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The Only Cheat Day Recipe that Matters: Snickers Pancakes

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If your childhood was anything like mine, you’re more than familiar with the Konami Code.

I never would’ve beaten Contra if it weren’t for the extra lives the cheat code provided. Even though I was awful at entering it, it was worth the effort it took to get the code right.

More often than not, I had to restart my Nintendo and try again. And again. 

And again. 

Cheat codes became a huge part of my gaming career: some of the first books I ever bought were books of cheat codes for my Nintendo and Sega Genesis, and they worked. 

Been Cheating for Years 

These simple cheats allowed me to succeed in my ambitious video-game goals, and now, my cheating expands well beyond that.

As a member of RFS Empire, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about cheat days. If not, you’re literally in for a treat.

Eat whatever you want and still lose fat. Cheat days are glorious. Unlike most times things that sound too good to be true, they actually work. Because science.

Cheat days are the Konami Code of fat loss.

Except instead of sitting at your NES trying to get the code right, you’re sitting down to burgers, fries, pizza, and ice cream. It works on a couple different levels:

1) Physiologically: I promise. It’s explained here (the Cheat Day Cheat Sheet) and here (In Defense of Cheat Days) if you want the cold, hard science. 

2) Psychologically: eating whatever you want on a cheat day helps you eat clean on other days because of the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. There’s hope and indulgence to look forward to, completely guilt free.

I love to cook, but whether you’re a culinary artist or not, you can still go wild. I indulge in all of the foods I once thought would sabotage my results, but my favorite remains a large stack of Snickers pancakes with a side of bacon.

There’s so much flavor here that I just can’t keep it to myself anymore. And the best part? They’re incredibly easy to make. Here’s what you gotta do:

Snickers Pancakes: The Final Word

  • snickersBase Pancake Batter: use your favorite recipe or mix. If you use a mix, try substituting any water in the recipe for milk; this will instantly make for a more delicious final product. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can add about a teaspoon of vanilla (I usually use about half the cap as a rough measurement).
  • After you’ve mixed the batter, cut the Snickers bar into pieces that are roughly 1/2 an inch thick. 
  • Grease the pan with butter or coconut oil, and once it’s heated to a medium/medium-high heat, pour the pancakes in as you normally would, then place the Snickers that you’ve just sliced directly onto the pancakes (like you’d add blueberries). You can use the entire bar for a single pancake (this is a cheat day after all), but I usually get 2-3 pancakes out of a full bar. 
  • Cook them like you would a normal pancake, flipping when the bubbles burst and leave small holes.
  • Remove from the pan once they’re finished cooking and cover with butter and/or syrup as desired.

And there you have it.

You’ve now crafted something beautiful: chocolate, peanuts, and caramel that’s become extra caramelized, all in a single, glorious pancake. 

Note: the melting of the Snickers bar will leave behind a sticky pan. I recommend wiping it down with a paper towel and lightly re-greasing after each pancake so you don’t end with a mess on your hands.

The Konami Code of the Culinary World: a cheat that makes winning the fat loss game possible.

Make them, share them with your friends, and don’t forget to thank me in your will. 

About the Author

Ben Johnson is an author, coach, the founder of BENTRAINED, and a slave to delicious flavor. If he's not helping people unlock their full potential, he's probably in the kitchen putting principles from his cookbook to use. To Ben, enjoying the food you love and having the body of your dreams isn't just possible, it's the goal.