Let me just start off by saying that I AM SO SORRY I have been MIA lately. Spring is the absolute busiest time for me at work and report writing has been sucking up a lot of my time at home. I was able to get a few recipes developed and photographed over the last few weekends and I’m finally getting some time to sit down and write one up. I’m hoping when summer comes, I will have some more free time to dedicate to my blog. However, I’m always posting on Instagram and linking to my favorite recipes, so make sure you are following along there to see what I’m cooking. NOW, on to the recipe for these delicious pancakes!
These Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Pancakes are perfect for breakfast any day of the week. I usually reserve my pancake making for the weekends because they generally take longer to make than most of my other go-to breakfasts, and also because they are usually more of a treat than a healthy meal. But honestly, these Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Pancakes are pancakes you can feel good about eating any day of the week. They also reheat well in the microwave, so you can make them over the weekend and then just heat them up during the week if you’re in need of something fast. One serving of these pancakes (3 large pancakes!) packs 11 grams of protein with just 219 calories and 4 grams of fat.
There are a lot of recipes out there for protein pancakes, and some of them have a crazy amount of ingredients or use ingredients that I don’t normally have on hand. This recipe is healthy, but not “too” healthy, where you feel like you’re not even eating pancakes (if you know what I mean), and uses ingredients that most people have in their pantry already. I’m on a lemon kick lately, so I added fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and poppy seeds to a basic pancake recipe for a boost in flavor. I served these with fresh strawberries and pure maple syrup, but they would also be great with mashed frozen berries. I love heating up and partially mashing frozen berries because they get super juicy and sweet. If you pour them over pancakes, you don’t even need syrup. I’m also really into the lemon/berry combination so there is also that.
If you try this recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Pancakes, let me know in the comments!
Active Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 3 (3 large pancakes each)
1 cup white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose)
1/4 cup plant-based vanilla protein powder (I use PerfectFit)
1/4 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
zest of one lemon
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
In a large bowl, combine flour, protein powder, salt, baking powder, poppy seeds and lemon zest. Wisk to combine. Pour in the almond milk, lemon juice, vanilla, and maple syrup and stir until just combined (be careful not to overmix-it can be a little lumpy).
Heat up a griddle or non-stick pan until hot. Spray with cooking spray, if desired. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto pan and cook until bubbles form in the center. Flip and continue cooking until the pancake is fluffy and cooked through. Continue until all batter is gone.
Nutrition Information per serving (3 large pancakes):
Calories: 219 Fat: 4g Carbs: 40g Protein: 11g Sodium: 782mg Sugar: 9g
*Nutrition information is based on the products I used personally in this recipe. Different products may yield slightly different information.