26 Easy Recipes for Protein Pancakes

by | Mar 1, 2022 | Recipes

Protein pancakes are a breakfast staple well worth getting good at. They’re healthy, hearty and flipping delicious (particularly if you’ve got some tasty protein powder to use up). And, even for the most unskilled in the kitchen, there are plenty of easy protein pancake recipes to try.

Plus, protein pancakes are the ultimate post-workout breakfast. So, what are you waiting for? Put that shaker away and get out the whisk: it’s time to indulge in some of the best protein pancake recipes to try.

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Protein Pancakes: Why is Protein Important?

Protein, one of the three key macronutrients, helps your body build and repair muscle tissue following a workout. For the record, the NHS advises that women eat around 45g a day – the equivalent of three and a half eggs, two and a half salmon fillets or five portions of lentils. (Or, you know, via protein pancakes.)

Protein is a macronutrient that provides amino acids, which join together to create and maintain bone, skin, hormones and muscle,’ explains Dr Graeme Close, professor of human physiology at Liverpool John Moore’s University, who advises some of the leading athletes on nutrition.

He advises thinking of amino acids like lego blocks. ‘When the muscles are damaged through exercise, the Lego builders are ready to re-build, but they can only get to work if you give them blocks with which to do the job,’ he explains.

So these protein pancake recipes aren’t simply tasty and impressive-looking brunch fare. Learning how to make healthy protein pancakes is a genuine nutrition win.

Train muscle without adequate amino acids and you leave it with no option but to break down. So, getting enough protein? It’s essential – especially for women who strength train.

Protein Pancake Recipes: Why you should DIY your own Protein Pancakes?

It’s worth remembering that making your protein pancakes – of any kind – from scratch will help you avoid the store-bought ones rammed full of sugar and added undesirables.

And, sure, you can find ready-made protein pancakes with a favourable macronutrient profile, but these will undoubtedly incur a premium cost. Whereas these DIY protein pancake recipes can be made with the simplest and most inexpensive of ingredients.

Plus, they’re not exactly tricky to make. Flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter, milk and eggs are usually the core ingredients.

Throw a scoop of protein powder into the mix and you’ll be serving them up in no time. If you prefer a more Joe Wicks approach, grab a banana, two eggs and some whey or vegan protein powder and you’re GTG.

How to make vegan protein pancakes

Dairy-free? Plant-based? No problem.

With a few simple switches, you can easily make your protein pancakes completely vegan. Make sure the protein powder you’re using is vegan, and then substitute any milk with oat, soya, almond or a pea option.

Use coconut oil instead of butter and voila! Vegan protein pancakes at the ready.

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26 Best Protein Pancake Recipes to Try

Looking for stacks of inspiration? We’ve trawled the internet for 26 sweet protein pancake recipe ideas just for you: including Madeleine Shaw’s cinnamon and maple varieties and The Food Medic‘s blueberry and banana creation.

Plus there’s even a couple of vegan options for those of you who might be dairy-free. From fresh fruit to peanut butter and honey (drool), give yourself some options. Go wild, you’re the boss here.

1. Protein Pancakes: Simple Banana


Got a bunch of overripe bananas sat in your fruit basket to use up and fancy something other than banana bread? Add a hint of natural sweetness to your morning stack with these easy-peasy banana pancakes. Delicious.

Try the recipe yourself.

2. Protein Pancakes: The Food Medic’s Blueberry and Banana


The Food Medic’s pancakes are naturally high in protein thanks to the spelt flour and flaxseed. Plus, they’re totally plant-based and vegan-friendly. Yum.
Try the recipe yourself.

3. Protein Pancakes: Vanilla Blueberry Cake


These mouthwateringly good pancakes will give you 38g of protein in one sitting – nearly your whole daily recommended intake. Plus, the blueberry and vanilla topping is enough to make any mouth water. Make for friends, family or just yourself.
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4. Protein Pancakes: Deliciously Ella’s Recipe


Deliciously Ella is the queen of plant-based recipes, and these pancakes are no exception: packed full of heart-healthy ingredients like chia seeds and oats, and offering a healthy natural dose of protein thanks to the almonds. Enjoy.
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5. Protein Pancakes: Spinach and Chickpea


Shop six simple ingredients – chickpea flour, baking powder, spinach and protein powder – plus salt and water, and you’ll have this Dr Seuss-inspired stack whipped up in no time. Top with maple syrup, blueberries and whatever else you fancy.
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6. Protein Pancakes: Blender-Made Banana and Oatmeal


Prefer to whip your pancakes up in a blender? Enter Ambitious Kitchen’s blender pancakes – fluffy, gluten and dairy-free, and certifiably delicious.
Try the recipe yourself.

7. Protein Pancakes: Omega-3 Flaxseed


Flaxseeds are full of healthy fats, so up your nutrition game with these tasty pancakes. Top however you like – WH recommends peanut butter, maple syrup and chocolate chips.
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8. Protein Pancakes: Cottage Cheese-Boosted Recipe


With nearly 20g of protein per serving (plus the fact they taste like banana bread), these cottage cheese pancakes really are the GOAT. Get around ’em.
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9. Protein Pancakes: Cinnamon Bun Sensation


Protein pancakes with a twist cinnamon bun-inspired twist. Um, yum! You are so welcome.
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10. Protein Pancakes: Chocolate and Raspberry


Chocolate-lovers and those with a slight sweet tooth, listen here: it is totally possible to incorporate your favourite treat into your healthy breakfast. Try these cacao and raspberry protein pancakes –which are nearly as delicious as Nutella-smothered ones. Nearly…

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11. Protein Pancakes: Sweet Potato and Pecan


Sweet potato? In pancakes? Sounds whacky, tastes delicious – trust us. Plus, you’ll be contributing towards your five-a-day. Top with pecans for added crunch.
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12. Protein Pancakes: Fluffy Yoghurt-Boosted Recipe


Love yoghurt? Yeah, us too. These pancakes are packed full of protein thanks to the hardworking ingredient: yep, yoghurt. Fluffy and light, you’ll never go back to non-yog pancakes. Trust.
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13. Protein Pancakes: Extra Thick Recipe


Love to see proper hight on your stack, may we suggest these extra thick protein pancakes instead? Yes, we may. Made with protein powder, eggs and Greek yoghurt, they’re the perfect way to start your day.
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14. Protein Pancakes: Roz Purcell’s Peanut Butter and Apple


AKA, a burst of all the best flavours in your mouth. Try not to drool as you read Irish beauty queen turned vegan hike-fluencer Rosanna Purcell’s protein pancake recipe, complete with cinnamon and honey, for extra flavour. Properly delicious.
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15. Protein Pancakes: Porridge Oat


One of the simplest protein pancakes recipe deviates from the traditional flour and egg ingredients by replacing them with oats. All you’ll need is seven ingredients and ten minutes and voila!
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16. Protein Pancakes: Chocolate Chip


These four-ingredient pancakes are the definition of simple: plus, WH guarantees you’ll have all the ingredients in your house already. Winning.
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17. Protein Pancakes: Gluten-Free Chickpea Stack


Swerve gluten for health or preference reasons? Totally fair. These almond flour protein pancakes are delicious and vanilla-y, without any gluten, grains or dairy.
Try the recipe yourself.

18. Protein Pancakes: Madeleine Shaw’s Cinnamon and Maple


This recipe from Madeleine Shaw is naturally high in protein, thanks to the addition of ground almonds, but if you want to up the protein content a little more, add a scoop or two of your favourite protein powder.
Try the recipe yourself.

19. Protein Pancakes: Sweet Pumpkin


Not just for Halloween – the humble pumpkin is high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and, whilst delicious in risotto, is also great in pancakes. Yes, really. Just wait until you’ve tried these. You’ll be serving them every weekend.
Try the recipe yourself.
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20. Protein Pancakes: Blackberry and Honey


Fan of mixed berries? Incorporate them into your AM pancake stack for a berry good brunch option bursting with seasonal flavours. Add a smearing of peanut, almond or cashew butter on top and you’re good to go.
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21. Protein Pancakes: Oatmeal and Blueberry


Another blender-based recipe (although you can make it without), these pancakes are filling and make minimum mess to prepare. That, in our book, is called a win.
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22. Protein Pancakes: Raspberry and Chia


Fresh, juicy raspberries? Check. Healthy fat-packed chia seeds for added crunch? Check. Moist, vegan-friendly pancakes? Triple check. This is a recipe for success.
Try the recipe yourself.

23. Protein Pancakes: Cocoa Chickpea


Another recipe perfect for the vegans amongst you, or those opting for a more plant-based diet. Plus, there’s a list of different toppings options – almond butter, banana, the list goes on – which will inspire you (and make you drool).
Try the recipe yourself.

24. Protein Pancakes: Classic Blueberry


Blueberries and pancakes go hand in hand like Beyonce and Jay-Z, banana and peanut butter. Get stuck in to this delicious recipe for a pick-me-up.
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25. Protein Pancakes: The Classic


Not a fan of fancy gimmicks? Then this simple recipe is for you. What you make of them is totally up to you—a great basic staple to have under your belt.
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26. Protein Pancakes: Simple Vegan


Swap your fave protein powder for a vegan option and switch the milk for oat, almond or soya and boom – you have got yourself a delicious, vegan protein pancake. Simple.
Try the recipe yourself.
*This article was originally published on Women’s Health UK

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