Eating healthy when exercising is important, but it’s also very important not to deprive ourselves of the foods we enjoy. If we’re craving something because we can’t have it, chances are at some point, when our willpower is depleted, we will give in and not only eat the food, but also probably overeat it, to compensate (subconsciously, of course) for the fact we’ve been craving it.
For example, pancakes. Look at the main picture on this post and tell me they don’t look mouthwatering… I can almost taste them!
Now, pancakes are not super healthy as soon as you add sugar (I’m looking at you fluffy, American style pancakes). What’s more, we end up adding syrups on top of them, chocolate spreads, and all kinds of sweet stuff to make them even tastier.
Said that, you can make pancakes healthier, and pretty much any other food, if you swap a few ingredients and try to find alternatives.
Enter these yummy banana pancakes!
Ingredients for two people:
- 2 bananas
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Coconut oil, for cooking
Mash the bananas and mix with the eggs. I use a handheld blender.
Heat up a non sticking frying pan and add a tiny bit of coconut oil, just enough so the pancake slides well.
Pour some of the mixture on the pan. Quantity depends on how big you want the pancakes. We normally get about 6-8 pancakes out of these ingredients. Cook until the pancake slides well on the pan and flip. Finish cooking for half a minute.
Total per recipe (plain pancakes, nothing added): c.596 kcal (298 kcal per person)
You can make these pancakes as healthy or unhealthy as you want! Add Greek yogurt, chocolate spread, peanut butter, jam, berries, honey, syrup… anything!
What’s your favourite un-healthy food?
Originally based on recipe found on Hurry The Food Up.