This banana pancakes recipe works well for the Performance Level or Training Level of the Cardio Endurance Program.
It could also be a pre-workout meal for the Lifestyle Level of the Cardio Endurance Program or Strength Training Program.
- 1 yellow banana
- sea salt, 1 pinch
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 heaping Tbs almond butter
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbs high heat oil
- Mash bananas with salt and cinnamon with a fork until it is no longer lumpy.
- Add almond butter and egg. 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 pan and spread into a 3.5 inch pancake. 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.
- Serve with plain full-fat yogurt.
These banana pancakes are one of my all time favorite 5-minute meals. Simple and easy, I pretty much always have bananas, eggs, and almond or peanut butter around the house for this purpose. To switch it up, try this recipe using a waffle iron!
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 compliments the sweet richness of the pancakes so well.
Surrounding You Exercise
Since this meal is relatively higher carb 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. For those of you who work out less than that or not as intense, these banana pancakes still make for a pre-workout power meal about an hour before exercise. For people who do primarily strength training oriented exercise, add bacon or sausage to increase the protein and fat ratio to balance out the carbs for long-lasting muscle energy.
Tip: For all my outdoor fanatics, cook up some pancakes and bring them with you on the road as a good snack with a single-serving yogurt container! I prefer waffles for the to-go snacks since they hold their shape a little better. Yum!
To learn more about probiotics and how that relates to the game Pac-Man, read my Probiotic, Prebiotic, and Pac-Man blog post!