Stuff I ran into….pancakes guaranteed** to make you run faster

Picture this…

It’s Saturday morning and the sun still hasn’t come up yet. You, alone, are grinding out miles under the soft white light of street lamps. The only living things to witness your hard work is the group of feral cats holding a sort of cat conference – deciding whether the day should be filled with murder, napping or both (they chose both).

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We shall summon evil from the depths of hell – then we shall nap in a sun beam.

As you make your way up your street, legs sore and shaking, abs tense as you try to hold your posture, your thoughts shift from training to recovery. You remembered to set the automatic coffee maker before you left – bravo! Now, what are you going to eat to refuel, recover and reward yourself?

Pancakes. It was always going to be pancakes.

Knowing this, I scoured the internet to find three killer pancake recipes that will help you refuel and get ready for the rest of your day.

Low carb-few ingredient pancakes

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  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional. Also, I use ISOpure and you should too)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp sweetener (Swerve, stevia or whatever you got)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ oil (I used olive oil but you can use any neutral oil)
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients together. Keep an eye on the consistency – if you feel like it is too thick and you can barely stir it then add some more milk, if it is too wet add some more flour.
  2. Preheat a pan on medium and melt butter into the pan.
  3. Pour batter into 2-3” cakes.
  4. Wait and watch for the batter to bubble. This took a lot longer for me than I expected and the first two I made were mush-messes. Be patient and these will bake up perfect.
  5. Flip after you start seeing bubbles and the bottom is solid enough to slide a spatula under
  6. Remove from heat once the other side is done.

I have fallen off from doing Keto (like most people) but I still prefer the general idea of keto and feel the best when I keep my carb count low. These pancakes are fantastic and low carb. Adding in the protein is your choice. If you do choose so, this may end up a bit thick and you’ll need to add in some extra milk.

(Serving: 2-3 small pancakes | Calories: 268 | Fat: 23g | Total Carbs: 6g | Net Carbs: 3g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Protein: 19g)

Scott Jurek’s Vegan Strawberry Pancakes

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It makes sense that a man who can run the Appalachian Trail faster than anybody also has the endurance to make these pancakes
  • ¼ cup spelt flour
  • ¼ cup buckwheat flour
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup millet flour
  • ¼ cup rye flour
  • ¼ cup barley flour
  • ¼ cup corn meal
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed or chia seed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 packets truvia (or 2 tbsp agave nectar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cup fresh strawberries

Mix together and cook like a regular pancake.

These pancakes, while amazing, are a total bitch to make (and expensive!). I recommend trying them and then I recommend only making them if you actively have these things on hand.

(Serving: 2-3 small pancakes | Calories: 345 | Fat: 13.5g | Total Carbs: 51.5g | Net Carbs: 41.3g | Fiber: 10.2g | Sugar: 7.6g | Protein: 8.3g)

The “I just ran a ton and I don’t have the time for fancy pancakes or the energy to buy a million ingredients…plus I need energy, FAST” pancakes

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  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 scoop protein powder (preferably vanilla or chocolate)
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • A bunch of dark chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Combine milk with vinegar in medium bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes. We are trying to make the milk sour
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients (except for chocolate chips) in a large bowl
  3. Once the 5 minutes is over, whisk the egg and butter into the now soured milk
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together until all the lumps are gone
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips if you are feeling fancy
  6. Cook like pancakes…because they are pancakes

You just ran…you aren’t worried about carbs or fats or whatever. You just want to eat! These are the pancakes for you – light, fluffy and amazing. If you opt for chocolate chip pancakes then you are truly living the high life. I added in a scoop of protein powder to help with the recovery process – sometimes this ends up making the mix too thick. If that happens, add some more milk and you’ll be fine.

(Serving: 2-3 small pancakes | Calories: 230 | Fat: 8.2g | Total Carbs: 32.7g | Net Carbs: 16.4g | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 9g | Protein: 19g)

BONUS BONUS BONUS!!

Whipped cream

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Skip the syrup, that stuff is poison. Okay, it isn’t really poison but there are better things you can be doing! For instance, make your own whipped cream and pile that on top of the cakes.

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon swerve or any other keto-friendly sweetener
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla (optional, I usually don’t use it)
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao (optional, I also usually don’t use this either)

This is almost painfully too easy. Put the cream and the sweetener in a bowl and start whipping. If you are a human with freakish arm strength and endurance – feel free to hand whip this. For all of us mortals, use an electric mixer. Mix this until there are “soft peaks” – until the cream gets thick and starts to pile on top of itself. You’ll know when it’s done.

Enjoy! You’ve earned it.

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