They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s a great time to pack in some extra protein. Having a high-protein breakfast can help fill you up and keep hunger at bay until lunchtime. Also, pancakes are delicious, and just the thought of that stack on your plate gives you a good reason to jump out of bed in the morning and get going.
If you have a good boxed pancake mix you like, you can add your protein powder to it. Or you can make a classic recipe from scratch using flour, baking powder, sugar, milk, butter, and egg. Remember the rule of subbing out no more than 1/3 of the dry ingredients for protein powder. The alternative is to add more wet ingredients.
However, there are better ways to create healthy, protein-packed pancakes. One way is to use alternative flours. Almond and coconut flours are better for you than white flour (via WebMD). White flour is high-glycemic and spikes your blood sugar, which isn’t good for sustained energy and focus. Almond and coconut flours are low-glycemic, providing a steady source of energy. Another healthy move is to skip the sugar in the mix. Adding bananas provides natural sweetness and moisture. And, although it’s hard to imagine pancakes without syrup, your stack will be much healthier and more satiating if you top it with protein-rich Greek yogurt and fresh fruit instead.