What makes a bicycle ride along quite country roads under bluebird skies even better? When I’ve got some form of mini pancake stuffed in my jersey pocket to keep me well fueled and my taste buds singing like song birds.
In Rocket Fuel, I have a handful of recipes for pancakes in one form or another. Among my favorite are the blini sliders – essentially small pancakes that can be stuffed with all sorts of sweet and savory goodies. And I’m seemingly always experimenting with new flavor profiles for ideal on-the-go fuel. In this version, infusing the bite-sized pancakes with banana and cocoa and then stuffing them with nut butter makes each bite taste like an ultimate treat when working up a sweat. Perfect for bike jerseys, backpacks, or even coolers when enjoying a relaxing day at the beach or park.
My go-to brand for nut butter is Justin’s. They supply truly craveable options for peanut butter, almond butter and a chocolaty hazelnut spread that blows away the option from a certain massive brand.
Now for the great news. The folks at Justin’s are offering a tasty prize pack for a Rocket Fuel reader. Just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Justin’s Nut Butter” in the subject line and you could end up with a 3 jars of Justin’s nut butter, 3 boxes of nut butter squeeze packs and 1 box of peanut butter cups at your front door. Be sure to, um, spread the news. This contest ends July 8th!
Want more ideas for recipes like this one that can boost your fitness gains? You can find plenty more kitchen creations featuring items like nut butter in the pages of ROCKET FUEL.
Stuffed Chocolate Banana Mini Pancakes
1/2 cup milk
2 large eggs
2 medium bananas
1/2 cup oat flour or all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter or vegetable oil
1/2 cup almond or peanut butter
Place milk, eggs, bananas, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a blender and blend until smooth.
Heat butter or oil in a skillet over medium heat. By the tablespoonful, drop batter into pan and heat mini-pancakes until edges begin to darken and curl inwards, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip over and cook for 2 minutes more. Let prepared pancakes cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more butter or oil to pan as needed. You will end up with about 34 mini pancakes.
To assemble, slather nut butter on a pancake and then top with a second pancake to form mini-pancake sandwiches. To transport, wrap tightly in a piece of foil or other wrapping of choice such as Abeego.
In Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up 120 delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.
Rocket Fuel is available now in bookstores, outdoors stores, and online from these online retailers:
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Food photography by Aaron Colussi.