I know how busy life can be, and sometimes you just need a fast recipe to make that tastes good, pleases everyone and doesn’t require tons of ingredients.
You don’t want to sacrifice eating healthy just because you’re short on time!
Enter this versatile, minimal-ingredient recipe that you can whip up and cook in 5 minutes.
Did I mention it’s healthy too?
You’ll get the perfect balance of protein and fat from Nature’s perfect food – eggs (click the link to read how the whites and yolks work together to deliver optimal protein) – and some fiber-rich, quick digesting carbs from the banana.
These keep really well and make a tasty snack, so if you’re going to make a batch on the fly, why not double it up so you have a healthy snack for later on (click the link for 15 healthy snack ideas) or the following day?
One of my time savers is always making twice as much as I’m going to eat when I’m cooking something to eat right now so I set myself up for success and less effort later on.
Equipment: mixing bowl and fork (optional – you can just do everything in the blender), blender, skillet, spatula, measuring spoon
Yield: 6-8, depending on the size. Single serving – easily doubled or tripled.
- 1 banana – a firm one for best results, overripe may cause your pancakes not be firm enough
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
2. Add eggs, banana and vanilla to the blender. Blend.
3. Heat your skillet* to medium and add some cooking oil.
*Having a good quality pan is important. The different metals used in pans distribute heat in a variety of ways. I’ve had the best luck with ceramic pans and also with what I use now, a Scan Pan that is made with different metals that create a non-stick surface without the teflon, and distributes heat beautifully.
4. Pour batter from blender into even size pancakes. I tend to stick to a medium to small size so they’re easier to flip.
5. Cook until small bubbles begin to form on the top, and you see a slight browning when you slide your spatula beneath the pancakes. Flip, and cook evenly on the other side.
Kids LOVE these by the way.
I topped mine with grass fed butter and fresh berries today. They’re also awesome with nut butter, any kind of assorted fruit, coconut cream or Greek yogurt.
To vary the recipe, try adding a scoop of protein powder, and/or adding a Tablespoon of cacao (dark chocolate) powder for a chocolate pancake.
You won’t need to add any sugar, thanks to the natural sweeteness of the banana.
You can also add cacao nibs or nuts to make them crunchy.
They work great in shapes, or as crepes, just as long as you can flip them when they’re larger.
Here are 3 other super fast nutritious meals you can make on the go:
1. Super Smoothie: 1 cup (approximately) almond milk or any milk you like + 1 handful baby spinach or mixed dark leafy greens + 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (try to avoid protein powders with lots of additives and sugar - link to my top 5 favorites) + 1 Tablespoon peanut butter or almond butter + 1/2 cup berries (frozen or fresh) + 1/2 cup sprouted grain cereal (link so you know what to look for)
2. Tuna Avocado Salad: mix 1 can tuna in a bowl with 1/2 avocado and 2 Tablespoons spicy mustard. You can serve them on sliced cucumbers with a little slivered carrot and cilantro garnish, or on toasted sprouted grain or gluten free bread. Try adding diced shallots or red onion to spice them up a bit more, or any other diced veggies you have on hand!
3. Bok Choy Lunch Wraps: take large washed bok choy leaves and use as a tortilla wrap. Wrap around deli meat, veggies, and hummus or avocado. Also works great for burritos at dinnertime - use leftover burger meat.
All of my meal plans come with nutrition information to help you with healthy eating whether you're a beginner or a pro, feel like cooking or just want to balance your plate and are eating out.