Make these low-carb protein pancakes for breakfast or as a keto-friendly snack. This delicious pancake recipe is made with eggs, protein powder, and whipping cream!
Even though I love eggs for breakfast, sometimes, I just want something different. When I was a child, I loved pancakes! There are lots of ways to make keto pancakes, but this recipe is a little different than almond flour pancakes or coconut flour pancakes.
Instead of using bananas or almond or coconut flour, I decided to use protein powder. The result is a fluffy pancake that reminds me of my favorite childhood breakfast. Plus, the protein powder gives these pancakes a boost of protein!
This is important as eating lots of protein first thing in the morning kickstarts your metabolism. It's been shown to help increase muscle mass and calorie burning when you eat it for the first meal of the day. Keto protein balls are a great way to get a boost between meals.
This protein pancake recipe is simple and gives you a lot of room to customize it. Just remember that whenever you add anything to this recipe you are going to increase how many carbs it has.
Ingredients Needed For Protein Pancakes
All of the ingredients are listed out in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here is a bit more information about the ingredients so you know what to buy.
To make really fluffy low-carb protein pancakes, use unflavored whey protein powder. The best kind is a zero carb whey protein isolate. If you use vanilla or chocolate-flavored powder, just cut back on the vanilla extract.
For the sweetener, use Swerve confectioners sugar substitute. It will make the pancakes fluffy! A granular sweetener will leave the pancakes kinda grainy.
I also added some cinnamon and nutmeg to give the pancakes a yummy flavor.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
This is going to become your favorite pancake recipe ever!
- Make double or triple batches. I suggest making a double or triple batch of them and freeze them! Then, you can grab one, put it in the microwave, and enjoy a hot breakfast without having to dirty more pans.
- Freeze them! When you freeze the pancakes, wrap them up individually in plastic wrap. Or, lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet that is covered in parchment paper - and after they are frozen, you can place them together in a zippered freezer bag.
- Do not place them in a zippered freezer bag when they are still warm. This will make them freeze in a big clump that is almost impossible to separate.
- Mix in some chocolate! Another idea you should try - mix in some sugar-free chocolate chips! Chocolate chip pancakes are my favorite ones. I like to buy them from ChocZero.
How To Make Protein Pancakes
All of the steps are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, I have some step-by-step photos of the process along with some more tips that will give you the best pancakes you have ever tasted.
Make Pancake Mix
The first step is to add the protein powder to the egg. Use a whisk to mix them together really well before you add any other ingredients.
After those two are mixed together really well, add the baking powder, powdered sugar substitute, and vanilla. Mix it up really well.
Add the spices and mix everything together!
Note: It will still have a grainy texture.
Add Heavy Whipping Cream
Add the heavy whipping cream to the batter last.
You don't have to use an electric mixer for the step. Use either a wooden spoon or just keep using your whisk.
Cook The Protein Pancakes
When you are ready to make the pancakes, spray your pan with some non-stick spray. I like to use a silicone egg ring when I pour the batter into the pan.
The ring keeps the batter from spreading out too much. This is a very thin batter. If you don't use the egg ring, you will end up with really thin pancakes that resemble crepes.
Once you start seeing golden brown edges, flip the pancakes.
Serve and enjoy!
What To Serve With Keto Pancakes
Even though pancakes are usually considered a breakfast food, you can eat them any time of day.
To enjoy a classic plate of warm, fluffy pancakes, drizzle them with your favorite sugar-free maple syrup and top with real butter!
Frequently Asked Questions About Protein Pancakes
Before we get to the entire recipe, here are some questions people often ask about low-carb protein pancakes.
How many carbs are in protein pancakes?
If you follow this recipe exactly, there are only 2g net carbs in each pancake. Every topping or ingredient that you mix into it will increase how many carbs there are.
Can you substitute protein powder for flour in pancakes?
Yes, you can. These pancakes are gluten-free, grain-free, and actually flour-free. It makes a thinner batter, but they still taste amazing!
What are low-carb toppings for pancakes?
Fruits are high in natural sugars, so if you top them with fruit, pay attention to how many carbs you are eating. I usually lean towards some type of berry.
A better idea is to use some sugar-free syrup (I really like one from ChocZero), butter, or even sprinkle them with a sugar-free confectioner's sugar substitute.
You can also drizzle the pancakes with sugar-free chocolate syrup!
Can you use protein pancakes to make low-carb sandwiches?
This is an excellent idea!
Make some extra pancakes and store them in a resealable plastic bag in your refrigerator. Then, when you want a high-protein bread replacement, you can use these. In fact, they will add some sweetness to your sandwiches.
What are low-carb mix-ins you can put in protein pancakes?
There are lots of things you can mix into these basic pancakes. If you like chocolate, add some sugar-free chocolate chips.
Even though they will add a few more carbs, you can sprinkle in a few fresh blueberries too.
To give the pancakes a citrus flavor without the carbs, add about ¼ teaspoon of orange extract and top with orange zest.
These are fluffy and protein-packed pancakes that are so easy to make you'll want to add them to your morning routine! Make a double batch if you have kids. As they taste yours they are going to want their own.
More Keto Breakfast Recipes
If you enjoyed these keto protein pancakes, you will enjoy these low-carb breakfast recipes too. They are some of my favorite ways to start the day.
- Keto Granola Bars are a portable breakfast that you can take with you throughout your day.
- Keto Pancake Mix Donuts is a really sweet choice that also looks like chocolate donuts, but with a fraction of the carbs.
- Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Casserole make enough to feed a crowd.
- Keto Biscuits and Gravy are a savory and classic breakfast recipe with a slightly spicy gravy.
- Low-Carb French Toast Sticks are also a cinnamon-sweet breakfast treat that looks beautiful enough for brunch.
Keto Protein Pancakes
- Add the protein powder into a large mixing bowl with the eggs, and mix to combine.
- Whisk in the sugar substitute, baking powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon and vanilla.
- Pour the heavy whipping cream into the mixture and whisk to combine. If the mixture is too thick, add some water until it has a consistency like traditional pancake batter. If too thin, add a tiny bit of xanthan gum.
- For well formed circles, use greased pancake or egg rings. Heat a skillet over medium heat and place a little of the batter into it. Cook for a minute or so on one side and the flip to cook the other. Repeat this process with the remaining batter.
- Serve with your choice of keto friendly toppings.
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Notes on Nutritional Information
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