Vegan Chocolate Protein Pancakes

I have soooo many people asking me for protein pancake recipes but, honestly, they often don’t taste that good or actually have the texture of pancakes. Using a tablespoon or two of coconut flour with 6 eggs isn’t really my thing {how awful does that sound when you want a pancake?} and, for any vegan clients or those who don’t want eggs on eggs on eggs, a vegan option sounded like the right move in my recipe testing.

Now, if you know me well, protein powders also aren’t really my thing. Do I use it once in a while? Yes. Do I think it should be in your diet every day? No. I’d rather you eat some real food, people! But, in moderation, I’m a fan of the brand Garden of Life. They’re a food based, raw, vegan supplement company that is both organic and Informed Choice certified. The latter means what is listed on their ingredients list is actually what you are getting – you aren’t also unintentionally consuming anabolic steroids or Rx drugs that you didn’t pay for in that protein! They also as a bonus add some probiotics which hey, may not help but definitely won’t hurt with everything researching are finding out about our guts!


I tested these pancakes a bunch of times and earlier this week finally hit perfection. I started with my favorite buckwheat pancake recipe and tweaked until it was just enough protein (but not too much), just enough chocolate, and the texture you actually want from a pancake! The toppings I recommend reallly make it what it should be too but, I’ll let you contemplate other fun options too – just let me know what they are if they taste amazing! As you can see banana, peanut butter, and hemp seeds are my go-to. And a touch of cacao on top just gives an extra chocolate-y boost. YUM.


What is even better about these pancakes is that now I have a pancake option for breakfast if I have a hard workout on a Sunday. We pretty much always make pancakes on Sunday when we aren’t traveling (unless we make waffles) but usually make my others and wait a few hours before going for a hike or to the NAC. Now if we feel like being early birds, we can have a snack and then get the recovery we need from our pancakes instead of eggs being the only option (or scrambled tofu but I realllly need to work on that).

For a great balance of carbs, fat and protein to recover from a workout, have two pancakes w/ 1/2 banana mixed in and top with a tablespoon of peanut butter! Did you know peanuts have more protein than other nuts? Those walnuts as a snack for an omega-3 boost but don’t consider them a recovery food.

Okay, here is the recipe – whip em up, enjoy some now, save some for later this week (or freeze) and tell me what your favorite toppings are on these or any pancakes!

Christmas update 12/11/16

Swap half of the vanilla extract in the recipe below for peppermint extract and crush on all natural candy cane into fine pieces. Sprinkle candy cane over pancakes while cooking and before flipping or, after pancakes are finished cooking. Enjoy!

Chocolate Protein Pancakes (V, GF option, DF)
Makes 10 medium pancakes


1.25 C (150g) buckwheat flour
1/2 Cup (40 g) quick oats
1 large scoop garden of life chocolate protein powder *
1/4 cup cacao powder (I like Navitas naturals)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
*To make gluten free, choose one of their NSF gluten free certified products, or another NSF or Informed Choice certified brand. The newer containers have larger scoops than previously, so 40 grams is appropriate. 

2 flax eggs: 2 tbsp ground flax mixed w/ 5 tbsp warm water and left to sit 5 minutes
3/4 C applesauce or pumpkin purée
2.5 cups unsweetened almond or soy milk

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Chocolate chips


Make your flax eggs in a small ramekin or bowl
Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl
Whisk the apple cider vinegar with the milk before incorporating the flax eggs and applesauce or pumpkin
Slowly pour the dry into the wet as you gently whisk the ingredients together. Do not over-mix but be sure all dry ingredients have been incorporated.
Heat a Eco-friendly non-stick pan over low-medium (closer to medium on my stove) heat and lightly spray with an olive oil cooking spray.
Once heated, pour 1/2 Cup of the batter into the pan.
Add the chocolate chips if desired and any other add-ins such as bananas, berries, or chopped nuts now or after the pancakes are done.
Flip the pancake when you can see bubbles on top, cover the pan and remove from heat about one minute later.



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