Protein pancakes are a gym goer’s best friend. These protein pancakes will fill you up for the morning and help repair your muscles from all those weights you lifted! For the health conscious folk, you might have found yourself having a smoothie and eggs for breakfast in the name of health. I, too, have experienced this. I’m really groggy in the morning so the first thing I want is coffee to perk me up. Lots of coffee! Too often I found myself settling for Greek yogurt and granola and some juice, or two scrambled eggs with ketchup. Although not “clean” or “healthy” per se, I would often have breakfast cereal with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It’s easy to get stuck in the breakfast rut. If we’re being real here, this girl just wanted some pancakes every once in awhile. Pancakes fill a need that cereal and yogurt just can’t take care of.
Since I was just beginning my quest to eating better, I played around with a few healthier protein pancake recipes hoping to find a reliable recipe for when I was in the mood for some tasty protein pancakes. For those of you that are looking for the mashed banana and oats pancakes, this is not the recipe for you. Sorry! My taste buds aren’t very partial to banana so I skipped trying all those recipes out. This is my favorite simple protein pancake recipe, with only five ingredients that can be made in a personal sized blender.
I used a vanilla ice cream flavored protein powder, which gives the pancakes a slightly sweet taste. The oats ground down to oat flour make these pancakes gluten free, providing that you are also using a gluten free protein powder. If you’re really trying to cut back on calories, skip the chocolate chips in favor of something healthier, like blueberries as an add-in, or honey almond granola as a topping to give the pancakes a little crunch.
If you love peanut butter but have a borderline obsession/addiction, may I suggest PB2 or (my personal favorite) chocolate PB2? For those of you who don’t know about PB2, you’re missing out! It’s half the day and half the calories of regular peanut butter for a 2 tbsp serving. It’s powdered peanut butter that reconstitutes once you add water to it. Kind of like astronaut food? Top these pancakes off with your favorite brand of maple syrup and dig in! This single serving recipe makes one large or two small protein pancakes, but the recipe could easily be doubled if you’re on a health kick with a family member or friend. ‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions!
What’s your favorite way to make breakfast tasty and healthier?
- 1/2 cup oat flour old fashioned oats ground into a fine powder
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder 25 grams, or pick your favorite comparable flavor
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup milk I usually use unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tbsp chocolate chips (or other add-ins if desired)
- Maple syrup for topping, optional
Add oats, protein powder and baking powder to a small cup of a personal sized blender. (I actually use whole oats and grind them down as I make each batch, but having oat flour on hand eliminates this step.) Process until oats have turned into oat flour, usually 20 seconds but this may depend on your blender.
Add milk to dry ingredients and blend until well combined.
Spray a nonstick frying pan with cooking oil and heat over a medium high flame.
Pour pancake mixture into frying pan, making either one large or two small pancakes.
Add chocolate chips or other desired add-ins. Cook until pancakes start to bubble, about a minute or so. Flip the over and cook until done, about another minute.
Remove from heat and transfer to your plate.
If using PB2, prepare according to package.
Top with maple syrup and enjoy!
Love getting your protein in? Try these yummy Protein Waffles!