Gearing up for Indulgence – 5:2 Diet Recipe for Three Ingredient Pancakes:
Hurrah! I’ve actually hit my target weight (60kg) through the 5:2 diet and am now theoretically maintaining by doing a mixture of one fast day a week and something called 16:8 where I eat within an eight-hour window. But, it’s Christmas and I’m fully anticipating gaining a kilo or two over the festive season. You only have to look at the lovely goodies I’ve already got to realise this isn’t going to be a slimline holiday. So I’m practising some 5:2 diet recipes that I think might help to tide me over when I crave sweet things
I’m trying my best though because I don’t want to reach the new year and find I’ve undone all the good of 2013. I’m following a simple exercise routine 5 days a week – about half an hour a day. And I’m experimenting a bit with recipes that will allow me to feel self-indulgent without being too naughty. These three ingredient pancakes (you’ll find some recipes that only use two of the three ingredients here) are utterly delicious and while you can sin and eat the whole lot, half the quantity in the recipe with some fresh fruit and greek yoghurt and just a tiny bit of honey makes a dessert you can have even on a 5:2 diet fast day
Of course, if you treat yourself to a spoon of melted honey and some rum infused raisins as I did you’ll add an extra 60-70 calories. Even so, the basic recipe is a mere 160 calories for the lot (80 calories if you eat 3 pancakes), so you might just get away with it. If you want a lighter option, a handful of fresh berries and a teaspoon of low-fat greek yoghurt will work a treat too.
Now, this isn’t my recipe. It’s a little like the cauliflower pizza, cauliflower rice and courgetti that most of us following the 5:2 diet tries at some time. I believe it has its origin in the paleo diet, which cuts out processed foods entirely. There are all sorts of variations on the theme, of which the simplest is just two ingredients, whilst three ingredient versions sometimes include flour of various sorts or, like the recipe above, a little baking powder to make a fluffy pancake. I tried this two ingredient banana pancake and to be honest it was a little flat. And I didn’t want to add in flour if it wasn’t needed. So, the three-ingredient version I’ve used here is adapted from this recipe. My recipe made 6 small pancakes which were more than enough for me on a normal (non-fast) day, but of course, you could easily double the quantities to make more pancakes.
It’s a great recipe for a 5:2 diet fast day because the protein in the egg will help to stave any hunger pangs.
So, how will you top your three ingredient banana pancakes?