Cinnamon Apple Ring Protein Pancake Possibilities #ProteinPantry

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So much more possibility when fueled up from the #ProteinPantry at VitaminShoppe.com

I love how the Protein Pantry at VitaminShoppe.com helps me put more “flex” into my fall baking and recipe making. I can turn a puny breakfast or snack into a pumped-up powerhouse of nutrition that makes achieving my goals possible. So, what is #ProteinPantry ? Online and in nearly 700 stores nationwide, the Protein Pantry is a specially curated, fitness-focused assortment of 40 protein-packed foods such as pancake mixes, nut butters, powdered peanut butter and more! Stocked in this cupboard of kick-butt awesome yumminess are some of my favorite brands like Buff Bake and About Time along with some new products to fall in love with like D’s Naturals, Mancakes, P28 Foods, FlapJacked and more. Look at some of the goodies that came my way:

Vitamin Shoppe Protein Pantry

Ya’ll know how I feel about getting enough protein and love to create and share protein recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Adequate protein intake helps to build and repair muscle, supports weight management by satisfying appetite and boosting metabolism, lessens cravings and mindless snacking, can lower cholesterol and support heart health, and offers a wide range of vitamins and minerals for optimal health.

I've been known to get a little excited about PROTEIN!

I’ve been known to get a little excited about PROTEIN!

Research shows that it’s best to spread out protein consumption evenly throughout the day, aiming for about 25g to 30g per eating opportunity – including refueling with a protein-rich snack within 30 minutes of an intense workout or long run.

While most Americans get enough protein, they tend to overdo consumption at dinner and skimp on breakfast. But, breakfast is covered thanks to all of the convenient and easy-to-make products in Vitamin Shoppe’s Protein Pantry, like the FlapJacked Mighty Muffins that cook in 35 seconds in their own container. No excuses!

 

Apple Ring Protein PancakesSince apples are everywhere this time of year (and also good for you), I’ve created an easy Apple Ring Cinnamon Protein Pancake recipe using a packet of Mancake Cinnamon Oat Protein Pancake Mix (feel free to swap for the protein pancake batter you prefer).Apple Ring Protein Pancakes

This easy breakfast recipe offers a full serving of both protein and fruit – the protein will keep you satisfied and skipping right over a mid-morning sugar crash while the apple offers lots of fiber and is a healthy source of complex carbs to fuel your body and brain.

Apple Ring Protein Pancakes

 

Tart Cherry & Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes - TheFitFork.comYou also might digging into the Tart Cherry Chocolate Protein Pancakes recipe I made a few months ago with the About Time Protein Pancake Mix. Time savings hint — make multiple batches and keep extra stored in single-serve portions in the freezer — on busy mornings, take out, reheat, enjoy!

What do you eat for protein in the morning? What is your favorite topping for pancakes? Please share in the comments below – XOXO, Jennifer

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Vitamin Shoppe. All opinions are mine.



Apple Ring Protein Pancakes
Cinnamon Apple Ring Protein Pancakes
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Pump up your morning with fruit and extra protein thanks to these Cinnamon Apple Ring Protein Pancakes - extra easy with mix from #ProteinPantry at the Vitamin Shoppe.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving (approx 6 rings) 3 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving (approx 6 rings) 3 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Apple Ring Protein Pancakes
Cinnamon Apple Ring Protein Pancakes
Print Recipe
Pump up your morning with fruit and extra protein thanks to these Cinnamon Apple Ring Protein Pancakes - extra easy with mix from #ProteinPantry at the Vitamin Shoppe.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving (approx 6 rings) 3 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving (approx 6 rings) 3 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving (approx 6 rings)
Instructions
  1. In shallow bowl, mix together pancake mix and 1/4 cup water until combined.
  2. Chop up top and bottom apple rings and aside to make topping later.
  3. Heat skillet to med-high and heat coconut oil.
  4. Dip apple slices in batter and add to skillet, cooking for a couple minutes on each side until golden brown and apple has softened.
  5. Set apple ring pancakes aside on paper towel and add chopped reserved apple, remaining water, packet of stevia and dash of cinnamon to same skillet.
  6. Quickly sauté apples for about 2 minutes, until lightly softened.
  7. To serve pancakes, top with satued apples and optional warmed nut butter, syrup or Greek yogurt.
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Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes with Berry Burst Topping #MealtimeSolutions

Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes - Horizon Products

June 2103 Jon and Davis LakehouseIn the morning, my three teen boys are as hungry bears coming out of hibernation. You don’t want to mess with them until they’ve gotten their paws on some food. I always try to offer a breakfast that will power them from early morning straight through to lunch. Pancakes are a favorite, and over the years I’ve found different ways to add a little more substance to these typically carb-laden morning meal.  For example, I’ve done protein powder in pancakes,Paleo pancakes and alternatives to sugary syrup.

Products from Horizon help me make yummy goodness for my children – I can rely on the taste and quality of the ingredients time and time again, which just takes more worry out of my day!  One meal solution I came up with for breakfast is an easy recipe for Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes (with Creamy Berry Burst Topping). 

Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes - TheFitFork.com

horizon super sqeezeThis quick recipe uses a new Horizon product the whole family is loving these days – Super Squeeze Mixed Berry Burst. While these little squeeze packets are perfect for lunch boxes and gym bags, the also make a fabulous swap for syrup on pancakes and waffles. Made with wholesome ingredients like organic skim milk, organic berry puree and organic can sugar, each pouch provides 5 grams of protein and is a good source of calcium. The other cool thing about these single-serve packets is that you can just pop off the lid and squirt as much or as little as desired. Even little toddler hands can be in charge of this fun job!

Chocolate PAncakes with Cottage Cheese  and Horizon Berry BurtsIn addition to the 5 grams of protein coming from the Super Squeeze, I’ve also pumped up the pancakes with protein from Horizon Low-Fat Cottage Cheese.  Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein and calcium, and while many kids can’t stand the texture, I’ve run it through the blender to be super smooth and creamy. Blended with cocoa powder and a bit of stevia sweetener, it actually tastes like a decedant cheesecake!  I’ve used a traditional convenience pancake mix as my base, but if you are following a gluten-free diet, just swap in a gluten-free baking blend with a teaspoon of baking powder. Bite of Chocolate Cheesecake Pancake - TheFitFork.com

Find out more about Horizon’s New Super Squeeze Mixed Berry Burst and their other delicious, family friendly products by following them on Twitter, Facebook , or the Mealtime Solutions Board on Pinterest.

What is your favorite topping for pancakes?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organics. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes - Horizon Products
Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes with Berry Burst Topping
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This breakfast recipe is a easy mealtime solution that uses low-fat cottage cheese in pancakes and milk-based berry burst packets from Horizon as a topping.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 min per pancake
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 min per pancake
Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes - Horizon Products
Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes with Berry Burst Topping
Print Recipe
This breakfast recipe is a easy mealtime solution that uses low-fat cottage cheese in pancakes and milk-based berry burst packets from Horizon as a topping.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 min per pancake
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4 min per pancake
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add milk, cottage cheese, cocoa powder and stevia into blender. Blend for approximately 30 seconds until ingredients are combined and smooth.
  2. Pulse in pancake batter until combined, taking care not to over blend. Heat skillet to medium, add approximately ¼ cup batter in center of skillet and cook for 2 – 3 minutes or until bubbles appear on top and edges have set. Use spatula to flip pancake over and cook for an additional minute or until cooked through. Repeat for remaining pancakes (makes approximately 16 pancakes).
  3. To serve, stack 4 pancakes on a plate and squeeze one packet of Horizon Super Squeeze Mixed Berry Burst on top. Top each stack with ¼ fresh berries.
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12 Ideas for Hosting a Healthy Holiday Breakfast or Brunch

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – it’s a season for eating and greeting and spreading good cheer! If you are hosting a morning get-together over the holidays, it needn’t be fancy or fussy to be successful. In fact, some of the best memories I have are sitting around in my pajamas after the stockings have been unstuffed and ribbons unraveled to share a leisurely breakfast with family and reminisce about the glories of yore.  When I’m in town, I also like to don my most festive “ugly” sweater and invite the neighbors over for a holiday brunch.

Check out 12 Ideas for a Healthy Holiday Breakfast or Brunch

by The Fit Fork at Foodie.com


I have to admit though, the thought of hosting breakfast or brunch sometimes intimidates me – especially knowing I’m not a graceful waker-upper. So, I like to have many of the menu items prepped ahead of time so I’m not running around like an overworked, grouchy elf in the morning. Make-ahead egg casseroles are ideal as are muffins and quick breads that can be baked a day or two earlier. Even pancakes can be cooked and kept in the freezer for a no-stress holiday breakfast celebration. Some of my favorite breakfast recipes are included in the Healthy Holiday Breakfast and Brunch collection I created for Foodie.com.

Snow Men Milk Bottles - Kid's Craft - TheFitFork.comIf your gathering is anything like mine, there will probably be at least a dozen kids racing around the Christmas tree high as flying reindeer jacked up on candy canes. I have an entertaining little activity that will slow down these busy bodies for a just a few minutes and also provide the opportunity to pump them with a wholesome glass of milk (soy, almond or whatever!).  These Snowman Milk Bottles are adorable and a super easy craft that most any youngster can make with minimal supervision – however, I suggest pre-cutting the felt and assisting with the glue gun lest there be no emergency room trips on a holiday. And, BTW, TheFitFork.com has not turned into a DIY Craft blog, but these were just too fun not to share!

Snowman Milk Bottle Christmas Craft - TheFitFork.com

Supplies needed for each Snow Man Milk Bottle:

  • Empty mini milk bottle (available at craft store or recycled Starbucks Frappuccino bottle)
  • 1 ½ inch x 8 inch piece of colorful felt
  • 3 black buttons
  • Glue gun or glue dots
  • Scissors
  • Striped paper straw

For the scarf, use scissors to snip ½” long fringe into each end of the felt. Wrap around neck of bottle and knot to one side; secure with glue or glue dot if needed. Glue three buttons down front of bottle.  Fill with milk and add colorful paper straw.

So, what do you like to serve on Christmas or holiday mornings?  Do you have a once-a-year special holiday recipe or do you stick with your standard-issue morning meal?

This post was sponsored by Foodie.com, however all recipes and editorial comments are my own.

Apple Protein Pancakes with Sugar-Free Cider Syrup

Apple Protein Pancakes with Sugar Free Apple Cider Syrup - TheFitFork.comThe kids have the whole week off school for Thanksgiving and they want pancakes for breakfast  . . . every day! My recipe for Apple Protein Pancakes with Sugar-Free Cider Syrup wins for convenience and taste. It relies on boxed pancake mix (you can use whole wheat) and jarred applesauce.  I originally developed this recipe for Litehouse Foods (they have the best apple cider), but later tweaked it for my own use by using a couple scoops of vanilla protein powder.  I just find that after eating pancakes, I get the “hangries” unless I’ve balanced it with a little more protein.  Oh, and the syrup doesn’t have any added sugar, a huge bonus considering the way my kids pour it on without discretion.  If you’d rather do the no protein powder version, get the recipe here.

Sugar Free Apple Cider Syrup for Pancakes -  thefitfork.com

Apple Protein Pancakes with Sugar-Free Cider Syrup

For Pancakes:

  • 2 cups “complete” pancake mix (the “just add water” type)
  • 2 scoops (about 2/3 cup) vanilla or unflavored protein powder
  • 1cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup apple cider

For Syrup:

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon liquid Stevia (or any sugar  substitute to achieve a ½ cup sugar equivalency) I used NuNaturals
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups  apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter

1. Heat electric griddle to 375 F degrees or skillet over medium high.

2. In bowl, combine pancake mix and protein powder with a whisk until blended. Stir in applesauce and apple cider until slightly smooth. If batter is too thick, stir in a scant amount of water or more apple cider to thin.

3. Pour batter onto hot griddle using 1/3 cup measure. Cook for approximately 1 to 1 ½ minutes before flipping. Pancake is ready to flip when edges are pulling away and bubbles on top have slowed down.

4. Flip pancakes with spatula and cook for approximately 45 seconds to 1 minute longer. Repeat for remaining pancake batter.

5. Meanwhile, prepare syrup by mixing cornstarch, sugar substitute and cinnamon together in a saucepan with heat off.

6. Gradually whisk in the cider and lemon juice and cook over medium heat stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until thickened

7. Remove syrup from heat and stir in butter. Serve warm over pancakes and store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Serves 6 (2 pancakes each)

 More pancake recipes for hungry people:

Pancakes made with Core Power - TheFitfork.com

Pancakes made with Core Power – TheFitfork.com

 My little secret trick — just swap out Core Power for the milk or water in your pancake recipe.

Bit of Pumpkin Pecan Oat Pancake theftfork.comPumpkin Oat Pancake – Yum, these pancakes are pure fall goodness from the griddle — I like to use Love Grown Foods Super Oats to add a little extra nutrition with quinoa flakes, amaranth flakes and chia.

Pre Race Paleo Pancake - The Fit ForkPre-Race Paleo Pancakes – This is my go-to super healthy pancake recipe from a CrossFit superstar friend, Stephanie from Missouri.

 

 

 

 

If you need to stock up:

Boo-Yeah! Pumpkin Pecan Oat Pancake Recipe

Pumpkin Pancakes with Pecans, Caramel & Greek Yogurt - TheFitFork.comPumpkin, it’s what’s for breakfast this time of year! Maybe I’ve gone overboard with the gourd, but I don’t care. I’ve created a pumpkin recipe that you absolutely must make this weekend for a satisfying but not too sinful brunch – Pumpkin Pecan Oat Pancakes with Caramel Yogurt Topping.

skeleton shoes runningPumpkin is a super food, I know y’all have heard me ramble on and on about the health benefits. It’s filled with fiber and a great source of vitamins, especially A and E. That bright orange colored flesh indicates an abundance of antioxidents ready to help boost your heath and also potentially prevent a laundry list of chronic diseases and conditions. I eat to stay a lean mean, running machine, but I definitely don’t want to be a SKELETON — so in preparation for my hilly 10 mile race on Sunday, I’m going to attack a stack. YUM!

I pumped up the nutrients in my pancakes to the next level by adding Love Grown Foods® Super Oats (Simply Pure) to the batter – lots of good stuff here including quinoa flakes, amaranth flakes and chia. You can use any type or brand of oats you like – I’m just saying these Super Oats rock! Also, instead of dousing my pumpkin pancakes in a ton of sugary syrup, I simply mixed together some protein-packed Greek yogurt with just a touch of caramel sauce mixed in for a tasty topping.

Bit of Pumpkin Pecan Oat Pancake theftfork.com

Pumpkin Pecan Oat Pancakes with Caramel Yogurt Topping Recipe

  • 1 ½  cups “complete” whole wheat or buttermilk pancake mix
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans plus extra for topping
  • 12 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup caramel dip

Instructions:

  1. Heat skillet over medium-low heat or electric griddle to 375 degrees
  2. In medium bowl, mix together pancake mix and oats. Stir in water, pumpkin puree and pecans with spatula  until big lumps disappear, don’t over mix (toughens pancakes).
  3. Pour approximately 1/3 cup batter for each pancake onto lightly greased skillet or griddle.
  4. Turn when pancakes bubble and bottoms are golden brown.
  5. In small bowl, mix together yogurt and caramel sauce.  Top on pancakes and sprinkle with extra pecans.
  6. Makes about 18 pancakes (serves 6).

 

Top Row: White Chocolate Pumpkin  Oat Bread and Pumpkin Granola - Bottom Row: Pumpkin Protein Donuts and Caramel Pumpkin Smoothies

Top Row: White Chocolate Pumpkin Oat Bread and Pumpkin Granola – Bottom Row: Pumpkin Protein Donuts and Caramel Pumpkin Smoothies

Looking for more ways to incorporate pumpkin into your morning meal? Everyone at my house clamors for these other pumpkin favorites — baked pumpkin protein donuts, pumpkin granola with golden raisins and almonds, pumpkin white chocolate quick bread and caramel pumpkin smoothies.

What are you making with pumpkin these days?