3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes

3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes

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I’ve made plenty of protein pancakes in my day, but these 3-ingredient protein powder pancakes are easily my favorite. They’re just so easy, fluffy, golden brown-ey, and yummy! 

These pancakes also check the customizability box. I’ve included an infographic at the bottom of this post with four different recipe variations for the primary ingredient, and you can swap the other two ingredients all the same. 

Ingredients for Protein Powder Pancakes

You’ll only need three ingredients, and every one of them is customizable:

  1. protein powder – I used whey (notes for PEScience users below)
  2. skim milk – any liquid should work fine
  3. pancake mix – the four variations I’ve included are for Bisquick, Birch Benders, Krusteaz Protein Pancakes, and Kodiak Cakes 

recipe steps for protein powder pancakes

Like I mentioned, you can plug and play with all the ingredients. The recipe suggests a range of milk to use for different combinations. If you’re using a different blend of protein powder than whey (plant based, casein, etc.), you may need to tweak the liquid a bit more. 

The good news is that no matter what you change in the recipe, they’re really difficult to mess up! In all my tests, I only had one batch turn out poorly. And that’s because I forgot they were in the pan and burned them. 

Recipe Video

It’s a simple recipe, but you might pick up a tip or two about pan heat and mixing in the recipe video. 


Final Protein Powder Pancakes Notes

I originally shared this protein powder pancakes recipe as a bun option for my breakfast burgers. So, if you’re looking for a creative way to serve your pancakes, go check that out next! And in case you’re wondering, you can definitely use this recipe for waffles. Check out my chicken and protein waffles as an example! 

If you try these protein powder pancakes, let me know! Grab a pic of your creation and tag me on Instagram @mason_woodruff or share it in my Facebook group.

protein powder pancakes on a plate with butter and syrup
4.68 from 55 votes

3-Ingredient Protein Powder Pancakes

Quick and easy pancakes made with protein powder, milk, and your choice of pancake mix.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword protein pancakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 pancakes
Calories 125 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff


  • 1 C (120g) Bisquick or your choice of pancake mix
  • 2 scoops (56g) Whey Protein Powder vanilla*
  • 3/4-1 C (180-240mL) Skim Milk or your choice of milk


  1. Mix the pancake mix and protein powder together in a bowl before stirring in the milk. Start on the lower end of the milk and add as needed depending on the protein powder you're using.

    pancake mix, protein powder, and milk in a mixing bowl
  2. Stir until everything is just mixed without any major lumps. Overmixing will make your pancakes flat.

    protein powder pancake batter before cooking
  3. Heat a pan or griddle over medium-high heat with nonstick cooking spray. You may need to test your stovetop for best results.

  4. Slowly pour 1/4 cup circles in the pan, pouring into the center of the circle for symmetrical pancakes.

    protein powder pancakes in the pan
  5. Cook for about 2 minutes before checking the edges. If you can see the golden brown ring around the edge, flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the pancakes are cooked through. (This is where testing your stovetop comes in. Too much heat will brown the bottom before the centers cook through, creating a gooey center. Too little heat will cook through before you can flip.)

    one pancake flipped in the pan
  6. Top with butter, syrup, and your choice of toppings.

Recipe Notes

*Feel free to get creative with different flavors and fillings. 

  • Each pancake has 3 Smart Points.
  • I've included additional pancake mix options, PEScience Select whey and casein protein powder modifications, and the amounts needed below this recipe card. 
Nutrition Facts
3-Ingredient Protein Powder Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (1 pancake)
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Protein 11g22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Additional Pancake Mix Options

Below you’ll find two graphics with more pancake mix options. The first graphic uses PEScience protein powder and the second uses a whey-only protein powder. 

PEScience Protein Pancakes

Whey-Only Protein Pancakes

infographic with protein pancakes recipe

41 thoughts on “3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes”

  • 5 stars
    Do I have to mix the bisquik recipe and then add the protein and milk? Like the recipe for bisquick calls for eggs and milk.. thank you!

  • 5 stars
    Omg these are so freaking good!! I mixed some blueberries in and didn’t need to top the pancakes with anything, ate them plain and loved every bite.

  • 5 stars
    Are you sure you can add 2 scoops of whey protein powder? Wont such a high amount of protein powder make it taste bad?

    I was going to go with only 1 scoop of 30g (unflavored whey)

    • Yes, that’s correct. But every protein powder is a bit different so you may have to tinker depending on what you’re using. I will say that using unflavored protein here wouldn’t be a great idea since it has such a strong flavor.

    • dude, i get you! I put in 53 g of unsweetened plain vegan pea protein to 3 cups of bobs organic 10 grain pancake mix and now i waiting for it to cool . This is either going to go bomb or horribly, horribly wrong.

  • 5 stars
    These ended up being super light and fluffy, and were perfect when paired with sugar-free syrup! I didn’t have enough Kodiak buttermilk mix, so I blended it with the Kodiak almond poppyseed mix. Delicious! I added two eggs as well, doubled the original recipe, and used soy milk instead of skim milk. We also tried these wrapped around a sausage link and dipped in syrup, and they were perfection!

  • 5 stars
    Easy and simple recipe. Makes great for an easy pre workout meal. Or you can get fancy and use these pancakes as buns for a breakfast sandwich (mcgriddle 🤤) Definitely recommend.

  • Have made the a dozen times and love them each time – suggest weighing your ingredients vs a measuring cup and if you use a different protein powder you may need to tinker with it as some bake differently. Super easy to make and taste great.

  • 5 stars
    Really enjoyed the simplicity and versatility of this recipe with different mixes. I personally used kodiak cakes and took a little bit more liquid, but came out great! Its my go to when I’m craving pancakes!

  • 5 stars
    I followed the recipe but used bowmar blueberry cheesecake protein powder….also made half pancakes half waffles. Simple easy to follow recipe. Thumbs up. You can freeze them too!

  • 5 stars
    Absolute win! I eat protein pancakes at least once a week. These directions really take the work out of determining ratios. I go back and forth between Kodiak Cake and Krusteaz Protein Cakes mixes and switch up protein flavors based upon my mood. Switched from BN to PEScience and kept the weigh ratios the same with perfect results. I actually use water instead of milk. I even mix up the ingredients beforehand and we take them on the road, add water and make these up at the campsite in the summer.

  • 5 stars
    I’ve made this with just about every variation you can think of with using Bisquick, Kodiak, Birch Benders, and Carbquik; PEScience Snickerdoodle, PEScience Vanilla, PEScience Chocolate, Bowmar Nutrition Protein Frosted Cookie, and Bowmar Nutrition Protein Birthday Cake; Fairlife Skim Milk, regular skim milk, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, unsweetened chocolate almond milk, and unsweetened cashew milk. Every combination is so dang good if you just follow the weight proportions from this recipe but if you’re looking for a starting place my favorite is Birch Benders (I think it has a little more rise) with PEScience chocolate and unsweetened chocolate almond milk (but hard to find the unsweetened version).

  • 5 stars
    LOVED this recipe. I used Kodiak Buttermilk, Whole Wheat & Honey Oat protein flapjack mix, 2 scoops of Lady Boss Lean Vanilla Cake Whey, Fairlife lactose free skim milk and added an egg for extra protein. I also threw in some wild blueberries…definitely our new Sunday breakfast go-to. 😀

  • 5 stars
    I’ve made a LOT of protein pancakes over the years and the simplicity of this one cannot be beat! Plus, through this recipe I discovered a new protein pancake mix (Krusteaz)! So delicious and easy to make! Thanks for an easy protein pancake!

  • 5 stars
    Have made the Kodiak Cakes version several times. Chocolate mix with peanut butter protein powder and buttermilk mix with vanilla protein powder. Top them both with a Greek yogurt/protein powder ‘sauce’. Added mini choc chips to the top for the chocolate version and strawberries and blueberries to the buttermilk version. 1/4 of the recipe is a good serving when cooking for one. Planning for more flavor combos.

  • 5 stars
    I love Pancakes, pe science protein and kodiak power cakes! I love This quick easy recipe for breakfast but I also Like to put Greek yogurt and fruit on these, fold like a taco and have as a quick snack!

  • 5 stars
    I made these this weekend for the first time. Life changing! My husband didn’t even know there was protein powder and commented on how fluffy they were. Didn’t have vanilla PE Scence so I used my cake pop powder that I had in hand. Was perfect with a little sweetness .

  • 5 stars
    Love this quick and easy protein pancake option. Used the PE science Snickerdoodle protein with kodiak cakes and almond milk. I use to alway eat my kodiak cakes with zero calorie syrup but the protein powder adds sweetness that now I just gobble them up plain and the higher protein leaves room for extra carbs later in the day. Genius! Love these.

  • 5 stars
    SO GOOD!! I’ve been desperate to up my protein intake and I wanted to try to include in something I actually enjoy eating. I added chocolate chips to mine and not only did they stay very thick and fluffy, they also cooked just like regular pancakes! Will definitely try again!

  • These protein pancakes are so easy to make! They turn out light and fluffy. I’ve used PEScience vanilla, snickerdoodle, peanut butter and cake pop to make them and they have all been delicious! 10/10 recommend!!

  • I luv all of ur recipes but this is one of my favorite mainly because I didn’t think I would ever be able to eat pancakes again without guilt. Thank you Mason. Plus I have a son named Mason it’s a great name lol

  • 5 stars
    Love these recipes! I’ve used the birch benders pancake mix, pes cake pop and almond milk instead of skim before too and it still surged out delicious. Highly recommend 👍🏼

  • 5 stars
    Oh my gosh my fav recipe for pancakes and sooo easy… Butterworths is the best to use with this or Kodiak cakes!! Love it

  • 4 stars
    Love this easy recipe! Subbed it for pancake mix since I didn’t have Bisquick and made it into waffles instead. SO GOOD and easy for quick meals.

  • 5 stars
    These are just too easy for getting protein and carb into breakfast! Can’t mess these up. I want to try with peanut butter cup protein powder and some sliced bananas baked in!

  • 4 stars
    A great base recipe! I add a spoonful of greek yogurt and an extra dash of baking powder to make the pancakes extra fluffy!

  • 5 stars
    Love love love these pancakes! I also add about 1/4 C of egg whites and reduce the milk a bit just to add more protein to them. I then top them with a cpl tablespoons of PB powder mixed in water and some sliced banana… add Walden farms maple syrup and top with fat free Redi-Whip!!! Soooo good 🤤

  • 5 stars
    I’m not much of a pancake person but decided to try these to use up some protein powder I didn’t love drinking straight. These are so good & I topped it with some Walden Farms Caramel syrup & sliced bananas to make it even better! I’ll keep making these!

  • 5 stars
    AMAZING!! I am not a cook by any means, but I made these this morning and they were to die for. I used what I had on had, which was Kodiak cakes flapjack mix, almond milk, and Ghost cereal milk protein powder. I added blueberries and bananas to my batter as well! They were light and fluffy and DELICIOUS. I’m a bariatric patient so I have to modify almost all comfort food recipes to fit my macros needs and this recipe did the trick! It will definitely become a staple in my house! Thank you for this!

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