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Protein Pancakes Without Protein Powder

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These Protein Pancakes Without Protein Powder are packed with 22 grams of protein per serving and are the healthiest pancakes to start the day.

They are packed with whole grains, fiber, and nutrients that guarantee you feel energized and full every morning.

A stack of protein pancakes topped with yogurt, blueberries and as drizzle of maple syrup.

I have a sweet tooth in the morning, so I have shared countless protein pancake recipes, such as my Greek Yogurt Protein Pancakes, Chocolate Protein Pancakes, or my 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes.

They taste amazing, fix my sweet cravings, and are simple and filling. I guarantee that after one serving of these protein pancakes, I will not crave food for at least 4 hours.

After a workout, they are the real deal to refuel your muscles with proteins and make you feel full.

While I adore my cottage cheese pancakes, I also like to play with other ingredients to boost the protein in my pancakes without adding protein powder or banana. Most protein pancake recipes are either with banana because they are egg-free and banana is the binder, or loaded with protein powder.

Here I am sharing a new way to add protein to your pancakes using a combo of Greek yogurt, milk, and oats.

I love these protein pancakes because they are super fast to prepare and packed with wholesome ingredients. They are higher in carbohydrates than my low-carb protein pancakes, but since there’s no protein powder, they are a nice way to boost proteins without buying expensive protein powder.

How To Make Protein Pancakes Without Protein Powder

This protein pancake recipe is even easier to make than your traditional regular pancakes. Plus, they are way healthier for you.

Ingredients

All you need are a bunch of natural ingredients:

Ingredients for Protein Pancakes without Protein Powder organized in small bowls and ramekins with labels.
  • Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats – It’s a high-protein and high-fiber grain compared to all-purpose flour, and it acts like flour when blended with the remaining ingredients. Therefore, this is an excellent choice for protein pancake recipes.
  • Greek Yogurt – This is an excellent source of protein to make high-protein pancakes without adding any protein powder.
  • Eggs – Another protein-packed ingredient that makes the pancakes fluffy and delicious.
  • Baking Powder
  • Vanilla Extract or a pinch of cinnamon – both are optional and used for flavor, pick both, one or none.
  • Milk – Packed with protein and calcium. You can also choose a dairy-free milk. Soy milk is high in protein, or choose protein-fortified almond milk.
  • Sweetener of Choice like sugar-free allulose, erythritol, maple syrup, or coconut sugar.
  • Pinch of Salt

Preparation

There’s nothing easier than making this pancake batter as everything goes in a blender.

Step-by-step instructions on making the batter for Protein Pancakes without Protein Powder in the blender.
  1. In a high-speed blender, add all ingredients: oats, eggs, milk, yogurt, vanilla, salt, sweetener, and baking powder.
  2. Blend on high speed until the batter is thick but smooth.
    Pour into a large bowl – it makes it easier to scoop from the bowl to the griddle rather than scooping in the blender jug.
Cooking Protein Pancakes without Protein Powder
  1. Warm a large pancake griddle or skillet over medium heat. Oil the surface with coconut oil or butter.
    Add about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake and cook for 2 to 3 minutes before flipping.
    When the sides come out dry and bubbles form in the center, slide a small spatula under the pancake and flip on the other side.
  2. Keep cooking for about 1-2 minutes until golden brown, and the center of the pancakes is set and dry.
    Cool down at room temperature on a wire rack.
    Grease the pancake pan again before adding more batter and cooking the remaining pancake batter.

Add-Ons

You can be creative and add some delicious ingredients in the batter, up to 1/4 cup of the following:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Blueberries
  • Chopped nuts

Also, for flavors, or depending on the season, you may like to add:

  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spices
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree
A stack of protein pancakes topped with yogurt, blueberries.

Serving

Serve the pancakes in a stack of three pancakes for a decent serving and as much as 22 grams of protein.

To boost the proteins, my favorite toppings are a dollop of Greek yogurt, some nut butter like peanut butter and some:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Banana slices
  • Chopped nuts
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Drizzle of maple syrup or sugar-free syrup for pancakes.

Storage Instructions

This recipe can be doubled or tripled and stored in the fridge or frozen for later healthy breakfast,.

  • Fridge – Place leftovers in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.
  • Freezer – Freeze in zip-lock bags for up to one month. Thaw in the fridge the day before and rewarm in a bread toaster or warm skillet.
Aa stack of protein pancakes topped with yogurt, blueberries with quarter of it on a golden fork.

Allergy Swaps

Here are some ingredient swap ideas for you to try:

  • Gluten-Free – Pick a gluten-free certified oat brand.
  • Dairy-Free – Pick high-protein dairy-free yogurt and high-protein non-dairy milk like soy milk.
  • Eggs – You can swap the eggs for two flax eggs or four egg whites to decrease the fat content of the recipe, but they come out a little bit dry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are my answers to your most common questions about these protein pancakes.

Can you make a protein pancake without protein powder?

Absolutely yes! You need to use high-protein flour like oat flour or blended oats.
Then, add naturally high-protein ingredients like eggs, Greek yogurt, and milk. The combination of the four ingredients makes high-protein pancakes without expensive protein powder.

What are the healthiest pancakes to eat?

An healthy pancakes should be stabilizing your blood-sugar level and keep you full all morning. It means that they must contains lots of fiber and proteins. As a result the healthiest pancakes should be made from oats, eggs, yogurt or protein powder and almond flour.

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Protein Pancakes Without Protein Powder

These Protein Pancakes without Protein Powder are packed with 22 grams of protein per serving and are the healthiest pancakes to start the day.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 2 servings (3 pancakes each)
Serving Size: 1 serving (3 pancakes each)
4.93 from 76 votes

Ingredients

This recipe may contain Amazon or other affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Instructions

  • In a high-speed blender, add all the ingredients: egg, milk, Greek yogurt, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and vanilla extract if desired.
  • Blend on high-speed until the batter is liquid and smooth.
  • Transfer the pancake batter into a mixing bowl and set aside 10 minutes – the fiber from oats will lightly thicken the batter.
  • Warm a pancake griddle or non-stick skillet over medium heat and grease the surface with cooking oil spray.
  • Add 1/4 cup of batter per pancake and cook for 2-3 minutes until bubbles form on top of the pancakes.
  • Flip and cook an extra minute on the other side.
  • Serve 3 protein pancakes per breakfast with a drizzle of syrup of choice, fresh blueberries, and extra yogurt.

Storage

  • Store leftover pancakes in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze pancakes for up to 1 month in zip-lock bags.
  • Thaw in the fridge the day before.
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Serving Size: 1 serving (3 pancakes each)
Yield: 2 servings (3 pancakes each)
Serving: 1serving (3 pancakes each)Calories: 345.2kcal (17%)Carbohydrates: 40.9g (14%)Fiber: 5.1g (21%)Net Carbs: 35.8gProtein: 20.6g (41%)Fat: 11.1g (17%)Saturated Fat: 3.9g (24%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.3gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 196.6mg (66%)Sodium: 835.1mg (36%)Potassium: 344.8mg (10%)Sugar: 5.9g (7%)Vitamin A: 401.6IU (8%)Vitamin B12: 0.8µg (13%)Vitamin D: 1.7µg (11%)Calcium: 430.7mg (43%)Iron: 3.5mg (19%)Magnesium: 84.3mg (21%)Zinc: 2.7mg (18%)
Carine Claudepierre

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Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, published author of a cookbook and many ebooks, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I have an Accredited Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness obtained in 2014 from Well College Global (formerly Cadence Health). I'm passionate about sharing all my easy and tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy. My expertise in the field comes from my background in chemistry and years of following a keto low-carb diet. But I'm also well versed in vegetarian and vegan cooking since my husband is vegan.

I now eat a more balanced diet where I alternate between keto and a Mediterranean Diet

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweet As Honey. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

All my recipes are at least triple tested to make sure they work and I take pride in keeping them as accurate as possible.

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    13 Thoughts On Protein Pancakes Without Protein Powder
  1. 5 stars
    Just made these for the first (but definitely won’t be the last) time. They were great! Very tasty and just a little texture from the oatmeal gave them a little extra yumminess. Thank you for this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious and I served it with turkey bacon and one egg and raspberries. Perfect protein breakfast. Thank you

  3. 5 stars
    I definitely want to try this! Sounds really good! All I have is vanilla greek yogurt. Could I use that and no sweetener? Thanks!

  4. Hello! This is a lovely recipe but I wanted to know if you think that I can substitute some of the oats for flaxseed meal and if I can use a syrup sweetener like honey or maple syrup? Thanks!

  5. Excited to try this recipe! Does it have to be Greek yogurt or would a probiotic yogurt work too? I assume the probiotics would be killed in the cooking heat but would still have protein

  6. Hey! Wondering if Quick oats would work for this recipe? We accidentally bought them and I’m trying to use them up 🥴 Thanks!

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