Light and fluffy Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup - made with whole wheat pastry flour, protein powder, and no refined sugar. The perfect start to any day.
This post was originally published on 05/07/2017 and updated on 08/10/2019.
Growing up, I thought pancakes were only a weekend thing. A special treat that was made specifically on Saturday or Sunday mornings. Then, I got older and realized that pancakes can be eaten any day of the week and for basically any meal. If you've never had pancakes for dinner, you're missing out!
Pancakes are made from a simple batter - flour, eggs, milk, butter or oil, and baking powder. The batter takes only a few minutes to prepare and each pancake needs just a couple of minutes to cook. This is why pancakes can be eaten any day. Or every day ...
So, this is it. My every day Protein Pancakes. They are easy to make, fluffy, and made with whole grains and protein powder. Adding protein powder to these pancakes gives them a boost of nutrition, and makes them acceptable for a post-workout meal. I like to top my pancakes with a simple strawberry syrup made with fresh strawberries, maple syrup, and honey.
Protein Pancake Ingredients
- whole wheat pastry flour
- your favorite protein powder
- baking powder
- coconut oil
- vanilla extract
How to Make Healthy Protein Pancakes From Scratch
Pancakes are so easy to make. The most difficult part is the flipping, but once you have that down, the whole process is a breeze. Making protein pancakes is no different than making regular pancakes:
- Whisk the dry ingredients
- add eggs, milk, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients
- mix until just combined (do not over mix!)
- cook pancakes on a greased preheated nonstick pan
- flip and cook other side
- serve hot, accompanied by strawberry syrup, maple syrup, fresh fruit, peanut butter, or whatever toppings you like!
The Best Protein Pancake Recipe Tips
Can I use plant based milk?
Yes! Almond, oat, coconut, cashew and other milk alternatives work in this recipe. Depending on the creaminess of the milk, you may have to add a little but more liquid if batter seems too thick.
What is the best protein powder to use for protein pancakes?
Any protein powder works in this recipe - whey, plant, egg white protein. Use your favorite! I like to use Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen Whey Protein or Naked Nutrition Vanilla Whey Protein Powder. Chocolate protein powder will add a nice cocoa flavor to the pancakes!
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The Best Protein Pancakes Recipe with Strawberry Syrup
- 1 ½ cups 205 g whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ cup 40 g protein powder
- 3 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp coconut oil melted and slightly cooled
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups 360 ml milk (cow's milk or plant based)
- 1 ½ cups strawberries quartered
- 3 tbsp 45 ml maple syrup
- 1 tbsp 60 g honey
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, protein powder, baking powder, and salt. Add egg, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and milk. Stir until just combined; a few lumps are okay. If batter seems too thick, add a little bit more milk.
- Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Grease with coconut oil or cooking spray, if desired. Pour ¼ cup of batter on the hot skillet and cook until the pancake bubbles on top and the edges begin to dry, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for another minute, or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter.
- Serve hot with strawberry syrup, maple syrup, fresh fruit, or any other toppings your prefer.
- Combine strawberries, maple syrup, and honey in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until boiling. Cook for 5 minutes, until the strawberries break down. Use a fork to mash any large pieces.
Let me give you a few more reasons why you should make these for breakfast (or lunch, or dinner, or as a post-workout meal) ...
... reason one: they are so easy to make and take 15 minutes from beginning to end. You just need one bowl and whisk. You can even throw everything in a blender if you don't feel like mixing.
... reason two: Strawberry Syrup. It's nothing fancy - just fresh strawberries cooked down in some maple syrup and honey. Don't skip out on this because it really makes the pancakes extra special.
... reason three: Naked Nutrition's Less Naked Vanilla Whey Protein made with only three ingredients - grass fed whey, organic coconut sugar, and vanilla. That's right; no additives and no artificial sweeteners, making this one of the cleanest and tastiest proteins out there.
... reason four: protein pancakes make a great post-workout meal. They are high in protein and have a good amount of carbs to help with muscle recovery.
Protein pancakes = a new & improved breakfast .. and I'm liking this alottt.