An artery-clogging breakfast staple receives a light and healthy makeover from effervescent fitness instructor Cassey Ho.
When we hear the word “pancakes,” our minds immediately draw up images of thick, heavy discs of dough slathered in copious amounts of butter and syrup. They might taste good, but pancakes are hardly the most diet-friendly or quickest choice for breakfast. Los Angeles-based Pilates instructor and blogger Cassey Ho has a different-yet-delicious healthy alternative that only requires two ingredients — eggs and bananas.
For those of you with dietary restrictions or who don’t like complicated recipes, this tutorial is ideal. Since these pancakes are made of just bananas and eggs, they are gluten-free and dairy-free. In the YouTube video description, Ho claims that the pancakes contain “under 250 calories and 14g of protein.” Chiquita Bananas notes that a medium-size banana boasts an impressive number of nutrients including potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6, and is only 110 calories. In addition to the low amount of calories in a banana, Chiquita Bananas deems this delicious fruit “naturally fat-, cholesterol- and sodium-free.”
The other ingredient in this quick breakfast idea is equally impressive. WebMD lauds eggs’ nutritional value as almost unbeatable, stating that “one egg has only 75 calories but 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1.6 grams of saturated fat, along with iron, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids.” In short, both bananas and eggs provide the energy needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle without added sugar or any other unnecessary ingredients.
The process for making these pancakes is simple as well — all you have to do is mash a banana and two eggs together until they reach the desired consistency, then fry them like normal pancakes. Ho uses coconut oil in the video, but she also mentions that extra virgin olive oil can serve as a substitute. Nutrition Data lists olive oil as containing significantly less saturated fat than coconut oil, and WebMD concurs with that fact. When discussing the nutritional value of coconut oil, WebMD recommends that you limit consumption of saturated fats to less than 10 percent of your daily caloric intake. Coconut oil is fine in moderation, so the choice is up to you.
While the simplicity of this recipe is nice, it might be fun to experiment with these pancakes by adding vanilla extract or cinnamon. It would also be worth trying to leave some banana bits intentionally less mashed so there are a few nice chunks in the batter. The beauty of this recipe lies in its potential, so feel free to tweak it as you see fit.
According to her blog, Ho’s first foray into a healthier lifestyle began with her introduction to Pilates to “tone up” before a beauty pageant at the age of 16. Since then, Ho has become a certified instructor and her primary YouTube channel contains full-length POP Pilates videos (workout videos set to upbeat music) to target every muscle group imaginable. Ho supplements her exercise routine with a separate channel for recipes and vlogs about her life, further advocating clean, healthy living inside and out. She was awarded the Shorty Award for #SocialFitness in 2013, Best Healthy-Living Blogger of 2012 by Fitness Magazine, and was ranked second in Sharecare’s 2012 Top Ten Social HealthMakers in Fitness. Her two YouTube channels boast over 3 million subscribers and nearly 300 million views collectively.