It’s Friiiiiiiiiday! Can I get a “hell yeah”?!
OK, guys. All week, we’ve been good. We’ve eaten enough spinach salads to choke a horse. We’ve chugged coffee on our morning commute and shoved a quick, healthy snack in our mouths in between meetings. We’ve ran and practiced yoga and went to spinning class and done our HIIT workouts. We’ve worked HARD. And now, the weekend is almost here.
Weekend mornings are my favorite for a number of reasons. On Saturday mornings, I’ll get up, grab a quick, small breakfast and then go for a long run with one of my best friends. After that, we usually hit up a local coffee shop and enjoy a cup of coffee while catching up on the week’s events.
But Sunday morning. Ah, Sunday morning. You’re so easy (sorry, I had to). Sundays I (typically) sleep in a bit and then make us breakfast. I don’t do anything extravagant, but anything beyond my weekday oatmeal-to-go feels indulgent. And if it includes bacon, my man is game.
One of my favorite breakfasts to make is pancakes. They’re easy, quick and there are about 100 different ways you can make them. Just a few things I like to add include pumpkin, dark chocolate chips, blueberries honey, cinnamon, protein powder (not all together) … the list is endless.
Here is a yummy pancake recipe from my sister that tastes like dessert but won’t knock you off track with your diet. I like to top them with peanut butter for an extra kick of protein—who doesn’t love PB and apples?
Apple Crisp Pancakes
- 1 ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix made according to directions (You can use any pancake mix. I didn’t use gluten free for any specific reason, but they turned out really good this way.)
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 small apple or ½ a medium apple, chopped in very small pieces
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- Brown sugar and pure maple syrup (for topping)
Make pancake mix according to directions. Fold in the rest of the ingredients, and add a tablespoon of extra milk at a time if the consistency is too thick. Spray non-stick pan with cooking spray and cook about 3 minutes on each side or until they turn golden brown. Sprinkle with brown sugar and maple syrup and enjoy!
Leftovers: Stick a leftover pancake in the toaster for a quick healthy breakfast during the week!
Enjoy, and have a great weekend. You deserve it.