For my birthday this year, my Mum gave me James Duigan's Clean & Lean Diet book. It's filled with information about nutrition, and has helped me to understand what my body does (or doesn't) need to keep up a clean and healthy lifestyle. I have to admit I haven't been too good at it lately, all my willpower seems to have disappeared and I just want chocolate and peanut butter ice cream all the time. The book actually has some sweet treat recipes in it, and one of my favourites is the Clean & Lean pancakes.
You only need 4 ingredients for the pancake batter
- 100g organic oats
- 200g cottage cheese
- 4 free-range organic eggs
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
All you have to do is chuck all the ingredients in a blender & whizz them up until smooth. Then pour 1/4 the batter onto a frying pan and cook each side for 2-3mins. Repeat until you've used up all the mixture, obviously. The recipe will make 4 medium sized pancakes.
While your pancakes are cooking you can prepare your toppings. I like to keep it healthy with Fage Total 0% greek yoghurt and lots of berries. I've also been know to make a peanut butter and banana sandwich with them. You can use any toppings you like but I'd make sure it's something sweet, otherwise the cottage cheese is all you taste. Agave nectar is a pretty good natural sweetener to disguise the cheesy taste!
Each pancake contains approximately 17.2g carbs, 16.7g protein and only 7.6g fat. They should look like this when they're ready...
This recipe comes under the breakfast section in James Duigan's book, but it does take a bit of time (well, half an hour tops). I don't know about you but I don't really have a spare half an hour in the morning when I'm rushing to get ready for work! The pancakes have become my go to for breakfast/brunch on my days off when I have more time. You'll probably only manage to eat 2 at a time so you can always keep the rest for a quick breakfast the next day!
Stack them up, grab a cup of tea and your favourite magazine, et voila! The perfect way to spend a Sunday morning if you ask me.
What toppings would you choose?