Meatless Monday- Cranberry and White Chocolate Pancakes

Firstly, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who commented on my struggles in my Year of Running, or on Becca’s Finding Myself posts last week. We were both so grateful for your support, and it truly means a lot to me that I am surrounded by such wonderful, supportive people. Thank you!

It’s Monday again! Now I have been working full-time for a little while, I feel like I am allowed to say “Ugh, is it already Monday?!” like everyone else….although, I am very lucky that my boss is flexible with my hours to allow me to go do the therapy, massage, and strengthening work I need to for my training.

That means I am often working quite a few hours during the weekend, but for me it is a worthwhile tradeoff. I am really enjoying working at Runners Connect, and if you have not already checked it out, you really should. We have SO many great articles, and if you are still looking for Christmas gifts, there are Gift Certificates for Strength Training and Nutritional Consultations, which would make the perfect gift for the runner in your life.

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Okay, plug over, I promise!

I am very excited that one of my recipes will be featured in Verily magazine next week! My friend Tana (who cooked and photographed my Berry Quinoa Kale Salad recipe) and I worked together to create another recipe for the holidays. What could be more festive than white chocolate and cranberry? Not much in my eyes! This recipe is healthy, yet still delicious!

What are you bringing Confessions of a Mother Runner and I for Meatless Monday?

These cranberry and white chocolate pancakes are a healthy way to make the most of the festive season, without sacrificing flavor! Perfect for a special breakfast!

Cranberry and White Chocolate Pancakes

Serves 3 (makes about 6 pancakes)

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

1 tbsp sugar

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

½ cup whole wheat flour

1 ½ tsp baking soda

1 ¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp ginger

1/2 cup applesauce

¾ cup Greek yogurt

1 1/2 tbsp butter, softened

1/3 medium mashed banana (about 1/4 cup)

1 1/3 cup milk (I used almond milk)

1 tbsp butter

¼ cup cranberries

¼ cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

Combine the sugar, flours, baking soda, ginger, and salt in a medium bowl.

Stir the applesauce, greek yogurt, butter and milk in a third bowl. Mix until combined.

Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture, there will be lumps in the batter.

Heat ½ the remaining butter on a pancake griddle over a medium heat. Pour a ladle full of batter onto the griddle. Leave to cook for a few minutes, until bubbles come through the surface, and remain there (initially the bubbles will pop and then be covered over by the batter again. Flip the pancake, and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown.

Serve with maple syrup.

Nutritional Information

402 calories, 12g fat, 755mg sodium, 70g carbohydrates, 7g fiber, 22g sugar 17mg cholesterol, 10g protein

Have a Marvelous Monday friends!
I am participating in the ASPCA Humane Holiday Cooking Challenge by using applesauce instead of eggs, and of course participating in #MeatlessMonday! You can check out 5 ways you can have a more humane holiday here.

What outside help do you use in your training? What is your favorite festive flavor?