Can’t wait for cheat day? How about serving up some healthy protein flapjacks that will silence your cravings while still staying on track with your dieting? Protein flapjacks are also a great post-workout snack to re-energize you after a long workout session. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but due to our tight schedules and morning rush, it’s tempting to skip breakfast. Protein flapjacks would suffice for such mornings. Here is a simple recipe to help you create protein flapjacks you will love.
Protein Flapjacks: Ingredients
- 120g rolled oats
- 100g peanut butter of your choice
- 60g whey protein powder
- 125-150g skimmed milk
- 15g acacia honey
- Butter or spray
The goal when looking for substitutes for some of the ingredients is to remember we are looking for components with high protein and low sugar. It’s also okay to include ingredients that are calorie-dense as long as they are whole foods. Here are some substitutes you can try;
- Oats are the main ingredient of the recipe, so you don’t need to find a substitute. They are also pretty healthy and nutritious.
- The butter used can be substituted by coconut oil. These two are basically the same in texture when it comes to baking. The only difference is that coconut is not creamy in texture. However, the peanut butter will cover for that. Ensure you are using organic coconut oil that actually smells like coconut.
- Honey can be substituted by brown sugar or maple syrup. You know that flapjacks are not complete without the sweetness, but you need to ensure that you are using the right sugar. However, honey or maple syrup is recommended because of the texture and less sugar, especially for those who prefer less sugary flapjacks. You can also add some raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon for flavor and sweetness.
- The protein powder is to add extra protein beside what’s provided by the oats and peanut butter. You can also add some sesame seeds for protein value and the flavor.
Protein Flapjacks: Directions
- Preheat your oven at 190 degrees c as you prepare your ingredients.
- Add the butter / coconut oil, peanut butter, and honey to a saucepan and melt until all the ingredients are blended. This step is important to avoid struggling to mix the ingredients to achieve the right consistency.
- Once the ingredients have melted and combined perfectly, you can add any seeds, raisins, or cranberries if included. If not, just set the saucepan to cool.
- Mix the whey protein powder and oats in a separate bowl. You can add the oats in small amounts if you feel the need to use less than measured.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until sticky. You can add your milk slowly until you achieve a thick and sticky consistency. You can test this by scooping some into your hand then try to form a ball without the mixture falling apart.
- Line the baking dish with a grease proof paper and then drizzle some coconut oil.
- Spread the mixture in the baking tray to about 1-3 cm thickness. Ensure you squish the mix down, so its firm to avoid crumbling. Remember, the mixture is not made with any real butter, at least not in significant amounts, making it easier to crumble. That’s why it’s vital to squish down on the baking tray.
- Bake for 15 minutes max under 180 degrees c or until the flapjacks start to brown around the edges.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool for about an hour without touching it.
- Once your long-awaited hour is over, and the flapjack is cool, slice, and enjoy!
We have just shared the simplest every flapjack recipe. It’s as simple as mixing ingredients and awaiting your flapjacks to bake. You can also use different substitutes and play around with flavors.
Do you give some dried cranberries or pumpkins lying around? You can always use them as a topping to add kore flavor and chew to the flapjacks. You can also add them to the mixture to add the protein content in the flapjacks. The more nuts and fruits you add, the more nutritious and chewier or crunchy the flapjacks will become depending on your preference.
Although protein flapjacks are the simplest to prepare with a prep time of fewer than 15 minutes, we recommend making them in bulk. You can then slice the flapjacks, wrap them in cling film and toss them in a refrigerator dish or bags and toss them in a freezer. You can then remove them every time you want to enjoy it. If you prefer freshly bakes protein flapjacks, then you can still bake any time.
Vegan protein flapjacks
Wondering if this is the right recipe for you as a vegan? Good news is you don’t have to stress to convert this recipe into vegan-friendly. In the standard recipe, we have used skimmed milk, but you can swap that for soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk. You should also look out for the protein powder you are using. There is a variety of vegan-friendly protein powders to use in your flapjacks.
Protein flapjacks with no nuts
If you are intolerant of any nuts, it’s still possible to enjoy some flapjacks. You can substitute the peanut butter with soy butter or coconut. You can also achieve texture without adding nuts by using either amazing alternatives such as raisins, berries, dries apricots, name it! The toppings also do not have to be nuts and seeds to make flapjack. You can swap all the nuts and seeds with coconut gratings. You can even top off your flapjacks with some chocolate. You can never run out go ways to add greatness to your flapjacks.
Flapjacks pack loads of proteins, which is why they make an excellent protein punch. They contain 85g of protein, 110g carbs, and 55g fats. You can add more protein value by swapping the whey protein powder with full-fat milk and top the flapjack with nut butter!
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