Chocolate Banana Pancakes


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 😉

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‘Dressed’ 😉








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)



  1. Preheat griddle/large saucepan on medium heat
  2. Place all measured ingredients into blender/food processor. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour mix onto griddle/pan. Flip cakes when bubbles form at the top (approx 4-5 mins). Remove from griddle when center feels firm.
  4. 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


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Comments ( 2 )
  • Peter Gabriel says:

    Dear Lindsay: I am
    So proud and honoured to know you & admire your attitude and your beauty inside & out. It was great to
    Meet Tim and I know the both of you can & are an inspiration to making a difference in the younger generation &
    Proof positive you can do
    Anything you put your mind too! Being a professional athlete myself in
    My younger year I can appreciate & have the sport acumen to know the difference of ordinary vs. extraordinary vs. fanatical ( you make it fun-atical as well) keep up the great work and example. I think the greatest ingredient is ” Discipline” and as often told to others in My Life that it is important to say” If it is meant to be .. It is up to
    Me!” A great Montra from
    Jack Canfield.., the author of ” Chicken Soup for the Soul”. There is also power on
    visualization as my wife Nancy former top Olympic Gymnast( ’72 Munich & ’76 Montreal) & Canada’s best for all those years can attest too!
    One last thing.., one
    Must know &
    Love oneself first( Michael Jackdon .., person in the mirror) So it with that in mind that I say… The Love We give you is second hand because We have experienced first!
    So keep on your regiment & continue to aim for the Moon Because when you do … You land amongst the Stars. You are a shining Star Lindsay and make your grand parents & Matt , your mom & dad proud . So get yourself 7 sets of sunglasses because your future is bright but you’ll need them when you land with those Stars in your newly formed constellation in This cyber-space you have created in this social Media of this link and more.
    Keep smiling & the glass is always half full!
    Don’t Sweat the small
    The Gabriel Family
    ” You make this world a better place” Lindsay!!!

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