Homemade Whole-Grain Protein Pancake Mix

Homemade pancakes are kind of a weekend ritual at our house, especially if we are having a slow and lazy morning. I love a decadent pancake as much as the next gal, but here’s a recipe to make your own mix that is tasty and healthy enough that you’ll feel good eating anytime—week or weekend. 🙂

These are packed with protein, lightly sweet, fluffy (as pancakes should be!) and full of flavor. They have a bold nutty flavor, almost like autumn spices (think cinnamon or pumpkin spice). There are a bunch of ways you can customize this to your own preferences and I’ll share some suggestions for you at the end.

Whole-Grain Protein Pancakes, makes 6-8 pancakes (two servings)

3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1/4 cup super fine almond flour
2 tablespoons protein powder*
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)

First, combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and give them a good whisk. Then stir in the vanilla extract, egg, and milk. You can also do this in a blender, like this pancake recipe, if you like.

Heat a nonstick pan or skillet over low/medium heat. Add a little oil to the pan. Pour about 3 tablespoons of batter into the heated pan. Wait until you see bubbles beginning to form in the batter and you can easily pull up the edges with a spatula. Then, gently work your spatula under the pancake and give it a quick flip over to the other side. Cook until the pancake is cooked through. I usually consider my first pancake a test pancake so I can figure out how many minutes to cook each side so it gets done all the way. Once you get the timing down, cook away until you’re out of batter! Remember to add a little more oil to the pan if you notice the pancakes beginning to stick. And also I find a little oil will help to create some slightly crispy edges, which I love in homemade pancakes.

*What protein powder to use? I like to try different ones as I discover new ones that sound good, so I don’t currently have a “this is the best ever protein powder” recommendation for you. But, currently I am using and loving the Vanilla Mushroom Protein from Moon Juice. It’s completely plant based and full of lots of good things.

But you can use other protein powders that you might have or prefer. You’re just looking for something packed with protein, and I prefer ones that either don’t contain added sweeteners or use only natural sweeteners (like Stevia). But that’s just me and what I tend to look for.

If you want to make your own pancake mix so you can easily throw these together any time, just double or triple the dry ingredients and whisk well before storing in an airtight container. When you are ready to make pancakes, just use a heaping cup of the mix along with the vanilla extract, egg, and milk as directed in the recipe above. Easy!

These are not overly sweet, so I love to eat these along with fruit, 100% pure maple syrup, and a little natural peanut butter. Here I pan fried a ripe banana that I dipped in a little super fine almond flour with some extra virgin olive oil. Yum! You could also top with applesauce, chocolate hazelnut spread, or even add some mini chocolate chips to the batter before cooking. Lots of options depending on what you may have on hand. Enjoy!

Notes:

-These contain right around 22 grams of protein per serving (3-4 pancakes). This will likely change though based on what protein powder you choose to use.

-You can use any kind of milk you prefer.

-You can use a mix of white whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour if you don’t care about keeping these 100% whole grain. If you use all all-purpose, you will likely need less liquid. I’d start with just 3/4 cup and see how the batter feels before adding the additional 2 tablespoons. Whole wheat flour tends to absorb more liquid so needs a bit more than all-purpose.

-If you plan to enjoy this during a Weekday Weekend Challenge be sure to double check the ingredients on the protein powder you plan to use and stick to a non-dairy milk.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.
  • Pancakes are by far my favorite breakfast food. However, there has been so much excitement about the paleo-two-ingredient-pancake that I’ve been dying for a solid, easy pancake to make with grains and all! This will definitely get my butt out of bed if I know I can have the mix already pre-made. Thanks for sharing!

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      I am all for no-grains meals! Such a fun challenge. But I also love me some whole-grains here and there too. Have fun with this one. I already made them once more since photographing and added mini chocolate chips. 🙂

  • I’m personally way too lazy to make my own pancake mix (which is stupid, given that we can easily make banana and egg two-ingredient pancakes!) but whole-wheat ones aren’t available commercially where I live and I’m all for whole-wheat carbs… so thank you for the recipe, this makes for a healthier alternative than the ones usually sold!

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      I hear you. But I must say, making this into mix is kind of for the lazy. 🙂 Makes it that much easier next time you want to make pancakes.

      Thanks for always reading!

  • Hooray for the hidden protein! I’ve definitely had breakfast coma before from too many sweet things without the blood sugar stabilizing protein for backup.

    I’ve grown to enjoy savory breakfasts but when I’m craving something sweet, pancakes make me one happy lady!

  • After you inspired me to do a Whole30, I kind of fell in love with almond flour, so I’m excited to see this pancake mix! <3

  • Might need to try this out this weekend!! Love the protein punch and I’ve been dying to try a recipe I think I’ll like — while not tainting my love for greasy, diner pancakes.

  • Whaaaaaa that looks sooo delicious! Have you ever tried them with gluten free flower? I’m going to try that for sure 🙂

  • Loveee it! YOu can actually make banana and egg pancakes. That has quite a bit of protein too. Just 2 eggs and 2 bananas, squish them together and add cinnamon that is the batter.
    Tastes great in the morning!