These were an idea I had a few weeks ago since I’ve been loving grilled pineapple lately, and finally last weekend I googled them to see if they existed already. It turned out there were a few recipes, and I made some last Saturday using this one. They were good (would’ve been better if I hadn’t burned most of them) but definitely not a healthy breakfast. This morning I set out to make a more nutritious version- it’s still a pretty indulgent breakfast (which admittedly I have not earned, but it’s been a looong week and I ate breakfast at 1pm, so I figured a few extra calories won’t throw a wrench in my calorie count for the day) but at least has some protein, and very few ingredients, to give it more bang for your buck!
While I mixed up the batter, I threw 4 pineapple rings in a pan to warm, and set the syrup to simmer.
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 tsp unsulfured molasses
1/2 tsp butter
A few shakes of cinnamon
I was worried the syrup wouldn’t cook down enough without the mass amounts of butter and brown sugar I put in it last weekend, but by the time the pancakes were ready it was nice and thick. I used molasses instead of brown sugar as the sweetener because I’ve read that it’s the healthiest form of sweetener since it has iron in it. (next time I might try no added sweetener and just a tad of butter and see if it still thickens up. Pineapple juice is plenty sweet on its own.) Just remember to stir it from time to time.
Pretty much exactly Monica’s pancake recipe from Run Eat Repeat, with a few tweaks.
1/3 cup oat bran
1/3 cup cottage cheese (this wasn’t a tweak as much as it was me mis-remembering the recipe, but it worked!)
1/2 cup egg whites
1/2 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp pineapple juice
Pinch of baking powder and baking soda
Dash of cinnamon and vanilla
Mix in a food processor if you have one, otherwise a whisk will work (but you might have some cottage cheese chunks). Next time, I would let the batter sit for a few minutes to thicken up- my first pancake was a little runny.
Pour the batter into your pan- make sure it’s sprayed or buttered, since the batter doesn’t have any oil and they tend to get stuck. Once it’s cooked for a minute, place a pineapple ring on top and flip. Repeat for the rest of your pancakes (I made 4.) Plate and top with your homemade syrup.
Stats (with syrup): 470 calories, 6g fat, 33g protein, 46g sugar (admittedly, very sugary. Would still be sugary with no added sweetener because of the pineapple.)
Stats (no syrup): 375 calories, 4g fat, 32g protein, 30g sugar
So as I said- not the health-food-iest breakfast, but if what you want is a big, relaxing, I-am-treating-myself delicious pancake breakfast, this isn’t bad.