Breakfast for Dinner???

I am an avid follower of MANY blogs (I get over 150 emails a day).  I know that sounds crazy, but I do love to read about other people’s success stories.  I think a lot of it has to do with my yearning to do the same thing, but fear of getting started. BUT, here i am!! Ready to start.  Taking the leap!

So here’s my first recipe of something i LOVE TO MAKE AND EAT!

Does anyone else love breakfast for dinner??  I have a tiny little addiction to egg whites, because they’re such a great source of protein.  I also love, LOVE, LOOOVVEE anything related to pancakes, waffles… you name it!  Favorite meal of the day!!

I make this thing called a protein puff.  Have you ever had a Dutch Baby?  Or is that just a Pennsylvania thing?  Well basically, a dutch baby is a pancake that fluffs up like a souffle in the oven, but is one large pancake.  It’s yummy, but SUPER high in calories.  My **TwIN** and I used to make them, years ago, when we lived together on Cape Cod.  We got a recipe that was lower calories and ‘better for you’.  We would make the basic pancake and jazz it up as much as we could with other healthy toppings, ie apples, bananas, strawberries.  We tried to be as seasonal as possible!

Since going gluten and dairy free, I have struggled to find the right combo of flours and mixtures that will bake properly, stay fluffed and taste good.  I try to stay away from carbs in the evenings, so I also struggled with the flours.  I’ve used everything from garbanzo bean flour, coconut flour, almond flour… all too dry.  It took me a while, but I was reading another blog.. I think it was Purely Twins (I hope i can put them in here, i haven’t gotten as far as how to reference others in a blog.. sorry if i took a mistep).  I love their blog because not only are they twins, duh!? but they’re also healthy fitness lovers who eat gluten and dairy free!  When I read their blog, I feel like I could be their triplet!  They posted a recipe for a protein pancake, and I figured if I tweaked it a little, I bet I could fluff up my dutch baby to work!

Gluten Free HIGH PROTEIN Dutch Baby

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1/4 C Egg whites

1/4 C water (or almond milk)

1 Scoop Protein Powder (I use Raw Vegan Sunwarrior Blend)

1 T peanut flour

dash of salt

seasoning as you like… i use pumpkin pie spice, you could add 1 T of cocoa powder… jazz it up as you like!

1 egg white beat until peaks form

Extra virgin olive oil spray

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

I mix everything, except for the egg white in to a bowl.  In a separate bowl, I beat the egg white until soft peaks form.

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In a small frying pan, I spray a little EVOO into the pan and then place it into the oven for approx 2 minutes.

I slowly fold in the whites into the protein bowl mixture.  Be careful not to break the fluffy whites!

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Once incorporated, take your pan out of the over (use a mitt!!) and spray again with a little EVOO.  Slowly place the mixture into the pan and then flatten it out a little.

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Place into the 400 degree oven and bake for approx 20-23 minutes.

When it comes out it will be a little fluffed up, let it cool for 3 minutes.  And there you have a protein puff pancake!  I put a little spray butter on mine and top it with either more PB or put  a banana, apple slices, dip it cranberries… you name it! The nice thing is that this is a blank canvas for you to jazz up depending on how you like flavors!
I also will sometimes make it in a muffin pan and split it into 2 servings and save one for a snack the next day!

Hope you like it!! I haven’t tried it with other protein powders, so you may have to play with the amount of powder you add!

🙂  GOod  Luck and Happy Wednesday!!

PS, did you get your workout in today??? I DID!! I was wide awake at 4:10 am for NO APPARENT REASON.  So, rather than stare at the ceiling, I went down and got my Chalean Extreme Get Lean Intervals done! 43 Minute work=CHECK!!! 🙂

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