Protein Pancakes – Only 4 Ingredients! A protein packed stack of pancakes that have no oats, no bananas, no blender needed, and they're gluten free, keto and low carb!

a stack of protein pancakes on a white plate

I was on the hunt for a Protein Pancakes recipe but I wasn’t having much success.  I found that they mostly included oats or bananas or both…and you needed to use a blender!  Bananas and oats are not my ideal sources of protein so I went to work making a stack of protein pancakes that were easy to make without a blender, gluten free, and are keto!

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These protein pancakes are so stupid easy and simple, you are going to be making them every week as part of your meal prep.  If you have time to sit down and eat a stack of pancakes for breakfast, you should definitely give these a try.

I have a recipe for Protein Pudding that uses protein powder as well.

So the few ingredients you need for these easy protein pancakes are:

  • protein powder
  • eggs
  • water or almond milk
  • baking powder

I mixed all of those ingredients together with a whisk to form my batter.

I might sneak some chocolate chips into this keto pancake batter next time.


pancake batter in a glass bowl with a measuring spoon


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I got my skillet hot on the stove while I was getting my batter ready because it comes together so fast.  I used a large non-stick skillet and then I used cooking spray because I do not want these to stick!

I love how these protein pancakes don’t need a blender.  I love my blender, but I hate pulling it out for some reason…haha!

I actually do have another keto pancake recipe that requires a blender…so I’m not anti-blender!

The protein powder I use is Vanilla Premiere Protein Powder.  I have also heard that Quest protein powder works really well.  I would look for one with the lowest amount of carbs, preferably sweetened with stevia.

I used a 1/3 cup measuring cup for the perfect sized pancakes!

These protein pancakes look like they are ready to flip!


pancakes cooking in a skillet


My batter usually makes 6-8 pancakes, which is perfect for 2 people, or you can save half of the pancakes in the refrigerator for the next day.

I served mine with butter, sugar free maple syrup, and a few sugar free chocolate chips.


a stack of protein pancakes with sugar free syrup and chocolate chips



a stack of protein powder pancakes with syrup and chocolate chips

Protein Pancakes - Only 4 Ingredients!

A simple protein packed stack of pancakes that have no oats, no bananas, no blender needed, and they're gluten free, keto and low carb!  
4.59 from 43 votes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: protein pancakes without banana, protein pancakes without oats
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 252kcal



  • Place a non-stick skillet on the stove over medium heat.  Spray with cooking spray or use butter or coconut oil and let melt.  
  • Mix the eggs, protein powder, and baking powder and water in a large bowl.
  • Using a 1/3 cup measure, pour out the batter into the skillet.  I was able to make 3 at a time.  They are ready to flip when bubble start to form on the top.
  • Serve with butter, sugar free syrup, and chocolate chips.


Nutrition per serving if using Premiere Protein Powder: 252 calories / 8g fat / 8g carbs / 2g fiber / 36g protein
  • You can try this with other protein powders but I cannot guarantee it will work.  I have heard that Quest protein powder also works well for protein recipes.  It really needs to be a protein powder that tastes good on it's own!


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Calories: 252kcal
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    • Ashley
    • October 6, 2019

    My husband, who is a big fan of carbs, has been missing his weekend pancakes…I just made these with Quest peanut butter powder and they were really good. I also melted some peanut butter and sugar free syrup together to make a low carb topping and it was great. Definitely took care of those Sunday morning pancake cravings 😉

    • Jennifer H White
    • July 12, 2019

    This is the 3rd protein recipe I have tried. I used 1 scoop of peanut butter flavored Quest protein powder with your other ingredient in half measure (wanted to see the taste). It was delicious. Fluffy and light (I did throw them in my Ninja). By far the best to date.

    • Kori
    • July 6, 2019

    I replaced the the eggs with flaxseed (1 Tbs ground flax seed and 3 Tbs water per egg) and used whole milk because that was what I had on hand. That with Quest protein powder in chocolate and chocolate chips! It’s not as low carb as the original, but I need some carbs to power me in the morning! This feels like I’m eating a brownie, but I’m getting a solid breakfast!

    • Christina
    • July 5, 2019

    How many eggs did you use per batch?

    • Kasey
    • June 29, 2019

    Can you make these with the liquid premier protein? Would you just leave out the water/almond milk? Thanks!

      • jenniferbanz
      • July 2, 2019

      Liquid protein drink would not work for this recipe

      • Jaime Henry
      • August 20, 2019

      These were really good! I topped them with peanut butter. My husband and I really enjoyed them.

    • Bethany Barbieri
    • June 28, 2019

    Hi! I recently was looking for a simple, easy, and high protein protein pancake recipe and stumbled across this recipe. I actually made them with Orgain vanilla plant-based protein powder and they turned out delicious, both texture and taste! I love eating them pre and post-workout. I just had one question though…how many pancakes is considered one serving? I would typically eat 2-3 at a time, especially since I made them rather small last time, but wanted to know what roughly the serving size should be. Thanks!

      • jenniferbanz
      • June 29, 2019

      This recipe makes 2 servings.

    • TG
    • June 27, 2019

    Not bad. I felt like they were a little dry and the eggs made them cook super quick but overall quick and easy!

    • Dana Williams
    • June 24, 2019

    Tried this out today with Quest cinnamon crunch protein powder. Delicious, it was like cheating and eating French toast!

    • Cheyenne
    • June 22, 2019

    I made these using Rivalus Clean Gainer protein powder in the creamy vanilla. They were thin but very delicious. I added some smores chocolate chips to my hubby’s and he really enjoyed them.

    • Angelica S.
    • June 4, 2019

    I used the plain quest baking protein added Stevia & Cinnamon to the batter to sweeten and they really hit the spot! With sugar free syrup and sugar free whipped cream! The best! Thanks for posting!

    • Jennifer
    • May 26, 2019

    I love these pancake but I find them to be a bit dry. I have tried using soymilk but it didn’t help so today I tried using an ounce of fat free cream cheese and that did the trick. I just microwaved the cream cheese for 15 secs and it helped make mix in well. It tastes the same just a bit smoother.

      • jenniferbanz
      • May 26, 2019

      That’s a great idea!

      • Jessica Allossery
      • June 13, 2019

      My pancakes were dry too! Thanks for the tip – I think I’m going to try adding a banana to moisten the batter a bit next time.

    • alis
    • May 22, 2019

    can you make these in a big bath and freeze them?

      • jenniferbanz
      • May 22, 2019

      I haven’t tried that but if you do, please let me know it works out for you!

      • Maia Layne
      • August 16, 2019

      Made these with chocolate chips, and used vanilla whey protein powder. tried making them before with a plant based chocolate one and it was not very good. definitely recommend this recipe! so easy and good

    • Manjeri
    • May 19, 2019

    The pancakes turned out to be terribly bitter. I’m so heartbroken

    • Amanda
    • May 18, 2019

    These were so easy and delicious! I used one scoop vanilla Shakeology and 2 scoops Vital Proteins Unflavored collagen. Added a dash of cinnamon and used Ripple unsweetened vanilla pea “milk”!!

    • Jessica | House Full of Summer
    • May 14, 2019

    Hi! Is this 252 cals per pancake? Or is this for the entire batch? Thanks!

      • jenniferbanz
      • May 14, 2019

      for half of the batch

    • Gracie
    • May 5, 2019

    I tried this with vega plant based protein and greens powder that was berry flavored, Ahmad to add Moreno water to it, but they turned out DELICIOUS. Thank you

    • Carly
    • May 4, 2019

    I used Vega vanilla protein (plant based). Mine were a bit thicker than the picture looks probably since using a different protein powder, but I didn’t mind! I was thinking I could try another tbsp of water next time. I’m newly diagnosed as gestational diabetes, so I’m happy I have these to get me through! Most recipes had bananas & oats which are blood sugar no-no’s (for me!) Looking forward to adding some variations (cinnamon) Thank you! Now I just need to find a good SF syrup!

      • Kalli Love
      • June 13, 2019

      Try ChocZero!! It is THE best all natural, sugar free syrup

    • Sherri Carrasco
    • May 1, 2019

    I’m not sure what happened but these tasted awful ? but the texture was the closest to real pancakes I’ve seen from a keto pancake recipe before… maybe it was the protein powder I used? I’ll try again for sure! Love your recipes! Thank you for experimenting in your kitchen so I don’t have too!!

      • jenniferbanz
      • May 1, 2019

      Yeah, if your protein powder is not tasty, your pancakes are not going to be good.

      • Jordan
      • September 25, 2019

      Its the baking soda use less … Im actually going to try making stiff egg whites next time and then folding the protein in instead of baking powder

    • Terri Haarz
    • April 14, 2019

    My husband made these for me today using a Quest vanilla. They are so good! Next time I may add some lemon zest and blueberries.

      • jenniferbanz
      • April 15, 2019

      Lemon and blueberries are the perfect combo!

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