Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

If you follow me on Instagram or read my blog regularly, you’ve probably noticed how much I love smoothies and oatmeal. In fact, they are my go-to breakfast most days of the week. But every now and then I crave a hearty stack of warm pancakes. Who doesn’t?

Instead of the white flour and sugar laden pancakes that cause blood sugar levels to spike, I encourage you to fill your short stack with the magical combination of protein and fiber.  Not only will it add texture and flavor to the pancakes but it will also help sustain your energy levels. (Read: avoid the 10am sugar crash.)

Another trick? Bananas and apples are a natural source of sugar that not only sweeten the pancakes but also add vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber not found in white sugar. The riper the banana, the less syrup you’ll need. (Try telling that to my husband!)

Your fork is waiting.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Protein Pancakes
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
  • 1½ cups oats
  • 1 apple - shredded with cheese grater
  • 1 banana - mashed with fork
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs - whisked
  • 2 scoops protein powder (vanilla is great!)
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pure maple syrup to serve - optional
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat griddle or non-stick saute pan over medium-high heat. Spray with non-stick spray once hot.
  3. Pour pancakes on to griddle, ¼ cup at a time, and cook until first side is browned - about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook additional 2-3 minutes or until second side is browned.
  4. Continue working in batches until all of the pancake batter is gone.
  5. Serve with pure maple syrup.
Not counting calories? Go crazy and cook these in butter or canola oil. Want to lower the cholesterol? Use 4 egg whites instead of 2 eggs. (But yolks contain a lot of minerals and vitamins!!)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 small pancakes Calories: 253 Fat: 5.9g Saturated fat: 1.4g Unsaturated fat: 1.5g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 38.8g Sugar: 11.2g Sodium: 196mg Fiber: 6.4g Protein: 14.1g Cholesterol: 95mg






    • Liz DellaCroce says

      Too funny Dara!! Yes I started grating apple a lot for my little one who can’t quite chew apples yet. We do it in oatmeal all the time. :-) Happy Friday!

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      I knew they were a hit when my husband and 16 month old both cleared their plates. The apples really add a lot of great moisture and flavor. Enjoy!!

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      I’m the same way – I had stopped making them for awhile for that very reason but I’m really learning that there are so many great ways to create healthy pancakes. Enjoy Lauren!

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      I started grating apples a lot because my 16 month old can’t quite chew apple chunks yet. We do it in oatmeal a lot too! Have a great weekend Amanda!

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      It’s so funny you mention that – I have plans this weekend to do just that!! Every week day I wish I had them in the freezer!!

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      I only have one and he’s just 16 months but he couldn’t get enough of these. (Husband too!!) Let me know what they think! :-)

  1. Cari says

    These were amazing, I didn’t have flax seed so I added in a couple table spoons of sun flowers seeds for some added texture. Yummmmm!! Thanks for a great breakfast food!

  2. says

    Im reading this as I’m getting ready to whip up an oatmeal, apple, pb smoothie for breakfast :-) These pancake look super yum! I’ve never tried adding protein powder to my pancakes, but definitely want to try this recipe. P.S. Maple Syrup is never “optional” in my house~it’s a must!

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      Thank you friend!! The protein powder works really well and I find they do keep me fuller much longer. :-) Mmmm…maple syrup…

  3. says

    We adore pancakes in this house, and often beef them up with healthy ingredients to make them enjoyable but also better for our bodies. Apple, cinnamon and oatmeal is one of my regular breakfasts, so what a great idea to turn it into a treat!

  4. says

    Great pancakes. Gluten free! Can also substitute soy flour for the protein powder and, surprisingly, grated carrots for the apple to further reduce simple sugars. Some Real Fruit spread or honey instead of the corn syrup we are all trying to avoid – sort of.

        • Liz DellaCroce says

          hahahha Sadly we are pretty much stuck with apples until strawberries pop up in June. It’s a loooonnnnggg winter. It’s part of the reason I hold off on buying them until the last minute!!! Let me know if you try these. :)

  5. Janell says

    This sounds awesome! I’m going to try it this weekend. What kind of apples did you use..Granny Smith or red apples?

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      I usually use Gala apples but use whatever your favorite type of apples are! Granny smith might be a bit too tart but it’s up to you. :)

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      These are so good! I had them for breakfast this morning and wondered why I don’t make them more often. :)

  6. Kimberly says

    Looks fantastic, but I don’t use protein powders (I use hemp seeds in smoothies for extra protein.) Any suggestions for what to sub for the protein powder? Coconut flour maybe? Thanks!! I’m hoping my 14 year old son will like these for breakfast. He’s not hungry in the morning and it’s hard to get something healthy into him on school mornings at 7 a.m.


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