Protein Pancakes │ Linda Sun's RecipeMar 01, 2021
A protein pancake recipe from the popular Canadian YouTuber Linda Sun. This recipe is loaded with protein to keep you full and energized through the morning!
One of my favorite ways to unwind or relax is to watch YouTube videos. My favorite types of videos include recipe tutorials and "What I Ate In A Day" style vlogs. The concept of "What I Eat In A Day" videos is a controversial topic in the dietetics world as many dietitians believe that it leads to unhelpful comparisons and/or the spread of incorrect nutrition information. I certainly can understand this perspective as there are some pretty harmful nutrition ideas out there! However, I follow a few YouTubers who have a balanced and nutritionally sound philosophy towards foods. So watching their videos inspires me to try new ingredients and recipes. Plus, I've learned a lot about cultural foods and recipes that I hadn't been exposed to before!
That being said, we are all at different stages of our health and nutrition journey. What may be helpful to one person could be harmful to the next. So it's helpful to reflect on where you are in your journey before consuming any nutrition related content. Additionally, it is helpful to be skeptical of any nutrition advice provided online that is not coming from a qualified professional like a Registered Dietitian. I'd be interested to know... do you enjoy watching What I Eat In A Day videos or posts? Share by commenting below!
Recently, I've been watching a few videos by the lovely Linda Sun who is a Canadian YouTuber. She has a famous protein pancake recipe that she enjoys in nearly all of her videos. She loads her protein pancakes with fruits and peanut butter. After watching a few videos I found myself craving a plate of protein pancakes!
I made a few tweaks to Linda's recipe which I have shared below. After taking a few bites I realized I forgot to add the peanut butter which is one of Linda's go to toppings - and definitely one of my favorites, too! Adding the peanut butter took this recipe to the next level! I will say that the pancakes can be quite sweet depending on the type of protein powder you opt for. I used a Snickerdoodle flavour from the brand PEScience which has both types of milk protein (ie. whey and casein). I find protein powders with this blend work best for recipes and baking!
The Nutrition Facts are for the entire batch and do not include the optional toppings. I highly recommend adding extra volume (like fresh or stewed frozen berries) and healthy fats (like peanut butter!)
- 1/4 cup (20g) oats
- 1/2 (50g) banana
- 1/2 scoop (16g) protein powder*
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp (30mL) unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- sprinkle of salt
TOPPINGS: add chocolate chips or blueberries to the batter and/or top with your favorite fruit, peanut butter, and maple syrup.
- Linda added 2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter to her recipe. I omitted the powdered peanut butter because I did not have any on hand and they turned out wonderfully!
- Linda uses 1 full scoop of protein powder. I've tried it doing a full scoop and a half scoop and both work great. The full scoop makes these very high in protein which is great for those with higher protein needs or if you are feeling extra hungry. If you do the full scoop then add an extra 2 tbsp of milk to the batter!
- In addition to the cinnamon which Linda recommends, I also added vanilla extract, extra almond milk, and a dash of salt to the batter as I find a sprinkle of salt balances the sweetness from the protein powder.
- Add all of the ingredients into a hand blender and blitz until well combined.
- Heat a skillet on medium and spritz with non-stick spray.
- Use a spoon to add the batter to the pan and shape into small discs. I made 6 small pancakes!
- If you'd like, add a few chocolate chips or blueberries to each pancake.
- Flip the pancakes when you can fit your spatula under the pancake without it sticking.
- Make these pancakes extra special with toppings like peanut butter, berries, and maple syrup!
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This recipe provides:
- PROTEIN: protein powder and the egg
- FIBRE-FILLED CARB: oats and banana
- FAT: peanut butter or any other nut or seed of your choice
- VOLUME: berries as a topping!
- FREEBIES: cinnamon, vanilla, and a small drizzle of real maple syrup
I almost forgot to add the peanut butter which is key to balance the meal with satiating (and tasty!) healthy fats. Lucky I remembered in time and added a heaping spoonful!
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