Pancake mix from a box was fine when you were a kid, but now that you’re a little more grown up (and a lot more health conscious) that refined, processed stuff just won’t do. But that doesn’t mean you should have to give up one of your favorite Saturday morning meals. This recipe from No Excuses! 50 Healthy Ways to Rock Breakfast (available at not only crams in 13 grams of protein, it also delivers on healthy fats with a bit of satisfying sweetness. Move over Aunt Jemima, this batter is better.

Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes

Prep Time: 5 min  •  Total Time: 15 min
Makes 8 pancakes


1 whole egg
2 egg whites
¼ cup unsweetened rice milk (or unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
¾ cup old-fashioned rolled oats, dry
1 tsp baking powder
⅓ cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 tsp honey (preferably raw)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (whey or plant)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
1. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Heat a nonstick pan or griddle over medium-high heat and add coconut oil. Once oil is melted, ladle 2 Tbsp of batter into the pan and top with a few chocolate chips. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until bubbling; flip and cook another 1-2 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.
Nutrients Per Serving (4 pancakes):
Calories: 382, Fat: 14 g, Carbs: 40 g
Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 26 g
Photography by Paul Buceta
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