Guest Post: Zanna Van Dijk & Protein Pancakes

This weeks guest post is provided by Zanna Van Dijk. Check out her Bio:

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Hey, I am Zanna! I’m a personal trainer, nutrition consultant and fitness model based in London. I run a fitness blog where I talk about all things health, fitness and nutrition. When I am not instagramming or tweeting, I post video blogs over on my YouTube channel related to food, fashion and fitness. When I am at home in the kitchen, I love to create health and delicious recipes; I have even managed to put together two ebooks full of them!  I really hope that you like this pancake recipe, it is one of my favourites and perfect topped with some ooey-gooey nut butter.

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Pancake Recipe

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These pancakes are the badgers nadgers, the bee’s knees, the dogs… You know what I mean! They are amazing. I love pancake recipes that contain bananas, as they add a fluffy texture and mean that the pancakes retain moisture when you add in more drying ingredients like protein powder!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large mashed banana
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 heaping scoop of banana protein powder
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 1-2 tbsp milk (I recommend unsweetened almond milk)

Mash the banana and whisk it with the eggs. Then slowly add in the protein powder, whisking as you go to ensure there are no clumps. Then stir in the chocolate chips and add between 1-2 tablespoons of milk until a perfect pancake consistency is reached. Heat up some oil in a pan to a medium temperature (I recommend coconut oil) and pour in your pancake mixture. Flip when bubbles appear on the surface. Simple.

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Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x

Egg Muffins

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This week I was strolling around the supermarket in Abu Dhabi and I stumbled on Golden Irish Fresh Free Range Eggs. Needless to say, I stashed a dozen in the basket whilst deciding what to make. A poached egg, fried egg, boiled or an omelette. Then I had a light bulb moment and thought Egg Muffins. I had an array of vegetables in the fridge and egg muffins are a great recipe to use up all the veg. Egg muffins are a convenient snack for when you are on-the-go , breakfast or like me after the gym.

To the mix I added mashed sweet potatoe, red peppers, garlic, chives, mushrooms, dijon mustard and topped with smashed avocado, chilli, lime and toasted pine nuts.

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Recipe

(makes 12 Muffins)

12 Golden Irish Eggs

145 grams Sweet Potatoe, mashed

Medium sized Red Pepper, chopped

1 punnet Mushrooms, chopped

1 Garlic Clove, grated

Handful of Chives

Dijon Mustard

Make from Scratch:

  • Preheat oven 180 degrees.
  • Boil: sweet potatoe, leave skin on , until soft and mash with  a dash of butter or liquid ( I use Koko coconut milk) and dijon mustard.
  • Wash, chop and saute: red pepper, mushrooms, grated garlic until soft. Mix in with mash potatoe.
  • Crack: eggs into large mixing boil, whisk. Add drop of coconut milk, chives. Mix in vegetable mix.
  • Grease: muffin tray, use 1/4 cup measurement to pour egg muffin mixture into the tray.
  • Bake: for 18-20 minutes until golden brown.

On the side I served smashed avocado, cherry tomatoes, chilli, lime and toasted pine nuts. Delicious.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the Golden Irish Eggs in your supermarket :

Golden Irish Logo “On our farms the crack is mighty and our hens run free. Just like us humans, hens need lots of fresh air and plenty of room to roam around and stretch their legs, in wide-open spaces. Healthier hens mean more nutritious and better tasting eggs”.

Be sure to keep me posted if you try and test these recipes by posting on Twitter: @WhelehanLynne or Instagram @makeandbakefromscratch #makeandbakefromscratch and Facebook: Make & Bake From Scratch

Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x