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The Best Protein Pancakes

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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.

HOW TO MAKE OUR PROTEIN PANCAKES (40 SEC):

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.

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

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

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Protein Pancaked on a plate with a bite taken out.

The Best Protein Pancakes


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 69 pancakes 1x

Description

Protein Pancakes! super easy with no refined grains or refined sugar. just oats, banana, and eggs!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • 12 scoops protein powder
  • 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.

Notes

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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! I kept the batter in individually portioned jars for easy ready made breakfast. You can also refrigerate or freeze cooked pancakes.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: healthy pancakes, protein pancakes, protein powder pancakes

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Note: 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.

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293 Comments

  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    They look pretty amazing! Also they can give me a sneaky excuse to have some chocolate for breakfast 🙂

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        Antonia Tarpeh

        I followed the Recipe thoroughly (excluding the Peanut butter and chocolate chips) and it still came out disgusting. Now I know why the pancakes were dressed up, to cover the true taste.






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            Elizabeth

            I made these but substituted blueberries instead of chocolate chips. I kept my oat flakes whole. I used Greek yogurt with chia seeds and blueberries as my topping instead of syrup so that I could reduce my sugar intake. They were quite good actually. Thank you for the recipe.

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          Elena

          Did you really need to be so rude expressing your opinion? I get that everyone has a different taste, but that was truly unnecessary.

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          Janicke

          Wow, super rude! And simply untrue. This is by far the best protein pancake recipe I’ve ever tried and I’ve been making them for 10 or so years instead of normal pancakes. It’s also great to have a recipe that isn’t loaded with fat (coconut milk etc) like a lot of others.

          I don’t use the peanut butter or choc chips and I add a scoop of collagen powder too. If you had a bad experience with this recipe it could be the protein powder you’re using? It can make or break protein pancakes 🙂






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      Jesse

      Usually when I look up these types of recipes they don’t work well, come out falling apart or just tasting gross. With this recipe, that is not the case. They came out perfect and actually pancake like. I didn’t have flax meal but I just used flax seed and also added some chia seed and like I said they came out great.






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      Diyana

      This recipe is my favourite ! So easy and good 😋 I love adding in crushed walnuts and cocoa nibs, healthy and delicious!






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          Lara

          Hi, are you sure about 4 tsp baking powder? I followed the recipe and they tasted awful. I had to throw them in the garbage. Sorry.






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            Amanda

            Possibly the protein powder. Not all of them react the same when cooked or heated. I’ve made some really horribly tasting stuff using protein powder. These turned out great. First time too I used this particular brand of protein powder






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        Anna

        Is it okay if I don’t use protein powder? I don’t have any and didn’t know if it would mess up the consistency.

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          Julie

          The flavor was nice, but they were incredibly dry. I’m not sure if it was my protein powder, but next time I’ll be adding greek yogurt to the recipe to try to mitigate the sandy, moisture-thieving texture.






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    Protein pancakes loaded in uber healthy ingredients? My butt just sent you a thank you note! Feeling good about eating these everyday. And I’m hyperglycemic so traditional high sugar pancakes lift me up and drop me like a load of bricks. Bleh.

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    Kayla

    Hey Lindsay,

    Can you make these without the protein powder? Does the banana give it a strong banana flavor? The rest of this recipe looks yummy esp. adding the chocolate chips:)

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    Sommer

    These look amazing! My son is going to flip when I tell him I am making these for us for lunch today 🙂 What brand are those huge chocolate chips? I’m guessing Guittard? Thanks!

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      Sophie

      THESE ARE AMAZING! My mom always makes me pancakes for my Birthday, so I asked if we could try protein pancakes. They did not fail! So delicious, I loved experimenting with what to add to these! I made a peanut butter drizzle, I tried it with honey, strawberries, blueberries!! So good, only problem is I couldn’t help myself from eating more!!😜 we had extras and will be saving them for the mornings! Definitely adding these to my breakfast list! Thank you 🙂






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    Janica from the Philippines

    Hi! Nice recipe! I’m also a food writer but I’m just currently writing for a New York-based food website. After being inspired by your blog, I’m planning to make my own food website this month. Also, if ever you need some new recipes or food ideas, you can just contact me anytime and I will surely share them to you since I’ve been writing for a food website for more than one year already. Thank you for being an inspiration. God bless you!






    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Maybe try applesauce? I haven’t tried it but it would need to be sweet and thick enough to help hold the batter a little bit.

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      Miriam

      Hi there 🙂 I am not a banana fan so I used 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin-the texture was great and it was super yummy with the cinnamon the recipe calls for.






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    Looks amazing Lindsay! I was on the swim team in high school too, I remember that super hungry feeling after swimming, these pancakes would have been perfect! I too, don’t swim as much as I would like to. Miss it!

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    Melanie

    Yum!! Any suggestions for protein powder substitutes? I don’t use it otherwise. Maybe some yogurt or peanut butter power instead?

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    Sarah

    These are so good… I used Chocolate protein powder and put a little jam on them. So wonderful!!! Great way to star my mommy day.

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    mia

    Pinning this to absolutely make soon! protein pancakes are so good.. but then adding PB and chocolate… LOVE. and I hear you loud and clear on the ice cold water from swim team. I would either wait until the very last second to get in for practice or I would get pushed in..

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    The word pancakes piqued my interest. The chocolate chips and the peanut butter made me a convert. Excellent recipe!