Low-Calorie Protein Pancake Recipes


The days of believing that having a good diet meant depriving yourself of all the things you love eating. Now, instead of telling everyone they should only be eating broccoli, chicken, and rice while sipping on protein shakes for dessert, we’ve learned how to make fitness food fun, delicious and nutritious. 

Pancakes are a favorite breakfast food for money – a childhood treat that we love to have even more as we grow older. However, if you’re on a fitness journey and you’re trying to be healthier, finding pancakes that are both good-tasting and full of beneficial ingredients is a hard task. Fortunately for you, we’ve got you covered.

In this article, we’re going to present to you some of the best, low-calorie, protein-filled, healthy pancake recipes that we’ve tried and tested so that you can have your favorite dessert while still gunning for that top shape. 

So now, without stalling further, let’s get started. 

The Best Low-Calorie Protein Pancake Recipes 

There are many kinds of low-calorie protein pancake recipes out there – some are vegan, others are gluten-free, and you can find promises that they just like the “real” thing under each and every post. However, we’re certain that we’ve managed to collect and test truly the best pancake recipes that are packed with protein, low on calories, and perfect for a Sunday brunch or a late Friday night dinner. 

Flourless Protein Pancakes 

Let’s start with a recipe that’s truly low-calorie, healthy, and, as you can see, gluten-free. These flourless pancakes are super easy to make, and you need only four ingredients: good-tasting protein powder, egg whites, milk, and bananas. Additionally, you can add other fruits, such as blueberries or strawberries, into the mixture for extra taste and texture. A serving of those, which consists of two pancakes, is made with: 

  • 8 egg whites
  • 2 scoops of protein powder
  • 1 whole banana
  • Regular or Dairy-Free milk as needed
  • Additional fruit

The whole portion is around 235 calories, so you can feel free to top the pancakes with some maple syrup or your favorite jam and nut butter combination. 

Protein Pancakes Without Banana 

Those of you who dislike the taste of bananas may find it difficult to find a good protein pancake recipe. Thankfully, we’ve got just the right one for you. It’s easy to make, requires just five ingredients, and is extremely close in texture to the pancakes that you remember from your childhood. For this recipe, you will need: 

  • One whole egg
  • 30 grams or one scoop of protein powder (best to choose plain flavors such as vanilla or chocolate)
  • 30 grams of oat flour
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • around 100ml of milk of choice

This entire serving has around 333.1 calories and more than 37 grams of protein. If you want to make it just a tad more crepe-like, you can add more protein powder/flour and more milk until you get the desired, runny consistency. For toppings, you can choose to use extra fruit, some honey, or, if you’re up to something more exotic, a combination of feta cheese (added protein) and your favorite jam. 

Vegan Protein Pancakes 

In order to have all our bases covered, in addition to giving you recipes for protein pancakes without flour or without bananas, we will finally also share with you a vegan protein pancakes recipe. It might come as a surprise to most of you, but the recipe for these is actually quite simple, and you need only six ingredients for it. Those are: 

  • ⅓ cup of oat flour or almond flour
  • 25 grams or one scoop of vegan protein powder
  • 1 ½ tsp of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup milk of choice
  • 2 tsp nut butter or oil

Additionally, you can add some sugar or a sweetener to make the batter sweeter, especially if you’re using unflavoured protein powder. Here, you can also choose from a variety of toppings, from maple syrup and honey to more fruits or even some vegan Nutella alternatives. It’s also important to add that if you choose to use almond flour instead of oat, the recipe will get more calorie-dense, but it will have a higher protein content as well.

In Conclusion

We hope you test out the recipes we’ve shared with you and that you find them just as delicious as we did. Remember, in order for food to taste good, it has to be made with quality ingredients, so make sure you get a high-quality protein powder that’s also tasty on its own – that will make all of the recipes even sweeter. As always, we’d love to hear your take on protein pancakes and how you make them so that they’re delicious, nutritious, and aligned with your fitness goals – let us know in the comments.

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