How to make protein pancakes!

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How to make protein pancakes!
Pancakes are an indulgence, but protein pancakes make for a healthy breakfast. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Pancakes tend to be high in calories, making them a breakfast indulgence. For those either on high-protein diets or looking to slash the calories they consume, pancakes often end up on lists of prohibited foods. However, making a protein pancake can satisfy a craving without wreaking havoc on a diet. Protein has been shown to keep people satiated throughout the day, so these filling pancakes can help increase muscle and stave off hunger.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Large bowl
  • 5 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla-flavoured protein powder
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar substitute
  • Water
  • Cooking spray
  • Skillet
  • Spatula

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  1. 1

    Combine the egg whites, protein powder, oatmeal, flour, cinnamon and sugar substitute in a bowl until well-mixed. If the mixture is too thick, add water by the tablespoon until it reaches the desired consistency.

  2. 2

    Heat the skillet over medium high heat. After about a minute, spray with cooking spray. Wait a minute longer and test the pan; if a drop of water sizzles on it, it is ready.

  3. 3

    Add the batter, 1/2 cup per pancake. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes. Once bubbles begin to form in the batter, check the bottom of the pancake and flip when it is golden brown.

  4. 4

    Cook for about three more minutes on the other side, checking to make sure the pancakes do not burn.

  5. 5

    Transfer the pancakes to a plate, and an enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast with none of the guilt.

Tips and warnings

  • The basic pancake recipe is perfect for add-ins. Try it with fresh or frozen berries, which can be added to each pancake once you place the batter in the pan, or add chopped nuts to Step 1.
  • Be sure not to ruin the healthy pancakes by topping them with unhealthy options. Instead, choose fresh fruits or low-sugar whipped cream or syrup to dress them up.

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