I HATE BEING SICK!!!! Sorry had to get that out. Last weekend my love and I took a bus down to DC and VA to visit with friends and family. The weather was absolutely amazing while we were there, but unfortunately we both fell ill the first day of our trip (booooo). We did our best to make the most of it, we went to beautiful Alexandria, VA and walked around the old city and along the water. While in DC we rented bikes for a little site seeing, ate some good food, and went on a few walks around the DuPont Circle area. It would have been nice to enjoy our mini-vacay without the runny noses, low energy, or all the coughing, but as always we still made the best of the time we had together.
We got home from our trip on Monday evening and have been trying to get well again. One thing is fore sure, it is hard to recover while working a stressful and demanding job. Right now I've just been trying to get as much rest as I can, which means taking a little more time off from the gym and spending a lot more time on the couch!
So for the past two days after coming home from work, I've been craving comfort food and there is nothing more comforting than real organic peanut butter. Yes, I admit it...I'm cheating on my PB2! Yesterday I had a coconut flour protein brownie and today I had a pumpkin chia seed protein pancake, both topped with REAL peanut butter. PB is the perfect comfort food, not only because it tastes amazing, but also because it really sticks to your insides and keeps you full!
The protein powder I've been using recently PlantFusion protein powder, it is hypoallergenic and is made from 4 different vegetable sources. Unfortunately, it doesn't cook up as well nor taste as good as the Vitol egg protein, so I've had to play around with my recipes in order to get them just right! The coconut flour protein brownies I made came out a little bland, so I knew I needed to tweak my recipe with a little extra stevia in order to make a good pancake. Check out my recipe below and let me know what you think!
Everyone stay well and take your vitamins!
xoxo - Amber
Pumpkin Chia Seed Protein Pancake with Peanut Butter Topping
- 1 Scoop PlantFusion Protein Powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 whole egg
- a couple dashes of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- stevia to taste (I used 8 drops since my protein isn't very sweet)
- water or coconut milk to moisten up the batter (use your best judgement on the amount)
- 2 tbsp of organic peanut butter
- a drizzle of coconut oil to coat the pan (and to top the pancake if you'd like)
Mix all the ingredients together.Set your stove to medium to medium-low heat, preheat frying pan. Heat will vary depending on the type of stove you are working with. I have a gas stove, so my stove top gets very hot and cooks my food very quick. Once the pan is hot, toss in a small scoop of extra virgin coconut oil to coat the pan. Split the batter into two and pour in the pan, cover with lid and cook pancakes for a couple minutes on both sides until golden brown brown. Once both pancakes are done cooking, drizzle peanut butter and a little coconut oil onto both cakes and serve up! Bon Appétit!