Sweet, fluffy, and light high protein pancakes make the perfect low carb breakfast for a slow Sunday morning.
Is Protein Powder Keto?
Not all protein powders are created equal, however there are tons of protein powders on the market now that have great keto macros. There are a few ingredients to avoid in any protein powder though, so be diligent to pick a high quality one that will give you a nutrient dense meal. How to pick a protein powder:
Start with an animal based protein powder– Protein pancakes work best with a whey protein over a casein protein, and much much better than a plant protein. Plant based proteins tend to crumble and make for a dry hard pancake.
Avoid low quality sweeteners– Most protein powders on the market will either have a ton of sugar, or artificial sweeteners. If possible avoid sweeteners like sucralose, aspartame, and acesulfame potassium. Instead, try some with stevia, erythritol, or monk fruit.
Check the macros– This one sounds self explanatory, but you would be surprised just how many times we’ve assumed because something says keto, it’s keto. This isn’t always the case with protein powders that will sneak in cheap fibers, maltitol, hidden carbs, ect. Your best bet is to read the nutrition labels and check the macros on everything.
Obviously it can be very difficult to find a high quality protein powder that meets these standards, so just try to find something that covers a few of these main points; the most important being carb count.
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Our Favorite Proteins
It can be very tricky to find proteins that check all our boxes, so just do the best you can with what’s available! You can even try different proteins like chocolate protein, vanilla protein powder, or cinnamon protein powder for extra flavor.
Isopure Vanilla Whey Protein Powder– Isopure has been around for a while and is certainlly popular in the keto community. It makes for a delicious pancake recipe and is super affordable.
Quest Protein Powder– Quest is a super popular company and for good reason. They have the best tasting products by far when compared to any other brand. We recommend their cinnamon crunch or vanilla protein for this recipe, they tend to make the best protein pancakes.
Collagen + Whey Protein– This protein powder is packed with both collagen and whey for a great high protein blend. It works great for shakes and pancake recipes because there is a blend of high quality sweeteners like allulose and stevia.
PEScience Select– A great protein powder for multiple recipes including mug cakes. This protein makes light and fluffy protein pancakes, as well as having 24 grams of protein a scoop.
These are just a few of our favorites, but feel free to do some digging in order to find your perfect keto protein powder.
Perfect Protein Pancake Additions
You can’t just eat plain protein pancakes! Even though this may be the perfect protein pancake recipe everyone knows pancakes need a side kick!
We compiled all our favorite sugar free keto friendly pancake toppings so we could create the best list out there!
The kind of protein won’t matter for this list, but your favorite mix-ins will! Here are our favorite keto friendly protein pancake mix-ins:
Blueberries– Blueberries are a classic diner pancake mix-in and are sure to make any pancake lover happy. They become warm, jammy, and sweet pairing; perfectly with the vanilla flavoring.
Chocolate Chips– Just because you are making light fluffy keto protein pancakes doesn’t mean you can’t also have sugar free chocolate chips. Lily’s makes great sugar free keto friendly chocolate chips that won’t spike your blood sugar.
Citrus Zest– Try zesting your favorite citrus fruits for a light and poppy breakfast stack. We love adding lemon zest and poppy seeds to protein pancakes, or cinnamon and orange zest for a fall pancake theme.
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes– Sprinkle brown sugar swerve and cinnamon on top of your keto protein pancakes and then top the finished protein pancakes with cream cheese
Peanut Butter– Try adding peanut butter or peanut butter powder to these protein pancakes for the ultimate peanut butter lovers pancake.
Whey Protein Powder– This isn’t really a mix-in so much as an ingredient, but switching up the flavor of your whey protein powder can really make for a more interesting meal. Try to make protein pancakes with chocolate protein or cookies and cream, you’d be suprised just how much flavor it adds.
Spices & Flavorings
Spices and flavorings are definitely underrated when it comes to making pancakes. Banana protein pancakes? Try banana extract. Keto friendly maple syrup pancakes? Maple extract. Some of our favorite spices and flavors are:
Cinnamon– Super versatile because it works great in carrot cake pancakes, cinnamon pancakes, and cinnamon roll cakes.
Nutmeg– Another classic fall spice that really spices up breakfast
Vanilla extract– While you may already be using vanilla protein powder, vanilla extract is also a great addition to bring out the flavor in pancakes.
Zests– Like we said above any kind of citrus zest is perfect to brighten up the protein powder’s flavor.
Get creative and try a ton of different extracts. They are low carb and low sugar meaning you can get a ton of flavor in a single serving. They allow your to make things like banana protein pancakes without any actual bananas, aka keto friendly.
Toppings are really individual, but there are a few classics we will definitely include. I’ll try not to do any repeats so be sure to check the mix-ins section too.
Berries– Topping protein powder pancakes with a few berries is a great low sugar way to bring sweetness and flavor.
Nut Butters– Any nut butter you like works perfect. We love peanut butter, almond butter, mixed nut butters, or sunflower butter for those with allergies.
Chocolate Shavings– There are quite a few keto chocolate bars out there now, but you can also just use 100% Bakers chocolate for a richer darker flavor.
Whipped Cream– Obviously a classic, whipped cream can be store bought or homemade. We always recommend homemade, but if you don’t have time try to find a lower sugar option from the store.
Keto Chocolate Spread– Are you a nutella lover? Try the chocolate spread from Lakanto made with real chocolate and monkfruit.
Greek Yogurt– Low sugar greek yogurt can make a great option to top protein powder pancakes if you find they are on the drier side. Greek yogurt also comes in many flavors so you can even spice up the pancakes flavor profile along with it.
Get crazy with your toppings because everyone knows pancakes are just a boat for extras. If vanilla whey is just a little too, well vanilla whey, it doesn’t hurt to spice it up!
All About Maple Syrup
If you thought we forgot about maple syrup among the other toppings to these light fluffy protein powder pancakes think again! There are tons of maple syrup options our there, but like the protein there are different syrup qualities.
Try to find maple syrups that use keto sweeteners like erythritol, stevia, allulose, or monk fruit. Ones that are sweetened with sucralose, or worse Maltitol can tend to upset stomachs. Our favorites are:
Livlo Syrup– Sweetened with allulose and just a few ingredients
Lakanto Syrup– This is one of the original keto syrups and is always a great low sugar option.
ChocZero– Another maple syrup brand that’s been around for a while. They have lots of flavors so you can diversify your palate and pair them with fresh fruit.
Birch Benders– Made with monk fruit this syrup is gluten free and sugar free.
If you aren’t a syrup person you can always just enjoy butter or sugar free jam. The best part about this recipe is just how versatile it is.
How to Make Protein Pancakes
Now that you know just how many grams of protein and awesome mix-ins you can add it’s time to get cooking.
To make protein pancakes you will need protein powder, eggs (not egg whites), unsweetened almond milk, salt, and baking powder.
We do not recommend using only egg whites as they can make for a dry pancake. If you want to use egg whites you may need to add extra fat such as butter or coconut oil.
Make sure your almond milk is unsweetened so you aren’t consuming excess sugar and carbs.
Making Protein Pancakes
To make this pancake recipe whisk together the egg and milk in a bowl.
Next add your protein powder of choice, baking powder, and salt. You want to whisk well to make sure there are no remaining lumps. Blenders also work, but try not to over mix the batter. Nows the time to also add in any desired mix-ins.
Spray your skillet with cooking spray and warm over medium heat. Using a 1/4 measuring cup pour your batter into the skillet. Cook for 30-45 seconds, or until the batter begins to bubble.
Flip and cook the pancakes on the other side for 20 seconds. Transfer to a plate once cooked, our pancakes made 4-5 on average. Top as desired with syrup, butter, chocolate, fruit, ect..
Storing this Protein Pancake Recipe
We ALWAYS recommend making a double batch of everything. 90% of the time you’ll love a recipe and wish you had more so just do yourself a favor and plan ahead!
This recipe is quick to make and stores well so you can even meal prep for the week. Just make sure you meal prep the toppings too!
If you want to store this recipe in the fridge make sure all the pancakes have throughly cooled. Then place leftovers into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. After five days they can start to get dry which no one wants!
To freeze the pancakes made earlier again begin by allowing them to fully cool. Next place your pancakes in a zip top bag with a sheet of parchment paper in between each layer. Freeze on a flat surface (like a cookie sheet) until fully frozen.
Steps to Reheat
If reheating from the fridge simply pop the pancakes onto a plate and microwave for 30-45 seconds.
For frozen directions you can either defrost the pancakes in the fridge and then microwave them, or reheat directly from the freezer. To do this place your pancakes on a plate with space in between and microwave in 30 second intervals, flipping them after 30 seconds until warmed throughout.
What to Serve With Protein Pancakes
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