Pancakes after a workout? Yep! This quick and easy Oatmeal Banana Pancake recipe by ultra-runner Sage Canaday will help your body recover faster and they taste like Sunday morning brunch!
A friend of mine recently dropped 40 pounds. He looks great and says he now weighs what he did when he began university. How many of us can say that? He did it by prioritizing the food he eats above workouts.
Know Your Post-Workout Food Before Hitting the Gym
As I have mentioned in my newsletter, I have a bad habit of reaching for cookies (or chips) after I do a workout. It’s crazy. I’m busting my butt to stay in shape and eating like I’m not.
Unlike elite athletes, who follow carefully planned diets, weekend warriors like me tend to prioritize nutrition below developing a lean physique. Poor food choices not only sabotage our efforts to get fit but the lack of nutrition can also make us feel lethargic when we SHOULD feel energized.
Seeing how my friend lost weight, I realize I need re-jig my thinking around how I eat after a workout. I doubt I’ll make these pancakes AFTER I finish my run, bike ride or visit to the gym so it’s important that I prepare them before I workout so I won’t reach for the cookies afterwards.
Blend, Cook, Drizzle with Syrup!
Pancakes drizzled with maple syrup are a treat like cookies so eating them after a workout will appease the junk food monster inside me. At the same time they’ll provide my tired body the nutrition it craves to recover faster.
What I love is the ingredients are ones I typically have in my kitchen. Simply blend them in a blender like an oatmeal smoothie to make the pancake batter…easy.
The fibre-rich oatmeal in the batter is more nutritious than all-purpose flour (or a mix from a box) and it makes a lighter pancake than using whole-wheat flour. Even though they’re “good for you” they taste delicious topped with maple syrup and fresh berries!
And really, what could be better than a stack of pancakes waiting for you after a hard workout?
TIP: These pancakes cook quickly so keep an eye on them. If you happen to burn one, that’s ok. I’ll share why it’s good to burn food in this Friday’s update (May 15th, 2015).
Recipe Adapted From: Outside Magazine
1 banana / $0.50
3/4 cup of quick-cook oats / $0.21
1 tsp ground cinnamon / $0.08
1 tsp baking soda / $0.01
1/2 tsp salt / $0.01
1 tbsp vegetable oil / $0.08
1 egg / $0.23
1/2 cup milk / $0.12
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat.
- Pour about one third of a cup of batter at a time onto skillet and cook until browned, about two minutes per side.
- Top with maple syrup and fresh berries.
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