Gluten-Free Protein Packed Pancakes

It’s a wet and dreary morning out here in paradise…


We’ve been having a dry winter – it hadn’t really rained since December – so the clouds that made their way in on Sunday afternoon have been a nice change for us islanders.  Rain brings life to everything! 

Tuesdays are typically my errands + schoolwork days, but since I actually did a ton of work last week, I’ve got a pretty chill day ahead of me.  Smile 

Since I’ve got a bit more time than usual, and because having a large, filling breakfast is part of my new fueling experiment to keep me fuller for longer, I decided to treat myself to some yummy pancakes this morning! 

I recently came across Lauren’s recipe for coconut buckwheat pancakes and knew immediately that I needed to try them myself.  Of course, I can’t stick to a recipe – I used the last of my buckwheat groats making Ben a batch of Dream Bars last week and I wanted to add a bit more nutritional umph with the addition of chia seeds – so I made a few adaptations.

These came out to be incredible!  Of all the gluten-free pancakes I’ve made, these are closest to the ‘real’ thing.  I was in love with how simple they were to make, how fluffy and delicious they turned out…

And then I entered the ingredients to check the nutritional profile, and I realized I just may have found my favorite new breakfast. 


Protein Packed Pancakes



  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • ~3/4 c almond milkdivided
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 Tbsp oat flour [I ground steel cut oats in a blender until flour-like]
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Heat a skillet to medium high heat. 

Mix together chia seeds, 1/3 c almond milk, vanilla + 2 egg whites and set aside to thicken. 

In the meantime, whisk all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. 

Mix the chia seed mixture again – it should be thicker now – and stir the chia seed mixture into the dry ingredients. 

Add 1/4 to 1/2c more almond milk, thinning out the batter to your liking [I used closer to 1/2c]. 

Heat coconut oil on the skillet [opt] and pour batter onto skillet to make ~4’’ pancakes. 

Wait until bubbles rise to the surface before flipping [these are delicate, so be careful when flipping]. 

Enjoy!  Makes about 6 pancakes. 


Check out the stats!

Nutrition Facts [6 pancakes sans toppings/oil]:

Calories 232 • Fat 9g Sodium 290mg • Carbs 24g • Fiber 14g • Sugar 1.5g • Protein 16g

16 grams of protein??!  If I would have known that before I dug in, I wouldn’t have topped it with peanut butter protein goop [I know, appetizing, right?  I need someone to name my recipes for me…].  Nowadays, though, It’s second-nature for me to top my pancakes  [or oat bakes] with protein goop. 


[goop ingredients: 1 Tbsp peanut butter + 1 scoop of protein powder + 2 Tbsp almond milk]

Altogether, my breakfast this morning – including the goop + half a banana – was 450 calories, with 41 [!!] grams of protein. Now that I know just how much protein is in these bad boys, I’ll be slathering that Tbsp of peanut butter straight onto the pancakes.


I have a feeling I’ll be satisfied off these pancakes until at least lunch time, which is just what I need!  I’m feeling energized for my short to-do list today: a great workout – weights + a little yoga podcast – and then busting out another research paper. 

Happy Tuesday!  Make today count! 

What’d you have for breakfast this morning? 

Aloha Pumehana.
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7 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Protein Packed Pancakes

  1. Pema says:

    Hi Haley,
    I am having to change my diet again (no wheat, sugar, soy or meat) and am looking to find a protein powder that has a lot of protein and a decent (non-chalky) taste. Can you recommend something?
    Mahalo nui!

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