Chocolate Protein Pancake Recipe

I have been addicted to pancakes for as long as I can remember.  I just love everything about them!  Growing up, they were always a staple in my house on a Saturday or Sunday morning.  In fact, I liked them so much that I tried not to eat them in front of people I didn’t know well.  Because I’m obsessed, I scarf them down before others even have a chance to take a second bite.  It’s somewhat embarrassing.  I dated my boyfriend for over a full year before I allowed him to see me eat pancakes.  Much to my luck, he still decided to stick with me even after seeing me transform into a crazy person while chomping down on the glorious food.  

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Pancakes aren’t my only guilty pleasure.  Carbs in general, have been a huge part of my life up until recently.  At the beginning of the new year, after not feeling great about my body and eating choices, my boyfriend and I decided to make a change.  We gave up mostly all carbs, sugar, and dairy! At first when this idea was proposed to me, I nearly fell off my chair thinking, well I guess I’ll starve because that’s pretty much all I eat.  However, we’ve had a blast researching and creating new recipes that allow us to still enjoy some of our favorite foods in healthier ways.  And of course, I’m ok with it now because of this fabulous pancake recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! :)

I’ve made these pancakes in a variety of ways that still taste just as great! If you don’t have protein powder, just add an addition 1/4 cup of almond flour.  My favorite protein powder to use is MRM Low Carb Protein, Creamy Chocolate.  I find it to  be the best tasting, with the most natural ingredients.  

I use a measuring up when pouring the batter to make sure they’re all roughly the same size.  I find that it helps and it makes much less of a mess than trying to pour directly from the bowl!photo 5

You should see bubbles on top.  That means they’re almost ready to flip! The longer they cook, the more stable they will be for flipping.  

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This was my test pancake.. to make sure the recipe tasted ok.  Although, I was not the one who got to test it.  I turned my back for 10 seconds and it had an unwanted bite in it.  My boyfriend couldn’t wait to get his hands on these bad boys. 

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The lovely finished product! They taste great plain, but feel free to top with whatever you like.  We eat ours with a peanut butter frosting.  Let me tell you, they were delicious! There are few things that beat a nice chocolate and peanut butter combo!  Peanut butter frosting recipe coming soon. :)


Chocolate Protein Pancakes
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Delicious guilt-free pancakes for when you're craving comfort food but trying to stay fit!
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  1. 1 1/2 cups almond flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  2. 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder
  3. 1 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. 1. Mix together the wet ingredients - eggs, almond milk, and vanilla extract. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer, but a large bowl and a whisk will do just fine!
  2. 2. Slowly mix in the flour, protein, baking powder, and salt. Mix together until the batter is smooth and free of lumps.
  3. 3. Heat a skillet on medium and coat with your favorite oil. I use coconut oil, but cooking spray or any other type of oil works too.
  4. 4. Pour about 1/4 of a cup of the batter onto the skillet.
  5. 5. Cook until bubbles start coming through the top of the pancakes (about 4 minutes).
  6. 6. Flip the pancakes and cook for about another minute or two. (Be careful when flipping. These pancakes are not as dense as typical pancakes and tend to break easily when flipping. If you see the pancake start to break apart, continue to let it cook on that side for another 30-60 seconds before trying to flip again.)
  7. 7. Once the pancakes have cooked on both sides, remove them from the skillet, stack them up, and enjoy!
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Liz - October 26, 2014 Reply

What is the nutritional information on the chocolate protein pancakes? Please and thank you!

Justine - January 2, 2015 Reply

can you sub regular flour/whole wheat flour? I don’t have almond flour. Thanks!

    Michele - January 2, 2015 Reply

    I can’t say with certainty that it would work exactly but I would assume it would be ok.. Although it wouldn’t necessarily be slow carb/low carb/gluten free.. But of that’s not what you’re looking for I’m sure it would work..

      londsey - April 23, 2015 Reply

      Would coconut flour work as well? It would add about 4 net carbs per 1/2 cup but would they cook the same?

        Michele - August 11, 2015 Reply

        I believe so, but can’t be sure as I haven’t made it this way :)

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Jenn - February 21, 2015 Reply

Umm… I either am going crazy or the measurements for this recipe are waaaaaaayyy off! I basically had to put like a gallon of almond milk in just
To get it someone soupy like pancake batter!

Angie - March 7, 2015 Reply

These sound delicious. My husband and I have started low carbing as well. I would love to know more about this peanut butter frosting you mentioned. Do you have that recipe too??? :)

    Michele - March 7, 2015 Reply

    For the peanut butter frost, I just mix a scoop of peanut butter with some almond milk and add in a few drops of liquid stevia to sweeten as I use sugar free peanut butter. I dont really measure the quantities but mix until it’s a consistency I like and tastes good :)

Beverly - March 15, 2015 Reply

These look great . Tagged as low-carb…. Could you estimate how many carbs would be in each pancake or the whole batch of mix ?


sally - March 22, 2015 Reply

It makes 8 pancakes but would like to know how many pancakes in 1 serving, please

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Natalie clare - May 15, 2015 Reply

I tried this but the batter was too runny to flip. So I poured the rest in a muffin tray and baked. Good flavour though.

SteveZissou - May 27, 2015 Reply

Whey protein, unfortunately, isn’t slow carb friendly and the flavoured whey in particular typically has sugar in it. My suggestion would be to use casein instead of whey and use a touch of cacao powder and stevia.

Kerri - August 9, 2015 Reply

Can you use coconut milk instead almond milk? I am supposed to stay away from almonds….so just curious. Thank you!

Erica - August 11, 2015 Reply

Can I use 1% milk instead of almond milk?

    Michele - August 11, 2015 Reply

    Yup, it should work! :)

Helen - September 4, 2015 Reply

Hi. Thank you for this great recipe. It is delicious. I just left some for my daughter. The only problem is that I am on a very low carb diet and instead of checking the carb count before making these great pancakes, I decided to try and figure it out myself. I went straight to the almond flour and found out its about 3 net carbs per 1/4 Cup. Therefore for 1 1/2 cups it’s 18 carbs. I am really upset because I ate about half. As for the remaining ingridience I had egg whites, whey protein and sugar twin. Am I going to gain weight now? I would love to have them again. Would you please let me know, note others asked, the nutrient breakdown. I also want to try some of your other recipes. Thanks again. Keep up the great work.

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[…] Chocolate protein powder pancakes (my mom gave me a bag of protein powder, long story, and it is fairly gross so I’m trying to find ways to use it. I was skeptical of this recipe and I wouldn’t have wanted to subject PK to this experiment. The result actually decent) […]

Tamara - December 28, 2015 Reply

The Whey Powder used in the recipe is very low carb about 2 carbs per scoop which looks close to a 1/4 cup. What I did find in making these that next time I will use the almond flour with out the whole almonds, the shell-coating is a strong flavor. And I would suggest anyone making these to add liquid until the batter looks pourable; I found the batter to thick going strictly by the recipe however another person found it to runny. Also make sure your griddle is heated and that you check them often when first making them, mine took half the time on a 250 degree griddle than the recipe author. Super recipe though and with a bit of personal tweaking a definite keeper.

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