These banana protein pancakes are a delicious way to meet your macro goals! Filling and fiber-rich, they’re super healthy and easy to make. This post shares tips on how to make them fluffy and clean-approved. Enjoy!
There’s nothing like starting your day with an energy-boosting, protein-rich, and fiber-filled meal. And you can have that, my friends, with these awesome protein pancakes.
Eating protein first thing in the morning is a great way to fuel up for a productive day. While enjoying them post-workout is terrific for muscle recovery and building.
I like to whip myself up a chocolate peanut butter shake or a green protein smoothie on most busy mornings. But when I prefer to sit down for my meals, these protein pancakes are a wonderful treat.
Yes, I’m quite the advocate of protein, and I’ve written about how important it is. That’s why I’ll always recommend this protein pancake recipe to my family and friends.
A flipping good meal awaits. Let’s make it, shall we?
Are Banana Protein Pancakes Healthy?
Yes, banana protein pancakes are super nutritious! Between the protein powder and the eggs, you are getting a great serving of protein. And then you have the banana (carbs and other nutrients), rolled oats (fiber), and flaxseed meal (Omega-3 healthy fats) for a holistic blend of all the good stuff.
Let’s take a closer look at these healthy ingredients:
Banana: Bananas are a great source of potassium, folate, manganese, carbs, and vitamin C. They’re also great for digestion.
Rolled oats: Oats are one of the healthiest grains in existence. They’re gluten-free, a great source of vitamins, nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. They can support or maintain weight loss, a healthy heart, and healthy blood sugar levels. Woo!
Protein powder (vanilla): Using protein powder as a substitute for flour in your pancakes is a fantastic way to boost the health benefits. With this simple upgrade, you’re getting a protein boost and essential nutrients that help you build muscle, repair tissue, and even support weight loss! Check out why women especially need protein.
Flaxseed meal: High in omega-3 fatty acids, phytochemicals, protein, and fiber, flaxseed is loaded with nutritional wins, and is slowly gaining recognition as a “superfood.”
Eggs: Another source of high-quality protein! Eggs are also rich in vitamin D, betaine, and choline. They help support good cholesterol, weight management, and eye health.
Want to know more about protein powders? Take a look at these posts…
- The 4 Best Protein Powders and How to Choose a Good One
- Pea Protein vs Whey Protein: Which is Better?
- 9 Awesome Benefits of Pea Protein + Why It’s Quickly Becoming My Favorite Protein
Will Protein Pancakes Make You Fat?
Protein pancakes on their own do not make you gain weight. But, of course, if you add them to an unhealthy diet and do not exercise, you can gain some pounds. At the end of the day, having too much protein without proper portioning of meals and/or working out can be too many calories for a sedentary lifestyle.
A healthy balance of macros and essential nutrients is always crucial to sustainable weight loss or weight management.
How Do I Make Protein Pancakes Less Dry?
To avoid making dry pancakes, make sure to watch how much protein powder you use. If your pancake batter has too much protein powder in it, you will end up with sad, dry, rubbery pancakes. That’s not what we’re trying to do here!
- So, don’t go beyond 1 to 2 scoops. This recipe only contains ¼ cup of protein powder to ensure moist and pillowy pancakes. Yum!
Do Protein Pancakes Taste Good?
As long as your batter mix has the right proportions, then yes, your protein pancakes should be tasty. I’ve tried and tested many recipes to come up with this one…so I’m happy to share my clean (and good tasting) version.
Trust me when I say it’s possible to make fantastic protein pancakes without refined sugars and flour. And what’s more…you’ll never look back! With just simple ingredients, you’ve got yourself a well-balanced, high-fiber, protein-packed, delicious meal.
Can I Eat Protein Pancakes Every Day?
Because protein pancakes are such a nutritious breakfast, you can eat them every day, in moderation. As long as you have them alongside a healthy and balanced diet, protein pancakes daily should be alright.
Of course, if you were to have them every breakfast while skipping out on other healthy foods, that would be a bad idea. Moderation and balance are key to sustainable and effective clean living.
As I’m sure you know, healthy meals are always best accompanied by healthy habits (like walking as much as possible and drinking lots of water).
Pro tip: Should you decide to have them regularly, try switching up your toppings or protein powder for nutritional and flavor variety.
Tips While Making Protein Pancakes?
Take your pancakes to the next level with these simple tips:
- Don’t use too much protein powder. I am saying this again because it’s important! Your batter shouldn’t go beyond ⅓ whey, or you will end up with dry cardboard-tasting pancakes. Eek!
- Always use a dry filler in your batter. We’re using rolled-oats this recipe.
- Always use a binding ingredient. I usually use egg whites and/or whole eggs for my pancake recipes.
- Use good quality protein powder. This is crucial, y’all. Watch out for brands with lots of nutritionless fillers, artificial flavoring, and added sugar. I love how this Cleanish Plant-based Protein Powder only has 3 ingredients.
- Add baking powder to your batter. This helps provide that fluffiness and rise.
- Don’t over whisk or over blend your batter. This makes your pancakes chewy. Just blend or whisk the batter until smooth.
More Tasty Protein Breakfast Recipes
After tasting this Fluffy Banana Protein Pancake, you’re gonna want to try more protein breakfast recipes! I’ve got you covered with these delicious protein-rich breakfasts:
- Blueberry Protein Shake | Thick & Refreshing
- Lemon Blueberry High Protein Pancakes
- 4 Easy Protein Pancake Recipes
- Almond Butter, Chocolate, & Coffee Bean Protein Shake
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Protein Shake
- Pink Power Protein Beet Smoothie
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These banana pancakes are a delicious way to boost your protein intake! Fluffy, filling, and fiber-rich, they're super healthy and easy to make.
- 1 cup rolled oats, uncooked
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup protein powder (I use this one)
- 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, for cooking
- sliced banana, for garnish
- pure maple syrup, for serving
In a blender, add all the ingredients except for the coconut oil.
Blend this until very smooth.
To cook these banana protein pancakes, heat a skillet or griddle over medium to medium-high heat and melt a little coconut oil. You could also use some organic, grass-fed butter.
Once the oil is melted, pour about 1/3 of a cup of the batter onto the hot griddle. This will make approximately 4 in pancakes, which is what we prefer in our house.
Cook the pancake for 2-4 minutes, until the edges begin to turn from a shiny to a dull and bubbles appear in the center of that pancake.
Flip using a spatula and cook an additional 2-3 minutes, or until golden-brown and cooked through.
Repeat with remaining batter.
To serve, you can top with some fresh sliced bananas and drizzle with pure maple syrup.
- You could just mix this all together and they’ll be lumpy, but I like them smooth so I use a blender.
- For the protein powder, you can use whatever one you prefer.
- To store these pancakes, keep them in an air-tight container. They’ll be fresh to use for up to 3-4 days in the fridge if you reheat them or can be frozen up to 2 months.