Angela’s Protein Pancakes

Ok, all together now – “Thank you, Angela!!” =) This P90x protein pancake recipe that fellow P90xer Angela sent me is SO good! I’m usually a Bisquick snob – I was raised on it, so all other pancake recipes taste weird. But these are really delicious! I didn’t have plain protein powder, so I went ahead and made it with my chocolate protein powder and they ended up tasting like dessert!


  • 5 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup dry rolled oats
  • 2-3 scoops favorite protein powder [I used GNC chocolate flavored Whey protein, Angela uses 2/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill Whey protein concentrate, which has no flavor]
  • 1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ, oat bran, or ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3-1/2 cup favorite fruit (optional – Angela adds fresh or dried blueberries, or a mashed banana)

Heat skillet over Medium heat. Add egg whites, cottage cheese, vanilla extract, and cinnamon to blender. Blend on medium until combined. Add oats, protein powder, wheat germ, blend again until just mixed. Add the applesauce and skim milk, blend again, until a thin batter is formed. Add any fruit. Pour pancakes straight from blender, and cook as you would a normal pancake. Serve with fresh or frozen fruit topping, a drizzle of honey or agave nectar, or pure maple syrup.

P90x Portion Plan Servings:

Recipe makes 12 medium-sized pancakes, with 4 being a serving. 1 serving is 1 protein, 1/2 carb (and could be a fruit too if you add any), drizzled with 2 Tb. of honey adds 1 condiment serving.

Angela’s P.S. “The batter may seem a little runny/clumpy because of the cottage cheese and oats, but it all comes together fine. Also, I found that the applesauce is key to not having them rubbery, probably because real pancakes have oil in them! I just use whatever apples I have on hand, chop one up, put it in a bowl with about 1/2 cup water and microwave for 3 minutes. Then, I drain most of the excess water and puree in the blender. I leave the skin on, but you could peel. Voila, instant applesauce.” [Awesome idea, Angela!]

My P.S. I didn’t have any wheat germ, so I omitted that when I made it and added some extra oats to make up for it. Also, I used Quaker 1 minute quick oats. And of course used the chocolate whey protein instead, then drizzled with honey. My kids kept asking for more “black pancakes”!!


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  1. Chris

    These are great! I’m a student and don’t have a blender so my mixture is quite lumpy, but it’s not a problem. I don’t have a microwave in my appartment either so I made the apple sauce in a pan.

    I have a question, I’ve been making these in the mornings before work because I can’t really re-heat them well without a microwave and my freezer space is limited. Would this batter be ok to keep in the fridge and just pour some out in a morning? I don’t want to make a load of batter only to find out it goes strange in the fridge, but if I can leave it there for a few days at a time it would be great!

    Thanks 🙂

    >>CJ’s Reponse (having problems replying in WordPress): Hey Chris! Unfortunately, I really don’t know the answer to this question. I’ve had very bad luck with refrigerating pancake batters in the past. With Bisquick, I’ve noticed that I can only use it safely the next day. I don’t know if that will be the case with this one as well – it might be a matter of testing it out and using your nose!! -CJ =)

  2. Mike

    Could I use imitation vanilla instead of the vanilla extract?

    1. CJ =)

      I’m sure you could! =)
      – CJ =)

  3. Preston

    First of all awesome site! I’m definitely going to try these recipes.

    I just had a question, for a lonely guy like me that doesn’t need to cook for a whole family, how would you make this recipe for one serving?

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Richard

      Hey Preston – I make a big batch on Sunday, throw spares in the freezer (storing in a few big zip-freezer bags). On mornings I buzz one or two in the microwave on a paper towel (30 sec or so – your mileage may vary) and I’ll eat them (sans syrup of course) on the way out of the door. – hope that helps. –R

      1. CJ =)

        Hey Richard – Thanks so much for sharing your answer to Preston’s question! I’m really hoping this site will become a place where we all help each other as a community, so thanks for pitching in! =)
        – CJ =)

  4. Matt S.

    Oh, I’m trying these!

    On a side note…. As I was perusing more of your recipes, my wife asked me to send her a link to your site. I looked over at her and said, “The link is on Liwovien now, silly.” It was a minor epiphany, but she replied, “Oh yeah. I guess it is!”

    1. CJ =)

      LOL! I hope you guys find some recipes you like. Thanks for the link! =D

      Everyone, please go visit Matt’s site. I call him my “P90x Nutrition Guru.” His blog at http://www.liwovien.com is a wealth of information about P90x nutrition!

  5. Angela Brobst

    🙂 Yay! I am so glad they were a hit, especially with the kids, who you wouldn’t think would like something that really is so healthy for them!

    1. CJ =)

      LOL. I’ve never known my kids to turn down chocolate in any form… even fake, protein-powder chocolate! 😉

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