The Best Protein Pancakes

pancakes on a plate with chocolate chips

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Protein pancakes! made in a blender with no refined grains, no refined sugar, and loads of healthy proteins. I reeeeeeally like where this is headed.

Pan-Cakes! Pan-Cakes! Pan-Cakes!

With peanut butter and chocolate chips and a little bit of maple syrup, which is just how I ate them growing up, post-swim-team practice, sometimes mushed together into a big pile of “scrambled pancakes” because me and my teenage squad didn’t know what we were even doing with a pan and a spatula, but we knew we needed those chocolate-kissed carbs in our systems immediately, stat, SOS, even if it meant squished together into pan remnants topped with sprinkles and chocolate chips and syrup.

This is that, reincarnated.

Grown up. Diva Status. Healthier. More Delicious.

Also: I don’t really swim anymore. I’m having a mid-post moment of sadness about that. I should get back into the pool routine again, right? The water is seriously so cold sometimes that I would consider not going just to keep my body from freezing solid, but really, I should get back in. Swimming gave me the hungriest appetite ever, and these days with my *literal* job being making food and eating? Yes and yes. We need to make these two things work together.

Pretty sure I once wore a t-shirt that said swimming is life, the rest is just details. Anyone? Ironically this is still true for me still except it’s about food. Food is life and the rest is just details and PLEASE someone make that into the next gen of those t-shirts. I will be at the front of the line when you launch.

Friends, may the odds be ever in your favor to have protein pancakes for breakfast all summer long. So you can swim or get your brain and body powered up do whatever else it is that you do.

Like, just try to look at this and tell me it doesn’t look good for you.

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fork in pancakes on a plate

Guys. I meant EMOTIONALLY good for you, okay? Chill out.

So maybe I am not saying these are the healthiest pancakes that ever lived, but depending on how overboard or not overboard you go with the toppings, they could be. We’re working with strong potential here.

Refined Sugar Free and Packed with Protein

Listen to this – these protein pancakes on their own have no refined sugar because banana’s got your back. Also – no refined grains with a special s/o to oats on that one. Lots and lots and lots of protein – from protein powder if you want (I use this collagen protein that a few friends recommended to me, and Bjork uses some kind of flavored whey protein that I turn my nose up to a little bit, and everyone has their own preferences for these things, right? so I say just choose on that works for you and get on with your pancake self) and/or protein just from the eggs and egg whites. This is an everyone-wins club.

Blend that baby up and fry on a hot griddle. Like so:

pancake ingredients in a blender
pancake ingredients in a blender

Topping For Protein Pancakes

And if you stopped there, you’d have yourself a pretty epically healthy protein pancake breakfast. You’d probably be the kind of intentional #fitspo person to top it with fruit, yogurt (strange but I love it as a healthy topping because it helps pancakes get that soaked-syrup-texture without all the sugar), and granola for crunch. GO YOU! We’re proud.

Of course, if you didn’t stop there, you would be my protein pancakes soul sister and you would sit with me and eat the dessert version of protein pancakes while cheering on the sisters from scenario number one. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? Peanut butter, chocolate chips both IN the pancakes and on top, and a drizzle of maple syrup to round out the Breakfast Dessert Masterpiece. There just is no other way for me.

Protein pancakes = the new breakfast on the block.  and I am liking this newbie A LOT.

pancakes on a plate with peanut butter, syrup, and chocolate chips

The Best Protein Pancakes: FAQs

Can I prepare the batter ahead of time?

Yes! I kept the batter in individually portioned jars* for an easy ready-made breakfast.

I made extra pancakes. How should I store them?

Yum! Good idea! You can refrigerate or freeze cooked pancakes.

What kind of pan do you recommend?

Any nonstick pan or nonstick griddle will work here. We loved the Lodge cast iron griddle* for this job. The griddle is also great for other things like french toast, grilled cheese parties, and more.

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Protein Pancaked on a plate with a bite taken out.

The Best Protein Pancakes


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-9 pancakes

Description

The Best Protein Pancakes! These are super easy with no refined grains or refined sugar. Just oats, banana, and eggs!


Ingredients

Units
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • 12 scoops protein powder (about 1/4 cup, or 29 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal

Instructions

  1. Run everything through the blender on medium low speed until very well mixed.
  2. Heat a nonstick griddle to medium high heat. Add batter in small circles – about 1/4 cup per pancake. Sprinkle with blueberries or chocolate chips if you want. When the edges start to look dry (2-3 minutes), flip and cook another minute or two on the other side.
  3. Top with anything you like! I like syrup and peanut butter and chocolate chips.

Equipment

Notes

Update 7/12/22: Based on reader feedback and additional testing, we’ve reduced the amount of baking powder to 1 teaspoon (previously 4 teaspoons).

If the pancakes are falling apart, you may need to turn the heat up. We consistently get pancakes that hold and flip when the heat is at a high enough level and when we use a nonstick pan. You can also add more or less flax to get the consistency just right for you! 

This nutrition label is for 1 out of 9 total protein pancakes and it does NOT include the protein powder as the nutrition facts for those vary by product.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: healthy pancakes, protein pancakes, protein powder pancakes

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