Protein Pancakes! Two of my absolute favorite words put together. Pancakes are always awesome, and adding protein powder pushes them right into the “greatest thing ever!” category.
Who doesn’t like a healthy pancake in the morning?
These easy protein pancakes aren’t just simple to make and super healthy, they are also some of the best-looking pancakes if I may say so myself. They are really moist and fluffy, and the blended blueberries give them a great color.
You can use all kinds of different berries (or even fruits) to add flavor to the pancakes. I usually make them with blueberries or raspberries because I like a little bit of tartness to balance out the sweet pancakes.
Cooking with protein powder
There are many different ways to make high-protein pancakes (like our High Protein Cottage Cheese Pancakes) but the easiest way is to use protein powder.
I generally prefer to only use raw or minimally processed ingredients, but I will make an exception for whey protein powder. It’s just such an easy way to add protein and flavor to recipes that that otherwise would be almost all carbs.
Of course, the egg whites also help a bit, but they don’t add enough protein by themselves to make this a balanced and nutritious breakfast or snack.
This recipe calls for vanilla protein powder because the vanilla adds sweetness and flavor to the pancakes, and tastes great with the berries.
Because protein powder comes in so many flavors, you can experiment like crazy with protein powder pancakes. An obvious idea to try is chocolate protein powder pancakes, which can taste AMAZING as well.
Sweet but sugar-free!
Let’s be real; pancakes aren’t really pancakes without syrup on top, right?
A little bit of sweet drizzle makes a big difference, and this sugar-free pancake syrup from Walden Farms does the trick! It’s the product I know that comes closest to real syrup (my hubby can’t tell the difference) without having any sugar or calories.
I often drizzle the syrup on top of my pancakes and then add a sprinkle of Stevia In The Raw to give even more sweetness, but I also like my pancakes very sweet. Both syrup and Stevia are optional extras — the pancakes taste great with just some fresh (or blended) berries on top.
When should I eat protein pancakes?
The correct answer is: Whenever you like!
You can eat them as breakfast, as a pre-workout snack, or before bedtime to fill up your energy reserves for the night. Because they are mainly protein and slowly digested carbs, they provide energy to your muscles for several hours after you eat them without spiking your blood sugar.
You can make a large batch and store them in the fridge for up to 24 hours before reheating them in the microwave. Make sure to let them cool before putting them in the fridge, or they will get soggy from condensation.
I think this is the best protein pancake recipe out there, but If you come up with a protein powder pancake that is so amazing that you have to share it with the world, please come back here and post a link in the comments!
I eat these easy protein pancakes at least a few times every month and I LOVE THEM!
UPDATE: I just put together a roundup of my favorite Diabetes-Friendly Pancake Recipes. Check it out!
These protein pancakes aren’t just easy to make, delicious, and super healthy, they are also some of the best looking pancakes if I may say so myself.
- Blend together all the ingredients except the cooking spray and sugar-free syrup (I use a NutriBullet).
Put a pan on the stove (medium heat) and coat it with a little cooking spray.
When the pan is hot, pour in the pancake batter until it covers the pan in a thin layer. The batter is a little thicker than regular pancake batter, so make sure to spread it evenly.
Cook the pancakes for about 1 min on each side until they are fully cooked.
Drizzle a little sugar-free syrup on top and serve with fresh berries.