The Best Protein Pancakes

Written by Jack Schrupp and reviewed by Ella McGonagle, M.S. Nutrition

Sick of protein shakes? Protein pancakes are also a great way to boost your protein intake. Jump to the recipes.

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Why make high protein pancakes? 

How do I make protein pancakes?

Why drink wholesome?

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Make the best protein pancakes with drink wholesome.

Why make high protein pancakes? 


Pancakes are great in so many ways. They are delicious, easy to make, and highly customizable. Pancakes are not high in protein, however, which is too bad because eating lots of protein at breakfast is important. First of all, protein is the most satiating (filling) macronutrient. Eating lots of protein at breakfast will keep you full until lunch, discourage overeating, and reduce snacking later in the day, all of which are key if you are trying to lose weight. There is lots of research to back this up. In one study, researchers discovered that high protein breakfasts improved satiety and overall diet quality. Another study found that eating high protein foods led to reduced hunger and increased fullness.

Adding high-protein foods to your breakfast can also fuel muscle growth efforts. Research also shows that a higher protein intake at breakfast is associated with a higher total daily protein intake. A high protein breakfast, despite its satiating effects, can still optimize the amount of protein per meal without compromising total daily protein intake. In other words, eating lots of protein first thing in the morning does not fill you up so much that it reduces your overall protein intake; it actually allows you to maximize the amount of protein that you consume over the course of the day. This is great news for people looking to curb weight loss and maintain muscle mass. The protein pancake recipe below will solve your protein problems. Packed with easy to digest protein, protein pancakes are a great way to ensure that you are hitting your protein goals in the morning. They are also highly customizable, and easy to make. 

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How do I make protein pancakes?


Making pancakes with protein powder is easy, and in many cases, you can simply add a scoop of protein powder to a recipe without changing the flavor or consistency. In some cases, however, adding protein powder to a recipe will change it completely. It is therefore a good idea to find a high protein version of the recipe that you want to make. Our protein pancake recipes look similar, but not identical to traditional pancake recipes. In order to get the flavor and consistency that we were looking for, we had to adjust the ratios and substitute a few ingredients. Below you will find a few of our favorite protein pancake recipes. Each one is made from scratch and contains over 30 grams of complete protein. There is no shame in just adding protein powder to pancake mix, but homemade protein pancakes are cheaper. Moreover, you can make protein pancakes without protein powder, but making protein pancakes with protein powder usually yields better results.

Why drink wholesome?


This recipe was made with drink wholesome – the only protein powder made with 100% real foods. Given its simple ingredient list, it makes delicious protein pancakes. Most protein powders, on the other hand, do not make good pancakes because they are made with protein isolates. Isolates, which are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein” and “whey protein” as opposed to “peas” and “whey,” are foods stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, they are missing the nutrients that make food taste good. It follows that protein isolates taste like chalk and turn pancakes into hockey pucks. Avoid them at all costs. 

the alternative:

Protein Matrix Comprised of (Whey Protein Concentrate,  Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate, Egg Albumen, Glutamine Peptides), Polydextrose, Sunflower Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids,  Sodium Caseinate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Natural and Artificial Flavor, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides, Nonfat Dry Milk, Disodium Phosphate, Silicon Dioxide), Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Yellow 5, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Papain, Bromelain.

*This is the actual ingredient list of one of the best-selling protein powders in the United States.

Another reason why drink wholesome is perfect for pancakes is that it is sweetened with monk fruit. Monk fruit, also known as lo han guo, is a small, melon-like round fruit native to Southeast Asia. It is turned into a sweetener by removing the seeds and skin, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a powder. Monk fruit sweetener is sweet like sugar, unlike the artificial sweeteners and stevias used to sweeten most protein powders. Artificial sweeteners and stevia have an awful bitter aftertaste because they activate bitter taste receptors in addition to sweet taste receptors. They may be sugar-free, but they will ruin your protein pancakes. Now without further ado, here are our favorite protein powder pancake recipes.

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The Best Protein Pancake Recipes

classic protein pancakes

Ingredients:

-1 cup flour (all purpose or wholewheat)

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vanilla protein powder

-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 1/2 cups milk

-1 large egg 

-3 tablespoons coconut oil 

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix and let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 6-8 classic protein pancakes. Please note that this protein powder pancakes recipe was made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results.

vegan protein pancakes

Ingredients:

-1 cup flour (all purpose or wholewheat)

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vegan vanilla protein powder

-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 1/2 cups milk

-1 large egg 

-3 tablespoons coconut oil 

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix and let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 6-8 vegan protein pancakes. Please note this vegan protein pancake recipe was made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results. 

chocolate protein pancakes

These chocolate protein powder pancakes are a delicious way to boost your protein intake.

Ingredients:

-1 cup flour (all purpose or wholewheat)

-1/2 cup drink wholesome chocolate protein powder or vegan chocolate protein powder

-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 1/2 cups milk

-1 large egg 

-3 tablespoons coconut oil 

-1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix and let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 6-8 chocolate protein pancakes. Please note that these chocolate protein powder pancakes were made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results. 

banana protein pancakes

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vanilla protein powder

-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 ripe banana, mashed

-2 large eggs 

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the banana and wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix and let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 6-8 banana protein pancakes. Please note that this banana protein pancake recipe was made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results. 

blueberry protein pancakes

Ingredients:

-1 cup flour (all purpose or wholewheat)

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vanilla protein powder

-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 1/2 cups milk

-1 large egg 

-3 tablespoons coconut oil 

-1/2 cup blueberries

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the blueberries and wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix and let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 6-8 blueberry protein pancakes. Please note that these fluffy protein pancakes were made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results. 

chocolate chip protein pancakes

Ingredients:

-1 cup flour (all purpose or wholewheat)

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vanilla protein powder

-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 1/2 cups milk

-1 large egg 

-3 tablespoons coconut oil 

-1/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and chocolate chips and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix and let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 6-8 chocolate chip protein pancakes. Please note that these easy protein pancakes were made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results. 

pumpkin protein pancakes

Ingredients:

-1 cup flour (all purpose or wholewheat)

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vanilla protein powder

-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

-1 tsp pumpkin spice (or a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger)

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 cup pumpkin puree

-1 1/2 cups milk

-1 large egg 

-3 tablespoons coconut oil 

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix and let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 6-8 pumpkin protein pancakes. Please note that this protein pancake recipe was made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results. 

3 ingredient protein pancakes

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vanilla protein powder

-1 ripe banana

-2 large eggs 

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix the 3 ingredients until just incorporated. Do not over-mix and let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 3-4 3 ingredient protein pancakes.  Please note that these simple protein pancakes were made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results. 

oatmeal protein pancakes

Ingredients:

-1 cup oats 

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vanilla protein powder

-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 ripe banana

-1 1/2 cups milk

-1 large egg 

-3 tablespoons coconut oil 

Instructions:

In a blender, blend the dry ingredients for 10 seconds. Add the wet ingredients and banana and mix until smooth. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 6-8 oatmeal protein pancakes. Please note that these healthy protein pancakes were made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results. 

egg white protein pancakes

Ingredients:

-1 cup flour (all purpose or wholewheat)

-1/2 cup drink wholesome egg white protein powder

-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 1/2 cups milk

-1 large egg 

-3 tablespoons coconut oil 

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix and let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 6-8 egg white protein pancakes. Please note that this protein powder pancake recipe was made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results. 

low carb protein pancakes

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vegan vanilla protein powder

-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 cup milk

-2 large eggs

-3 tablespoons coconut oil 

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix and let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 6-8 low carb protein pancakes. Please note that these low carb and low calorie protein pancakes were made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results. 

almond flour protein pancakes

Ingredients:

-1 cup almond

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vegan vanilla protein powder

-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 1/2 cups milk

-1 large egg 

-3 tablespoons coconut oil 

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix and let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 6-8 almond flour protein pancakes. Please note that these gluten-free protein pancakes were made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results. 

cottage cheese protein pancakes

Ingredients:

-1 cup flour (all purpose or wholewheat)

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vanilla protein powder

-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 cup cottage cheese

-2 large eggs 

-3 tablespoons coconut oil 

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix and let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 6-8 cottage cheese protein pancakes. Please note that this recipe for protein pancakes was made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results. 

Greek yogurt protein pancakes

Ingredients:

-1 cup flour (all purpose or wholewheat)

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vanilla protein powder

-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 cup Greek yogurt

-2 large eggs 

-3 tablespoons coconut oil 

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix and let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 6-8 cottage cheese protein pancakes. Please note that this recipe for protein pancakes was made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results.[/vc_column_text]

Greek yogurt protein pancakes

Ingredients:

-1 cup flour (all purpose or wholewheat)

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vanilla protein powder

-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 cup Greek yogurt

-2 large eggs 

-3 tablespoons coconut oil 

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix and let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking. The batter should be pourable. If it is too thick, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too runny, add a dash of protein powder. Place a greased or non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cover it immediately. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side. This recipe makes 6-8 cottage Greek yogurt protein pancakes. Please note that this protein powder pancake recipe was made with drink wholesome. Other protein powders may yield different results. 

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