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Dem Cakes Of Love.

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So a recipe. Yeah, it’s been a while but out of request from Alona, I will post up the ‘recipe’ for those Valentines Day Protein Pancakes I made Friday night for my housemates.

IMG_7201I put the word ‘recipe’ in astricks because it’s not really anything special or measured out. When I’m making things like donuts, muffins, pancakes and such I tend to go on consistency and eyeball most things so please forgive my approximations.

Anywho here they are. I will let you know substitutions as well following the recipe.

Love Cakes

Makes about 2 servings or 5 large ❤ shaped pancakes

In a medium bowl, whisk together the following:

  • 1/2 cup raw oats (grind into a flour)
  • 1/4 cup raw oats (left whole)
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 scoop Red Velvet Cellucor High Performance Whey protein powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder

In a smaller bowl, crack and whisk one whole egg then add:

  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (plus more if your batter is too dry)
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional Add-ins:

  • 1/2 a brownie Questbar, cut into chunks OR chocolate chips

Directions: One those two bowls have been combined separately, add the wet to dry and fold until combined. If your batter is too dry, add more almond milk until you reach a very thick batter consistency. This batter should be spreadable in the pan not pourable. Thicker batter = cakier and fatter pancakes.

Preheat a pan on medium-low to medium heat maximum. You want them to cook all the way through, so low and slow is the way to go. Spray the pan with some non stick spray or use some coconut oil and spread two large spoonfuls of batter onto the pan and shape into a heart. Sprinkle your ‘chips’ of choice on your pancakes.

IMG_7199No bubbles will form in these pancakes so flip after 2 minutes or so or until you seeing that the underside is drying. DO NOT FLATTEN THEM DOWN! Let it cook on the second side until cooked through.

I like to gently press on the top of the pancake to feel for firmness, which would show a cooked inside, but in general, the second side takes a bit less time then the first side.

Cook all of the rest of the batter in the same manner and then top with whatever your heart desires. Personally, I think red velvet…and well it’s Valentines Day…cakes need chocolate so you can drizzle a homemade chocolate sauce over the top such as:

  • Honey/Maple Syrup + Cocao Powder
  • Unsweetened carob powder + Milk + Sweetener of choice Vegan and dairy-free friendly with a dairy-free milk
  • Chocolate Protein Powder + Milk/Water
  • Melted Dark Chocolate bar or chips with some milk if you want it thinner

To really make it more like Red Velvet, you can layer some greek yogurt or ricotta cheese or cream cheese in between each pancake then drizzile wizzle your sauce over top.

Finally, if you have some allergies or are looking for alternatives for ingredients, here are some suggestions.

  • For a dairy free option: You should be able to sub the yogurt for a vegetable or fruit puree. Perhaps doing half and half, so 1/2 unsweetened apple sauce + 1/2 pumpkin or squash puree. Squash actually does wonders for pancakes and you cannot taste it. It just adds moisture.
  • No Red Velvet Protein? You can make these whatever flavour you would like or you can dabble in the real red velvet thing thang by using beets and cocao powder. If anyone tries this and it works, let me know!
  • No coconut flour. Hmm this one is tricky because, yes you can thicken the batter with more flax or more protein powder, but nothing gives them the cakiness that coconut flour does. It is available in most grocery stores now so try it out!

So there ya go. I hope you enjoy them if you make’em and share them with me! I love seeing and hearing from those who make my recipes. 😀

And to end this post off…

I’m happy to report that I’m reunited with my favourite Valentine.

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Maggie. ❤

Sorry for the blurrrrrr…we were in the car and it was a movin.

Hope your Valentines Day was full of love and happiness! 🙂

-Chelsea

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