Our love for pancakes knows no bounds – we don't just save them for Shrove Tuesday. They're quick and easy to make, always delicious and incredibly versatile. Whether you've got a sweet tooth, a preference for savoury, or you follow a special diet, pancakes can be adapted to your liking.

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Recently, we've seen a boom in protein pancakes and it's easy to see why. The batter can be made with high-protein flours like quinoa and almond, a scoop of protein powder can be added to the mix without affecting flavour and, of course, there are endless high-protein pancake toppings to choose from.

So, why protein? It's a key nutrient with a vital role in multiple functions in the body, from building and repairing muscle, to supporting hormones and immune health. What's more, experts suggest that starting the day with adequate protein is a great way to keep you feeling fuller for longer, helping to avoid that mid-morning slump. Want to know how much protein you need? Read our guide.

Discover how to make protein pancakes, our recipes for protein powder pancakes and see our healthy pancake recipes, and try keto pancakes. Check out 10 ways to make your Pancake Day free-from for more ideas. Read 10 best protein sources and protein and carbs – have I got the balance right?

Protein pancake recipes

1. Easy protein pancakes

Up your intake of protein with these glorious pancakes made with eggs, oats, milk and protein powder. Great for powering up before a workout, this stack is best topped with a drizzle of nut butter, maple syrup and fresh fruit.

Need more inspiration? Browse our 20 most popular pancake recipes.

Stack of protein pancakes with nut butter and berries

2. Vegan protein pancakes

With 29g of protein in each serving (that'll be the use of quinoa, flaxseeds, almonds and chia seeds) this delicious gluten-free stack is guaranteed to leaving you feeling pumped. Complete with layers of yogurt, crunchy seeds and blueberry chia jam for a real breakfast treat.

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Looking for more vegan recipes for Shrove Tuesday? Check out our top 10 vegan pancakes.

3. Spinach protein pancakes

These savoury gluten-free pancakes are high in protein, folate and tasty, too. They're made with buckwheat, buttermilk, spinach and a pinch of paprika for added punch. Top with a poached egg, if you'd like even more protein in your stack.

Looking for more like this? Try our top 10 gluten-free pancake recipes.

4. Spinach & tuna pancakes

Serve up these wholesome spinach and tuna pancakes for brunch, lunch or dinner. Healthy, nutritious and full of protein, they also deliver three of your 5-a-day.

Spinach and tuna pancakes with sweetcorn, tomatoes and beans

High protein pancake toppings

Give these toppings a go when you want to add an extra protein boost to your stack of pancakes. Pick one or combine a couple:

  • A poached egg
  • Grilled streaky bacon
  • Chia seed jam
  • Peanut, almond or cashew butter
  • A dollop of Skyr or soya yogurt
  • A sprinkle of mixed seeds
  • Chocolate protein spread

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Do you have a favourite pancake recipe? Let us know in the comments below.


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