I started the day with some cheater protein pancakes for breakfast. Why cheater? Because I used Trader Joe’s mix as the base. This is actually what I do with pancakes 75% of the time. This protein pancake recipe is great, but grinding buckwheat on weekday mornings is not always something I’m willing to do. I don’t actually think mixes are that bad when doctored up properly. I used 1/2 cup of mix and then added the following:
- 2 tablespoons liquid egg whites
- 1/4 cup cottage cheese
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- liquid stevia
- vanilla extract
Definitely a little different than the milk, egg and oil the box instructions call for and a whole lot more nutritious.
Mid morning snack was whole wheat puffs (some oddity that my ghetto Asian store sells which are basically like eating air) with peanut butter and banana, lunch was leftover summer lasagna with carrots & hummus and dinner was sausage, peppers, onions and tomatoes with potato salad.
You ready for some ball talk?
In the spirit of this month’s WIAW theme “sensible snacking”, meet the peanut butter chocolate protein ball that really became a cookie (cue the womp, womp, womp sound).
Regardless of shape though, these genius creations from Janetha are delicious. I saw balls in the title, looked at the ingredient list and the baking time and when I realized they’d go from bowl to oven to my mouth in about 15 minutes total, I was in.
I followed her recipe exactly except I subbed in chocolate chips for cherries. Not a bad substitution at all if I do say so. I thought about raisins for a hot second but the chocolate won out. Shocking. I only got 9, not 13 out of the batch so these probably pack closer to 175 calories and 10 grams of protein each which is pretty impressive for a two bite ball cookie. I shoved one in my mouth right before my workout which kicked some sweaty butt yesterday so I call these a success.
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Pancake poll… Mix or from scratch?