This banana pancakes recipe works well for the Performance Level or Training Level of the Cardio Endurance Program.
It could also be a pre-exercise meal for the Lifestyle Level of the Cardio Endurance Program or Strength Training Program.
- 1 yellow banana
- sea salt, 1 small pinch
- 1 heaping Tbs almond butter
- 1 egg
- ½ packet (3 Tbsp) Dark Drinking Chocolate with Grass Fed Collagen mix (optional)
Tbshigh heat oil
- Mash bananas and salt with a fork until it is no longer lumpy.
- Add almond butter, egg, and chocolate collagen mix. Whip together until smooth.
- Preheat cast iron pan over medium heat, add oil, and heat until a drop of water evaporates upon contact. Be careful not to let the oil smoke.
- Pour ⅓ mixture into
panand spread into a 3.5 inchpancake. Cook until edges begin to firm up, the center starts to bubble, and the bottom starts to brown, about 1.5 minutes.
- Flip and repeat. Option to use a waffle iron.
- Serve with plain full-fat yogurt.
These banana pancakes are one of my all time favorite 5-minute meals. Simple, easy, and decadent, I pretty much always have bananas, eggs, almond or peanut butter, and the dark drinking chocolate with grass fed collagen mix around the house for this purpose.
To switch it up, try this recipe using a waffle iron!
If camping, use this waffle iron over the campfire for some fancy points with your friends.
Since the bananas are already sweet, resist the urge to use the classic maple syrup on top. Not only does plain yogurt give you an amazingly tangy flavor, but it also adds protein, fat, and probiotics to your breakfast. If plain yogurt grosses you out, this is a good “training wheels” way to eat it since it complements the sweet chocolate richness of the pancakes so well.
Surrounding Your Exercise
Since this meal is very balanced with the addition of the collagen, it is a great everyday meal. For people who do 30-60 minute of moderate to high-intensity cardio exercise 4-5 times per week, skip the yogurt and add fruit on top of a higher carbohydrate option.
Tip: For all my outdoor fans, cook up some pancakes and bring them with you on the road as a good snack with a single-serving yogurt container! I prefer crispier waffles for the to-go snacks since they hold their shape a little better and don’t get mushy. Yum!
To learn more about probiotics and how that relates to the game Pac-Man, read my Probiotic, Prebiotic, and Pac-Man blog post!
To learn more about collagen and why it’s a great source of protein, you can read more here.