Whether you eat them drenched in syrup, smothered in peanut butter or covered in fresh fruit, this classic breakfast food is sure to turn even the grumpiest of breakfast guests into an early bird.
As with all sugary breakfast foods, pancakes may leave you feeling a little hungry come mid-morning. But when you pack your pancakes with satiating protein (and maybe some healthy fats), they're sure to keep you out of the snack cabinet.
Give these protein pancake recipes a go for a Sunday-morning-style breakfast that won't sabotage your healthy-eating goals.
1. Tiramisu Protein Pancakes With Banana-Cream Frosting
- Calories: 488
- Protein: 31 grams
Dessert for breakfast? Sign us up! This tiramisu pancake recipe tastes like a treat yet is loaded with plenty of hunger-quelling protein as well as unsaturated fat — two macronutrients that your body processes slowly and keep you feeling full, according to the Mayo Clinic.
To make these stacks, you'll mix 1/4 cup of cold brew into the batter for a flavor and energy boost. If you want to limit your caffeine, though, feel free to swap with decaf.
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2. Cottage Cheese Protein Pancakes
- Calories: 306
- Protein: 25 grams
These pancakes will give you a boost of energy, keep your hunger at bay and require only five ingredients to prepare. Thanks to the cottage cheese base, this recipe is not only a good source of protein but calcium, too.
Dairy is a great source of calcium, a nutrient that helps support bone and muscle health, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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3. Strawberry Protein Pancakes
- Calories: 326
- Protein: 34 grams
Most of the protein in these pancakes comes from egg whites and protein powder, which bring the protein content to an impressive 34 grams. These stacks are topped with a chunky homemade strawberry jam that nixes the need for syrup.
This recipe also calls for a 1/3 cup of oats, which add magnesium, iron, fiber, B vitamins and vitamin E to your breakfast, according to the Whole Grains Council.
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4. Savory Spinach, Tomato and Goat Cheese Pancakes
- Calories: 395
- Protein: 24 grams
If you're not a fan of sweet breakfast foods, these savory spinach-stuffed flapjacks are a great way to mix things up and incorporate veggies into your morning.
With a cup of baby spinach in the batter, these pancakes will help you get some vitamin A and C at your first meal. You probably know vitamin C for its immune benefits, but it's also an antioxidant that your body uses to protect itself from free radicals, such as pollution or tobacco smoke, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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5. Hemp Protein Pancakes
- Calories: 444
- Protein: 26 grams
This recipe checks all the best breakfast boxes: high in protein, high in healthy fat and high in fiber. One serving of these hemp pancakes packs about 12 grams of fiber, which knocks out a good chunk of your daily recommended value.
Fiber is an essential nutrient that helps keep your digestion regular and promotes satiety — but most Americans don't get enough. (Ideally, women should get about 25 grams and men 38 grams per day, according to the Mayo Clinic.) This slow-digesting carb can also help control blood sugar levels and may even lower cholesterol levels.
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6. Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes
- Calories: 207
- Protein: 21 grams
Cottage cheese, egg whites and craving-crushing peanut butter mean these pancakes are a recipe for protein. Instead of standard peanut butter, this recipe calls for the powdered variety, which helps keep the total fat and calories low.
If you've never tried powdered peanut butter before, look for it at your local grocery store or snag a jar on Amazon.com.
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7. Gluten-Free Coconut Silver Dollar Protein Pancakes
- Calories: 489
- Protein: 26 grams
If you're following a gluten-free diet, you can feel comfortable adding these to your breakfast menu. All of the ingredients in these silver-dollar protein pancakes are naturally gluten-free but you'll want to double-check the labels nevertheless.
Cross-contamination is always a risk when processed foods are manufactured, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. So if you're purchasing pea protein for this recipe, look for a product that bears a gluten-free label or a gluten-free certification seal.
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