Try our gluten-smart protein pancakes recipe, a healthy breakfast idea to crush your diner flapjack craving.
The American Society for Nutrition says that a high-protein breakfast can increase muscle mass, calorie burn and general muscle health. Still, when ads with sugar-packed pancakes come around, you can't help but forget all of that and drool.
Maybe you're used to sticking to the basics with a ready-to-use pancake batter (packed full of who knows what). Or you might even have mom's old cookbook complete with sugar and fat-filled recipes. Either way, you can switch things up with a healthier alternative that your entire family will love.
In this post, we'll go over how to satisfy your cravings with a breakfast that will make you feel as good as it tastes.
Let's dive in!
10 Minute Protein Pancakes Recipe
Whey protein is naturally gluten-free, so pairing it with chickpea flour makes it the perfect cooking combo. Gluten-free meals can help with digestion, which is especially important if you experience IBS. High protein breakfasts allow you to control your blood sugar and decrease your desire to snack at night (we all need this).
Speaking of things we all need, here's a quick and easy protein pancake recipe to try. Making a healthy breakfast from scratch doesn't have to mean hours of prep and cleaning. This is a one bowl, one pan, easy pancake recipe that the whole family will love (even your picky kids).
How Do You Make Protein Pancakes More Moist?
The words "moist" and "protein pancakes" aren't usually two terms that go together. Thankfully, this recipe will show you how to keep the moisture without sacrificing taste. If you've been searching for a tasty protein pancake recipe without bananas, look no further. By using milk, eggs, and honey in the right ratio, your protein pancakes will be a success. (We'll go over that in the ingredients section below).
Can You Substitute Protein Powder For Flour?
Well, no, you can't wholly substitute all of your flour for protein powder. However, you can replace a portion of it. Try to keep that portion below a 2:1 flour to protein powder ratio. Adding protein powder will help fortify your recipe with more nutrients while keeping your pancakes from falling apart.
Rather than using regular all-purpose flour, you can opt for a healthier alternative such as chickpea or coconut flour.
Ready to try our healthy protein pancakes? Grab the full recipe below.
- 1 cup gluten-free flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup oat milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Add ingredients to a mixing bowl (you can add a tablespoon of honey if you want your pancakes to be sweeter)
- Whisk together until there are no pockets of powder
- Warm a pan at medium heat
- Scoop 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake
- Flip once the bubbling on the batter has slowed or stopped
- Top with butter and maple syrup
Prefer to watch the instructions? Check out our full recipe video below. (Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more healthy recipes and wellness tips).
What Protein Powder is Best For Pancakes?
Curious to see which protein powder is best for pancakes? We recommend sticking with a whey isolate protein or soy protein powder for texture. You can also consider making your pancakes with pea protein.
Here are 3 of our recommendations:
With this recipe, pancakes are no longer reserved for special occasions and can now be added to your breakfast meal rotation (even if it's not a cheat day). They're quick, easy, healthy and delicious. What more could you ask for? Adding protein powder to your breakfast helps maximize those results you're working so hard for. Plus, including gluten-free flour makes it an ideal recipe for those with IBS.
In this gluten-smart protein pancake recipe, we used Kaha Nutrition New Zealand Whey Isolate protein powder in Vanilla. If you want to spice your pancakes up, you can play around with the recipe and use different flavoured proteins. This isolate protein is fat and lactose-free, so if you have lactose intolerance, there's no need to worry.
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