Bracket Busting Meals – Strawberry Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes + Smoothie Recipes

For the millions of men and women around the country watching their brackets and praying for the upset, the last thing they want to do is worry about making food. I’m with ya. So for me, that meant one thing. Use what I had and think creatively about what I can do before any of the March Madness action began today. With that, I decided to make Strawberry Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes for breakfast, Pepperoni Bacon and Vegetable Pizza for lunch and a Mango Banana Spinach Smoothie to hold me over.

Strawberry Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Strawberry Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Since Sarah and I are moving in less than 10 days, the amount of food in our cabinets has decreased quite a bit this month, so instead of giving you a recipe with homemade pancake mix (can be found in Men Cook Too cookbook), this basic recipe will give you a nice filling breakfast that should hold you over for a while.


Pancake Mix (follow instructions on package… I usually add more powder than the package says so the pancakes are fluffier)

1 Banana, diced
4 Strawberries, diced
1/8 cup Chocolate Chips


In a large frying pan, place on medium (between 5-and-7 for those unfamiliar with ovens) heat. While pan is heating, mix pancake mix to the directions on the box. Add the strawberries, banana and chocolate chips and mix well. After pan is on heat for about five minutes, add butter and spread to cover entire pan.

Add a large serving spoonful of mix into pan and cook on each side for 4-6 minutes. I only like to turn the pancakes a single time, but you can flip them sooner if you prefer. When you first put the mix in the pan, I sprinkle a dash of cinnamon atop the pancakes for added flavor.

Serve with a cup of coffee and enjoy the day.

Pepperoni Bacon and Vegetable Pizza

Unconventional Pepperoni Bacon and Vegetable Pizza

This is a recipe I covered back in January before the Super Bowl and is one that I will make for the rest of my life. I won’t bore you with the recipe again, but check back to that post here to see more.

Mango Banana Spinach Smoothie

Smoothies for me are one of the most refreshing ways to start my day, or to hold me over between meals. The latter was my situation today and this recipe is how I kept myself full between all the Bracket Busting Drama.


1 Banana
1/4 cup Frozen Mango
1/4 cup Frozen Strawberry, Raspberry and Blueberry Mix
1/4 cup Fresh Spinach
1/4 Orange Juice
Soy Milk
1 Tbsp. Chocolate Protein Powder
1 Tbsp. Flax Seed
1 Tbsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Dash Cinnamon


This recipe makes a single serving, so add all the ingredients and blend. I use a Magic Bullet for my smoothies, so it is hard to tell you how much milk to add. Milk is the last thing I add to my cup and I fill it up to the top before mixing. You can also add ice cubes if your blender can cut through them. I don’t have that attachment for my Magic Bullet, so that is why I use frozen fruit.