They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. How you you start yours? Many of us skip the meal altogether or grab something convenient, quick, and unsatisfactory as we walk out the door. How would you feel if I told you that you could eat pancakes for breakfast and have it be considered an incredibly healthy way to start your day? These bad boys are simple to make and have all the good stuff to get your mind and body working full steam, ready for the day ahead! Eating about 30 grams of protein in the morning builds a strong foundation for your day. For one, protein provides amino acids that you need in order to function at the top of your game. When you pair it with a complex carb like oatmeal, as we do here, your body takes longer to metabolize the carbohydrate which helps you to remain satiated until lunchtime; thus reducing any urges for that amazing looking donut.
We add some dehydrated, shredded coconut to add a mild sweetness and also some healthy fats. The flaxseeds and chia seeds offer loads of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, protein and fiber. But the real star is cottage cheese! I have just recently gotten into eating this stuff which I thought was absolutely disgusting until recently. Then I tried it...and it’s actually really delicious. It’s loaded with all sorts of good stuff like potassium, zinc, folate, selenium, thiamin, and niacin. Plus, it’s a super easy source of protein. It’s also high in calcium and B-vitamins. The list goes on. Cottage cheese wins.
If you are still feeling a little squeamish about the CC...these pancakes are the perfect way to ease in. They are soft, moist, and a little crispy around the edges. Just really yum. And one pancake has over 10 grams of protein. Boom shaka.
Serve it with any type of fresh fruit you like! (if you want to use maple syrup I won’t tell a soul)
Serves 2 (3 pancakes each) Ingredients: 1 cup oatmeal (I used GF rolled oats) 1 cup cottage cheese ¼ c unsweetened shredded coconut 1 egg 4 egg whites 2 Tbsp flaxseeds 2 Tbsp chia seeds coconut oil (for the pan) fresh fruit, to top
Directions: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Place all ingredients except coconut oil and fruit in a food processor or blender. Blend until it resembles a pancake batter! Heat a skillet over medium heat and add 1 tsp coconut oil. Once the pan is heated, drop a little under a half cup of batter onto the skillet. Cook about 3-4 minutes or until browned. Flip and cook about 2 minutes on the other side, or until it is your shade of browned. Put it on a baking sheet in the oven to keep warm while you go through the rest of the batter. Serve with fresh fruit. Enjoy!