Protein Pancakes

Kickstart your morning with a stack of thick and fluffy protein pancakes. These healthy protein pancakes are vegan and gluten free, and made without flour, eggs, or milk! Ready in minutes, these protein pancakes are a blank canvas for many flavor variations! 

protein pancakes

We love starting our mornings with a stack of healthy pancakes. We love blueberry pancakes, cinnamon roll pancakes, and these delicious, high protein pancakes.

As someone who regularly works out, having enough protein in every meal is key to both maintaining my muscle growth, but also keeping me satisfied. 

While I love a stack of classic buttermilk pancakes, I know that I’ll be reaching for a snack soon after. To key for me to be full and satisfied after a meal is one key macronutrient- Protein!

Protein pancakes have been a regular breakfast choice for me, after making a batch of my homemade protein pancake mix. I love how I have so many flavor options and variations to play with!

This protein pancake recipe is cinnamon bun flavored, purely because I had some cinnamon bun casein protein powder on hand, but use any pancake flavor you love- Banana oat, chocolate, cookie dough, lemon ricotta and more! 

These protein powder pancakes are light, fluffy, and super thick- You won’t believe these fluffy pancakes are made with no eggs and no banana!

How to make pancakes with protein powder

The Ingredients

  • Homemade Protein Pancake mix– My homemade protein pancake mix forms the base of these protein pancakes. Prepare the mixture as directed, and then we add the fun mix-ins to give these pancakes some fun flavors. 
  • Mix-ins of choice– Anything and everything! I wanted to make cinnamon bun pancakes, so I added cinnamon to the batter. I also made a cream cheese frosting to layer the pancakes with. 

The Instructions

Start by preparing your pancake batter. For one serving, mix 3/4 cup of the protein pancake mix with 1/4 cup of water. If the batter is too thick, add extra water, one tablespoon at a time. Add your cinnamon and mix it into the batter. Next, heat up a saucepan on medium and spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray. Once hot, pour 1/4 cup portions of the pancake batter onto the hot pan. Let sit for 30 seconds, before covering the pan. Once bubbles start to appear around the sides, remove the lid and flip the pancakes. Cook for an extra 1-2 minutes, until cooked. Repeat the process until all the pancakes have been cooked up. Layer the pancakes with dairy free cream cheese and extra cinnamon. Serve with maple syrup and any other toppings. 

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Protein Pancake Tips

  • Cover the pancakes as they are cooking. Trapping the heat in the saucepan will help the pancakes puff up and be extra thick and fluffy.
  • Protein powder types matter. If the protein powder you’ve used in your protein pancake mix is whey protein or isolate protein, you may find your pancakes will be thinner and flatter.
  • For keto protein pancakes, try these fluffy pancakes
  • Do not add extra sweetness to the pancake batter. The homemade pancake mix has already added sweeteners included, and most protein powders are also pre-sweetened. 

How to enjoy high protein pancakes

  • Fruit– Serve protein pancakes with berries, chopped apples, and even some sliced banana.
  • Nut or Seed Butter– Drizzle over peanut butter, almond butter, or nut free spreads, like sunflower seed butter. 
  • Dried Fruits and Nuts– Sprinkle shredded coconut or your favorite nuts or seeds!
  • Syrup and Jellies– Keep it simple with maple syrup and strawberry or raspberry jam! 

Storing and Freezing Protein Powder Pancakes

  • To store: Make a double batch of protein pancakes and store leftovers in a sealable container or covered, for up to 1 week. Batch cook these pancakes to have breakfast sorted for the week!
  • To freeze: Protein pancakes are freezer friendly so make an extra batch or two, and place them in a ziplock bag. Store the ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

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Protein Pancakes (No eggs or banana!)

Easy homemade protein pancakes made with no eggs, no banana and no milk! These thick and fluffy protein powder pancakes are a delicious vegan and gluten free breakfast!
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 296kcal
Author: Arman


For the cream cheese frosting


  • Prepare the pancake batter from the homemade protein pancake mix.
  • Heat a frying pan on low heat and spray with cooking oil. Once the pan is extremely hot, pour spoonfuls of the batter and then cover the pan. Once bubbles appear and the edges go brown, remove cover, flip the pancakes and cover again for approximately 1 minute. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
  • In a small bowl, combine the softened cream cheese with the sweetener and cinnamon and mix well. Layer pancakes evenly with the frosting and dust with extra cinnamon.


These make cinnamon bun protein pancakes. For other flavor options, add extra flavorings and toppings to both the batter and on top of the pancakes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 12g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 3mg | NET CARBS: 22g
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    153 thoughts on “Protein Pancakes

    1. I only wish that, for your sake, they could just bottle the smell of a Cinnabon and make that into a candle or something (who am I kidding, they probably do). The fact that you all don’t have Fage or dark chocolate m&M’s is a crime, in my opinion. But then again, Europeans have crispy M&M’s, which are one of my greatest loves.
      These look fantastic–my advice? Roll them up, slice, turn on side, ice. Insta mini cinnabons 😀

    2. I can TOTALLY see why cinnabon cinnamon roll was on your list, those are INCREDIBLE! I hope you finish a whole one on this trip….I will be disappointed in you if not 😛 These sound great, and I am always a fan of pancakes! I do have a foodie list, and it is HUGE…..its actually a spreadsheet of every state….how nerdy hahaha

      1. Tina….Confession. I ate one for breakfast AND one for an afternoon snack. I even picked out the biggest one 😉

        I think we need to share spreadsheets 😉

    3. oh Cinnabon is serious! They have them in the malls in NJ and you can’t be within 100 feet of them with out being carried over by the cinnamon sugar smell.

      I think it physically carries you. 🙂
      I like traditional foods in different countries …from authentic places!!

    4. I always try to eat at least a few local/traditional dishes from the country or region that I’m visiting. In my opinion you can’t get to know a different culture better than through food. It tells you so much about the people, culture, traditions, history… E.g. the reason there is so much Mexican food in the LA area is the historical background, obviously! And this is amazing!
      I had a vague food list for my trip, and quite happy to have eaten most things I’ve wanted to try (besides lobster roll 🙁 ). And I still have that pop tart that I’ve bought at the airport. I think I’m going to eat it on the weekend after the next…yes, I plan things like that, LOL! 😀

      1. WHAT! Well, lucky for you, I ate two lobster rolls 😉

        Haha, I hope the pop tart is as good as you perceive it to be!

    5. I literally have issues going to the mall just because the Cinnabon smell is going to HAUNT ME DOWN. and seriously i’m so upset i’m not there right now! although i could eat these pancakes as perfect as they are in their eggy state and ask to be lifelighted to the NYC hospital? and it would be worth it for more than one reason.

      and JUDGE ME that while i studied abroad i made it a point to have a different flavor of McFlurry from every mcdonalds. 1) they’re healthier abroad somehow which shocked me because they’re more delicious and yes i justified that 2) stroop waffle mcflurry in amsterdam, the kit kats, the cadbury, the magnum in paris omg if the fast food is on point we can’t even get back into the gelatos and pizzerias and ok i’m done before i start cryiiiiiiiiing

      1. I will NOT judge you because dude- that is genius. We have a ‘golden Gaytime’ one here in Australia. Google it. It’s ridiculously amazing.

        1. not only did i google golden gaytimes.. but you also have BUBBLEGUM SQUASH wtf.. i hope no one ever sees the fact that i was on the australia mcdonalds website menu. but of course you have way more mcflurry choices than we do (except ive always wanted to ask them to blend up their apple pie into one for me).. although not like i can ever eat one again because of my damn allergies =l WAIT. your mission: create an epic allergy friendly mcflurry for me and then hand deliver it!?!?!

          1. WTF is bubblegum squash?

            I will invent an apple pie mcflurry for you. True story- I am working on recipes without eggs for you and it’s a biatch.

    6. My favorites are the green peanut M&Ms. I can’t stand the blue ones. I can totally understand why the purple ones made it to your list.
      Maybe I would try to lie and say no to the question whether food plays are big part on my travel bucket list. But as you’ve been involved in my USA plannings I think there’s no sense in denying that food is my travel bucket list.
      Favorite chain: Nando’s in the UK and Starbucks everywhere (if that counts as a restaurant) ;-P

      1. I HATE the blue ones too! Giving you ideas was one of the best things ever- When I go to the UK, you bet I’ll be picking your brain!

        Starbucks definitely counts!

    7. WHen I was in the US for 4 months, I gained 7 kilos. I think it was because of the cinnamon rolls. So YES, I am with you on that obsession!
      Last timre I went there I think the only thing on my list was:’ ALL THE THINGS FROM WHOLE FOODS’. And seriously, my suitcase was STUFFED with their products (cooking spray, hell yes! and 74389743892 packs of Justins AB (more convient than the jars) etc. etc.).
      I printed this. I beg my schedule to allow me to make these on Friday morning on my first day of vacation.

    8. Red Lobster. Sadly, it’s a let down. As are ALL of your chain picks (unless you are super drunk or hungover). I’m just offering my good will advice. Now, some might argue my point, but if you’re traveling to the USA? Avoid these chains at ALL COSTS! Seriously. They’re cheap, but it doesn’t reflect our cuisine. Main stream casual dining is just fast food with a wait staff.

      I don’t know where you’re traveling exactly….you said northern regions? Steer clear of chains. Anything you can Google is probably a bad idea. Olive Garden and Applebees are nasty. Avoid Ruby Tuesdays, Outback Steakhouse, Chilis, and Macaroni Grill at all cost. These are chain restaurants, and the food is sub par. If you’re visiting the USA, try to eat at local eateries. You will LOVE anything local. If it’s a chain, you will be disappointed…. and probably sick to your stomach afterwards. My email address is part of my post. PLEASE ask me for tips. I want you to love your experience!

      1. Thanks for the offer, the post wasn’t inferring that as my intention- I plan on eating at them but also some amazing local places!

        1. Ahhh cool. Just watching out for you! I look forward to seeing a detailed review of each meal. I hope you have a blast (and I hope you find the biggest Cinnabon roll you can find!).

    9. I walk past a Cinnabon on the way out of dance class every week, and I’ve still never had one. I’m lucky that I can get full fat Fage here, but not so lucky that I’ve cut dairy out for the time being 🙁

    10. Haha I laughed at the Applebees one. They do have a neat name I guess, I just never thought about it. And yuuuumm to cinnabons. They’re so delicious, but soooo bad for you. Hope you’re loving your trip so far!

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