3-Ingredient Protein Powder Pancakes

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. 

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Ingredients for Protein Powder Pancakes

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

  1. protein powder 
  2. skim milk or you choice of milk
  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! 

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

3-Ingredient Protein Powder Pancakes

Yield: 6 pancakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

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


  • 1 C (120g) Bisquick, or your choice of pancake mix*
  • 1 scoop (31g) Vanilla PEScience Select**
  • 3/4 C (180) Skim Milk, or your choice of milk


  1. Mix the pancake mix and protein powder together in a bowl before stirring in the milk slowly. You may need more/less milk if you're using a different protein powder.
  2. Stir until everything is just mixed without any major lumps. Over mixing will make your pancakes flat.
  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.
  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.
  6. Top with butter, syrup, and your choice of toppings.


*I've included a graphic below with other pancake mixes I've tested.

**PEScience Select is a whey and casein blend, making it thicker and more absorbent than whey-only protein powders. I've included a graphic below this recipe card with recommendations for whey-only proteins. If you want to check out PEScience products, my affiliate code mason saves you 15%.

Each pancake has 3 Smart Points.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Pancakes Serving Size: 1 Pancake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 3gCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 7g

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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

For Whey-Only Protein Powder Pancakes

infographic with protein pancakes recipe

57 thoughts on “3-Ingredient Protein Powder Pancakes”

  • 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!

  • 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.

    • Holy crap. These are really good. Just had them with some coconut whipped cream and maple syrup and i just died.

      • So good don’t even need syrup!! I used almond milk & bowmar frosted cookie protein powder, a new staple for me 🙂

  • 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.

      • How did they turn out using vegan protein powder? I think I’m going to try this this weekend. I have some birch benders vegan pancake mix and a vanilla protein.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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. 😀

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Yall. These pancakes are the bomb! They hit allllll the sweet cravings! I love using PE Science Cake Pop in them!

  • 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 .

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 👍🏼

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

  • 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 🤤

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • OMG it works! I don’t usually have pancake mix lying around bc 1) it’s crappy food and 2) it’s fattening. But I bought a cheap box for pandemic food, when the stores started running out of flour. Put my 365 Whey protein in it. Had to use water bc when I used milk, it bubbled, and unless you’re in the bath, my general feeling is that bubbles aren’t good. The pancake mix directions said water.
    Every attempt I’ve ever made at making protein pancakes had them ending up like a brick. These worked great.
    Thank you!

  • Love these. I just made them with gluten free pancake mix, and used ultra high pasteurized carb lovers milk plus an egg and they were light, fluffy and delicious. I’ll have to recalculate a bit based on the milk but thanks for helping get me kickstarted.

  • is there any way to get the carbs lower? Thank you on a keto journey, missing yummy pancakes 🥞

    • You could try swapping the pancake mixes I used for keto approved pancake mixes. I believe Birch Benders makes one. You may need to play around with the amounts, but you can get a good idea for a starting point with all the other options here. Let me know how it goes!

  • This was the first recipe I tried from the website. I needed pancakes but was trying to diet. I was drawn to this recipe because of the added protein powder. I originally used Pescience Cake pop, but since then I have also used Bowmar powders and it also works! Love this easy recipe especially because it doesn’t have too many ingredients.

  • Wow!!!! These pancakes are SO delicious! I made with Jiffy All Purpose Baking Mix and used your measurements. Winner, Winner, Pancake Dinner!!!

  • I made these using Kodiak cakes for the mix and snickerdoodle PEScience . They are delicious and i love the extra protein in the morning. I mix a little pbfit peanut butter powder with water to pour on top!

    • This is an easy one to tinker with so I’d say try it out. The protein powder I use is quite absorbent compared to plain whey and likely soy protein. So you may need to use a bit more protein/pancake mix or reduce the wet ingredients. Hope that helps and good luck!

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