Protein Pancakes Recipe
There’s no way around it. Making significant gains in lean muscle mass requires a high-protein diet.
Without a significant intake of protein, your muscles simply won’t have the resources they need to get bigger. In fact, it’s estimated that for every pound of body weight, you need to eat approximately 1 gram of protein daily in order to increase your lean muscle mass. So if you weigh 170 lbs, you need to consume 170 grams of protein in a single day!
That’s why protein supplements, in combination with high protein meals, are so necessary and vital to your fitness success. Of course this doesn’t mean giving up other key nutrients. You still need carbohydrates (healthy ones, like vegetables and whole grains) to provide your muscles with the fuel to build new tissue, and vitamins to maintain overall health and wellness.
These protein pancakes are the perfect breakfast when it comes to a high-protein diet, and they’ll help satisfy that sweet tooth you thought you had to abandon.
But before I get to the recipe, I want to talk about one of the key ingredients – whey protein isolate.
Whey protein has literally revolutionized the fitness supplement industry. It’s convenient, protein-dense, and delivers the right amount of fuel to your muscles without having to consume an entire meal.
What you may not know about whey protein, however, is that it can also be used in cooking. In particular, it can be added to a number of baked goods to boost their protein content. I’ve added whey protein isolate to cookies, banana breads, and muffins.
Let’s look at how whey protein can also be added to pancakes for a breakfast with a big protein-punch…
Easy Protein Pancakes Recipe
- ½ cup of quick oats
- 1 scoop whey protein isolate (preferably vanilla flavor)
- ¼ cup of egg whites
- ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Cook oats in microwave with a bit of water, or simply let stand in boiling water for a couple minutes to cook. Mix the whey protein isolate with the egg whites, then add to cooked oats. Stir in cinnamon (or seasoning of choice, to taste).
Heat up a non-stick frying pan or griddle and spray with cooking spray. Use a ladle to drop pancakes on hot surface, and cook evenly on both sides, until lightly browned.
Top with almond butter and fresh fruit of choice. You may also use a teaspoon of all-natural, 100% pure maple syrup to add some sweetness. Makes 4 servings.
Choosing the Right Whey Protein Isolate
When it comes to choosing the right whey protein isolate, there are some good options and there are some bad ones.
One of my first picks is always Optimum 100% Natural Whey. It’s completely natural and has no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. It also works really well for baking, and will do the trick when it comes to this protein pancakes recipe.
Your other best pick is Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion, specifically the Delicious Vanilla flavor. If you want to add a bit more sweetness to this recipe, go with this option. The vanilla flavor will be a great addition.
Prepare these protein pancakes in under 10 minutes. Serve, and enjoy! Both your taste buds and your muscles with thank you.
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