Healthy Pancakes!

I think a huge part of beginning and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is realizing that you don't need to totally give up foods you love; you just need to learn how to make healthier versions of them! For example, the other night Camron made a garlic cauliflower mash as a substitute for mashed potatoes and it was amazing! 

For me, one of my favorites foods that I simply could not live without is pancakes (specifically chocolate chip pancakes because I'm just a kid at heart!) Now I've tried tons of variations of healthy pancakes. Some use bananas, some use protein powder... Usually they are decent enough to get me through my craving, but they definitely leave something to be desired. This weekend I made some using a variation of a recipe I saw on Jen Widerstrom's instagram (Biggest Loser trainer and celebrity fitness inspiration of mine). They were amazing! They were perfectly golden brown and fluffy, so I had to share. Plus they use ingredients you probably already have in your house. Here we go!

 Oh my gosh. I'm hungry for them all over again. Look how perfectly golden they are!

Oh my gosh. I'm hungry for them all over again. Look how perfectly golden they are!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar free maple syrup (I use Cary's brand)
1.5 tablespoons Hershey's milk chocolate chips

Instructions:
1. Put all ingredients together in a blender (except the chocolate chips). Blend until smooth and you have a pancake batter consistency.
2. Spray your pan with non stick spray (no calorie spray, ideally) and spoon your batter on the pan until you reach your desired pancake size. 
3. Wait until bubbles start forming in the mixture. Sprinkle some of your chocolate chips on. Then flip! 

You're done! Mine made 3 "regular" size pancakes and 1 smaller one (pictured above). Definitely a portion to enjoy all to yourself, so be sure to adjust quantities if you are making breakfast for yourself and others. I topped mine with a 1/4 cup of Cary's sugar free syrup. 

Macros: 66g carbs | 35g protein | 19g fat
(7g of the fat were from chocolate chips - so you could always omit those if you wanted. But why would you want to do that...)