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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!

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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!

Speaking of low carb breakfast, have you tried my Keto Breakfast sandwich?  Amazing!

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

 

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a stack of protein powder pancakes with syrup and chocolate chips
Protein Pancakes - Only 4 Ingredients!
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
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!  

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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: protein pancakes without banana, protein pancakes without oats
Servings: 2
Calories: 252 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place a non-stick skillet on the stove over medium heat.  Spray with cooking spray or use butter or coconut oil and let melt.  

  2. Mix the eggs, protein powder, and baking powder and water in a large bowl.

  3. 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.

  4. Serve with butter, sugar free syrup, and chocolate chips.

Recipe Notes

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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    • Alicia Ferguson
    • March 5, 2019
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    If I made these ahead would they freeze well? 🙂

      • jenniferbanz
      • March 6, 2019
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      I am not sure, they might?

    • Melody
    • March 1, 2019
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    I just made these this morning, turned out pretty good although a little bit dry but I will definitely will be making them again. I used Premium Gold 100% whey powder double rich chocolate flavor. They tasted a lot like cake which I am absolutely ok with! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Stephanie
    • February 27, 2019
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    Thanks for making me waste my protein. These came out terrible.

      • jenniferbanz
      • February 27, 2019
      Reply

      The recipe states: “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!”

    • Kelly
    • February 25, 2019
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    Can I add a tablespoon or two of Bob’s Red Mill gluten free baking flour and use egg whites instead of 2 eggs? Also can I use orgain plant based whey free protein powder because I can’t tolerate whey.

      • jenniferbanz
      • February 26, 2019
      Reply

      I am not sure but let us know if you give it a try!

      • Darcy
      • February 28, 2019
      Reply

      I received a free sample of the vanilla bean Orgain protein powder in the mail, and just tried it this morning in this recipe – delicious! It’s a good vanilla flavor, and has a great airy/spongy pancake consistency. I used water as my liquid, and served with sugar free syrup. I might even buy some Orgain powder to keep around for making these!

      Thanks for sharing the recipe, Jennifer!

    • karen
    • February 16, 2019
    Reply

    Hi – I’ve been making mine with just egg whites and it is runny but I like it that way because than I eat it as a crepe with berries inside of it. I make a batch to last me through the week.

    • Dian Adiwaskitarini
    • February 11, 2019
    Reply

    Fantastic recipe! I followed the recipe with minor tweaks:
    (I used Optimum Nutrion 100% whey in Vanilla flavor) I found the batter was too runny, so i added a few Tbsp of Almond Flour til i got the right consistency. Also added a pinch of salt & cinnamon. It turned out great!

    This recipe came to 9 medium sized pancakes. I only eat 2 pcs, and saved the rest in the fridge so i can just reheat.

    • katie pine
    • February 6, 2019
    Reply

    Yummy! I only changed one thing- Instead of two whole eggs, I used one egg white and one whole egg. Tasted delicious. I used whey vanilla protein and it gave a nice vanilla flavor to the pancake. I noticed using any less than two scoops powder makes this runny, you definitely need the 2 full scoops!

    • karen
    • February 2, 2019
    Reply

    hi can you tell me how many pancakes are in a serving size for this recipe? thank you

      • jenniferbanz
      • February 3, 2019
      Reply

      The recipe only serves 2 so however many pancakes you make, divide by 2.

      • karen
      • February 16, 2019
      Reply

      I’ve been making them with only egg whites. It does come out runny but it makes a crepe. I roll them up berries and little bit of cinnamon inside of it. I make a big enough batch to last me the week. It quick, nutritious and best of all delicious!!

    • Jan
    • January 31, 2019
    Reply

    Thanks, Jennifer, mine came out really delicious and absolutely perfect!! I added two teaspoons of oat FIBER for flavor which is low carb, used Trader Joes’s egg replacers, cinnamon, had to add bit more almond milk/water than recipe says and my protein is Met RX vanilla whey protein powder. ..all in all, really good! I’ve experimented w almond flour, coconut etc, but these are much better imo. Topped it w/ my own maple extract syrup w stevia that I make and added a little bit of frozen berries from Costco, that I heat in micro, add a bit of stevia for berry topping. Loved it! Thanks so much for recipe..my new go to low carb pancakes!!

    • Jane S
    • January 29, 2019
    Reply

    can i use vega vanilla protein powder if i keep everything else the same?

      • jenniferbanz
      • January 30, 2019
      Reply

      yes, but I am not sure about the taste of that one

    • Hilly
    • January 26, 2019
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    I was looking for simple, high protein, low carb pancakes which didn’t use banana or oats, so these were great! Just whisked up in a jug – no messing about with a blender and lots of ingredients. I used plain whey powder with some vanilla essence, so they were a bit bland, and a bit too fluffy (might’ve overdone the bp), but a good starting point to experiment with flavours (more vanilla essence or add cacao or peanut butter powder etc. and may try with just egg whites). Should be ideal for taking to work, too, and reheating in the toaster 🙂 Many thanks!

    • Joy Baguisa
    • November 29, 2018
    Reply

    Delicious! I spent $7 on a store bought protein pancake flour.

    Your was light and has very simple ingredients. I feel like you can make a cake batter out of this. Thank you for your recipe 🙂

    • Caryn
    • November 28, 2018
    Reply

    I have made these countless times, and in large batches. They always turn out soft and fluffy! One tablespoon of batter (to make a mini pancake) comes out at 19 calories each – awesome! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

      • jenniferbanz
      • November 28, 2018
      Reply

      Awesome! Thanks for the review!

    • Kriatal
    • November 6, 2018
    Reply

    I did the recipe just like stated and none is thicker then the one in the video and the color is different, did you add more water in the video? I used premier protein vanilla.

      • jenniferbanz
      • November 7, 2018
      Reply

      I did a lot of testing to make them perfect which resulted in adding less water. I also used a different protein powder in the video.

    • Collette
    • November 1, 2018
    Reply

    How much is a scoop of protein powder as all brands have different scoops.

      • jenniferbanz
      • November 2, 2018
      Reply

      1/2 cup

    • Brittany
    • October 29, 2018
    Reply

    I used Unjury Vanilla protein powder, I found these to be not as fluffly but a nice crisp bottom to them and intense with flavor !!!!! Will def eat again!

    • Kim Gelder
    • October 21, 2018
    Reply

    Thank you! Thank you!! This was a really nice substitute. Boyfriend and I loved it.
    Maybe next time we will just use egg whites, but dang sooo satisfying.

    • Laura
    • October 20, 2018
    Reply

    These were a little “eggy” but the consistency was perfect. I used coconut protein powder and added some sucanat and vanilla. My husband even liked them! Thanks for an easy, delicious recipe!

      • jenniferbanz
      • October 20, 2018
      Reply

      SO glad you liked them! The eggy taste is mostly from the yolks, so you could use the egg white equivalent of the whole egg.

    • Kevin
    • October 14, 2018
    Reply

    Tried making this the first time. They tasted rubbery and looked like crepes more than pancakes. But it was better than not having pancakes at all. Might be the protein I used. I used isopure vanilla protein and cashew milk instead of almond milk. Also ran out out of baking powder, used baking soda instead (used less since it’s stronger). Will try to experiment more with this recipe. Love pancakes too much, but I want to watch my carbs.

    P.S. I’m not a baker and sucks at cooking in general

      • catwoman
      • January 28, 2019
      Reply

      To Kevin – the baking soda/baking powder switch may have been your problem. Baking soda needs an acid to work, and baking powder does not. There isn’t any acid in this recipe, so that’s likely what caused the problem.

    • alexis Ciccarelli
    • October 9, 2018
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    omg these are so good!! thanks for uploading this recipe, i’m always looking for easy to make, super low carb recipes that don’t feel low carb! i baked these for a few minutes with a teaspoon or so of butter on top and then used the walden farms maple walnut syrup and real butter on top, my new favorite recipe!!
    *i think it matters what protein powder you use, too… quest is by far the best one for baking that i’ve tried

    • Mimi
    • October 9, 2018
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    It was good but ended up sort of rubbery like an egg.

      • TJ
      • October 15, 2018
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      It’s really taste like rubber…. I’m using ON Gold standard 100% whey.
      Me Need HELP… 😅

        • jenniferbanz
        • October 16, 2018

        It really needs to be a protein powder that is flavored, like vanilla Quest or Vanilla Premiere protein

    • Jen
    • October 5, 2018
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    The first time I tried this recipe I made pancakes using Bluebonnet Whey Protein in the Original flavor and the pancakes came out amazing. Second time I made waffles which also came out amazing. I added one tablespoon extra of protein powder to the recipe for the waffles. Sometimes I spread almond butter on the waffles. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!!!

    • Patty Loving
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    Amazing! Used low carb vanilla flavor protien powder and vanilla flavor almond milk! I also added just a pinch of baking soda and the pancakes came out soooo fluffy with a little saltiness to the taste
    Cant wait to try your other recipes!!

    • Elisha D Joseph
    • September 23, 2018
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    I LOVE YOU!!! I have been looking for ways to keep me motivated to eating healthy while keeping my carbs in check! I made this with my Syntax Chocolate Whey Shake Protein and added a touch of cinnamon. I used water instead of the milk so I can save some more carbs for the peanut butter i wanted haha! But these are awesome! Thank you so much! I love you!!!!

      • jenniferbanz
      • September 24, 2018
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      Lol! So glad you like them!

      • Connie
      • October 28, 2018
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      I love peanut butter too, so I used peanut butter marshmallow Trutein powder to make these, and it was AMAZING!!

    • Carmen Wong Fisch
    • September 23, 2018
    Reply

    The pancake looks great but mouth feel a bit on the dry side. My family said sand storm. I wonder how I can tweak it to nice and moist. Do you have any recommendation?

      • jenniferbanz
      • September 23, 2018
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      You could add less protein powder or a little milk

    • Eric
    • September 14, 2018
    Reply

    I can’t get these right. My battery simply won’t thicken to be a better. I followed the instructions to a t and it’s still this soupy mess. I even tried adding another egg some more powder and some milk to help theciken. Any advice.

      • jenniferbanz
      • September 14, 2018
      Reply

      additional egg and milk will make it thinner. Only more protein powder will thicken it.

    • Jen
    • August 30, 2018
    Reply

    I just made these– they’re really good. I used GNC (vanilla something) powder and almond milk. The plain pancake had a slight egg taste but was still okay. I made my own blackberry syrup heated with a tbsp of honey and it was delicious. I might try peanut butter when I’m short on fat and protein for the day.

    My Fitness Pal totaled the macros for 1/2 the pancake recipe as: 184 cal, 6.2 fat, 2.8 carbs, 28 protein.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Wendy
    • August 6, 2018
    Reply

    Thank you!!!! DELICIOUS!!!! I added a bit of apple pie spice for fun! So happy to have found your recipe!

    • Karen Hepburn
    • August 1, 2018
    Reply

    Can I use whey protein?

      • jenniferbanz
      • August 1, 2018
      Reply

      yes

  1. Reply

    I’m not the best cook but I done myself proud making these. Delicious 😋
    If I can make them then anyone can!
    How long does the batter mixture keep in the fridge?

    • Carrie
    • June 7, 2018
    Reply

    These were heavenly! I added powdered peanut butter (PB2) and it was very good. And they cooked beautifully in my Mickey Mouse pancake maker!

      • jenniferbanz
      • June 8, 2018
      Reply

      Awesome!

      • Crystel
      • August 2, 2018
      Reply

      Did you use the PB2 in place of the protein powder?

    • Mindy
    • June 4, 2018
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    Thank you so much for this recipe I’ve been doing keto and cant eat anymore bacon and eggs, it was really good and less carbs than the mixes.

    • rylee
    • May 22, 2018
    Reply

    Are these low carb pancakes?

      • jenniferbanz
      • May 22, 2018
      Reply

      Yes, if you use a low carb protein powder

    • dayna
    • April 24, 2018
    Reply

    Really loved these! I used my bar one protein powder and the taste was great! Just found the consistency a bit watery and the pancakes didn’t keep form in the pan. Is there something else I need to add or just add less water?

      • jenniferbanz
      • April 26, 2018
      Reply

      Just less water

    • Nicole
    • April 20, 2018
    Reply

    I make these 4 or 5 times a week. Especially after a heavy leg day! I make mine with egg whites. I still got that protein taste. Playing with other things to hide it better.

    • sarah
    • April 10, 2018
    Reply

    this looks great, especially since I’m going to use chocolate powder. yay

      • jenniferbanz
      • April 11, 2018
      Reply

      YUM!

    • LC
    • February 16, 2018
    Reply

    Finally a protein pancake that doesn’t have bananas and oatmeal! Thank you, Thank you!! I’m eager to try this and I already have all the ingredients.

      • jenniferbanz
      • February 18, 2018
      Reply

      You will love them!

  2. Reply

    You had me at “No Bananas”! I hate those vile creatures! I can’t wait to try this

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 22, 2017
      Reply

      I know, right!

    • Kristen
    • December 11, 2017
    Reply

    This looks delicious and perfect for Christmas morning

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 13, 2017
      Reply

      Yep! They would be an easy Christmas morning breakfast!

  3. Reply

    I use a flavorless protein powder because my kids don’t like the flavored ones. I will have to give this recipe a try.

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 13, 2017
      Reply

      If you use flavorless you might want to add some sweetener so they don’t just taste like eggs.

  4. Reply

    love the protein and love that it’s only 4 ingredients!

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 13, 2017
      Reply

      That’s my favorite part!

  5. These look like perfect post-workout pancakes!

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 13, 2017
      Reply

      Definitely!

      • Michael Mansberry
      • April 24, 2018
      Reply

      These are awesome!! I’ve made these several times. Much better with almond milk

  6. Reply

    I think I’m the only person who doesn’t use protein powder…and might be missing out. These look fabulous, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing.

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 13, 2017
      Reply

      It does add a nice boost!

        • Denise PARR
        • June 3, 2018

        I’ve looked everywhere, but, I can’t find the carb count, net carbs. Also, for the other pancake recipe. Thank you for your time

        • Ann Rocha
        • June 13, 2018

        I’d like to know the carb count, too. Can’t wait to have pancakes again!

        • jenniferbanz
        • June 14, 2018

        It really depends on the protein powder you use.

      1. I think it just depends on the protien powder you use, they all seem to have a different carb count. 🙂

        • Lindsey Gustafson
        • July 6, 2018

        Just log your ingredients into myfitnesspal

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