Protein Packed Pancakes Recipe

With over 18 grams of protein per serving, these protein packed pancakes will give you and your family lasting energy all morning long.

Protein Packed Pancakes by The Lemon Bowl

As we near the end of February, I thought it might be a good time to check in and see how everyone is doing with their healthy living goals. Have you been cooking at home more? Getting active most days of the week? I’ve been working hard to kick the baby weight and so far, so good. I reached my goal for the month of January and I’m a pound away from my February goal. For me, making small SMART Goals throughout the process is key to avoid getting overwhelmed with long term goals.

If you follow me on Instagram or have been reading this blog for awhile, you’ve probably noticed that I try to eat unprocessed, whole foods as much as possible.

Why is clean eating is so important to my healthy lifestyle?

Less Confusion: Food labels are complicated these days. With clever marketing and buzz words like “all natural”,  “farm fresh” and more, it is any wonder why people have trouble making smart food choices these days. By eating foods that come from the ground (i.e. apples, farro, Swiss chard, peanuts, etc.) or have a mother (i.e. eggs, chicken breasts, pork tenderloin, etc.) I can feel good about what I’m eating. You’ll notice that a carton of eggs doesn’t have an ingredients list and I like that. It takes out the guess work.

Better Nutrition: As a nursing mom and a busy stay at home mother of an active two year old, I need all of the energy I can get. By filling my body with unprocessed foods, I know that I am giving my baby and myself the nutrients that it needs. Eggs are not only extremely affordable but they contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein for around 70 calories each. Added bonus: they cook in seconds which is about all I have these days. ;)

Protein Packed Pancakes - The Lemon Bowl

These Protein Packed Pancakes are a smarter choice than the traditional flap jacks because they get an added boost of protein from eggs and creamy ricotta cheese. If you’d like to kick up the nutrition even further, feel free to swap out whole wheat pastry flour for the all purpose flour. For a little added sweetness try tossing in berries, mashed bananas or shredded apples. The options are endless.

Why do you eat clean? I’d love to hear what motivates you.

Your fork is waiting.

Protein Packed Pancakes - The Lemon Bowl

Protein Packed Pancakes

4.45 stars average
With over 18 grams of protein per serving, these pancakes will give you and your family lasting energy all morning long.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (or vegetable oil)
  • ¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla


  • Beat eggs, cheese, flour, oil, baking powder, salt and vanilla in large bowl until blended.
  • Heat lightly greased large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat until hot. Spoon 1/4 cup portion of batter (1 tablespoon for silver dollar size) into skillet; Cook until golden brown, turning once.


Photo and recipe are courtesy of The American Egg Board.


Calories: 303kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 18gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 313mgSodium: 544mgFiber: 0g

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58 thoughts on “Protein Packed Pancakes Recipe”

  1. I love to make pancake bites using a mini cupcake pan and an assortment of pancake fillers blueberries, chocolate chips, or turkey sausage. I then freeze them so we can pop a few in the micro on a busy morning. Do you think this recipe for batter will work well that way? I’d love to add the extra protein for my whole family.

  2. I love this recipe! I subbed in applesauce for the oil/butter, and they still turned out great. I’ll be making these often. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am so grateful to have found you and absolutely LOVE everything I have made following your recipes. These in particular are the lightest most flavorful pancakes I have ever eaten…I eat clean because I can haha AND I love to bake and prepare meals that I can put my heart into for my family and myself. You have been such an inspiration to me, there isn’t a day that goes by lately that I am not eating something you inspired me to. A huge thanks for being You!

  4. This look great. Is there a way to add oat bran to his recipe and decrease the flour? I try to do less gluten for digestive reasons and I’ve made oat bran pancakes there were fantastic. To combine both into a recipe with a high protein content and a good fiber would be even better.

    1. Hi, it reply to can these made with another flour. I used oat flour and they came out fine. They were a little better with the all purpose flour but were still good. Hope this helps

  5. I’ve been feeling kind of frumpy this February (V-Day plus my birthday will do that to a girl) so March is definitely going to be about making smaller, doable goals! Love this post. Clean eating is super important to me also, and I definitely will be whipping up a batch of these high protein pancakes!

  6. I eat clean (85% of the time) because it feels just instinctively right. Not only does clean eating improve my own health, it also improves the health of my community, farmers, farm workers and the earth. Eating well makes me feel more connected to my food and that’s fun!

  7. My little girl LOVES pancakes. Unfortunately, she also has a ginormous sweet tooth. So getting her to eat healthy is a tricky job. LOVE the idea of getting protein in her via one of her favorite breakfasts. Will make these for her sooN!

  8. Ohh! These sound so good! I love pancakes, but I’m also trying to eat healthy and become stronger, so these pancakes sound perfect for me! I really want to make these the next morning I have off. I’m saving this recipe. Thanks for sharing

  9. I eat clean because it truly makes me feel good! I appreciate clean eating even more when I treat myself with something that I don’t eat everyday (chips, pizza, ice cream) and it has become easier and easier to get back on track after so many years of training my habits to make healthier choices. These pancakes look amazing! You are the pancake queen!

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