Homemade Protein Pancake Mix Recipe (Without Protein Powder)

I was inspired to create a homemade protein pancake mix recipe after you loved my Kodiak Cakes Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins (No Banana) recipe.

These homemade protein pancakes have 30 grams of protein, made with simple ingredients and are a great way to start your day and satisfy your pancake craving! 

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These protein-packed pancakes made with homemade protein pancake mix are not only a healthy breakfast idea but are a great recipe for meal prep.

If you love regular pancakes but would prefer a more nutritious, satisfying, and high protein breakfast for your busy mornings, then I’ve got good news for you, no strange ingredients required! The best part about this wholesome breakfast recipe is how easy it is to meal prep.

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Why Make Your Own Protein Pancake Mix

Creating your own protein pancake mix has a few advantages. It ensures you are creating a healthier option and it is an easy way to add more nutrients and protein in to your breakfast.

By controlling the ingredients, you eliminate added sugars and preservatives. It also enhances nutritional values with elements like whole wheat flour (or white whole wheat flour), chia seeds, and much more.

Making your own mix is cost-effective and you don’t need to get to a grocery store. 

Why You’ll Love this Protein Pancake Mix Recipe

1. Nutrient-Dense

This protein pancake mix is highly nutritious, providing a substantial dose of essential nutrients without relying on protein powders (but you can totally add in protein powder if you prefer). Packed with whole wheat flour and chia seeds, each serving offers a combination of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and protein. The inclusion of Greek yogurt contributes not only to the pancake’s creamy texture but also boosts the protein content, making it an ideal choice for those looking to kickstart their day with a well-rounded and nourishing breakfast.

2. Versatile and Customizable

This protein pancake recipe is so versatile. Whether you’re a fan of classic flavors or enjoy experimenting with various toppings, this recipe will be your best friend in your busy mornings. Add a handful of blueberries, a sprinkle of chopped nuts, or a dash of cinnamon to tailor the pancakes to your taste preferences. 

3. Fluffy Texture, No Protein Powder Required

The combination of Greek yogurt, eggs, and the unique blend of whole wheat flour and oats creates pancakes that are not only high in protein but are also fluffy. Protein powder pancakes are often dense, but by skipping on the protein powder and using wholesome high-protein ingredients instead, you create fluffier pancakes! 

Ingredients to make this Easy Protein Pancake Mix Recipe

There are just 10 simple and standard ingredients to make these fluffy pancakes, and you likely already have most of these in the pantry or fridge.

Dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, rolled oats, chia seeds, baking powder and salt.

Wet ingredients: Greek yogurt, eggs, milk and vanilla extract.

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How to Make This Healthy Protein Pancake Mix

Just grab one bowl (you don’t need a separate bowl for the dry and wet ingredients) whisk, and pour your first pancake to make some fluffy protein pancakes! 

  1. Whisk together dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Make a well in the flour mix and add in wet ingredients.
  3. Whisk the wet and dry together until fully combined. 
  4. A few lumps are okay, and the pancake batter is ready.

Tips for making the best protein pancakes

  1. Balance Your Flours. Achieve a harmonious blend of textures and flavors by combining different flours. Whole wheat flour adds nutritional depth, while a portion of all-purpose flour ensures a lighter, fluffier texture. Experiment with ratios to find the perfect balance that suits your taste and nutritional goals.
  2. Incorporate Nutrient-Dense Add-Ins. Elevate the nutritional profile of your protein pancakes by incorporating nutrient-dense add-ins. Chia seeds, flaxseed meal, or rolled oats not only contribute to the protein content but also provide essential fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. These additions not only enhance the nutritional value but also add texture to your pancakes.
  3. Choose the Right Protein Sources. Opt for wholesome protein sources to boost the protein content of your pancakes. Greek yogurt and eggs are excellent sources of protein while creating a rich and creamy texture. 
  4. Allow the Batter to Rest. Patience is key when making protein pancakes. Letting the batter rest for a few minutes allows ingredients like chia seeds and oats to absorb moisture, resulting in a thicker and fluffier consistency. This simple step can significantly enhance the overall texture and taste of your pancakes.
  5. Control the Sweetness. Take charge of the sweetness level in your pancakes by adjusting the amount of sweetener used. Whether it’s honey, maple syrup, or another sweetening agent, tailor it to your taste preferences.
  6. Don’t overmix. When whisking together the wet and dry ingredients, you want to combine them until it starts to come together, but you can still see small pea size lumps. If you continue to mix it past this part, gluten develops, resulting in a tough, chewy pancake instead of the ideal tender and fluffy pancake.

Popular Substitutions & Additions 

Substitutions for protein pancake mix recipe:

Flour Variations:

  • Substitute whole wheat flour with almond flour or oat flour for a gluten-free alternative.
  • Experiment with a portion of coconut flour for a unique flavor and added fiber.

Egg Replacements:

  • Use mashed ripe banana, applesauce or a flax egg as an egg substitute for a vegan option.
  • Try a commercial egg replacer or flaxseed gel (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water per egg).
  • You can use egg whites instead of the whole egg by using 4 egg whites instead of 2 whole eggs.

Dairy-Free Options:

  • This high-protein breakfast is so versatile. You can easily substitute many of the ingredients to ones you already have in your house whether that’s coconut milk, whole milk or any other version.
  • Use non-dairy milk  alternatives such as almond or coconut milk to make this a dairy-free version.
  • Use plant milk like almond milk, soy, or oat milk instead of regular milk.

Additions for protein pancake mix recipe:

  1. Nuts and Seeds:
    • Add a handful of chopped nuts such as walnuts, almonds, or pecans for crunch and extra protein.
    • Sprinkle in sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds for additional texture and nutrition.
  2. Dried Fruits:
    • Mix in dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, or chopped apricots to add sweetness.
  3. Spices:
    • Enhance flavor with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom.
    • Add a pinch of ginger or a dash of vanilla extract for a warm and inviting aroma.
  4. Chocolate or Cocoa:
    • Mix in dark chocolate chips or cocoa nibs for a decadent chocolate flavor.
    • Incorporate unsweetened cocoa powder for a rich chocolatey experience.
  5. Fruit Add-Ins:
    • Using fresh fruit or frozen fruit is a great option to add some antioxidants and fiber.
    • Mash ripe bananas into the batter for natural sweetness and moisture.
  6. Sweeetner Add-Ins:
    • One of the best things about this recipe is how customizable it is. If you like sweet homemade pancakes, feel free to add honey or pure maple syrup. 

How to store your homemade pancake mix 

The only thing I would consider a negative when it comes to this recipe is that it lasts about 4 days in the fridge because of the wet ingredients.

Here are some tips on storing this protein pancakes recipe:

  1. Airtight Container: Use a well-sealed, airtight container to prevent moisture from affecting the mix. Moisture can lead to clumping and impact the texture of the pancakes.
  2. Refrigeration: Store the container in a consistent, cool environment in the refrigerator. Avoid placing it near the refrigerator door, where temperature fluctuations are more common.
  3. Check for Freshness: Perform a visual and olfactory inspection before using the mix. If you notice any signs of spoilage, such as an off smell, unusual color, or something seems off, it’s best to discard the mix.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I just add protein powder to pancake mix?

Yes, you can simply add your favorite protein powder (plant-based protein powder, vanilla whey protein powder, unflavored whey protein, vegan protein powders and any other protein blend or type of protein powder) to pancake mix to increase the protein content. You may need to use different amounts of liquid to get the desired consistency.

Is protein pancake mix healthy?

The healthiness of protein pancake mix depends on the specific ingredients used. Many protein pancake mixes are designed to be a healthier alternative to traditional pancake mixes like the ones that use buttermilk powder, as they often contain added protein from sources like whey, casein, or plant based proteins. They typically also use whole grains and are lower in added sugar.

Can I use protein powder instead of flour for pancakes?

For best texture and flavor, you should not completely replace the flour with protein powder. However, you can create a delicious high-protein pancake mix by maintaining a balance between the flour and protein powder. The ratio of flour to protein powder can vary based on personal preferences and different protein powders. However, a common starting point is a 1:1 ratio or slightly adjusting it based on your protein powder’s instructions.

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High-Protein Pancake Mix Recipe

This high protein pancake mix recipe is easy and delicious and makes the best protein-packed pancakes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 500 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk

Instructions
 

  • In a blender, combine rolled oats and chia seeds. Blend until you get a fine powder.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oat mixture with whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Make a well in the flour mix and add the Greek yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract, and milk into the mixing bowl and stir until just combined.
  • Let the batter rest for a few minutes to allow the chia seeds to absorb some of the liquid.
  • Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. If you do not have a nonstick pan, then make sure to add some oil or butter to the bottom of the pan, 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter.
  • Scoop 1/4 cup portions of batter onto the skillet and cook until small bubbles form on the surface, about 1-2 minutes.
  •  Flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
  • Serve your high-protein pancakes with your favorite toppings such as fresh berries, sliced banana, or a drizzle of peanut butter.

Notes

*Nutritional values does not include toppings. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2servingsCalories: 500kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 31gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 207mgSodium: 12mgFiber: 21gSugar: 12g
Keyword breakfast, healthy, high protein breakfast
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