As previously mentioned in my bio, I used to compete in figure competitions. For those of you that aren’t aware- figure falls under the umbrella of competitive bodybuilding, a category that requires not quite the same amount of leanness as a bodybuilder but large emphasis is placed on balance, symmetry, and conditioning of the female physique. As you can imagine, a competitor’s diet has to be quite strict and calculated to achieve that sort of elusive perfection.
As each season came and went in my competitive career, I became more and more creative and ambitious with my cooking. I understood that in order to have some sort of ‘staying power’ in the fitness world, I was going have to learn pretty quick how to enjoy my food without feeling like I was on a diet year round. After all: fitness is supposed to be a lifestyle, isn’t it?
I came up with this recipe on my own following the 2013 CBBF Figure Nationals. I was craving something dense, almost cake-like type pancakes for breakfast before an early morning workout. I remember thinking how good it would be to have banana blended in my pancake… and then adding cocoa… oh man, that would be so good with peanut butter on top! Bodybuilders/fitness competitors LOVE their nut butters 😉
2.5 years later, I am still enjoying the heck out of this recipe. These ‘cakes are dense, carb and fibre rich, high in protein WITHOUT any added protein powder- all whole ingredients. It is the perfect meal before any type of high-volume training or endurance workout. It’s also great if you’re having a hectic morning and have a long stretch before your next meal; OR why not have it for dinner? There are no rules here 😉
200 mls liquid egg whites
1/2 medium, ripe banana
2 tbsp ground flax seed
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup quick oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Dash cinnamon, Splenda/stevia-to taste (optional)
- Preheat griddle/large saucepan on medium heat
- Place all measured ingredients into blender/food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Pour mix onto griddle/pan. Flip cakes when bubbles form at the top (approx 4-5 mins). Remove from griddle when center feels firm.
- Enjoy with your favorite sugar-free syrup and/or nut butter 🙂 Have a super, energized morning!!
Macros (without toppings): 377 cals; 10.3 g F; 45 g C; 34.4 P; 11.8 g fibre