I’ve had a wonderful weekend filled with workouts and lots of good food with friends, enjoying the gorgeously golden autumnal weather here in Zurich. It’s a beautiful time of year and I’m feeling very mindful and satisfied with enjoying the little things, like the yellow and orange leaves on the ground, the smell of chestnuts in the air and lighting candles in my apartment while catching up with friends or cooking my Sunday meal prep.
One thing that is always part of a good weekend, if you ask me, is some soul-satisfying brunch food. And while my go-to is usually a smoothie bowl, I also have a never-ending love affair with pancakes… They remind me of childhood and taste super indulgent, while actually being really nourishing (well, these ones at least 🙂 ). They’re also very quick to mix together and only take a few minutes to cook – perfect for when you’re hungry after a weekend workout or just in the mood for something comforting.
Today I’m sharing with you my go-to post-workout protein pancakes. They’re simple to whip up and wonderfully nourishing, whether you’ve had an intense workout or simply rolled out of bed! There is always a good excuse to have pancakes, any day of the week or time of day 🙂
Now, you may be thinking this is an odd combination, but if you’re looking to step up your pancake game then look no further! While it’s no secret that cacao and any nut butter under the sun are a match made in heaven, using tahini instead is a great way to switch things up. It adds a hint of bitterness that contrasts wonderfully with the sweetness of the chocolatey pancake, giving it a slightly more sophisticated edge. Don’t worry, the tahini isn’t at all overpowering, though, and, while it maybe gives a bit more of a “grown up” flavor, this is still a chocolate pancake at heart and, essentially, a way to have dessert for breakfast and feel like a kid again.
The story behind these pancakes is a silly little reminder of a valuable lesson: When things don’t go the way you intended, accept it and roll with it – there might be something even better in store for you 😉 On Monday morning I originally wanted to make Deliciously Ella‘s Sweet Potato Pancakes as an awesome post-workout breakfast, but – disaster – I couldn’t use my frozen mashed sweet potato as it was stuck to the ziplock bag! (Never had that issue before, but I guess next time I need to give it some time to thaw..?) Anyway, so I started throwing together some yummy ingredients to create my own pancakes and I was seriously pleased with the result and they made me feel happy ages after eating them 🙂 And as much as I love Ella’s pancakes, these ones are a lot quicker to make and therefore more suited to some spontaneous pancake action.
So excited to share this recipe as I’m absolutely loving it! It came about really spontaneously and I had no idea whether it was going to work, but it did and omg I have been craving these pancakes ever since.