Happy pancake day, to all who celebrate. Sure, you can go standard lemon-and-sugar crepe, or you could give one of these protein-boosted recipes a whirl.
Protein pancakes are a breakfast - or, let's face it, anytime staple well worth getting good at. They're healthy, hearty and flipping delicious (particularly if you've got some tasty protein powder to use up). And, even for the most unskilled in the kitchen, there are plenty of easy recipes to try.
Also, you've got to love protein pancakes for being a sweet and indulgent-feeling breakfast that will genuinely keep you feeling full until lunchtime (alas the same cannot be said for an almond croissant) – not to mention their position as the ultimate post-workout breakfast.
Why is Protein Important, Anyway?
Protein, one of the three key macronutrients, helps your body build and repair muscle tissue following a workout. For the record, the NHS advises that women eat around 45g a day—the equivalent of three and a half eggs, two and a half salmon fillets or five portions of lentils. (Or, you know, via protein pancakes.)
'Protein is a macronutrient that provides amino acids, which join together to create and maintain bone, skin, hormones and muscle,' explains Dr Graeme Close, professor of human physiology at Liverpool John Moore’s University, who advises some of Britain's leading athletes on nutrition.
He advises thinking of amino acids like lego blocks. 'When the muscles are damaged through exercise, the Lego builders are ready to re-build, but they can only get to work if you give them blocks with which to do the job,’ he explains.
So these protein pancake recipes aren't simply tasty and impressive-looking brunch fare. Learning how to make healthy protein pancakes is a genuine nutrition win.
Train muscle without adequate amino acids and you leave it with no option but to break down. So, getting enough protein? It's essential - especially for women who strength train.
Why you should DIY your Protein Pancakes
It's worth remembering that making your protein pancakes – of any kind – from scratch will help you avoid the store-bought ones rammed full of sugar and added undesirables.
And, sure, you can find ready-made protein pancakes with a favourable macronutrient profile, but these will undoubtedly incur a premium cost. Whereas these DIY protein pancake recipes can be made with the simplest and most inexpensive of ingredients.
Plus, they're not exactly tricky to make. Flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter, milk and eggs are usually the core ingredients.
Throw a scoop of protein powder into the mix and you'll be serving them up in no time. If you prefer a more Joe Wicks' approach, grab a banana, two eggs and some whey or vegan protein powder and you're GTG.
It really could not be more simple.
How to make Vegan Protein Pancakes
Dairy-free? Plant-based? Or giving Veganuary a whirl after a seriously cheese-heavy festive season? No problem.
With a few simple switches, you can easily make your protein pancakes completely vegan. Make sure the protein powder you're using is vegan, and then substitute any milk with oat, soya, almond or a pea option.
Use coconut oil instead of butter and voila! Vegan protein pancakes at the ready.
26 Best Protein Pancake Recipes to Try
Looking for stacks of inspiration? We've trawled the internet for 26 sweet protein pancake recipe ideas just for you: including Madeleine Shaw's cinnamon and maple varieties and The Food Medic's blueberry and banana creation.
Plus there's even a couple of vegan options for those of you who might be dairy-free. From fresh fruit to peanut butter and honey (drool), give yourself some options. Perhaps your first stack has a different topping combo to your second - go wild, you're the boss here.
So, if you want to supercharge your protein pancakes, read on.