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Calling all chocolate-obsessed!!! (That’s you, right?) We’re starting the day off on a sweet note with this low carb chocolate protein pancake recipe (a.k.a. protein powder pancakes). Wondering how to make protein pancakes? I’ll show you exactly how.
Did I mention that they only take 10 minutes to prep? This just might become your favorite low carb breakfast to share with your family! (And can I just add that protein pancakes in bed are the sweetest way to treat mom for Mother’s Day? Hint, hint.)
Chocolate protein pancakes sound decadent, don’t they? But they are healthy, and definitely a nutritious way to start the day. The base of these pancakes is a combination of almond flour, protein powder, and pure cocoa powder. Delicious and healthy.
My girls are young, and so it goes without saying that pancakes are a staple meal. They are definitely the most-requested family breakfast at our house and that’s also why I’m always coming up with more low carb pancake recipes! Whether we have them for breakfast or breakfast-for-dinner, easy protein pancakes are always a hit.
What Are Protein Pancakes?
Protein pancakes are pancakes that are high in protein, usually made with protein powder as a main ingredient. Many protein pancake recipes have some kind of mix of protein powder, wheat flour, and banana, so they are far from low carb.
These chocolate protein pancakes are low carb without sacrificing flavor! I’m excited to show you how to make protein pancakes without banana or extra carbs…
How To Make Protein Pancakes
These homemade protein pancakes come together so easily that I can even make them before my cup of coffee – and that’s really saying something!
First, we’ll shake all of the ingredients together in the Whiskware Batter Mixer. It’s super convenient to mix up the batter in one container that you can then use for pouring straight onto the pan! Plus, I end up with fewer dishes to wash.
This time, I actually used the Pancake Art Bottle, which is similar to the Batter Mixer but has a smaller tip so that you can easily pipe your protein pancakes into fun shapes.
Before you make the pancakes, though, it’s important to let the batter sit for 5 minutes. This lets the bubbles settle and the batter thickens a bit. (It’s the perfect time to go make that cup of bulletproof coffee we haven’t had yet! ;))
TIP: Want even more dark chocolate flavor? (I thought so…) Add an additional 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to the batter. You may need to add a little bit of almond milk to thin it out if it is thick.
Here’s my batter in the bottle:
Then, we cook them on a medium-low heat non-stick fry pan or griddle. You can even make fun shapes using the molds that it comes with:
Tips For Flipping Protein Powder Pancakes
Chocolate protein pancakes can be a little challenging to flip, but just follow these tips to make it easier:
- Cover the pan when frying to cook through well, otherwise they’ll be harder to flip.
- Keep your protein pancakes small, about 3 inches in diameter. This will make flipping easier as well.
- Use a very thin turner. The best ones are thin nylon turners (I link to the one I used at the bottom of this post!). Thicker ones or silicone don’t work as well.
The pancakes are done when there are a bunch of bubbles formed on top:
Toppings For Protein Pancakes
Topping your chocolate protein pancakes is entirely up to you. You can add:
- A pat of butter
- Some fresh strawberries
- Extra dark chocolate chips (if you love chocolate as much as I do!)
- Sugar-free syrups, like homemade sugar-free maple syrup or a simple berry sauce recipe (be sure to use sugar-free sweetener)
How Many Calories Do Protein Pancakes Have?
Calorie counts for protein pancakes will vary, depending on the recipe and ingredients. These protein pancakes have 237 calories per serving.
You’ll be happy to know that my chocolate protein powder pancakes are low carb and keto, and have:
- 237 calories
- 20 grams fat
- 11 grams protein
- 5 net carbs
- 2 grams fiber
How To Store Low Carb Protein Pancakes
These protein pancakes make a decent sized batch. I ended up with 12 pancakes, each about 3 inches in diameter. The amount is perfect for having extras on hand throughout the week, feeding an entire family, or even freezing.
Chocolate protein pancakes will keep in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days.
Can You Reheat Protein Powder Pancakes?
Yes, you can reheat frozen pancakes in the microwave or in the oven. They are small, so they won’t take long. Start with 15-30 seconds in the microwave, or 5 minutes in the oven and then check frequently until they reach your desired temperature.
How To Freeze Chocolate Protein Pancakes
Can you freeze protein pancakes? Yes, you can! Simply place them in a freezer bag with parchment paper between them. This prevents sticking.
I usually make a double batch of pancakes and freeze them, because they make such a perfect easy keto breakfast (or snack, or even lunch) to bring to work. So, if you like to meal plan or just have freezer meals ready to go, you’ll want to make an extra batch or two to have on hand.
More Low Carb Pancake Recipes
I mentioned that I’m always working on new and healthy protein pancake recipes because we love them so much. Here are a few of my other favorite low carb keto pancake recipes:
- Low Carb Flaxseed Pancakes
- Keto Almond Flour Pancakes
- Coconut Pancakes With Cream Cheese
- Keto Pancakes With Almond Flour And Coconut Flour
Tools To Make Chocolate Protein Pancakes:
Click the links below to see the items used to make this recipe.
- Whiskware Batter Mixer – The basic batter mixer used for this recipe and pictured above. Easy to use and quick cleanup!
- Whiskware Pancake Art Kit – You’ll love this if you have kids. The pancake art kit lets you create pancakes in fun shapes.
- Thin Nylon Spatula – These easy protein pancakes are a little delicate when flipping, so make sure to use a thin spatula, and not a thick or silicone one.
- Ceramic Nonstick Fry Pan – A must for this recipe! This one is my favorite.
Low Carb Chocolate Protein Pancakes Recipe
Learn how to make protein pancakes! This low carb chocolate protein pancakes recipe (protein powder pancakes) takes just 20 minutes and has 11g protein per serving.
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- 1/2 cup Whey protein powder (or collagen, or egg white protein powder)
- 1/2 cup Blanched almond flour
- 3 tbsp Cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp Erythritol (or sweetener of choice)
- 1 tsp Gluten-free baking powder
- 4 large Eggs
- 1/3 cup Unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp Avocado oil (or melted coconut oil)
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp Sea salt
RECIPE TIPS + VIDEO in the post above, nutrition info + recipe notes below!
Click on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
Shake all ingredients together in the Whiskware Batter Mixer. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes.
Preheat a pan over medium-low heat. Squeeze batter into the pan to form small circles (3 inches in diameter). Cover with a lid and cook for a couple of minutes, until bubbles form on top. Use a very thin turner to carefully flip the pancakes, then cook for a couple of minutes on the other side.
Repeat with the remaining batter.
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Nutrition Information Per Serving
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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