Easy Protein Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats (or oat flour for a smoother texture)
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (or your favorite flavor)
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk (plant-based like almond milk or regular milk both work)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, chocolate chips, blueberries, etc.

Instructions:

Make the batter:

  • If using rolled oats, add them to a blender or food processor and pulse until you get a fine flour-like consistency.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mash the banana thoroughly.
  • Add the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, protein powder, baking powder, salt, and optional cinnamon (if using) to the mashed banana.
  • Whisk everything vigorously until you have a smooth batter. If it feels too thick, add a bit more milk.

Cook the pancakes:

  • Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Lightly grease with cooking spray, butter, or a touch of coconut oil.
  • Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop batter onto the hot skillet. Leave space between pancakes as they will spread slightly while cooking.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until bubbles form on the surface and the edges begin to set. Flip carefully and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until golden brown.

Serve and enjoy:

Top with your favorite toppings like:

  • Fresh fruit (berries, sliced bananas, etc.)
  • A drizzle of sugar-free maple syrup
  • Nut butter
  • A dollop of yogurt
  • Chocolate chips (for an extra treat)

Tips:

  • Don’t overmix the batter: Overmixing can lead to tough pancakes. Mix just until the ingredients are combined.
  • Let the batter rest: Allowing the batter to rest for 5 minutes helps the oats absorb liquid, resulting in fluffier pancakes.
  • Adjust the heat: Keep the heat at medium to prevent burning the pancakes while ensuring they cook through.
  • Customize it: Make it your own by adding a scoop of peanut butter to the batter, mixing in chopped nuts, or try different protein powder flavors for variety.

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