fluffy buttermilk protein pancakes.

by Janetha on March 23, 2013

in recipes

ahhh.. the weekend. my favorite!

saturdays are made for semi-laziness. i like to relax, but i also like to get things done. it’s been a pretty good balance of the two all day today!

i semi-slept in until 8:16. it was nice. i could have slept for longer, but that is what sundays are for.

at 8:37, i made my way over to GPP and barely made it to the last class which is held at 8:45. i managed to do half of the workout. and i subbed the running for rowing. remember, it’s saturday.. saturdays are made for semi-laziness. something is better than nothing!

i left the gym and headed straight to starbucks for girl talk and an iced americano with soy. that was a solid hour of laziness, so i decided to go home and be productive for a solid hour. i cleaned up my whole house–even folded the laundry! pretty proud of myself for that one. i loathe laundry.

i rewarded myself with some pancakes. i have been wanting to create FLUFFY protein pancakes for awhile now. i have tried the few past weekends, but haven’t had any luck. i wanted to make a new recipe today, but i didn’t want to go through the task of trial and error (and trial… and error…) because, remember? it’s semi-lazy saturday. so i decided to adapt a recipe i had seen online. yep.. semi-lazy pancake-creating at its best!

in the end, i tweaked the recipe quite a bit.. so this is actually a totally different recipe than the one i found. i made it into a single serving and i swapped out the sugar, butter, and dairy. and i added protein powder. actually, i am super happy with the results! i definitely achieved the task of protein-packed while still keeping them fluffy and light. in fact, these might be my new favorite pancakes! they are filled with over thirty grams of protein and contain plenty of healthy fats from the coconut oil. they’re also dairy free and have zero refined sugar. they are very filling, so they will keep you satiated all semi-lazy day long.

fluffy buttermilk protein pancakes
dairy-free and refined sugar-free
prep time: 15 minutes, cook time: 5-7 minutes
yield: one four-pancake serving
adapted from this recipe 


**you could replace this with another flour (whole wheat, all purpose, etc).
***you could use another sweetener of choice.
****you could replace this with melted earth balance or canola oil.


  1. to make the buttermilk, combine almond milk and vinegar and set aside for ten minutes so the milk has time to “sour”.
  2. heat a griddle to 325* or a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. combine protein powder, flour, stevia, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  4. in another bowl, whisk together egg white, vanilla, coconut oil, and soured milk.
  5. add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and gently stir until just combined. do not over-mix. batter will be thick and clumpy. let batter sit for five minutes.
  6. use additional coconut oil to grease the griddle or skillet (see note.)
  7. gently spoon batter onto the heated, greased surface using a 1/4 cup scoop to make four pancakes.
  8. cook for about 3-4 minutes, then flip the pancakes.
  9. let the other side cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  10. serve immediately with toppings of choice.
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*note from the directions: i recently read (in this article) that to make your pancakes cook more evenly and properly, it’s all about how you grease the pan. use a paper towel and soak it in whatever you are using to grease the pan (in my case, coconut oil.) rub the pan/skillet/griddle with the paper towel instead of spraying the grease right onto the surface.
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nutrition facts, pre-toppings:


i topped mine with maple syrup.


these pancakes were SO perfect. the flavor, the consistency, the stats.. i loved everything about them.

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i hope you try them and i hope you like them!

whelp, i am off to take a nap before tonight’s activities. i need to get some laziness in before going out and about… right?

xo. janetha g.

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Yep, I’m making these. Maybe this week too. I’ve been CRAVING pancakes!!

Erica March 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I’m totally trying that greasing trick! Very cool. Sounds like you’ve had a pretty fantastic day so far. Starbucks dates are my fav.

Stacey March 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Wow those look fantastic!!! Are you sure about that cholesterol value??? Seems quite high!

Janetha March 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

The statistics were calculated on thedailyplate.com so I am sure that they are correct according to the ingredients that I used in their database. Coconut oil?

Stacey March 24, 2013 at 9:24 am

Hmmm, just checked my jar of coconut oil and it has no cholesterol in it. That calculator is definitely wrong here! :)

Janetha March 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

Shoot! Thanks for checking.. I will edit the label as soon as I get to my desktop. I wonder what gives?

Janetha March 24, 2013 at 10:18 am

The website had the protein powder stats wrong. I fixed it to reflect the right stats. Thank you, Stacy!

Jan @ Sprouts n Squats March 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Yummy these look so delicious! I love the term fluffy to describe pancakes!

Lisa March 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Mmmm..these looks fantastic! I’ve been loving the addition of lemon juice or ACV into pancakes or baked good because it puffs them up so nicely!
Especially, if you work with gluten free flours.
I agree with Saturday’s, they’re totally my semi-productive/lazy day, while Sunday’s are completely lazy for me;)

Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl March 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Totally making these this week! I love the look of all of the ingredients and 32 g of protein….wow!

Addy @ Six-Kick Switch March 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Janetha I love your protein pancakes! I’ve been making them ahead of time and freezing them for weekday breakfasts – they’re great!

Janetha March 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Awesome idea :)

Alex @ Alex Tries it Out March 23, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I’ve been wanting to try a bit of a healthier version of pancakes – this one doesn’t look terrifying! Can’t wait to give these a shot :).

Linz @ Itz Linz March 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm

pancakes are totally the best weekend breakfast!

Missy March 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Wait – you used stevia? and liked it?? I thought you hated stevia!
This is a major breakthrough, lol!
These look so good – and fluffy!

Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food March 24, 2013 at 5:42 am

I like a good mix of lazy with productivity on the weekend. And I love me some fluffy pancakes too! These sound awesome.

katie March 24, 2013 at 5:43 am

YUM! I never use my pancake griddle, I really should! I always just end up using a skillet.

Happy Sunday love! <3

Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife March 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

yummy yummy yummy! I love pancakes. I never put protein in them though! I must change that!

Krysten March 24, 2013 at 9:42 am

I made these for breakfast this morning and they were amazing!!!! So fluffy and delicious, not dry or chalky at all. I’m definitely adding these to the breakfast rotation!

Donny March 24, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Protein pancakes – that is a pretty neat way of cutting back on carbs. I wonder if this protein powder will work for belgian waffles which are my favorite breakfast dish.

Gracie March 25, 2013 at 8:52 am

these look so good! how important is the apple cider vinegar?

Janetha March 25, 2013 at 9:16 am

Pretty crucial, as it turns the milk into buttermilk. You could sub white vinegar or you could just use real buttermilk!

Sou March 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Where are all of those carbs coming from? Is it 1/3 of oats post-grind? If so, that would make sense but not pre-grind. Looks delish though.

Janetha March 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm

The carbs come from the oats, yes.

Jen March 26, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Just made these and they are AMAZING. Seriously. Best protein pancake I’ve ever had. I used Sun Warrior Vanilla protein powder, and they turned out super fluffy and perfect. Plus, those stats are phenomenal! Thank you, thank you for the recipe!

Chris April 26, 2013 at 7:05 am

Can you make these without the egg? Thanks!

Manessa March 24, 2014 at 7:44 am

Chris, I will be trying these without egg. I too am curious. They look delicious.

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