You come home after a tough Saturday morning workout in the crisp fall air, having thrown down reps like the falling leaves. Now what could top off such a perfect fall morning? You guessed it, Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes! That’s right, not only will these pancakes get you closer to your fitness goals, but they are melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Having go-to healthy (and delicious) recipes are an important part of using the fall to move closer to your fitness goals. We know we love this one, now try it out and let us know how you like it (or share it with friends)!
Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes:
Just like we discussed in our last article regarding getting creative to reduce sugar levels and make a delicious pasta sauce through mixing a harvest soup and pumpkin puree, let’s get creatively healthy today too! While this Trader Joe’s protein pancake mix is an excellent start, it could use a bit more protein and a bit more flavor. As such, we’re going to mix in the Defranco’s No Whey Jose chocolate protein powder (which includes pumpkin protein, as an added dose of pumpkin for fall…) to increase the concentration of protein per serving, and add a sweet chocolate hint. To top off the flavor, of course, we’ll be adding Pumpkin Pie seasoning mix and more Cinnamon! Did you know, that while people often think of Cinnamon as an indulgence part of Cinnamon-Sugar, that using just the cinnamon, you can add an incredible sweet flavor profile with essentially no added calories? Because of this, cinnamon is one of my favorite spices to add to dishes. Additionally, cinnamon features one of the highest “ORAC” values in foods (ORAC is a measure of the antioxidant capability of foods per 100g), making it a healthy choice from an antioxidant perspective as well.
Total Prep Time: < 20 minutes
Quantities Listed Serves 4-8 (depending on appetite!)
– 1 box of Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Protein Pancake Mix
– 4 scoops of Defranco’s No Whey Jose Chocolate Protein Powder
– 4 tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
– 4 tbsp Cinnamon
– 3 2/3 cups of Water
– Natural Maple Syrup added to taste after serving
– Fresh fruit is an excellent topping as well, and a glass of natural hot apple cider will top off this delicious post-workout fall recipe.
– (Decorative gourds and cinnamon sticks optional to increase Instagram-worthiness)
Cooking Instructions for Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes
This recipe for Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes was developed by Coach Will H. Hansen and has been published here by the author.