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I love a good pancake and these Protein Pancakes will have you enjoying these without the guilt. While these taste like regular pancakes, they are low fat and filled with protein, at 7 grams per pancake! Make them ahead or enjoy them hot and fresh. So so delicious with Bacon and Southwest Egg Muffins.
Protein Pancakes | Your New Favorite Breakfast
I’m starting the new year with a bang! My husband and I have been working away at our fitness goals and man oh man we are zeroing in on the protein! We eat a lot of protein every day and have to come up with creative ways to enjoy it. While I’ve seen lots of protein pancake recipes online, I haven’t loved the ingredients or the finished product. So, naturally, I have been testing and perfecting my own Protein Pancake Recipe and am thrilled to share with you my recipe today.
Main Ingredients Needed
Lots of common and not so common ingredients found here. Because these are protein pancakes, you obviously need to add ingredients that are high in protein. More about those below. Here’s what you’ll need:
- All-Purpose Flour – Naturally, you need flour for pancakes.
- Whey Protein – this is plain, unsweetened whey protein.
- Collagen Peptides – becoming more and more popular, collagen has a ton of protein!
- Baking Powder + Baking Soda – our leavening agents.
- Sugar + Salt – needed for flavor.
- Egg Whites – separate your eggs to get the whites or use liquid egg whites.
- Vegetable Oil- used mainly to give good texture.
- Water – can also be substituted with fat free milk for a little extra protein boost.
- Vanilla – used for flavor.
Love pancakes as much as my family? Try these other tried and true recipes: The Best Homemade Pancakes, Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Pumpkin Pancakes, and Apple Pancakes with Caramel Syrup.
A Note About Whey Protein
I was able to easily find this Bob’s Red Mill Whey Protein Powder at two separate grocery stores in my small town. Please don’t confuse this with regular protein powder. This is the plain protein that is unflavored and unsweetened. This is the protein source used to make a chocolate protein powder you’d mix with milk or water and drink. They aren’t interchangeable. Do your best to find plain whey protein. Sometimes it comes prepackaged, like this Bob’s Red Mill version I buy, but sometimes you can find it in the bulk bins.
How to Make Protein Pancakes | Directions
This is a really basic recipe with simple instructions. My secret is using a nonstick pancake pan or griddle.
Step 1: Whisk Dry Ingredients Together
In a large bowl, whisk all purpose flour together with whey protein, collagen, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Create a well in the center for the wet ingredients.
Step 2: Add in Wet Ingredients
Into the center of the dry ingredients, measure and add in the egg whites, oil, water and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry to create the pancake batter. It will be slightly thin batter but this is normal.
Step 3: Fry Pancakes
Preheat nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour 3 tablespoons of batter per pancake to fry. Cook until golden and then flip to cook the other side. Serve warm with syrup.
My Secret for Evenly Cooked, Golden Pancakes
In these photos, I show that my pancakes are perfectly golden through and through. So many people don’t know how to cook golden pancakes and I’m going to spill my one secret to getting them perfect. It’s really not hard at all.
Typically your first pancakes you cook in your nonstick skillet or on your griddle are going to be a little spotty and uneven because of the grease. This is totally normal! But those second batch of pancakes you cook are going to be perfectly golden. Because the pan is preheated and only has a very small amount of grease on it, you will get golden pancakes every time! Yes, you may have to re-grease the pan every few pancakes, but generally, you should get plenty of beauties!
One of the best parts about protein pancakes is that you can customize them just like any regular pancake recipe, with its toppings! Stick to healthier options or indulge in a little sweetness. Here are some options:
- peanut butter (or other nut butters)
- real maple syrup and butter
- berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.)
- chocolate chips
- fruit (apples, bananas, pears, etc.)
More Protein Filled Recipes!
- Carrot Cake Protein Bites
- Chocolate Protein Muffins
- High Protein Ranch Dip & Dressing
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
This isn’t my first rodeo working with high protein recipes, so check out these other ones while your Protein Pancakes are on the griddle.
The printable recipe card is below, enjoy 🙂
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoons
- 1/3 cup whey protein
- 1/4 cup collagen peptides
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 egg whites or liquid egg whites
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted butter
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- In a large bowl, whisk all purpose flour together with whey protein, collagen, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Create a well in the center for the wet ingredients.
- Into the center of the dry ingredients, measure and add in the egg whites, oil, water and vanilla.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry to create the pancake batter. It will be slightly thin batter but this is normal.
- Preheat nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour 3 tablespoons of batter per pancake to fry. Cook until golden and then flip.
- Serve warm plain or with syrup.
I just made this for my son and he loved them. I also put them in the mini waffle maker (3 Tbs) and they came out perfect
Will try this for my breakfast. I think they’ll be great for a post-workout meal.
I love this recipe, it works well with different substitutions of wholemeal flours, other protein powders and whole eggs as well. I prefer to add oat milk instead of water, which makes it richer and smooth. Very versatile and good taste.
They look so yummy! Definitely a must try.
Very good!!!! I am wondering for the nutritional info if thats per one pancake or?
Hey Lauren – just wondering if the collagen peptides are needed for the recipe to work, or if it’s just there for a bit of a boost to the vitamin/mineral side of things?
You can replace the collagen with more flour, but by omitting it, you get less protein.
Hi Lauren these look lovely! I think there is an issue with your latest family post. When you click on it it takes you to a page with all the This Week At The Brennans posts but you can’t actually access that particular post. Don’t know why?