I had been wanting to make some kind of protein pancake that I could freeze and have ready to go for breakfasts during the week. I happened to spot quinoa flakes at the grocery store (found them at a regular grocery store), and decided to try to create a recipe with them. Quinoa is a complete protein source, and good quality grain.
With this recipe, I was truly experimenting. But, after reading so many pancake recipes, I figured I could make a good guess at a recipe. And, it worked out amazingly well! The recipe is also gluten free.
Quinoa Protein Pancakes
Makes about 8-9 medium sized pancakes
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour
- 3/4 cup quinoa flakes
- 1/2 cup (roughly, 4 scoops) protein powder (I used brown rice vanilla protein)
- 1/2-2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (I just eye-ball it)
- 5 packets stevia
- 1 cup skim milk (or your favorite milk alternative)
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
- pinch of salt
- Stir all ingredients together. Allow to sit for 1-2 minutes. Check the consistency, and see if you need to add any additional liquid. You want pancake batter consistency. *Pancake batter consistency is more liquid than cookie dough batter, but slightly less liquid than muffin consistency
- Heat a griddle pan, and grease lightly with coconut oil, butter, or olive oil.
- Using an ice cream scoop (or other spoon), spoon out two spoonfuls of batter to make one pancake.
- Allow to cook on medium-low for about 2-3 minutes per side. The edges should firm-up (bubble slightly) before turning.
Nutrition Facts: Varies based on the ingredients you use/protein powder source. About 100-130 calories per pancake, about 8 grams of protein, and about 15 grams carbohydrate.
I allowed these to cool, then stacked in a plastic container, and put in freezer. Every morning, I defrost in toaster oven, add a teaspoon of almond butter, side of fruit, and drizzle of honey (or real maple syrup). Perfect!
Many people wonder why I made the type of pancakes I did… I wanted to try different whole grains, it is important to me to get in some small amounts of protein in the morning, and I want something as minimally processed as possible. And, I was bored of my breakfast routine!
Variations: You could use banana, carrot, zucchini, fruit puree, or pumpkin instead of the applesauce. Try adding in crushed nuts, or blueberries for variety.