How to make a 5-minute protein pancake

You only need five minutes to whip up protein pancakes. It’s true. I’ve been wanting to make protein pancakes for a long time, but was always a little bit intimidated by the ingredients and work required to do so. While doing some research on cooking blogs, I took a survey of all the good-looking protein pancake recipes out there and simplified mine a bit to make it as easy and quick as possible. I knew I wanted to use oats, and I knew I wanted to use egg whites.

What came out is a breakfast that is tasty and filling and has approximately 15 grams of protein per serving (even more if you count the almond butter topping), which isn’t too shabby for a five-minute meal. I’ve had a protein pancake for breakfast twice this week already and see many more in my future, which is a good thing for me as I’ve been looking to add new items to my breakfast repertoire (and you can read more about that on my “What I Ate Wednesday” posts, in which I detail all of my eats).

Minimal ingredients is the way to go

One of the things I look for in a recipe is a short ingredients list. And these protein pancakes only require five ingredients, outside of kitchen utensils and some non-stick cooking spray. I purchased everything I needed from Safeway and Trader Joe’s.

Protein pancake ingredients

The options for toppings are endless

Outside of the minimal ingredients and minimal amount of time it takes to prepare single-serve pancakes, the options for topping these beauties are endless. While I chose to add almond butter and banana slices on top of my protein pancake, you could also do the following variations:

  • Top with maple syrup and light whipped cream like a traditional pancake
  • Add cottage cheese to the mixture for thicker pancakes
  • Make several pancakes without toppings and bring them as snacks to go
  • Use blueberries in place of mashed-up bananas in the mixture
  • Use chopped-up apples in place of mashed-up bananas in the mixture
  • Kick up the protein by adding your favorite protein powder to the mixture
  • Add some pumpkin, because who doesn’t love pumpkin

The preparation is really this easy …

How to make a 5-minute protein pancake via A Lady Goes WestShown above from the left: Spray the pan, stir the mixture, cook the pancake and enjoy.

I was amazed at how quickly the mixture turned from a mush to a real pancake. I tend to like things on the burnt side, so I let my pancake cook long enough to have a medium brown coloring and crisp.

Here’s what the finished product looks like …

Super easy 5-minute protein pancake by A Lady Goes West

If you’ve ever wondered how to make protein pancakes like I did, now you know it’s a breeze.

And because all of the ingredients are healthy, you can feel good about digging into this breakfast often. It’s a far cry from the frozen flapjacks of your childhood — nothing processed here, folks, just hearty real food.

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Super easy 5-minute protein pancake

Super easy 5-minute protein pancake

Ashley Pitt
Super easy and filling breakfast or snack, full of healthy ingredients and more than 15 grams of protein.


  • 1/3 cup of oats
  • 1/3 cup of egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 banana
  • OPTIONAL: 1 packet of stevia or natural sweetener
  • Non-stick cooking spray


  • Mix the egg whites and oats into a bowl, and let them sit for one minute.
  • Add in the cinnamon, stevia and half of a mashed-up banana.
  • Stir the mixture thoroughly.
  • Spray some non-stick spray onto a pan on medium heat.
  • Pour the mixture onto the heated pan, and using a spatula, shape the mixture into a round pancake.
  • Cook until light brown on one side, flip over and finish off. It should take about 1.5 to 2 minutes for each side.
  • Serve on a plate, top with almond butter and the rest of the banana.
  • Enjoy.


If you use quick-cooking oats, you won't need to soak the oats in the egg whites for one minute. I made my pancake extra thick and it still only took about four minutes to cook. I used coconut oil non-stick spray, which is probably your healthiest choice for sprays. And of course, you could swap out the mashed-up banana for blueberries or another fruit and top the pancake with whatever you like. The options are endless.

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  1. We grew up every Saturday having pancakes! Alas that tradition has gone by the way side but I do love a good pancake breakfast, or lunch or dinner every once in a while! Can’t wait to try this recipe. I have wanted to look into healthier pancakes and 5 mins to make, CAN’T beat that!

    I’m a peanut butter and banana/fruit kind of gal, or straight up maple syrup (a mix of Aunt Jemima and real maple syrup) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a great day!

  2. I can’t wait to try this! I tried your overnight oats as well as your zoats and they were so good! I like changing up my breakfast and this will be a perfect addition! Thanks!

    1. Hi Vanisha!! So glad you’ve tried a few things. Keep up the good variety. Anything else you’d like me to post about other than breakfast foods?? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m here to please.

  3. Hm, I love that you used oats instead of flour! I’ve made similar pancakes with oat flour, but I’ll have to give this version a try! It’s basically my daily egg white oats… just fried up in a pan! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

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