It’s Saturday morning and you’d think it might be time for pancakes. Pancakes are a staple here in our household. There are so many ways to prepare pancakes it’s incredible. We would have pancakes for breakfast but instead we had them for dinner last night. I can cook savory dishes, really I can, but we just love us some pancakes for dinner. And they aren’t just any pancakes; they’re Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes. My search for homemade pancake batter started over a year ago…I had been a Bisquick junkie prior to that. We would go through a box of Bisquick in a week and there are only three people in this house.
The ingredients in Bisquick aren’t so bad, except for maybe the sodium aluminum phosphate (synthetically produced from aluminum, phosphoric acid and sodium hydroxide) Yum! Then there is the monocalcium phosphate, which just happens to be created for fertilizers. It’s made by pulverizing rock phosphate and treating it with sulfuric and phosphoric acid. We make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of chemically processed foods we consume. That’s why I am obsessed with making things “from scratch”.
After many failed efforts, this is the recipe I employ for pleasing my boys with their need for cakes cooked in a pan. They would insist on enjoying these with a tall glass of chocolate milk but a tall glass of water works just fine, or coffee, or hot chocolate, or tea. You get the idea :) This recipe makes 8 pancakes using a scant 1/2 cup measuring scoop. I drop five or six chocolate chips onto each one but you could use more or less. You could make these with shredded carrot or apple. Add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg, whatever works for you.
Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes
1/2 scoop of Whey Protein Powder
1 cup of flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup plus 1 Tbs skim milk
5 or 6 semi-sweet chocolate chips per pancake
Preheat your pan medium to medium-high heat and use a small amount of butter to coat bottom. Combine the dry ingredients and whisk to mix. Add the egg and milk. Stir until just combined. If batter seems thick, add a little more milk.
Made this way each pancake contains 95 calories, 2 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of protein.
P.S. All baking powder seems to include either sodium aluminum sulfate or phosphate and monocalcium phosphate. Make your own baking powder using baking soda and cream of tartar in a 1:2 ratio.