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Here's How to Make Protein Pancakes, Muffins, and Waffles

Give your morning breakfast an extra boost of protein with these easy recipes. They’re even gluten-free!

Giving your food an extra boost of protein by cooking with protein powder isn't a new practice—especially if you're looking to increase your protein intake! However, finding the best recipe to make protein pancakes, protein muffins, or protein waffles is rather difficult. The key to cooking with protein powder is finding the best texture. Because no one wants to be biting into an ashy protein pancake due to the powder!

If you search for protein muffins, protein pancakes, or protein waffles online, you're going to get a wide array of recipes to try. Some call for a few simple ingredients, like bananas and eggs, while other ingredient lists get a bit more complicated, like using almond flour or flaxseed meal. Since I'm one for simple recipes, I decided to put together a foolproof formula for making delicious protein pancakes, muffins, and waffles at home.

For these recipes, I used a combination of eggs, oats, plain greek yogurt, milk, baking powder, and of course, protein powder. Since each dish is different, the ratio of these items will vary. But the same ingredients are used for each, meaning you can make whichever breakfast item your heart desires with protein.

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Grab the right protein powder

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For these recipes, I used a plain whey-based protein—but plant-based protein will also work well. I specifically like to use F-Factor's 20/20 Fiber/Protein Unflavored Powder. However, if you would like flavored protein pancakes, muffins, or waffles, you could buy flavored protein, like Tone It Up's Vanilla or Chocolate Plant-Based Protein.

Each recipe calls for one scoop, which is about 20 to 30 grams of protein. This measurement is smaller than 1/4 cup, however, most protein powder bags or containers should come with a scoop to properly portion it out.

How to make protein pancakes

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Looking to amp up your pancake recipe? Give those flapjacks some extra protein with this easy-to-make recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

How to make it:

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To make this recipe, blend up all the ingredients in a high-powdered blender. For perfect sized pancakes, pour 1/4 cup of the mixture on a hot griddle. When the pancakes start to bubble on the top, it's time to flip! Makes 8-10 pancakes (4-5 pancakes per serving).

How to make protein muffins

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This protein muffins recipe will make 12 muffins, which means this recipe is the perfect breakfast meal prep for your week.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Blueberries

How to make it:

To make these muffins, blend up the eggs, oats, greek yogurt, and milk in a high-powered blender. Pour the mixture in a bowl, and mix in the rest of the ingredients except the blueberries. Scoop the muffin mixture into a greased or lined muffin tin. Top the muffins with some blueberries, then bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins (2 muffins per serving).

How to make protein waffles

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This weekend brunch staple is about to get an upgrade! Adding in protein powder will make your weekend waffles incredibly filling. You could even throw in some chocolate chips for a touch of sweetness.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

How to make it:

Blend all of the ingredients together. Heat up a waffle iron, then spray it down with some non-stick cooking spray. Pour in the waffle mixture, then close. Let the waffle cook until the waffle maker beeps. Makes 1 waffle.

Make them with chocolate

chocolate protein waffles on a plate
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Prefer a chocolate protein pancake, muffin, or waffle? Making it is pretty simple! For each recipe, substitute the plain protein powder with a chocolate-flavored one, then add in 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder.

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