4-Ingredient Protein Pancakes

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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

These light and airy, protein-packed pancakes, will satiate your cravings in a healthy way, any day of the week!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: Kid-Friendly, Quick and Easy
Servings: 4
Calories: 57kcal


  • 1/2 cup banana, mashed
  • 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!


Serving: 2pancakes | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg

More Clean Pancake Recipes:

Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

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This vegan recipe makes pure indulgence healthy. These delicious, chocolatey banana pancakes taste just like lazy Saturday breakfast in bed, but they’re much healthier. A tasty breakfast indulgence that won’t throw your whole week off track.

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20 Comments on "4-Ingredient Protein Pancakes"

  1. DIANE MCBAIN  July 15, 2018

    Can vanilla whey protein be used in protein pancake recipe?

  2. Diane  January 19, 2019

    What would be the measurement for one scoop protein powder? I bought bulk powder.

    • Nichole Furlong  January 23, 2019

      Usually there is a scoop the the bulk protein powder jugs. If not, one tablespoon is roughly equal to one scoop.

  3. Jasmine  February 26, 2019

    What can we replace the eggs with?

    • Nichole Furlong  March 3, 2019

      Hi Jasmine, for this particular recipe you would not be able to substitute the egg whites since there are only 3 other ingredients. However, we have several other pancakes on our site you might enjoy!

  4. Crystal  July 21, 2019

    I was hoping to try this recipe with pumpkin as well. Will that work? Would there be a substantial change in the nutritional breakdown?

    • Nichole Furlong  July 24, 2019

      You can definitely add the pumpkin, you may need more liquid so the batter isn’t too thick. Yes, the nutritional info may change but not drastically.

  5. Lauren  September 9, 2019

    These pancakes were a disaster to flip and didn’t feel like I was eating pancakes at all. Texture was like an omelette with pancake flavor.

    • Nichole Furlong  September 9, 2019

      Hi Lauren, you can adjust the recipe to fit your personal preferences.

  6. Valerie Amato  January 27, 2020

    I think it’s misleading to depict these pancakes dripping with appetizing syrup and then not include the syrup with the point count. A stack of dry pancakes would have been more honest. I cannot even imagine how many points I would be adding if I used that much syrup or nut butter between each pancakes to make them palatable.

    • Nichole Furlong  January 28, 2020

      Hi Valerie, not everyone enjoys pancakes the same way which is why we choose not to include toppings in our point counts. There are low point syrup options out there for those who use Weight Watchers.

  7. Emma  June 17, 2020

    Made these pancakes and they were DELICIOUS!!! Whipped the egg whites for extra fluffiness and came out with 12 amazing pancakes. Thanks so much for the great recipe !

  8. Hanna  July 16, 2020

    I loved this recipe, plus it is extremely easy especially for those new to cooking. I found using a newer non-stick pan was crucial, but after that discovery the pancakes came out great. The pancakes cook pretty quickly and I also added a little bit of cinnamon for something extra. Definite two thumbs up for this recipe!

    • Nichole Furlong  July 17, 2020

      We’re glad you love the recipe, Hanna!

  9. Ella  July 22, 2020

    Can you use something other then bananas?

    • Gale Compton  July 22, 2020

      Ella, We haven’t tried any other ingredient so I can’t say how they will turn out with a substitute. If you like the flavor, maybe sub with equivalent amount of mashed mango.

  10. Sophia B  August 7, 2020

    When you measure 1/4 cup should you use a liquid measuring cup or a dry one?


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