Zucchini Protein Pancakes

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I haven’t had a lazy Sunday AM in a very long time. As I lay in bed this morning, completely relaxed, I started thinking about breakfast. Today is a grocery shopping day, so we had very little in the refrigerator — no eggs, no apples, no bananas, and only one piece of bacon. Perfect opportunity to get creative!

I started looking through foodgawker.com and came across a couple zucchini recipes, unrelated to breakfast. But, then I got thinking… 1. I love zucchini bread, and 2. I have been trying to master protein pancakes for a while. This batch is a winner! I kept my pancakes simple and as clean as possible, but to Ryo’s batch I added extra sugar and some chocolate chips. Yum!

Here is a rough breakdown of their makeup:

Calories: 251 
Protein (+/-  depending on protein powder): 25g
Carbohydrates: 29.5g
Fiber: 6.5g

Zucchini protein pancakes (Serves 1)

1 flaxseed egg (1T ground flaxseed + 3T water)
1/4 c shredded zucchini
2 T Greek yogurt
2 T water
4 drops of liquid stevia
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 c whole wheat flour (or preferred GF flour)
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (21.5g)
1/4 t baking powder
*Optional (… for the boyfriends/kids/sweet tooth): 1 T brown sugar, palm-full of chocolate chips 
**Alternative to flaxseed egg = 1 egg white.
  1. Grab your mixing bowl and prepare the flaxseed egg by combining  1T ground flaxseed with 3T of water. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. In the meantime, gather your ingredients.

    Flaxseed egg, protein powder and zucchini.

    Flaxseed egg, protein powder and zucchini.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the zucchini, Greek yogurt, water, stevia, vanilla and cinnamon to the flaxseed egg and combine.

    Liquid mixture.

    Liquid mixture.

  3. To the liquid ingredients, add the flour, protein powder and baking powder (plus, any optional ingredients). Mix well.
  4. Lightly grease the skillet with non-stick spray and portion your batter out into 3 or 4 pancakes. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side — or until golden brown.protein pancakesprotein pancakes
  5. Serve topped with fruit, nuts, nut butter, honey or syrup. This time around, I did honey and some warmed frozen fruit.

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