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Protein Pancakes

Jenna Zoe
  • Serves: Makes 3-4
  • Preparation: 5
  • Cooking: 10
  • Ready: 15

Who doesn’t love a pancake? With a healthifying makeover, you can have these any day of the week.


  • 6 tablespoons gluten-free plain flour of choice
  • 1 scoop of protein powder of choice
  • ½ tablespoon xylitol or stevia, or other granulated sweetener
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 tablespoon non-dairy milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  • berries of choice and maple syrup, or dark chocolate chips, to serve


In a bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, sweetener, baking powder and salt.

Separately, mash the banana until no lumps remain, then add the milk and vanilla extract.

Mix the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients until well combined.

Melt the coconut oil in a frying pan over medium heat so that it coats the bottom of the pan. Spoon a quarter of the pancake batter at a time into the pan, then flip the pancake over when you see it start to bubble. Cook until golden underneath. Remove the pancake from the pan and keep it warm while you make the remaining pancakes with the rest of the batter.

Serve with berries and a touch of maple syrup for a healthy option, or dark chocolate chips for a treat.

Additonal notes

Recipe courtesy of Jenna Zoe and Ryland Peters & Small

Super Healthy Snacks and Treats by Jenna Zoe (photography by Clare Winfield) is published by Ryland Peters & Small and is available from

“Who doesn’t love a pancake? With a healthifying makeover, you can have these any day of the week rather than saving them for an indulgent Sunday brunch. Sometimes, when I’m wiped out at the end of the day, I whip these up for dinner and I never feel guilty about it…

Did you know?

Protein is the “It” nutrient right now, and as a result protein powders have sprouted up all over the place. However, many of them are comprised of cheap fillers and as a result can be more of a hindrance than a help to our bodies. Often, they are sweetened with sugar or worse, artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which comes in many different disguises.

Look for a plain, natural protein such as hemp, pea, sprouted brown rice, or quinoa, ideally with 10 ingredients or fewer; as a rule of thumb stay away from anything with the word “isolate” in the ingredients. Also, the more novel the flavour of the protein powder (e.g. cookies and cream, peanut butter and jam), the more processed it is likely to be. I recommend you buy either plain, vanilla or chocolate and tweak the flavours with ingredients from your kitchen. Some brands I love: Good Hemp Food, Naturya, Tempt, Vega and Sunwarrior.”

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