These super easy Vegan Protein Pancakes are ready in 15 minutes for a quick post work out protein breakfast. Plus, these pancakes are also the most fluffy and nourishing with 4 grams of proteins each and also perfect for vegan breakfast for kids.
Are Protein Pancakes vegan?
No, most protein pancake recipes are made of eggs, milk, and oats, or banana. So to make delicious vegan pancakes with protein powder, you need to follow this vegan recipe.
How to make vegan protein pancakes?
This is probably the easiest vegan pancake recipe. All you need are a few simple pantry ingredients and just 15 minutes to whip a batch of these vegan pancakes.
All you need to make protein powder pancakes are:
- Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
- Unsweetened almond milk or any non-dairy milk you love, like oat milk or soy milk.
- All-purpose flour – feel free to use a gluten-free all-purpose blend if you are intolerant to gluten. Note that this recipe won’t work with almond flour or coconut flour. You can swap 1/4 cup of the flour with oat flour to make the recipe higher in plant-based protein.
- Vanilla protein powder – we tested the recipe with three types of plant-based protein powder, including pea protein powder, almond protein powder, and peanut protein powder. The best fluffy pancakes come from pea protein powder.
- Baking powder
- Crystal sweetener – we used sugar-free erythritol, but sugar or coconut sugar works as well.
First, prepare dairy-free buttermilk. To do so, simply whisk the almond milk and apple cider vinegar together in a mixing bowl and set aside while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
Combine wet ingredients to dry ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients: flour, protein powder, sugar, and salt.
Stir in the vegan buttermilk and whisk until a thick batter forms.
Warm a pancake griddle or non-stick pan over medium heat. Rub the frying pan surface with a piece of absorbent paper slightly oiled with olive oil or coconut oil.
Then, scoop out 2 tablespoons of pancake batter per pancake and spread in a round shape. The batter is pretty thick, and that’s normal. If it’s really too thick and won’t spread, add a splash of extra almond milk in your pancake batter to thin out.
Cook for 2-3 minutes or until edges are drying out and bubbles form in the center of the pancakes. Flip and cook on the other side until the vegan protein pancakes are golden brown and puff.
Cool down on a wire rack and keep cooking the remaining batter, following the instructions above.
These vegan pancakes with protein powder are delicious plain or topped with some of the vegan-friendly toppings below:
- Fresh berries like raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries
- Coconut yogurt
- Peanut butter or almond butter
- Vegan chocolate chips
- Sliced almonds
- Chopped peanuts
- Coconut chips
- Homemade chia seed jam
- Maple syrup or brown rice syrup for a low GI sweetener
- Vegan date caramel
This pancake batter is even better with some flavoring and add-ons. Feel free to stir in some of the below ingredients in the batter before cooking the pancakes:
- 1/4 cup berries – blueberries, raspberries
- Dark vegan chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
Protein powder choice
The key to making fluffy protein powder pancakes is to use :
- the exact amount of protein powder requested by the recipe
- the same type of protein powder
In fact, each protein powder has different water absorbance, and as a result, your protein pancakes will have a different texture based on what you choose.
You can weigh your protein powder with a kitchen scale or use a measuring cup and use the scoop, sweep method to measure. Don’t overpack the powder in the cup for better measurement.
The best protein powder for vegan fluffy pancakes is pea protein powder. You can use vanilla, caramel, or chocolate flavor.
For a less fluffy vegan protein pancake, use nut or seed protein powder like :
- Peanut protein powder
- Almond protein powder
- Hemp protein powder
Note that we didn’t try the recipe with a whey protein powder. Whey is not vegan. It’s made from cow milk.
You can store these protein pancakes in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. To rewarm pancakes, bring them in a bread toaster, sandwich press, or hot pancake griddle.
You can also freeze pancakes with protein powder very well. Simply freeze in individual bags to avoid the pancakes sticking to each other. Thaw at room temperature the day before serving and rewarm following the instructions above
More vegan protein recipes
Below I listed more vegan recipes made with protein powder for a high protein vegan breakfast.
More vegan pancake recipes
I have plenty of other vegan pancake recipes on the blog. If you don’t feel like using protein powder, the ones below are delicious as well!
Have you made these vegan protein pancakes for breakfast? Share a review or comment below to tell me how much you love these!
Your friend, Carine
Vegan Protein Pancakes
- 2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar - or lemon juice
- 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk - or non-dairy milk you love
- 1 cup All-purpose Flour - or white whole wheat flour
- ⅓ cup Plant-based Vanilla Protein Powder - pea powder works the best (40g/1.4 oz)
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 2 tablespoons Sugar - we used sugar-free erythritol or coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
- In a mixing bowl, whisk almond milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside while measuring the remaining ingredients.
- In another mixing bowl, whisk dry ingredients evenly: flour, protein powder, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
- Stir the almond milk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients until a thick pancake batter forms with no lump. It should be pretty thick, and that's normal.
- Warm a pancake griddle grease with a tiny bit of coconut oil over medium heat.
- Scoop 2 tablespoons of pancakes batter per pancake on the griddle and spread in a round shape. If the batter is too thick, thin it out by adding an extra splash of almond milk.
- Cook the pancake for 2-3 minutes on low-medium heat until dry on the edges, then flip and cook an extra minute until it puffs.
- Cool down on a wire rack and cook the remaining batter.
- Serve with vegan toppings you love like peanut butter, maple syrup, chia jam.
- Store leftovers for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze and thaw at room temperature the day before serving. Rewarm on a hot pancake griddle or in a bread toaster.