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 1 vote
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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. haha, love that list. And no shame, I used to be obsessed with Red lobster growing up. The rolls!!! and i love lobster. Hope you turn into one big cinnmaon roll, so worth it! and so are these pancakes. Genius as always.
      p.s. You need to stock up on the PB flour here or the unsweetened bakers chocolate

    2. My life is a foodie bucket list. 😛

      These look awesome! Although it took me like 10 minutes to scroll through your post lol. Not sure if it’s just my computer or something is up with your blog!

      1. OH what? Argh sorry about that- was it loading slowly? Silly blog.

        I legit love your blog for it’s foodie highlights- next time, we are going together to all of them. (except to lettuce face or whatever it’s called)

    3. hahaha!!! Man, I loved your list of must eat American places! That’s amazing. I’m surprised you didn’t have Outback on there so you can give a proper Aussie critique on our Austrailian cuisine go-to. I love pancakes, so I love this.

        1. Ugh. you got to hang out with so many people I want to meet! Very jealous of your ability to world travel and see so many. I don’t even need a passport to visit half the people you saw… note to self, I need to get out there!

    4. I’m judging your travel bucket list. Cinnabon? That’s the shit you eat at an airport while crying homesick tears and hating your life. But you gotta do you and I suppose I just have to support that.

    5. I am all for foodie bucket lists – I may have moved out here with a list of restaurants to try. Also – I’m pretty sure it’s been about a decade since I had Cinnabon. I guess since they’re everywhere I take them for granted?
      Also I need to go to New York and get a hot dog from a stand at 3 am. One of my life goals.

    6. I -wish- I could say that food plays a big part in my travel choices, buuuut because of my allergies and how I was raised, it’s actually the thing I care least about when visiting some place new. That being said, I do appreciate it when I come across a Chipotle, which also happens to be my favourite chain restaurant. Now I want a cinnamon bun…

    7. That Saigon cinnamon from costco really is a hidden gem! The most amazing cinnamon I have found! Fage is good greek yoghurt but the best I have found is from costco – made in Greece, full fat (10%) and in a kilo tub – it’s awesome!

    8. Hmmm….my favorite chain restaurant? I would say either Chipotle (I love that they care about where their meat comes from, plus it’s delish!), or I also love PF Chang’s. I love the lettuce wraps and the Singapore Street Noodles used to be a big favorite of mine before I was GF. These pancakes look really tasty!

    9. Oh man, it’s been forever since I’ve had a Cinnamon. They remind me of going to the mall as a kid though (along with Auntie Anne’s ridiculously delicious pretzels). I have a foodie bucket list now that I’m back in NY…though they’re all of my favorite foods that I’ve missed so I guess it’s more of a foodie bucket list redux!

    10. Haha I literally travel FOR the food. That’s what my itinerary revolves around. I love following your adventures in the US on Instagram keep it up my friend! And maybe pop over to Chicago if you have a quick second 😉

    11. “No dark chocolate M&M tastes as good as a purple dark chocolate M&M” hahahaha! You are totally right, though! I hope you are successfully eating your way across the Northern Hemisphere as we talk. And these cinnamon bun pancakes? Yes. Just yes. A whole lot of yes. 🙂

    12. I feel pathetic when trying to answer these questions!
      1.) I don’t travel, I have limited funds
      2.) I have never made a foodie bucket list
      3.) I cannot remember the last time I ate at a chain [see #1] so does Wegmans (our local HUGE grocery store and café native to NY and PA) count?

      I plan to make these pancakes on my next day off! I even got vegan cream cheese so I could make the frosting! 🙂

    13. Yuuum 🙂 I just love Cinnamon Bun anything. I’m from the US but I don’t think I’ve ever had Cinnabon, actually! And your food bucket list is hilarious!! Haha =) no judgment here.

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