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Protein Pancakes I Actually Don't Mind Eating!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

After trying many recipes for protein pancakes and finding nothing I considered short of gag-inducing, I came up with my own recipe in sheer desperation of wanting a different way to combine my traditional oatmeal-and-eggs breakfast.

The two key differences in my protein pancakes is that I cook the oatmeal first, and I add baking powder. I think this helps the texture a great deal.

I will be the first to tell you that I am not a purist when it comes to clean eating. It's probably because I am lazy. At any rate, if this recipe does not measure up to someone's clean-eating standards, I apologize in advance, but making a super "clean" recipe wasn't my goal: Making a quick high-protein low-fat thing I cooked in a pan like a pancake and could put sugar-free syrup on was.

One more note, before I share the recipe: This is NOT going to taste like anything like the fluffy white pancakes you get at IHOP. This is simply something I consider edible that won't ruin your dietary goals.

Now that I've completely slammed my own recipe emoticon, here it is. I hope someone else can use it!

Nancy Anne's Oatmeal Protein Pancakes:

Cook 1/2 C oats in just enough water to make them really thick.

Next, spray a pan with non-stick spray and heat on Medium-high. (My burner goes from 1-10 and I put it on an 8.)

While the pan is heating, mix into the cooked oats:
- 1 scoop whey protein powder (I use Syntrax Nectar in Chocolate, which has no carbs, but I'm sure whatever you have on hand will work)
- 1/4 C liquid egg whites (or a whole egg, if you aren't concerned about the yolk)
- Small splash of vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of baking powder
- I guess if you wanted you could stir in some sweetener, but I don't.
- You could also add cinnamon and/or some kind of fruit, if you want. I personally don't think cinnamon or fruit belong in pancakes, but whatever floats your boat- It's your taste buds! emoticon

Mix well.

By now your pan should be good and hot. Pour about 1/3 of the above mixture into the pan. It should spread out by itself, but if it doesn't push it around until it's a round shape. Cook until the edges look dry, then flip and brown a little on the other side. (At this point it is mostly done, so no need to leave it sitting as long on the second side. You are just trying to make it un-gooey.)

Plate the pancake, take your pan off the heat, spray with non-stick spray again, and repeat two more times. (If you spray it on the heat your spray will scorch and make the pancake taste not as good, never mind make the pan more difficult to clean.)

When you are done, you will have three Oatmeal Protein Pancakes- it's a good sized plate of food! You can top with whatever you want. I use sugar-free syrup and sometimes Smart-Balance light margarine.

Here's a pic of my finished product:

Let me know what you think!
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    I do something similar, but instead of cooking the oatmeal and then making a pancake out of it, I whir the dry oatmeal up in a blender until it's like flour and then I use it just like flour in recipes like a pancake or muffin recipe - it's not bad depending on the recipe.
    2132 days ago
    I'm not a purist when it comes to clean eating , either.

    I don't know how your recipe stacks up nutritionally, but this one is really good (though heavier than your usual pancake), and two are plenty filling... one if you have it with fruit.

    One pancake has 150 calories, 14 grams of protein, 13 grams carbs, and 4 grams good fat.

    Oatmeal Pancakes (makes about 12 pancakes, and they freeze well)

    2 cups oats (Quaker Old Fashioned or Quick, not steel-cut or instant)
    3 cups low-fat buttermilk
    3 eggs, well beaten (or 3/4 cup liquid egg whites)
    1/2 cup protein powder (I use plain)
    1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1 Tbsp vanilla
    1 Tbsp peanut oil

    1. Put oats into a large bowl, add the buttermilk. Let the oats soak in the buttermilk overnight.
    2. Mix in the eggs, protein powder, baking powder, vanilla, and peanut oil.
    3. Then proceed as with any pancake recipe, but cook on slightly lower heat as they darken really fast.

    This is one change from 'regular food' my family enjoys and hasn't questioned... they actually prefer them.... and they are GREAT with peanut butter.

    As per DARACOX's suggestion, I might try blending the oats and buttermilk mixture before adding the other ingredients and see what that's like.
    2259 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/11/2012 8:38:10 PM
    I will have to try this out on my boys. Thanks!
    2378 days ago
  • *ERICA*
    looks delicious! thanks for sharing!
    2380 days ago
    Well, it was a taste bud experiment for sure... not bad, might have to tweak it some for my tastes, but a definite winner.

    I used banana cream protein powder.
    Instead of any butter or syrup - I spread some Peanut Butter between my two cakes!

    My absolute favorite is fluffy white pancakes with butter, bananas, nuts and REAL syrup... this was close (LOL!)
    2381 days ago
    I think I will try this recipe this weekend. Thank you for sharing
    2384 days ago
    Looks yummy! emoticon
    2384 days ago
    Sounds and looks good... what's the nutritional facts?
    2384 days ago
    Sounds delicious and clean enough. Wonder how they taste just plain or with Peanut Butter? No syrup or butter.
    2384 days ago
    Great timing on your post. I just tried to make a version just this morning for the first time. Was not impressed. I am REALLY excited to give yours a try. Thanks for sharing

    2384 days ago
  • AMC120
    I'm ready to try some of them out! Looks good! Thanks for sharing NancyAnne!! emoticon
    2384 days ago
    Sounds good to me! I actually put oats, egg whites, applesauce, cinnamon and sometimes protein powder together in a blender and blend it up and then cook it up like pancakes. It's a much better consistency, actually like real pancakes! You can add a little baking powder if you want them fluffier. I will have to try this sugar free syrup thing, I keep reading about it... emoticon
    2384 days ago
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