Delectable Grain-Free, Protein-Packed Pancakes


There’s something about cozy, snowy winter mornings that sets just the right tone for pancakes. My husband, Pete, and I have been on a pretty big pancake kick, with all the snow-filled days we’ve had here recently in Connecticut. 

Maybe the whole “craving pancakes in the winter” has something to do with a fresh blanket of snow evoking a sense of child-like playfulness within. I might be projecting, but doesn’t a crisp snowfall make you want to go outside and build a snowman, go sledding, and play? 

Just as fresh snow falling connects me to my giddy inner child, pancakes always bring me back to my childhood. I went through a MAJOR pancake phase when I was about middle-school age. Almost every morning, I would grab a little hand-held bottle of Bisquick, add water, shake, pour, and sprinkle on gobs and gobs of chocolate chips. (In reflection, it’s amazing my mom allowed me to do that)….

If Pete and I stuck to my age-old recipe of Bisquick and chocolate chips, well, let’s just say our bodies and stomachs are not as durable as when I was 12. Considering this, (that we don’t want to feel like we have to lay down and take a nap after breakfast), we’ve been experimenting with a few variations of grain-free and protein-packed pancakes. These new and improved pancakes have proven to be a much lighter, more nutritious, yet still delectable variation of one of my childhood favorites. If you’re interested in making some of these delicious bad boys for yourself, keep reading to find out my recommendations….

So far, we have experimented with both Bob’s Redmill Paleo Pancake and Waffle Mix, and Birch Benders Paleo Pancake and Waffle Mix (both mixes are totally grain-free and with no added sugar). Here’s what we discovered:

  • Bob’s Redmill Paleo Pancake and Waffle Mix has a lot more flavor on its own. Meaning, if you weren’t to add protein powder or any other spices, this mix would do just fine.

  • Birch Benders Paleo Pancake and Waffle Mix, on the other hand, doesn’t have much flavor on its own. Also, this mix took longer to cook.

So, if you’re in a hurry and/or you don’t want to doctor your pancakes up with any other spices, toppings, or protein powder, I would definitely recommend Bob’s Redmill Paleo Pancake and Waffle Mix. However, I am discussing both of these mixes here because if for some reason you can’t find Bob’s Redmill’s mix, Birch Benders would do just fine.

Now, for the recipe…

Our favorite pancake creation so far has proven to be super easy: 

  1. First, simply take whichever of the aforementioned pancake mixes you have on hand and follow the preparation directions on the package. 

  2. Then, add one scoop of your favorite protein powder. (We use Vega One, Vanilla Flavor. Vega is a plant-based protein powder, but you should certainly use your favorite and whatever you have on hand).

  3. Next, add a sprinkling of cinnamon. (A warming spice for the cold winter days).

  4. Then, cook ‘em up!

  5. After the pancakes are perfectly browned on each side, add toppings! (My favorite part). I have been topping mine with nut butter (these days it’s been a rotation of almond and cashew butter), cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, and a drizzle of maple syrup. You should certainly top your pancakes with your favorite creamy and crunchy add-ons.

  6. Lastly, enjoy!

May these pancakes nurture the inner-child within you, and fuel your body with nutrients and love.

xo Caitlin

*Disclaimer - I am in no way affiliated with Bob’s Redmill or Birch Benders. Just a happy consumer sharing my personal experiences!