Filling Protein Pancakes

by Ann on June 20, 2012

I’m a snacker.  A terrible, terrible snacker.  If I eat breakfast at 8:00 in the morning I’m ready for a snack at 9:30.  It’s difficult to stop myself from snacking if my stomach thinks it’s starving and needs to eat now.  So, here’s a little TMI for you: a few months ago I changed my bc pill and it has upped my appetite a tad and also increased my water retention and within a week I gained five pounds!  Luckily- that was it, and it’s not too terrible and I think most of it is actually water weight, but it still stinks that all my clothes are slightly tighter.  Also, it’s swimsuit season and since I have two kids a lot of that bloat targets my tummy.  Blech!  My point is I need to cut back a little on snacks and hopefully I can get rid of the extra belly bloat and look better in a swimsuit!  (Or… I could just work out, which needs to happen too.)  I wrote down this recipe for Protein Pancakes awhile back and finally got around to trying it.  The original recipe is from Joy Bauer - the Today show nutrition expert.  I changed it a little because I thought it was too sweet.

Recipe adapted from here

Protein Pancakes


  • 4 egg whites (or 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites)
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp Pure Grade B Maple Syrup
  • Pre-heat large  non-stick skillet to medium heat and coat with oil spray (I like Spectrum’s Coconut Oil Spray)
  • Beat egg whites/eggs with fork for a bit and then add remaining ingredients except for maple syrup
  • When skillet is heated - pour mix in the skillet to make one large pancake
  • Let sit until you can see it’s starting to cook through and edges become cooked
  • Take large spatula and flip
  • Cook for another few minutes until eggs in the middle are cooked
  • Put on your big plate, drizzle with syrup, enjoy!
There are roughly 250 or so calories in the whole thing made with egg whites- fantastic!  My mom is on a diet, er, lifestyle change, and she has lost close to 50 pounds!  It’s amazing - but now when I want to feed her anything I have to know calories so she can make sure she doesn’t overindulge.  This is definitely something she can eat.  I had a very similar breakfast phase about eight years ago of this whipped egg white oatmeal souffle but after awhile I got sick of it and just never seem to want to make it again…ever, still!  So this is a great, fast pancake that tastes like a pancake and if you use jumbo egg whites it’s a little too eggy.  I personally like the graininess of the oats inside - but the texture looks weird to my kids so they won’t even try it. But for me, this is such a nice change to eat this huge pancake that keeps me full forever and if I have a snack before lunch it’s small.  Which is such a big difference. So thank you Joy Bauer, and this pancake - because I’m not eating all morning long and my pants feel a little better.  Yayyyy!  And I’m writing this at night with no picture - but I keep looking at the pancake wondering how to make it pretty and take a nice shot and just can’t quite figure it out.  It’s pretty ugly on my white plate.  If anyone wants to send me a pretty picture of this pancake after trying it, that’d be great:)