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These Protein Pancakes are not only fluffy and delicious, but also packed with high protein ingredients and complex carbs so you can start your day off right!

A stack of protein pancakes with strawberries on top and maple syrup dripping down the side

Protein Pancakes Recipe

If you are looking for a breakfast recipe that is nutritious, easy to make, and delicious, you have found it! These healthy protein pancakes come together in minutes and they are also high in protein with no flour or added sugars. Plus, they have an amazing fluffy texture and they taste so good! The combination of complex carbohydrates and protein will give you energy and keep you full.

How Much Protein is in Protein Pancakes?

The amount of protein depends on what protein powder you use. I used the Pure Protein brand 100% Whey Protein in the flavor Vanilla Cream. It has 25 grams of protein per scoop. So, using that powder, this recipe comes out to 9 grams of protein per pancake! Most regular pancakes have between 2-4 grams of protein per pancake, so this recipe is more than double that!

Ingredients

  • Oats – For this recipe, rolled oats or old-fashioned oats work best. Rolled oats are oats that have been separated from the husk, steamed, and flattened. Rolled oats work well for pancakes because they soften more and quicker than other types of oats. For example, steel cut oats are not steamed or rolled, they are just cut into thin slices. They don’t work well in baking or making pancakes because they won’t soften. Rolled oats will give you the smooth texture you want.
  • Banana – Adding a banana to your protein pancake batter will give it sweetness and also some thickness. Make sure your banana is ripe or a little overripe. If the bananas are green, then they won’t blend as smoothly.
  • Eggs and Egg Whites – Eggs and egg whites not only add protein to this recipe, but they also help achieve the fluffy texture.
  • Protein Powder – As mentioned above, I used the Pure Protein brand 100% Whey Protein in the flavor Vanilla Cream. I think the vanilla flavor works best in pancakes, but you can use whatever flavor you like. You can also use a plant-based protein powder. Some protein powders can absorb more liquid than others. If your pancakes are coming out dry, then add a few tablespoons of almond milk or cow’s milk.
  • Cinnamon – Cinnamon adds a little sweetness and flavor to these pancakes. However, you can leave it out if you aren’t a big cinnamon fan.
  • Baking Powder – Baking powder, along with the eggs, helps create all the little air bubbles that give these protein pancakes that fluffy texture. Make sure your baking powder is fresh! If it is expired, then it will not react with the batter.
  • Salt – A little salt will add a depth of flavor to your pancakes.
A stack of protein pancakes with a bite cut out

Toppings and Add-Ins for Protein Pancakes

Make your Protein Pancakes POP with fun and nutritious toppings and add-ins! Try some of our favorites, or let us know your own in the comments below!

Add-Ins

Add these to the batter before cooking for a little extra flavor or a nutrient boost!

  • blueberries
  • chocolate chips
  • bananas
  • greek yogurt
  • cottage cheese
  • nut butter
  • flax meal
  • chia seeds
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • vanilla extract

Toppings

Finish off your pancakes with some of your favorite toppings.

  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • blackberries
  • bananas
  • nut butter
  • whipped cream
  • syrup

Recipe Tip

two pancakes being cooked in a skillet

You’ll know the pancakes are ready to flip when the top is bubbly and the sides appear dry. You’ll know they are done once the bottom is golden brown and the middle of the pancake is no longer gooey.

FAQ

How do I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. These pancakes will last in the fridge for a few days. My favorite way to reheat them is in the toaster!

Can protein pancakes be frozen?

Yes! You can freeze these pancakes and reheat them in the toaster or on a skillet. If you freeze them, then make sure they are packed securely in an airtight container.

How much protein do I need a day?

The average person needs approximately 40-90 grams of protein a day, depending on weight, calorie intake, and activity level. A good rule of thumb is 0.4 grams of protein per pound of weight.

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How to Make Protein Pancakes

A stack of protein pancakes with strawberries on top and maple syrup dripping down the side

Protein Pancakes

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These Protein Pancakes are not only fluffy and delicious, but also packed with high protein ingredients and complex carbs so you can start your day off right!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 10 pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats also called old-fashioned oats
  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 2 scoops protein powder I used vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pancake toppings syrup, fruit, peanut butter, etc

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a blender.
    ingredients for protein pancakes in a blender
  • Blend until everything is combined and no large oat pieces remain. It doesn't need to be completely smooth. Let batter rest in the blender while you heat the skillet.
    Protein pancake batter in a blender
  • Heat a skillet to medium heat. Spray with cooking spray or grease with butter or coconut oil. Pour about ¼ cup of batter onto the pan. When the top is bubbly and the sides appear dry, flip the pancake. Cook until the middle of the pancake is cooked through.
    two pancakes being cooked in a skillet
  • Serve with your favorite pancake toppings.
    A stack of protein pancakes with strawberries and syrup

Nutrition Information

Calories: 85kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 9gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.5gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 42mgPotassium: 143mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 72IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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