It’s no secret that we are a pancake loving household – and it’s so easy to be when there are just so many different ways of making them. These Chocolate Protein Pancakes tick a lot of boxes as not only are they utterly delicious but they are packed with protein without containing any protein powders and are gluten-free too.
These really are a meal prep, weekday hit for the whole family. I love them as I can simply grab some from the freezer on the way out the door to work as I freeze them in batches of three or four. They are a quick but nutritious breakfast for the kids as they can be reheated in seconds. I love serving them with yoghurt and fruit on the side, because the pancakes are full of protein to keep them feeling full until lunch (or break at least!) and have slow release carbs in the oats to prevent sugar spikes and crashes.
I know there is a fab range of protein powders on the market but some can be expensive, other unpalatable. And some people just prefer to get their protein boost without such a refined ingredient. These pancakes use simple and cheap ingredients which can be easily found in supermarkets and kitchen cupboards.
Serve these as indulgently as you please! They are a winner with maple syrup, nut butters, fruit, cream yoghurt or even a hot chocolate sauce over them as a pudding. Make them your own and I bet you will find Chocolate Protein Pancakes are a regular in your household too!
Chocolate Protein Pancakes (gluten and protein powder free)
- 180g oats, gluten free if needs be
- 250g Quark
- 1 banana
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 20g cocoa
- 100ml milk
- 4 eggs
- oil to fry
- Step 1 Blend all the ingredients together (I use my Nutribullet) until smooth.
- Step 2 Heat a little oil in a frying pan and pour or ladle in the pancake batter. I find about ¾ of a ladle is about right for me but it depends how big you like your pancakes!
- Step 3 Using the back of a spoon, smooth out the batter so each pancake is even in thickness. If you like your pancakes thicker then just make sure you cook them a little longer each side so the middle is done.
- Step 4 After three mins on a low heat, when the top is no longer liquid at all and you can see bubbles in the pancake, flip over.
- Step 5 Cook for a further two minutes and serve.
17 thoughts on “Chocolate Protein Pancakes (gluten and protein powder free)”
These look so delicious and amazing! Love that they are able to be GF. We have a GF family member, so on Pancake days I often find myself making two different batches. Love that it could only be on, and that they would be chocolate! Everything is better chocolate!
These are going to be a big hit at our house! My kids LOVE pancakes. They ask for them pretty much every day, so I’m always on the hunt to find “healthy ” versions. The fact that these have the protein already in them is amazing! I usually default to putting a protein powder in them. Although I have to ask, what is Quark? I’ve never heard of it. We like to top ours with cream cheese, but I just might give the yogurt a try. Thanks for the great recipe 🙂
Quark is a fat-free , high protein soft cheese. You could sub in marscapone though as it has a similar texture.
These look so easy! I’ve recently gotten out of the box (literally) with pancakes so definitely going to try these!
I’m so trying this. I’m a huge pancake lover and it’s been hard trying to eat healthy and giving these up. This is a perfect alternative. Thanks!
These are so filling and full of good stuff. Hope they help!
I always wanted to try a protein pancake but wasn’t sure if I would like it. This looks tasty!
These are similar to a regular pancake, just more filling. Hope you enjoy!
These look so delicious! I am definitely making these for brunch soon!
You can totally make them the day before and reheat so you have more time to chat during brunch!
Awesome! I am so in need of a breakfast that the kiddos will eat that will keep them full till lunch. Lol. I mean snack time. I feel like my kids snack before snack time. Actually all thy do is snack. I hope these pancakes help our family eating rutine ❤️
They could have these as a snack! They are really filling and my kids are fine until they maybe have a piece of fruit mid-morning. But 3 of these and they are stuffed till lunch!
Yummy, these pancakes sound amazing! I’l be trying this recipe 🙂
YAY! I can actually eat these! What an easy and simple recipe to follow! Cant wait to try this!
I am all about quick and easy!
This looks so yummy. These are look so healthy I think I could eat about twelve of them.
wow! I love pancakes and these defo worked a treat for me and my family