It’s a beautiful morning because I’ve got a stack of the most delicious Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes sitting on my table!
If you are looking for a breakfast to power up your kids to have the best day at school this is it. If you are looking for an amazing treat post-workout that won’t ruin your goals this is it. And if you have anyone in your house with a wheat allergy, gluten-intolerance or Celiac Disease these pancakes are your dream come true!
If you are confused or unfamiliar with wheat allergies, gluten-intolerance and Celiac Disease, don’t worry you aren’t alone. I’ve noticed many people dismissing this as a trend, but lets be clear, many people struggle with these problems on a daily basis. If you don’t have it, be glad because it can be uncomfortable, horribly painful and sometimes even life threatening.
I learned about Celiac Disease for the first time less than 5 years ago. I met (and became close friends with) a beautiful lady who owned a restaurant in the Richmond area. The food at this place was to die for and just about everything they cooked was gluten free. Both of the owners had Celiac Disease and they had created an oasis of sorts in the Richmond area for others with the same allergies. Since then, I’ve learned a lot and I’m going to pass on the information to you to help you understand.
First of all, what is gluten? Gluten is a mixture of two proteins found in wheat that causes elasticity in dough.
This is a genetic auto-immune disorder. It’s a chronic disorder that disrupts the small intestine and causes it to become inflamed when this individual ingests gluten. This disease affects 1 in every 133 people and 80% remain undiagnosed. Symptoms can range from diarrhea and bloating to fatigue, osteoporosis, anemia, iron deficiencies and malnutrition. If you think you may have this problem, do not stop eating gluten right away. Go to your doctor and get tested. They cannot test a gluten allergy if you have not ingested gluten.
This has a lot of the same symptoms as Celiac Disease without the damage to the small intestine. A person with a gluten-intolerance may have diarrhea, bloating, brain fog, lack of energy, gas and cramps when ingesting gluten. There is still a lot to be learned about gluten-intolerance and there is currently no way to test for it. Typically a person will be diagnosed with this once Celiac and wheat allergies are ruled out.
A wheat allergy means that a person is allergic to one or more of the proteins in wheat. This can include gluten (and often does). The symptoms for a wheat allergy more often mirror other food allergy symptoms like hives, rashes, difficulty breathing as well as nausea, diarrhea and bloating. Those who are diagnosed with this must strictly adhere to a wheat free lifestyle, much like those allergic to peanuts. The good news about this one is that many children diagnosed with a wheat allergy outgrow it as they get older.
If you don’t have any symptoms when you eat wheat, congratulations! You don’t have to live with the auto-immune disorder that plagues many people every day. It’s safe to eat wheat. It’s safe to eat gluten. There’s no reason to avoid it. It’s not necessarily healthier for those with no allergy to avoid gluten. In fact, many times gluten free foods are more calorically dense due to the changes in ingredients needed to substitute for gluten. This recipe, is not one of them.
This will always be one of my favorite workout recovery recipes! I hope you enjoy it too!
- 1/2 cup oats (gluten free)
- 1/4 cup cottage cheese
- 7 egg whites (I used liquid egg whites already separated for ease of use)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional, but highly recommended)
- Spray oil for pan
- Set your skillet or griddle to medium heat and spray with oil. Combine oats, cottage cheese and egg whites in a blender and blend until it forms a uniform liquid. Add chocolate chips to mixture and spoon or pour batter into your pan. Cook each pancake until bubbles form on top and it becomes easy to flip (about 3-4 minutes). Flip and cook until fully cooked through (about 1-2 minutes). Plate and enjoy!