I always like to use recipe introductions to establish my unofficial rankings of foods like breakfast cereals, pastries, and ice cream. However, I’m not sure I’ve ever ranked candy bars other than occasionally mentioning Mr. Goodbar as a severely underrated candy bar. If you haven’t guessed by now, Kit Kat bars certainly have a place in my best candy bar rankings since they’re stuffed inside these protein pancakes.
And hopefully if you’re reading this, you agree. Let’s see if we jive on the rest of my top 5:
- Kit Kat
- Mr. Goodbar (yes, over Reese’s Cups)
Honorable mention: Butterfinger (check out my Butterfinger proats or my Butterfinger protein smoothie below)
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Okay, back on the topic of protein pancakes. These Kit Kat pancakes are super easy to make with only six ingredients. Let’s take a look at how to make them.
How to Make These Kit Kat Protein Pancakes and What’s Inside a Kit Kat
Wanna have your mind blown? Do a Google search for what’s inside a Kit Kat.
What you’ll learn is that the insides of Kit Kat bars are comprised of—wait for it—Kit Kat bars. Yep, they take the rejects from production and stuff them inside new Kit Kats. I’m sure you could dig deeper to find what they’re really made of, but who has that kind of time?
So, for these protein pancakes, we’ll be using Golden Grahams cereal. Which, to my guestimatation, is pretty darn close to the cookie inside a Kit Kat.
You’ll need a food processor or blender (or a large resealable bag and backside of a knife or mallet to hand crush) to blend the cereal, protein powder, and baking powder into an even mixture. After you have your dry ingredient base, simply add a little milk and the eggs before blending again to form your almost final batter.
Because protein pancakes and healthy food can be lots of fun, we’ll be stuffing real Kit Kat bars inside the pancake batter. Take that, Kit Kat factory.
You can use a knife or just break them up by hand before mixing into the batter. I used one serving of the Kit Kat Minis, but you could use one regular-sized Kit Kat bar. They’re the same serving size (42g).
After you have the Kit Kat bars mixed into the batter, it’s as easy as making pancakes. Heat a skillet, add the batter, and cook ’em up. If you have the room in your diet, you can top the finished protein pancakes with a bit of extra Kit Kat that will melt and leave you with a gooey chocolate syrup and crunchy texture. Yes, that’s as delicious as it sounds.
Ingredient Modifications for Protein Pancakes
With only six ingredients, there’s not much to swap in this recipe. The big possibility might be using egg whites in place of whole eggs. When testing this recipe, I started off with egg whites and Greek yogurt but found the fat in the whole eggs really helped make a fluffy pancake. If you’d like to reduce the calories and can live with a slightly tougher pancake (still tasty), go with egg whites.
Another ingredient worth mentioning is the protein powder. These days, I use Dymatize 100% Whey (vanilla cupcake flavor) almost exclusively. I’m not affiliated with the company, I just love the product. It bakes/cooks extremely well.
That said, you can use any protein powder you like. I always like to caution against using isolate protein powders due to their tendency to make tough finished products. If you’re using a leaner protein or a plant-based protein powder, you may want to reduce the protein powder used and replace it with added cereal. Or you could try adding a bit more fat from an extra egg yolk, light butter, or even unsweetened apple sauce.
I’ll also add that using dairy-based milk instead of almond milk improves fluffiness.
Alrighty then, you’re good to go. Check out the full Kit Kat Protein Pancakes recipe below.
- 1 3/4 C + 2 Tbsp (75g) Golden Grahams Cereal
- 1 1/2 scoops (51g) Protein Powder, vanilla
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 2 large Eggs
- 1/4 C (60mL) Unsweetened Almond Milk, or your choice of liquid
- 9 mini (42g) Kit Kat Bars, or 1 regular size Kit Kat bar
- Add the cereal, protein powder, and baking powder to a food processor or blender. Blend until you have a flour-like mixture. (If you don't have a food processor or blender, add the cereal to a resealable bag and smash with a mallet or backside of a knife.)
- Add the eggs and almond milk. Blend until smooth.
- Use a knife to cut the Kit Kat bars into small pieces (about the size of chocolate chips). Fold the Kit Kat pieces into the protein pancake batter.
- Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat with nonstick cooking spray.
- Use a 1/4 C measuring cup or eyeball three circles on the skillet a couple inches apart. Cook for 2-3 minutes before flipping and cooking another 1-2 minutes. Repeat for remaining 3 pancakes. (Recipe makes around 6 pancakes using 1/4 C batter for each.)
- Top with syrup, chocolate syrup, and additional Kit Kat crumbles if desired (macros not included).
Each pancake has 4 Smart Points.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 pancakes Serving Size: 1 protein pancake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 5gCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 10g
Want More Protein Pancakes?
I like to think I’ve got the protein pancake game down pat:
- Easy Chocolate Protein Pancakes
- Birthday Cake Protein Pancakes
- S’mores Protein Pancakes
- Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
If you make these Kit Kat Protein Pancakes or try any of the recipes above, I want to see your creation. Snap a pic and tag me on Instagram. I love sharing re-creations and getting feedback there.