubby to see if he approves.

Sometimes I Miss Eating Cinnamon Life For Breakfast

Or . . . any meal for that matter. Seriously, Cinnamon Life is one of the best cereals ever made. (Up there with Honey Nut Chex, Blueberry Morning, Honey Bunches of Oats, and of course Lucky Charms).

Who doesn’t want to NOM on a bowl of this? I love cinnamon life so much I ate it for breakfast everyday for over a year. Never got sick of it once! Sometimes I’d cook up some eggs to go along, but usually it was just the cinnamon life, milk, and a spoon.

This was around the time I decided to sign up for a marathon and started training. In the first few months of training I decided I wanted to lose some weight too. Might as well since I was logging 15-30+ miles every week. Well, I wasn’t losing a pound. Not even after I’d be running 13+ miles on the weekend! I was flabbergasted and confused why I wasn’t losing weight. Sure, I was getting a little fitter, and faster, and helping my cardiovascular system a ton. But that fat would not budge! (Losing weight would also help me run faster. So they say. I think it’s a mind trick)

So, I hired a personal trainer to help me out with losing weight, and with the training I’d need for those longer runs. And guess what he did!? He replaced my Cinnamon Life with oatmeal and eggs, and my cow’s milk for almond milk. And the pounds just started dripping off!!! (Ok, so those weren’t the other things he changed. He also had me eating 6 meals a day and upped my lean protein intake, and cut out carbs at dinner. Goodbye pasta every night! And he had me do some supplemental weight training).

Ok, so all that combined helped me shed a few pounds (15 to be exact) in about 3 months. I was down with that.

I’ve since moved on to other things, and am working with a different trainer (who also makes me eat oatmeal and eggs for breakfast – but I do like oatmeal and eggs, which is a good thing given my situation).Β  And she also has me on a great meal plan full of yummy nutritional foods. And while I do enjoy eating healthy . . .

I still miss my Cinnamon Life and milk for breakfast.