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4-Ingredient Protein Pancakes

For me, pancakes are weekend food. Saturday mornings, weekend brunch, maybe a little post-going out midnight diner fare. Either way, pancakes are a decadent, indulgent breakfast that I love, but can’t usually justify eating on a more than once in a while basis. But what if pancakes were actually healthy? What if they were so healthy, in fact, that you could eat them as a pre-workout breakfast? Allow these 4 ingredient protein pancakes to change everything you know about your favorite breakfast.

Pancakes Meet Protein

Being a pancake lover and health-food enthusiast isn’t mutually exclusive. There are plenty of healthy, clean-eating pancake recipes out there, (and more than a few of them here on SkinnyMs).

While plenty of recipes have found ways to make pancakes lighter and cleaner, this recipe goes the extra mile. These protein pancakes kick things up a notch by starting your day off with a hearty dose of (what else) protein.

While I am a huge pancake fan, I rarely enjoy eating heavy meals at breakfast. Typically, a sweet and decadent pancake breakfast leaves me feeling full and sluggish all day after.

These 4 ingredient protein pancakes have pretty much the opposite effect. Not only are they light enough to fill you up without leaving you overfull, but they also pack the kind of ingredients that get you energized and ready to go. With protein powder and potassium rich bananas, these pancakes are a perfect pre-workout breakfast. Even if you’re not planning on running any marathons today, this breakfast will get you focused and energized for whatever your day has in store.

Just 4 Ingredients

Even if you’re not just reaching for the box of Bisquick, pancakes are usually pretty simple to make. Mix, pour, flip. This healthy recipe is no different.

So, what are the 4 ingredients in these 4 ingredient protein pancakes? Well, I gave two of them away already. These pancakes get most of their flavor, texture, and impressive nutritional profile from mashed bananas and vanilla protein powder (We used Tera’s Vanilla Protein Powder, which is gluten free, low-carb, and tastes great.)

Just a quarter teaspoon of baking powder and 3 egg whites round out this super simple recipe. Just mix all ingredients, spray your skillet, pour, cook, and flip. This recipe will make about 8 pancakes, with a serving size of 2.

Complete this super healthy breakfast with some fresh fruit, I usually go with strawberries and bananas. If you’re looking to add a little extra natural sweetness, these pancakes are also great topped with honey or almond butter.

These 4 ingredient protein pancakes are easy and healthy enough for a weekday breakfast, but they taste like the indulgent Saturday morning pancakes you love. Whether you’re on the way to work, the gym, or starting off a lazy (but healthy) weekend, these pancakes are the perfect start to your day.

4 Ingredient Protein Pancakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yields: 8 pancakes | Serving Size: 2 pancakes | Calories: 59 | Total Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 56mg | Carbohydrates: 9g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Protein: 7g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 0


  • 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (We used Tera’s Protein Powder, Low-Carb & Gluten Free)


  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until smooth
  • Lightly spray a skillet with non-stick spray and heat on medium heat. Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan. Cook about 3 to 4 minutes, or until pancakes begin to bubble in the center. Carefully flip and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Once cooked, remove pancake from the pan and repeat the process until all the batter has been used. Spray the skillet as needed with non-stick spray in-between cooking the pancakes.
  • Top with fresh fruit, honey, or your favorite nut butter! Enjoy!

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