Yummy Breakfast Alternative - High Protein Pancakes

by Suzanne Hiscock

My high protein pancakes topped with 1/2 banana and no-sugar-added jam. Yum!
Are you looking for a high protein alternative to nutrient-lacking pancakes? I saw a recipe in Oxygen magazine and changed it up a bit. The taste was great -- although I'd add on fruit, sugar-free jam or sugar-free maple syrup to pump up the flavor.

You'll end up with 3 belly-filling pancakes for 240 calories. That's low enough to be able to add on fruit or sugar-free jam and keep it within a reasonable calorie count per meal.

Here's the recipe:

Basic Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) low fat ricotta cheese (or low fat cottage cheese)
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) egg whites
  • 1 scoop (24g) protein powder (chocolate or vanilla)
  • Cinnamon to taste Quick spray of Pam

Directions
  1. Heat up a skillet on medium heat. Add a quick spray of Pam, if you're so inclined.
  2. Mix the ricotta, egg whites, protein powder and cinnamon together in a bowl with a fork. You're looking for a consistency slightly thicker than pancake mix. If it's too liquidy, add in a bit more protein powder.
  3. Grab a 1/4 cup measuring cup and measure out 3 equal servings of the high protein pancake mix onto the hot skillet. If the batter is thick, level the pancakes out with the bottom of the measuring cup or a spoon.
  4. Carefully flip the pancakes over when the bottoms are cooked. It shouldn't take too long after that until they're done (they'll puff up a bit).
Makes 1 serving of 3 pancakes

Calories: 240 calories
Protein: 42g
Carbs: 5g
Fat: 5g

Pick & Choose Toppings

Here are a few toppings you can add onto to your high protein pancakes (don't add all of them, as tempting as it may be!)

If you don't see your favorite topping, look it up in my online calorie counter.
  • 1/2 medium banana - 53 calories
  • 1 tbsp sugar-free jam - 10 calories
  • 1 tbs no sugar-added jam - 60 calories
  • 1tbs all natural peanut butter - 100 calories

That's it! Enjoy!

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About the Author

Suzanne Hiscock is a PN1 Nutrition Coach, ACE-certified Health Coach, as well as an ACE-certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. For over 16 years, she has been helping people lose weight and get fit through her website, FitWatch.com. Whether it's with one-on-one nutrition coaching, nutrition programs or courses, and tools or calculators, she can help you to eat better, move more and believe in yourself.