I love me some dense pancakes, not the airy – barely there pancakes, but real thick and dense pancakes. Since I am trying out the diet outlined in The 4 Hour Body, I cannot have fruit 6 days a week which knocks out my everyday pancake. However, I found a way to adapt it, and make it fit this current meal plan I am on. Instead of the base of my pancake being a banana, the base is now a half a cup of beans! I know it sounds weird, but beans have a very neutral taste and will take the flavor of the other ingredients you put in with them.
The pancakes taste great and are very healthy 🙂 They are also grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan!
1/2 cup of cooked beans (any type will do, and I use canned)
2 tablespoons almond flour
2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
2 tablespoons raw carob powder
1/4 cup almond milk
Stevia to taste
Cinnamon to taste
Coconut butter, almond butter, or other various toppings
Makes one large pancake
Rinse cooked beans in water then mash with a fork. Then add the rest of the ingredients, in no particular order, until incorporated into a thick batter or dough. Add more or less almond milk in order to reach your desired consistency. Cook as you would a regular pancake. I like mine very unbaked, and so I often pull mine off of the pan in pieces and re-piece the pancake together on my plate. If you like a more done pancake you can cook it longer, and I recommend making a few small pancakes , if that’s the case, instead of one big one. Finally, top with whatever you desire. I like to put some coconut butter and almond butter on mine 🙂
Another bonus is that each pancake has over 20 grams of protein in it 🙂
If you try it out, let me know what you think 🙂