If you’re a chocolate lover, or if you’re you’re simply looking for something that’s bursting with flavor for the morning, or weekends with your kids – then these easy chocolate protein pancakes are just the thing!
I love getting my kids in the kitchen and when I say these chocolate pancakes are on the menu, they come running without hesitation.
You can serve these pancakes with maple syrup, berries, bananas, or even some whipped cream on top. There’s no wrong way to enjoy them.
The great part about these pancakes is that you don’t need a bunch of ingredients and you’ll only need one bowl!
For this recipe specifically, we used two packets of Nestle® Breakfast Carnations Essentials packets for the added chocolate flavor, but you can use your traditional cocoa powder, or chocolate-flavored protein powder, instead.
This is where we get the added protein, plus many more essential nutrients.
Are Chocolate Protein Pancakes A Healthy Breakfast?
Pancakes alone aren’t really nutrient-dense. Although we all know and love the flavor, it’s not the most nutritious start to our day.
Usually made with all-purpose flour and sugar, then topped with more sugar and butter from the syrup – the refined carbs and sugars can rapidly increase your blood sugar.
You can substitute the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, or oat flour, as a healthier alternative. This easy chocolate pancake recipe causes for whole wheat flour as well.
You can use maple syrup instead of the sugary syrup on the shelves and opt for a healthier butter alternative, like plant-based butter, or coconut oil.
Why Add Protein Powder to These Chocolate Pancakes and Which One Is Best?
Adding protein powder to these chocolate pancakes that contains added supplements can make this recipe that more nutritious.
For this recipe specifically, I used Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder packets. I love how they contain 13 grams of protein to support growth and help build and maintain muscle.
Plus the packets contain over 20 vitamins and minerals. These mixes are perfect for kids, which is why I love using them!
Here’s What You’ll Need To Make These Easy Chocolate Protein Pancakes:
- All purpose flour
- Whole wheat flour
- Cocoa powder
- Two packets of Nestle Carnations Packets, or use your preferred brand of chocolate protein powder
- Baking powder
- Sea Salt
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Oil – I used canola, but you can also use melted coconut oil or melted vegan/regular butter
Tips For Making The Best Chocolate Protein Pancakes:
- One of the most important things to remember when making pancakes is to not over mix the batter! You want your pancakes light and fluffy. If you over mix, you will end up with flat and dense pancakes.
- Make sure the pancake batter is thick enough before placing into the pan. If you find your batter is too thin, simply add a few more tablespoons of flour to the mix to thicken. If the pancake batter is too thin, add more water or milk.
- The best signal for when to flip the pancakes is air bubbles. You want to wait until your pancakes form bubbles on the top before flipping them. This ensures your pancakes come out nice and fluffy.
- If you don’t have the desired fluffiness, add a tablespoon more of baking soda.
- When storing leftover pancakes, place them in the freezer and toast them in the oven for a quick weekday breakfast. I love having these on hand for busy mornings!
Equipment Used To Make The Best Pancakes:
Easy Chocolate Protein Pancakes
- 1 1/4 Cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 Cup whole wheat flour
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder unsweetened
- 2 Packets Carnation Breakfast Essentials Chocolate Flavor
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 3/4 Tsp salt
- 1 Cup almond milk unsweetened
- 1/4 Cup canola oil
- 1 Tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp butter
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, protein packets, baking powder and salt.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the almond milk, vanilla, and canola oil.
- Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture, mixing until very few lumps appear. Careful not to over mix.
- Heat the butter in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat.
- Spoon pancake batter into the pan.
- FLip pancakes when bubbles start to form.
- Enjoy immediately, or freeze for later.
- Garnish with your favorite fruits, chocolate chip, and/or maple syrup.