Easy, Healthy Protein Pancakes

If you have ever seen Parks and Recreation (if you haven’t, you 100% should), you know how much Leslie Knope loves, and I mean LOVES, Waffles and basically any other type of breakfast food. If you every saw me in high school you would know I loved chocolate chip pancakes, and pretty much any other type of pancake or breakfast food on about the same level. Sadly, my Leslie Knope level love was quickly deflated when I found out I was gluten intolerant. Yes, I know there are gluten free pancake mixes, but they always end up having too many ingredients or are thin as a crepe. That, my friends, is when I summoned the beloved Pinterest. By the time I had cut out gluten I had already been addicted to Pinterest for a few years. But it truly came to the rescue and brought me a wonderful pancake recipe that I couldn’t complain about that consisted of literally two eggs and a banana. I made it a few times and then got more into weight lifting and needed more protein in my diet. This was slightly difficult for me because I am not someone who can just toss back a protein shake using just protein powder and water (ick!). After lots of tweaking and a couple not so great ideas, I bring you: the DIY Protein Pancake.

First, we will create the base of the Protein Pancake and then we will dive into the other items you can add to these delicious, protein-packed breakfast beauties. To create the batter you will need: 2 eggs or 6 tablespoons egg whites, 1 ripe banana, 1 serving protein powder (any flavor). 

​​ This is when your beaters or mixer come into play. Blend these three ingredients until you have few or no lumps of banana left – this is why it is important you use a ripe banana! 

​​Now that we have created the base, let’s take a look at what else you can put in the pancake batter. Personally I really enjoy vanilla extract (you could also use a vanilla bean) and cinnamon. Another great thing you can add would be berries – frozen or fresh, or a chopped up apple. I turn this recipe into 4 cakes, that way my brain thinks it’s eating more than it really is! Spray a pan and let it get hot (sometimes I will use coconut oil – this makes them taste suuuuuper buttery), then pour your first bit of batter onto the pan. The batter will be a bit thick, so don’t be afraid to spread it out a little bit with your spatula! ***You will want to check the bottoms of these every so often when cooking to know when they are ready to turn since they don’t bubble like typical pancakes do! 

Once your pancakes are cooked, you get to add your toppings. This is where it really gets fun! some of my personal favorites are: Powdered Peanut Butter (this is especially tasty if you used chocolate protein powder!), Jam, or Sugar-Free Syrup. Sometimes I will get super crazy and do a couple of these at the SAME TIME!

​Let me know what some of your favorite combos are in the comment section or if you have made a noteworthy modification!