Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

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Naturally sweetened with fruit, these apple cinnamon protein pancakes are gluten-free and will fill you up while fulfilling any sweet craving in a healthy way.

Pouring syrup on apple cinnamon 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? That’s why I love these guilt-free Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes, and you will, too!

Naturally Sweet, Healthy Pancakes

Instead of the white flour and sugar-laden pancakes that cause blood sugar levels to spike, I encourage you to switch to 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. And they’re naturally gluten-free!

Another trick? Fresh fruit 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.

  • Oats: Whether rolled or steel-cut, both work wonders as a fiber and antioxidant rich base for pancakes.
  • Flaxseed meal: Tasteless in the pancakes, but a major contributor of fiber and omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Protein powder: I use Biochem whey protein powder, vanilla flavored, but you could use any kind! Whatever you have and is your favorite.
  • Apples: Whether using apple sauce or freshly grated, apples are a deliciously sweet way to add flavor, nutrients, and natural sweetness to cooking and baking.
  • Bananas: The riper the banana, the sweeter the flavor. With a natural creamy texture when mashed, bananas are an obvious choice to naturally sweeten things in the kitchen.
  • Spices: Warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves add amazing flavor and sweetness.

Here are some more healthy pancake recipes to rotate through your meal plan:

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

Liz grating an apple.

Begin by grating an apple with a cheese grater, I like using Fuji or gala for their sweetness, but you could use any apple you like.

Liz mashing a banana for pancakes.

Next mash a banana up using a fork or potato masher, the riper the banana, the sweeter it’ll be.

oatmeal being poured in a bowl

Measure out your oats into a large bowl.

Adding fruit mixture to batter

Then you’ll add your mashed banana and grated apple.

Liz pouring milk into batter in a bowl

Followed by the milk of your choosing.

adding flaxseed meal

Then you’ll add the flax seed meal, baking powder, and salt.

Adding cinnamon to batter in a bowl

Next add your delicious spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves.

Adding eggs to batter

Mix in your two eggs.

Adding baking powder to a bowl of ingredients

And finish with your protein powder.

Mixing up pancake batter

Mix all of the ingredients together until fully incorporated into a thick batter.

Protein pancakes on griddle

Onto a pre-heated griddle or pan that’s been sprayed with non-stick spray, dollop about 1/4 or 1/3 cup of batter at a time. Cook each side for about 3 minutes to golden brown.

Apple cinnamon protein pancakes.

Serve by themselves, or with pure maple syrup for a delicious, protein packed breakfast.

Easy Ingredient Swaps

  • Make it dairy free. You can easily use almond or oat milk in place of cow’s milk in this pancake recipe, and use a plant based protein powder.
  • Egg free pancakes. If you can’t have eggs, you can replace them with apple sauce and a pinch of extra baking powder.
  • No protein powder? No problem. If you don’t have protein powder, you can still make these pancakes without it. If the batter is too runny, you may need to add a little bit of flour or additional oats.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you lower the cholesterol in pancakes?

If you’re looking to lower the cholesterol in these protein pancakes all you need to do is use 4 egg whites instead of 2 eggs.

How do I store leftovers?

You can freeze them (I talk more about that here) or put them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

When should I eat protein pancakes?

They are best as a breakfast or pre-workout, as the protein keeps you energized throughout the workout.

Apple cinnamon protein pancakes.

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Liz eating apple cinnamon protein pancakes.

Delicious, healthy, and fast, these Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes are perfect for breakfast.

Your fork is waiting.

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Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

4.44 stars average
Naturally sweetened with fruit, these apple cinnamon protein pancakes are gluten-free and will fill you up while fulfilling the sweet craving in a healthy way.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 15 minutes



  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Heat griddle or non-stick saute pan over medium-high heat. Spray with non-stick spray once hot.
  • Pour pancakes on to griddle, 1/4 cup at a time, and cook until the first side is browned – about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook additional 2-3 minutes or until the second side is browned.
  • Continue working in batches until all of the pancake batter is gone.
  • Serve with pure maple syrup.

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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!!)


Calories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 38.8gProtein: 14.1gFat: 5.9gSaturated Fat: 1.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 196mgFiber: 6.4gSugar: 11.2g
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61 responses to “Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes”

  1. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) Avatar
    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

    These sound like the perfect thing to make a big batch of and freeze. Easy, healthy weekday breakfast!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      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!!

  2. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe Avatar
    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    These look so delicious and hearty! I have a similar recipe except without the apple. They are one of my favorite ways to start the day and leave me feeling full forever! (well, almost… ;) )

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      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!

  3. Allison @ Life's a Bowl Avatar
    Allison @ Life’s a Bowl

    Yummm, oatcakes! I’ve been eating them daily since I whipped up a back a few weeks ago- love the texture oats add :D

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I need to start eating them more often – I also LOVE the texture of the oats!! :-)

  4. claire @ the realistic nutritionist Avatar
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist

    I just want to eat pancakes all the time.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      LOL. I heart you. :-)

  5. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts Avatar
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    Love the idea of fruit mixed in to make them healthier! Definitely trying these with my son!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Fruit is a great way to sweeten and moisten pancakes without sugar and butter. Let me know what you think!! :)

  6. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Avatar
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    I think I may have done the happy dance! I love, love, love pancakes! But I don’t make them as much because they “used” to be unhealthy. Now, I’m going to get my pancake making on, for sure!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      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!

  7. Kim | At Home With Kim Avatar
    Kim | At Home With Kim

    I am an oatmeal lover too, so these definitely catch my eye…. and just in time to make tomorrow for a lazy Saturday morning treat! Happy Weekend!!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      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!!

  8. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch Avatar
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

    Such a great pancake recipe, Liz!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks so much Robyn. Happy Friday!!

  9. Cookin Canuck Avatar
    Cookin Canuck

    Yep, these are my kind of pancakes (apparently, we both had pancakes on the brain today). I love that you used grated apple in these for flavor and moisture.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      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!

  10. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama Avatar
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

    Ohhhhh these sound fantastic. I think I will make these post workout on Sunday for Hubs and I. YUM

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes – these are PERFECT post workout!! Very filling. Enjoy Carrie!