Over the past few years I’ve spent time, effort and money trying out “healthy” protein pancakes, then more recently searching for the perfect vegan protein pancake that would be easy enough for me to follow and delicious enough for Chris not to miss the eggs and dairy. It’s been tough – I’m not the greatest cook at the best of times, but especially pancakes evaded me!
I finally nailed an easy protein pancake recipe, but a year ago I went vegan so again began the search. I’d pretty much given up until I had a group of friends stay over at my house who woke up, hungover, desperately wanting pancakes. I nipped to the shop to pick up their supplies, working from a BBC Good Food recipe, and my hungover brain thought it’d be a good idea to pretty much use their ingredients with just one or two vegan substitutes.
And guess what? It worked! A smashed banana instead of the egg, soya milk instead of cows’ and half a scoop of vegan protein powder did the trick to make pancakes that are very similar to and can be made alongside non-vegan pancakes.
I’m not calling these healthy pancakes, but there really isn’t anything unhealthy in there – besides, nothing is healthy or unhealthy in isolation. I swapped in 3/4 scoop vegan protein powder instead of the same amount of flour to replace the amount of protein that would have been in the eggs, but it’s only 12g of protein for all of the pancakes so can’t exactly be called a protein recipe. You could leave the protein out or even swap more of the flour for protein if you wish.
The proof is in the pudding, so I’m proud to say my non-vegan boyfriend enjoyed these too. He found them a little more dense than normal pancakes, which I like, but you can add a little more milk for a thinner version. Enjoy and let me know whether you try them!