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20 Healthy Pancake Recipes That Really Stack Up

You don’t need to hit your local greasy spoon to have a truly indulgent breakfast. Instead, dive into these 20 healthy pancake recipes and make your Saturday morning great again!

 

Whether you like your pancakes savory or sweet, you’ll find just the right recipe to rival your favorite restaurant’s – without the downright sinful amount of calories and “unhealthy” ingredients.

For example, try the Lemon Chia Seed Protein Pancakes, which have the bright citrus flavor of fresh lemon zest, chia seeds, and banana, as well as over 30 grams of protein per serving.

Or mix up a batch of amazing Oatmeal Raisin Pancakes, made with oats, almond flour, and brown rice flour. They’re great with maple syrup, or you can make them taste like an iced oatmeal cookie by making a frosting-style topping with milk and whey protein powder.

Enjoy!

Lemon Chia Seed Protein Pancakes

Serves 1

On a dreary morning when you can hardly drag yourself out of bed, these lemon pancakes will be like a plate full of sunshine. The bright citrus flavor is a great pick-me-up to enjoy alongside a mug of tea or coffee.

There’s a little prep work required – zesting fresh lemon and separating eggs – but you’ll be enjoying these pancakes in about 15 minutes and will be rewarded with over 30 grams of protein.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

250

Calories

36 g

Protein

24 g

Carbs

2 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 egg whites

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/2 large banana

1 tsp. chia seeds

1/8 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. lemon zest

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp. oat flour (or all-purpose flour)

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Peaches & Cream Protein Pancakes

Serves 1

These healthy pancakes will seem even more like dessert than a stack that’s smothered in maple syrup. Yet they’re nutritionally well-balanced with a mix of oat flour, coconut flour, protein powder, and diced peaches.

Then instead of pouring on sugary syrup, use some to thin out Greek yogurt to make a creamy sauce. To make these pancakes taste like peach pie, top with more fruit along with toasted almonds and coconut flakes.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

292

Calories

24 g

Protein

37 g

Carbs

5 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/3 cup oat flour

1 Tbsp. coconut flour

1/2 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 large egg white

2 Tbsp. peach Greek yogurt

3 Tbsp. water (or milk)

1/2 tsp. coconut extract (optional)

1/2 tsp. almond extract

1/4 cup diced peaches, fresh or frozen

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Chunky Monkey Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Serves 1

Enjoy your favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor as a nutritious breakfast with this stack of chocolate banana pancakes. Since these yogurt and oat pancakes are thin, you can make a stack of six for a single serving. Then they’re smothered in a banana walnut sauce that’s sweetened with the natural sugars from the fruit.

To nail the chunky monkey flavor, make a walnut butter by blending toasted nuts with oil until it becomes a creamy spread. If you’d rather use what’s in your pantry, peanut butter or almond butter will taste good too.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

447

Calories

22 g

Protein

61 g

Carbs

14 g

Fat

Ingredients

Pancakes:

1/4 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 medium ripe banana (about 1/4 cup mashed)

2 large egg whites

1–2 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Banana Nut Sauce:

1 Tbsp. walnut butter (or almond butter)

1/2 medium ripe banana

Splash of almond milk

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Whey Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup

Serves 8

If you’re conscious of meal planning to the point of making protein pancakes, you may as well go the extra mile and make syrup from scratch. Of course you’re probably not going out to the maple forest to tap a tree, but you can cook it with fruit to make a flavorful syrup that delivers the nutrition of berries.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

408

Calories

32 g

Protein

55 g

Carbs

7 g

Fat

Ingredients

Blueberry Maple Syrup:

1 cup blueberries

1 cup pure maple syrup

Whey Pancakes:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 cups (about 8 scoops) WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

2 large eggs

3 Tbsp. vegetable oil

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Oat & Almond Protein Pancakes

Serves 4

These buttermilk pancakes look like they’re made from a standard recipe, but they’ve been upgraded with a mixture of almond meal, out flour, and protein powder.

It’s more work to measure out these ingredients than to use a pre-made pancake mix, of course, but you’ll be handsomely rewarded with a healthy breakfast that has more protein than carbs.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

298

Calories

22 g

Protein

17 g

Carbs

17 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup (about 2 scoops) WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 cup oat flour

1 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

2 large eggs

1/2–3/4 cup buttermilk

2 Tbsp. canola oil

1 tsp. vanilla extract

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Zucchini Cocoa Pancakes

Serves 1

Even people who snub zucchini bread because it has green veggies will want to snag a stack of these chocolate pancakes. Aside from the addition of shredded zucchini, the ingredients are familiar: whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder, a banana, and your sweetener of choice.

This recipe uses a flax egg to make vegan pancakes, but if it’s easier for you, replace the seeds with a large egg or two egg whites.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

210

Calories

5 g

Protein

43 g

Carbs

3 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. flaxseeds + 3 Tbsp. water

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 Tbsp. Truvia brown sugar baking blend

1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

Dash of sea salt

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 very ripe banana

1/4 cup shredded zucchini

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

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Banana Buckwheat Protein Pancakes

Serves 4

When you’re rushing in the morning, three-ingredient pancakes make the most sense. Mash a banana, stir in a scoop of protein powder, and add an egg.

On days when you have a little extra time, though, you can create a softer pancake by mixing in creamy buckwheat cereal. Not only does this improve the pancake texture, but it adds fiber and even more protein.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

261

Calories

23 g

Protein

31 g

Carbs

6 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 large eggs

2 ripe bananas, peeled

1/2 cup (about 2 scoops) WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/2 cup creamy buckwheat cereal

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. baking powder

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Soaked Whole-Wheat Pancakes

Serves 8

Save yourself from doing all the work for your pancake breakfast in the morning, and soak the ingredients for the batter overnight instead. These are way more filling than typical pancakes made with white flour, eggs, and butter.

The soaked pancake batter gets so thick that these take a little longer to cook, so don’t pull them off the griddle too soon. Once finished, each whole-wheat pancake is about 100 calories.

You’ll have a lot of them if you prep the whole recipe, so keep them warm in a low-temp oven until it’s time to serve.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

195

Calories

7 g

Protein

27 g

Carbs

6 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour

2 cups kefir (yogurt or buttermilk)

2 large eggs

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

2 Tbsp. melted butter

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Oatmeal Raisin Pancakes

Serves 4

Turn your favorite cookie into a plate of healthy pancakes with oatmeal and raisins. These are like a gluten-free cookie with oats, almond flour, and brown rice flour, but they have the texture of a soft pancake.

Of course they’re good with maple syrup, like most breakfasts, but since there’s already some in the batter, consider using another pancake topping. To make this stack taste like an iced oatmeal cookie, slowly stir milk into whey protein powder to create a kind of vanilla frosting.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

455

Calories

10 g

Protein

72 g

Carbs

16 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats

3/4 cup almond flour

3/4 cup brown rice flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

3/4 cup raisins

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Dark Chocolate Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Filling

Serves 2

Enjoy chocolate-covered strawberries and get a serving of protein at the same time. These healthy chocolate pancakes are out of this world with these extras. Spreading strawberry jam in between the stacked pancakes transforms them into a chocolate layer cake.

And if you really want to go the extra mile, replace the chocolate syrup with a creamy chocolate protein icing, like one made with Greek yogurt.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

359

Calories

24 g

Protein

47 g

Carbs

9 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/3 cup oat flour

1 scoop WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 large egg

1 egg white

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips

30 drops liquid vanilla stevia

1/2 cup no-sugar-added strawberry jam

1/2 cup chopped strawberries, for garnish

1/4 cup sugar-free chocolate syrup

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Cinnamon Roll Protein Pancakes

Serves 1

Pancakes actually make a good way to replicate the best parts of a cinnamon roll while keeping the macros low. The cinnamon protein pancakes are cakey and soft. And by replacing the maple syrup with a mixture of cream cheese and Greek yogurt, the topping tastes like icing but isn’t as sugary.

The best part is, thanks to carefully selecting ingredients, these pancakes end up being more protein than fat or carbs.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

346

Calories

39 g

Protein

37 g

Carbs

6 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/3 cup instant oats

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/4 cup liquid egg whites (or 1 large egg)

1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. non-fat plain Greek yogurt

1/2 small banana

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 Tbsp. reduced-fat cream cheese

1 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

1 packet sweetener (such as stevia)

Nonstick spray

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Cookies & Cream Protein Pancakes

Serves 1

There’s a new flavor of Legion WHEY+ protein powder, and it’s made for more than indulgent shakes. Add cookies and cream whey protein to pancakes, and in about 15 minutes you can be wolfing down a healthy breakfast.

This is also an amazing way to satisfy your post-workout sweet tooth. And if you’re having pancakes for dessert, grab some Cool Whip, and crumble a second cookie over the top.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

323

Calories

38 g

Protein

32 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 scoop WHEY+ cookies and cream protein isolate (or vanilla WHEY+)

1/4 cup oat flour

1 tsp. Truvia (or granulated sugar)

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 cup egg whites

2 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

1 Tbsp. nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 crème-filled chocolate cookie, crumbled

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Quinoa Pancakes

Serves 4

If you have leftover quinoa, turn it into breakfast by making a simple pancake batter. The cooked quinoa replaces flour, so the only other things you need are a couple eggs, baking powder to make the pancakes fluffy, and then the sweetener and spices you prefer.

The result is low-fat, gluten-free pancakes that not only taste great, but are easy to freeze without worrying about having soggy pancakes when they’re reheated.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

277

Calories

12 g

Protein

43 g

Carbs

6 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa

1/2 tsp. baking powder

2 large eggs

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. pure honey

Pinch of sea salt

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Pancake-Battered Pineapple Rings

Serves 4

This healthy take on pancakes will surprise you. Instead of putting a little fruit in the pancakes, big pieces of fresh pineapple are dipped in whole-wheat batter and then placed on a hot griddle.

And since they don’t have to firm up before being flipped, these unique pancakes will take less attention to cook, yet because of the shape they appear even more mouth-watering on the plate.

To get some protein with this breakfast, serve with bacon, lean sausage, or ham.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

334

Calories

6 g

Protein

38 g

Carbs

19 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 pineapple, sliced into rings about 1/2” thick

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

Pinch of salt

1 large egg

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1 cup coconut milk

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Blueberry Cheesecake Pancake Sandwiches

Serves 2

You don’t have to leave home to get an outstanding breakfast sandwich. Made with thick and fluffy Greek yogurt pancakes, these sandwiches have a simple filling of ricotta cheese and jam for a sweet breakfast that’s actually full of nutrition.

Use an unsweetened blueberry jam, and each serving will have less than 10 grams of sugar. To reduce it even more, use plain yogurt, and add stevia to the pancake batter.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

366

Calories

18 g

Protein

62 g

Carbs

8 g

Fat

Ingredients

Fluffy Pancakes:

1/4 cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt

1 large egg

1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Filling:

1/2 cup low-fat ricotta

1/8 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. sugar

1/2 cup sugar-free blueberry preserves

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Chocolate Coffee Paleo Pancakes

Serves 2

When you really love coffee, just having one cup might not be enough in the morning. Sip on a latte while you also dig into these mocha pancakes. They’re so rich and chocolatey, you don’t need to drown them in maple syrup to polish off the plate.

Instead slather on almond butter, drizzle a little honey on top, or even try them with a taste of tahini.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

227

Calories

13 g

Protein

22 g

Carbs

10 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut flour

2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree

2 large eggs

1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tbsp. instant coffee granules

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Stevia to taste (or sweetener of choice)

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Protein Pancakes

Serves 1

If you’re getting tired of protein pancakes, it’s not the pancakes that are the problem. What you need is some new flavors to infuse them with, and luckily you don’t even have to pick up a special protein powder to do it.

Starting with a base of coconut flour, vanilla whey, and pumpkin puree, it’s possible to make awesome gingerbread pancakes that have nearly 40 grams of protein per serving yet less than 5 grams of fat.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

308

Calories

38 g

Protein

31 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. coconut flour (or oat flour), sifted

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1 Tbsp. sugar (or sweetener of choice to taste)

2 egg whites

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk (or more if necessary to thin)

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Buttermilk Protein Pancakes

Serves 1

Some protein pancake recipes stray pretty far from the original, which is awesome when you want to get creative in the kitchen. But what about when you just need some delicious buttermilk pancakes without any bells and whistles?

You can still add protein without straying too far from the oatmeal buttermilk pancakes you’re craving. Just add half a scoop of protein powder and some cottage cheese.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

378

Calories

45 g

Protein

29 g

Carbs

9 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1/4 banana, mashed

1/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 tsp. baking powder

Dash of vanilla extract

3 egg whites

1/2 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/2 cup cottage cheese

1 tsp. coconut oil, for greasing

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Oat Pancakes

Serves 2

These simple egg white pancakes can be made either savory or sweet depending on the seasonings.

A touch of cinnamon and maple syrup will make classic oatmeal pancakes. But if you prefer to avoid sugar in the morning, try seasoning the batter with a big pinch of onion powder and garlic powder.

Then top with a dollop of Greek yogurt or cottage cheese, and garnish with fresh chopped herbs.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

268

Calories

27 g

Protein

29 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

12 egg whites

1 cup quick oats

1/2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

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Pancakes with Cocoa-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Serves 4

As with pumpkin and butternut squash pancakes, you can mix in mashed sweet potatoes to make a thick, fluffy pancake. But this recipe takes a different route by using roasted sweet potatoes as a unique pancake topping.

Serve these cocoa sweet potatoes with any pancakes for a satisfyingly sweet but surprisingly low-sugar syrup alternative – just 3 grams of sugar per serving.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

63

Calories

1 g

Protein

8 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 medium sweet potato, cut into 1” cubes

1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1 Tbsp. dark cocoa powder

1 tsp. pure maple syrup

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Dash of salt

Dash of cayenne pepper

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