Monday, February 15, 2016

Spicy Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

I am finally back on track with regular workouts after our move to a new apartment in January.  And the new building has a fitness room, so we have decided to take advantage of the space... we can spread out our mats and even jump up and down if we want to, without having to worry about making too much noise.  There are lots of machines and equipment that I haven't even had a chance to check out yet!

On days when I am going to do a mid-morning workout, I like to add some carbs to my breakfast to make sure I have enough energy to finish. Usually I would be happy with some fruit blended into a protein shake, but it has been raining monsoons here the past couple of days so something warm seemed much more to my appealing.

I decided to use the last of my North Coast Naturals vanilla Vege Pro-7 protein powder and make some spicy pumpkin pancakes... I had only half a scoop left and I knew just what to do with it.  I am really sad to see the bottom of this container.  I was given this protein powder to try some time ago and have really enjoyed it... it has great body and is really quite filling.  I will need to get more!

North Coast Naturals

I mixed all the ingredients with my immersion blender and then cooked the batter in 3 batches.  It takes a bit longer to do them this way, and the batter really needs to cook completely through, otherwise you have doughy centres in the pancakes, and who likes that?  Not me, for sure.

I did the calculations and the batch of 3 cakes comes out to 6 Smart Points on the new Weight Watchers program... add a bit of sugar-free syrup for another 1 Point or some 0 Point fruit if you like. I chose to have half a navel orange alongside instead...  I really enjoyed them and hope you will too.

Make sure you are using gluten-free oats if that is an issue for you.  And yes, I know that the coconut oil is saturated fat, but I happen to believe it is good for me and I love the taste!

Spicy Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Spicy Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
Makes 1 serving of 3 cakes.

  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbs egg whites 
  • 5 Tbs water
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  1. Blend all the ingredients together till batter is smooth.
  2. Cook pancakes in 3 batches and keep cakes warm till ready to serve.
  3. Serve with syrup or fruit.
Per serving of 3 cakes without topping.
WW Smart Points = 6.
Calories 200; Saturated Fat 4g; Sugar 3g; Protein 17g.

Pancake Batter
Mix the ingredients till smooth with your blender.

Pancake in pan
Make sure the cakes aren't too thick or they will take much longer to cook through.. and don't forget to flip and cook the second side!

Spicy Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
Plated and topped with sugar free syrup. Mmmm!

Do you save your pumpkin for Fall recipes, or are you like me and enjoy it year-round?

What is your favorite vanilla protein powder?

1 comment:

  1. Love pumpkin at any time!
    Favourite protein powder? Good question!
    Wonder what kind of pumpkin creation will you come up with to combine with the premier vanilla protein beverage?


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