Protein Power Pancakes

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE to cook and right up until the birth of our little baby I was spending my pre-natal days cooking up a storm. As my cooking spree was temporarily put on hold post-baby, you can imagine my excitement when I finally had the energy and opportunity to get back in the kitchen.

Five weeks post-natal and what a beautiful day it had been in Melbourne, the sun was shining and baby was sound asleep after his early morning feed. I felt like it had been eternity since I was feeling semi-normal again and decided it would be a great day to get back into the kitchen. Having woken up with a craving for pancakes but not the guilt that’s associated, I whipped up these babies, ticking all the boxes for a yummy & nutritious breakfast. These not only make a delicious breakfast but they also make a great snack to suppress those mid morning or late afternoon sweet cravings. I often like to make a big batch storing them in an airtight container in the fridge and then popping them in the toaster when I’m ready to eat! There are a few flavour variations you can try but I am a plain Jane and love vanilla!

So without further ado I present to you my Protein Power Pancake recipe, enjoy!

Love Wifey xx

Ingredients

1/4 cup spelt or GF flour

1/4 cup LSA (if you can’t find LSA use any other nut meal like almond meal)

2 tbsp desiccated/shredded coconut

2 scoops of protein powder (you can have fun with this, I like to use Amazonia RAW protein powder in vanilla or cacao & coconut)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 eggs

1/3 cup of milk/milk alternative

pinch of pink himalayan rock salt

 

Method 

  1. Mix all dry ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Add eggs and milk and mix well. If you need to, add more milk or LSA to get it to a good consistency, you obviously don’t want it to be too runny!
  3. Heat a non-stick pancake pan on medium flame and pour approximately 1/4 cup of the mixture onto the hot pan (the pancakes should only be pikelet size).
  4. Once the mixture starts to bubble flip your pancake over for about a 1-2mintues.
  5. Top your pancakes with anything you like or just eat them plain! I like to top with banana and honey or fresh berries and shredded coconut!

Serves 4 (makes about 12 pancakes)

 

 

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I was strong that day

So It’s been a little while since my last post…(a year to be exact) and a lot has happened since. Reflecting back, it’s amazing what can happen in a year, how your life can be turned around and the person that you are now couldn’t even be imaginable a year ago.

In just over a year I have become a wife and now a mother. On the 18th of May this year, my husband and I were blessed with a beautiful baby boy. Motherhood isn’t easy, we all know it isn’t easy, but until it is experienced the degree of difficulty really isn’t known.

For me pregnancy was a really enjoyable experience, a new and humbling experience. It made me realise what an amazing machine the human body really is. The transformation that happens to a woman’s body to support and nurture delicate little cells into a human life is just surreal.

But oh boy, I really could not imagine or begin to understand the strength and ability of my body during the birthing process. I won’t lie, it was painful…indescribably painful, but WOW – what a divine experience, an experience leaving me empowered as a woman. It’s true what they say, you don’t know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have and that day I was strong. That day my husband was strong, with his encouragement, support and love I was able to conquer my greatest fears and believe in myself.

After five and a half hours of labour we finally got to meet our beautiful little angel and almost instantaneously the pain and the life I knew didn’t even matter. Everything was perfect just how it was.

Unfortunately, that moment didn’t last very long, after the delivery of the placenta I suffered major complications. A real whirlwind of emotions suddenly overcame me. It was a bitter sweet moment… I had just had the most amazing experience, the best in my life and suddenly everything felt like it was being ripped away. Having to say goodbye to my husband and my newborn son knowing in the back of my mind that there was a possibility that I wouldn’t return was the hardest. But I was strong that day.

Thirty-six hours bedridden in ICU gave me a lot of time to think. To think how lucky I was to have a loving and supportive husband, a beautiful son, family and friends. How lucky I was to feel the air in my lungs and the beat of my heart. How lucky I was to be alive.