Making protein pancakes with banana is the key to the best, moist and fluffy stack of pancakes! Clean ingredients but full of flavor to hit the spot when craving pancakes in a healthy way. Grab your blender, protein powder, and get ready to make the easiest protein rich breakfast.
There's nothing better than starting your day with a stack of healthy pancakes or waffles. They're satisfying, filling, and easy to make in larger batches for hungry kids!
Although I love my Chocolate Oat Flour Waffles and Vegan Banana Oatmeal Pancakes, I wanted to make pancakes that were high in protein to help keep me full longer. I'm excited to share that these vanilla protein pancakes are seriously amazing!
If you've ever tried my vegan pancakes, these protein pancakes are just as easy and delicious. They're also made in the blender with banana and just 4 other ingredients. Get ready for the best, healthy high protein pancakes.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Moist and fluffy! A big complaint people have about pancakes or baked goods made with protein powder is that they are dry. By making these pancakes with banana, your pancakes will remain soft and fluffy.
- Gluten free. These pancakes are made with almond flour instead of wheat flour to make them naturally gluten free. Almond flour is one of my favorites to use in baking because it adds fat to the batter which yields tender baked goods! If you're new to gluten free baking, try more of my almond flour baked goods like the Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Muffins, Almond Flour Banana Muffins, Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies with "M&M's".
- Ready in 15 minutes. If you avoid making pancakes for breakfast because they take too long or make way too much batter, try these ones. You can have them ready in 15 minutes and enough for the perfect single serving stack.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- protein powder - I prefer to use a vanilla flavored protein powder in these pancakes, but you can use a plain protein powder or another flavored version.
- banana - Avoid using frozen bananas here and save them for a Carrot Banana Smoothie. Fresh, ripe bananas are the way to go.
- almond flour - Make sure to use almond flour as opposed to almond meal. It is ground finer and will yield softer, fluffier pancakes. Almond flour is also typically blanched and has the almond's skins removed.
- egg - An egg is going to help bind together the ingredients and provide the pancakes with enough structure to hold their shape. I have not tested these fit pancakes with an egg free alternative, but if you are vegan, try my Vegan Banana Oatmeal Pancakes.
How to Make Protein Pancakes with Banana
- Make pancake batter. Place all ingredients into a high speed blender, starting with just 2 tablespoons of water. Blend on high until smooth and pourable. If the batter is too thick, add additional water until the batter becomes pourable and resembles a normal pancake batter.
- Cook pancakes. In a large skillet over medium/low heat, pour the batter into the skillet, forming and cooking one small pancake at a time. Once the surface of the pancake begins to form bubbles (about 1 ½ minutes), it is ready to flip.
- Flip and cook until golden. Gently flip the pancakes and cook until golden brown on the other side, an additional minute or so. Repeat process until all batter is used up.
Can protein pancakes be frozen?
Yes, banana protein pancakes can be frozen. If you are planning to freeze your pancakes, place them on a cooling rack after cooking to allow them to cool completely without becoming soggy. Once cooled to room temperature, transfer the protein pancakes to a parchment lined baking sheet and stick them in the freezer for 2-3 hours, or until the pancakes are frozen solid. Then, transfer the frozen pancakes to a freezer safe container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave, toaster, or oven until warm.
What goes with protein pancakes?
If you're looking to serve your protein pancakes along with a few side dishes, I recommend my Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes, or a healthy smoothie like my Banana Peach Smoothie or Banana Celery Blueberry Detox Smoothie. You could also plan to serve it alongside a simple fruit salad, greek yogurt or coconut yogurt, bacon, or Roasted Potatoes.
What protein powder is best for baking and cooking?
It is true that not all protein powders are meant to be heated up. Whey protein powders are an incredibly popular choice for baking recipes, but they do contain milk and would not be suitable for a dairy free diet. I recommend and use Tone it Up's Plant Based Organic Vanilla Protein Powder. It's derived from pea protein and pumpkin seeds and works great in baking. You can also use Arbonne protein powders or Orgain.
- Cook low and slow. These pancakes can be fragile so don't rush the cooking process. If the pan is too hot, the pancakes will cook quickly on the outside but still be undercooked in the center. Take your time for best results.
- Use a ripe banana. These pancakes aren't made with any added sugar so use a ripe banana for the best, naturally sweet pancakes.