Protein Pancakes

Erin S. | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts Updated
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These protein pancakes are good for you and full of protein. They can be topped with whatever you like for a healthy breakfast.

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Happy New Year!! I hope you had a great time celebrating, but now it is time to get serious. I am sure many of you made resolutions, and are now trying to figure out how you are going to keep them. Well, I am here to help. At least with one meal of the day! As for me, I start my resolutions tomorrow. Today is my birthday, and I don’t care – I am having cake!

Pancakes. Sounds pretty indulgent and like you are cheating, right? Well, not with these! These protein pancakes are full of oats, Greek yogurt, and a generous scoop of protein powder. All things that will keep you feeling full until lunch time, but without all the guilt.

I topped with a little bit of peanut butter for more protein, sliced bananas for some fruit, and a few chocolate chips. My husband says I can’t do anything that doesn’t involve chocolate. Unfortunately, I think he might have a point. So that part is up to you.

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These protein pancakes are not the same light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes you might be used to. They are a little bit denser, but still give you the flavor you are used to. These pancakes are pretty basic, so you could change up them pretty easily.

Add in mashed banana, blueberries, use chocolate protein powder and a little cocoa powder (see there is that chocolate problem again), use flavored yogurt – seriously, go crazy! If you are going to try to eat better, you have to like what you are eating or it will not stick. So use this as a base, and make it your own.

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Looking for more protein-packed recipes to start the new year right? Try our healthy brownies recipe and healthy popsicle recipe too.

    6 Servings


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, or honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • peanut butter
  • fruit
  • pure maple syrup


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Heat a large skillet or griddle to medium heat.
  3. Spray with non-stick spray. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto hot surface.
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes until bubbles start to form. Flip, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Serve with desired toppings.

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Erin is passionate about quick and easy dinners that lead to family togetherness on her blog, Dinners, Dishes & Desserts. How could we not ask her to share that passion as an Easy Dinner fanatic?

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My daughter and I just made these this morning and they are DELICIOUS!


I'm so excited! I will try this recipe on Saturday and let you know what I think. Thanks!!! Also, I have a MyFitnessPal and will enter the recipe there for nutritional info.

Amber @ Sarah

Hey Sarah, we can't wait to hear what you think! We actually already have the nutritional info available here on Food Fanatic, if that makes things easier for you. Just go directly to the recipe's page ( and you'll see it on the bottom right. Amber | Managing Editor, Food Fanatic


I would love to make these but don't have any yogurt on me... anyone have a suggestion as to what else I can put in there for the yogurt?

Erin s @ Melissa

Melissa, I am honestly not sure what a great substitute would be. Maybe milk or buttermilk to get you to the right consistency. The Greek yogurt does give a little flavor and lots of protein - so leaving it out will change that. If you had regular yogurt that would work too. Hope that helps.


So good!!!!! I recommend putting chocolate chips in the batter, and a couple on top. You can also do this recipe with crushed pineapple and powdered sugar, instead of the chocolate chips, bananas and peanut butter. Loved the recipe for the actual pancakes though.

Amber @ Adelaide Blanchet

Adelaide, thank you so much for taking the time to come back and tell us! It makes everyone around here very happy when folks love our recipes and take the time to say so. Amber | Managing Editor, Food Fanatic


These pancakes are disgusting!! After you blend it, it's all liquid, they taste terrible, I even added more oats and then some regular pancake mix and still couldn't salvage it. What a waste of time and money.

Amber @ Caitlin Gibbs

Caitlin, we'd be happy to help you try and troubleshoot what happened here. Pancake batter, in general, is pretty liquidy until cooked on the griddle. Did you let them cook long enough? Please remember that our contributors are people too, and clearly the pancakes have worked before, as there's photographic proof. While we understand being upset that a recipe didn't work out, there are lots of factors that can cause that. Please let us know if we can help you troubleshoot what happened. Amber | Managing Editor


Cook the oats before blending them in or just blend them dry?

Amber @ C Griffin

You can blend them in dry, C. Amber | Managing Editor


Hi, this looks delicious!
I'm wondering what protein powder you used?
I'm in desperate need of finding a really great tasting one!!


Do we know that Nutrition Info on this? Fat? Carbs? Protein? Thanks


I love this recipe. I make it beginning of week and it keeps me full and on track all week. I use almond milk no sugar and egg whites. If you put a can of coconut milk in freezer for 15 min you can have coconut whipped cream on top. I have used a little organic agave to cut glycemic index.


Erin, thank you for the post. I love pancakes and this recipe is a bit different, it has a unique twist (in my opinion). I'm so happy I've found this post because pancakes are delicious :) Thank you.