Apple Protein Pancakes

Whip up a batch of whole grain apple pancakes with tons of protein for a healthy fall or winter breakfast. After seeing how easy it is, you’ll want to throw away all your boxed pancake mixes!

Waffles or pancakes? No one should really have to choose between the two, but if I had to choose, I would go with pancakes.

I love that you can make a big batch and eat them multiple mornings in a row. I love that they are awesome fuel for workouts. And I LOVE that there are so many different flavor variations that can be added to the pancake mix.

First, let’s talk about what makes these perfect for morning exercise.

They are filled with a good balance of carbs and protein, which provide long lasting energy and help with muscle recovery.

Read more about pre-workout fueling in The No-Brainer Nutrition Guide For Every Runner.

Plus, you can make an entire batch all at once and microwave them multiple days in a row.

This recipe is so easy to make without any sort of boxed mix. It incorporates many pantry and fridge staples you probably already have on hand, like flour, milk, eggs and spices.

And these Apple Protein Pancakes also have simple ingredients that make them taste like fall– chopped apples and 100% apple juice.

I also decided to use a whole wheat flour and a protein powder to really amp up the protein in this pancake recipe. Because let’s face it, most pancakes are just refined carbs covered in syrup, and that’s not a healthy breakfast.

Instead, these pancakes have simple protein sources, like whole wheat flour, oats, milk, eggs and some protein powder.

If you don’t like protein powder or don’t have any on hand, just replace the 1/4 cup of it with any type of flour.

The end result is a scrumptious breakfast that you’re going to want to eat on repeat all fall and winter long. And although I really love maple syrup on pancakes, you can add even more protein by topping these with a dollop of Greek yogurt and some chopped nuts. Then top that with a sprinkle of cinnamon and just a dash of maple. It’s like fall on a breakfast plate!

5 from 1 vote

Apple Protein Pancakes

Course Breakfast
Keyword pancakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 8 pancakes


  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened protein powder
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup 100% apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup diced apples


  1. In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, protein powder, oats, cinnamon and baking powder.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, egg, apple juice, and vanilla. Whisk well.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Add the diced apples and stir again.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. When the pan is hot, coat with cooking spray. Pour the pancakes onto the pan and heat for 3-4 minutes or until small bubbles form in the batter. Flip and cook another 3-4 minutes.

Whole grain apple pancakes with protein powder and natural protein sources. No added sugar! Made w/ whole wheat flour, eggs, milk, protein powder & apples! #proteinpancakes #healthypancake #applerecipe #brunch


  • Reply
    April 14, 2020 at 4:04 am

    5 stars
    Love these pancakes, my hubbie would also love them! I’m also trying to switch to a healthier lifestyle and started to mine for healthy recipes like yours. Also, I’m training with SportMe home workout app, and I managed to get rid of some pounds. Your blog posts are super inspiring for me in this phase, thanks!

    • Reply
      Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD
      April 14, 2020 at 9:55 am

      That’s so nice of you! I’m glad you enjoyed them and great job on the weight loss!

  • Reply
    April 30, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    These have become a Sunday morning tradition now that it’s Apple season. Thank you!

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