Fluffy 2-Ingredient Protein Pancakes
You asked and I listened.
Look, I’m a waffle guy through and through– that’s no secret. But at the end of the day, I am a lover of ALL breakfast food. That very much includes pancakes!
When I asked my audience recently what kind of recipe they’d want to see, “fluffy pancakes” is one that I got quite a bit.
And since I’m a man of the people, I had to deliver.
Protein pancakes are nothing new. But most fall terribly flat.
These pancakes change that! I mean, just look how thick and fluffy they are.
These are authentic pancakes, too. Get outta here with that protein powder + egg “pancake” nonsense. That’s not a pancake… I don’t even know what to call that.
Sure, those versions are very high in protein, but that doesn’t taste like pancakes.
My fluffy 2-ingredient protein pancakes are authentic, fluffy, buttermilk pancakes. And at 240 calories and 14g of protein, they’re a great filling option for breakfast that only takes minutes to prepare!
How do you make Fluffy 2-Ingredient Protein Pancakes
The two ingredients we’re using here are pancake mix and high-protein milk. More specifically, “Silk Ultra.”
Silk makes a product that I always use called Protein Silk, which has 10g of protein per cup and is absolutely delicious. This new milk has a whopping 20g of protein per cup, so I knew I needed to buy it and see what it could do!
I found this milk at my local market, but I know that Target carries it as well. Silk does have a store locator, which you can find here.
To be honest, I don’t love the taste of this Silk Ultra on its own. It’s a little bit chalky and bland for my tastes. It’s certainly not horrible, but nothing I would purchase again just to drink.
However, with 20g of protein in a serving, I knew it could have other applications.
Using it for these fluffy 2-ingredient protein pancakes was just what the doctor ordered.
As long as you use a pancake mix that is “just add water,” you can use this stuff for a fantastic result.
All you have to do is mix up the 2 ingredients until you have a batter, then spoon it into your pan to make 3 fluffy pancakes:
You can see the pancakes bubbles up, which is exactly what you want when making pancakes.
Just about 1-1.5 minutes per side is all you need to make these fluffy pancakes!
Couldn’t be easier, right?
Adding extra protein to your pancakes
Since I know someone will ask, I wanted to see what would happen if I used Kodiak Cakes as my pancake mix, since it’s packed with 14g of protein in the mix alone.
It certainly works, but more protein doesn’t equate to fluffier pancakes. There’s a delicate balance to be had.
Here’s what the pancakes look like if you use something like Kodiak Cakes:
Sure, they tasted great, but they’re quite flat, and that defeats the purpose of making these FLUFFY pancakes!
For what it’s worth, the Hungry Jack pancake mix I used has the same exact amount of calories as the Kodiak Cakes. Of course it has less protein, but it leads to a much fluffier result because of it.
Feel free to experiment with any pancake mix you’d like, but just keep in mind that you’re going to get the best results from a regular buttermilk mix. Don’t get too fancy trying to add a ton of extra protein- there are plenty of other recipes out there for protein pancakes if you feel the need to switch it up!
But you can’t argue with the fluffiness of these pancakes…
PS: This will definitely work for waffles, too, so feel free to give that a try!
- 1 Serving (1/2 Cup) Pancake Mix of Choice - I went with Hungry Jack
- 1/3 - 1/2 Cup Silk Ultra
- ...really, that's it!
- Add your pancake mix to a bowl, then slowly add your milk in a little bit at a time while mixing with a silicone spatula. Continue until all the milk is added and you have a thick but pourable batter.
- Heat a large stovetop pan over medium heat. While the pan heats up, your pancake batter will thicken a little bit.
- Once the pan is heated, spray it with nonstick spray, and use a spoon to add your 3 pancakes to the pan. I used a regular spoon and each pancake ended up being 2 spoonfuls.
- Let the pancakes cook for about 1.5 minutes, then carefully flip. You can adjust the cooking time based on how brown you like your pancakes, but you'll know they are ready once bubbles form and you can easily slide your spatula underneath.
- Cook for another 1-1.5 minutes, then plate. Top with syrup and enjoy!
- Silk Ultra is new high-protein milk that recently hit the market. I'll be honest- I didn't love it on its own, but I know that generally speaking, thicker milk = fluffier pancakes. So, I just had to try it here! It works really really well, and I didn't end up tasting the original flavor of the milk at all.
- The amount of liquid you'll be adding will vary slightly based on the brand of pancake mix you use. Start with 1/3 cup of milk and see what your batter looks like. If it seems too thick, go for 1/2 cup, but I don't recommend going beyond that.
- You can use any pancake mix you want here, but I chose to go with a regular one and not a high protein version. I tested this with Kodiak Cakes, but they didn't come out nearly as fluffy. It still works just fine, but if I'm going to eat pancakes, they need to be fluffy.
Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Serving Size 3 Pancakes
Amount Per Serving Calories 240Total Fat 4gCarbohydrates 36gProtein 14g
Hey! I’m Matt, but you probably know me as @CheatDayDesign on Instagram. I’m the founder here at The Hungry Truth, and to say I’m passionate about what we’re doing here is quite the understatement.
Name a diet trend or crazy theory that has existed in the past 15 years, and I’d be willing to bet that I’ve tried it. I went through a period of not eating after 6pm. I also went through a period of eating pure honey before bed because I heard it burned fat while you slept. I’ve tried fat burning supplements, I’ve eaten low-fat, I’ve drank apple cider vinegar, I’ve chugged protein shakes during the “anabolic window” immediately after my workouts… I’ve seriously tried it all. And I’ve seen way too many people falling into those same traps as I did.
My goal is to help everyone make sense of this whole “healthy” thing. At the end of the day, we’re all going to have different definitions of what being healthy truly means, but there are ideas and principles that ring true for all of us. I want to bring that information to you, because we shouldn’t have to keep falling for these silly traps.