How to Make Fluffy Protein Pancakes Without Any Protein Powder

How to Make Fluffy Protein Pancakes Without Any Protein Powder

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Everyone knows pancakes are delicious. They’re a simple and versatile breakfast option that can make any morning feel like a lazy weekend morning. Even better, they’re easy to make — you only need about 20 minutes and a few inexpensive ingredients to whip up a batch from scratch.

But there’s a catch, of course: Traditional pancakes slathered with syrup aren’t exactly a balanced breakfast. They usually amount to a stack of refined carbs and sugar, topped with more refined sugar. And if you use pancake mix and imitation syrup, you’ll also end up with some ultra-processed ingredients in there.

A balanced breakfast should ideally include some protein and fiber — so how can you satisfy your pancake craving without wrecking your healthy-breakfast goals? Simple: Learn to make the perfect fluffy protein pancake.

 

Can You Add Protein Powder to Pancakes?

Yes, but it’s not the best option. Stirring a scoop of protein powder into your pancake batter can overwhelm the flavor of your pancakes and turn the texture a little bit gummy.

And while those banana-egg “pancake” recipes may be tasty in their own way, they’re a far cry from real pancakes. Even if you cook them perfectly, without burning the bottom or botching the flip, they tend to be a bit moist and mushy.

But with a few simple tweaks to the basic pancake recipe, it’s possible to make pancakes that pack enough protein and fiber to keep you satiated and give you energy to get through your morning. Here’s how.

 

How to Make Fluffy Protein Pancakes Without Protein Powder

Here’s the secret to making perfect protein pancakes that actually taste like pancakes: Use whole wheat flour, and substitute Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for the oil and milk. (Told you it was simple.)

A ¾-cup serving of nonfat Greek yogurt packs 16 grams of protein and 130 calories. Similarly, a ¾-cup serving of nonfat cottage cheese has 21 grams of protein and 120 calories.

 

One serving of protein pancakes doesn’t require a full serving of Greek yogurt or cottage cheese — but you’ll be adding eggs and other ingredients, so your overall breakfast protein count will be over 20 grams.

How Many Calories Are in Protein Pancakes?

While the exact calorie count depends on the ingredients you add — and how much syrup you use — you might be surprised to see that protein pancakes aren’t the caloric nightmare you might have suspected. Both of the recipes below contain fewer than 300 calories per serving.

 

How to Make Simple Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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Simple Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword protein pancakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 (3 pancakes each)
Calories 257 kcal

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup small curd nonfat cottage cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. nonfat milk
  • ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Optional mix-ins: 1/2 cup blueberries, chopped strawberries, or other chopped fruit

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk cottage cheese, eggs, milk, and vanilla to combine.

  2. In a separate bowl, stir flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt to combine.

  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, stirring gently to form a thick batter. Some lumps are fine, but batter should be uniform.

  4. Optional: stir in fruit, if using.

  5. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  6. When pan is hot, drop in ¼ cup batter per pancake, cooking about 3 pancakes at a time, so that the skillet is full but not crowded.

  7. Cook until underside is lightly browned, sides are set, and top is bubbling, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until both sides are browned and pancakes are cooked through, 3 minutes more.

  8. Set aside on a plate, or keep warm in a 250° F oven.

  9. Repeat with remaining batter.

  10. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Simple Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (3 pancakes)
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 222mg74%
Sodium 478mg21%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 18.5g37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

How to Make Simple Greek Yogurt Oat Pancakes

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Simple Greek Yogurt Oat Pancakes

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword protein pancakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 (3 pancakes each)
Calories 271 kcal

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. nonfat milk
  • ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • cup whole wheat flour
  • cup dry quick cooking oats
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 pinch sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Optional mix-ins: ½ cup chopped peaches, plums, pears, or other fruit

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk yogurt, eggs, milk, and vanilla to combine.

  2. In a separate bowl, stir flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt to combine.

  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, stirring gently to form a thick batter. Some lumps are fine, but batter should be uniform.

  4. Optional: stir in fruit, if using.

  5. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  6. When pan is hot, drop in ¼ cup batter per pancake, cooking about 3 pancakes at a time, so that the skillet is full but not crowded.

  7. Cook until underside is lightly browned, sides are set, and top is bubbling, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until both sides are browned and pancakes are cooked through, 3 minutes more.

  8. Set aside on a plate, or keep warm in a 250° F oven.

  9. Repeat with remaining batter.

  10. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Simple Greek Yogurt Oat Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (3 pancakes)
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 219mg73%
Sodium 375mg16%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 20g40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The Nutritional Facts have been estimated for these recipes.

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