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These delicious Walnut Banana Protein Pancakes are our go to Sunday morning breakfast. They're packed full of protein (but no protein powder!) and are made without any refined sugar or grains. They also reheat beautifully for easy weekday breakfasts. You will LOVE them!
It's pancake daaaaaayyyyyy! I have been waiting FOREVER to share a pancake recipe with you. For the past 5 years, 2 months, and 2 days I've been coveting the beautiful pictures of pancakes all over Pinterest, stacked high for days with drippy syrup running down the sides. I've been dreaming of getting behind the camera to take my own pancake shots.
Sidebar → You now know that I have the nerdiest food blogger dreams ever. Seriously, who dreams for years about taking pictures of pancakes? I'm a bit embarrassed.
There was always one little thing that stopped me. Are you ready for it? (another embarrassing moment coming up) Here's the truth: I don't like pancakes.
Or more accurately: I didn't like pancakes until I had these protein pancakes.
This is my handsome man's recipe, and I beg him to make them for me every weekend. They're denser than regular fluffy (in my mind boring and gross) pancakes and, because of the bananas in them, they're also tender.
The key ingredients are oats, oat flour, bananas, and walnuts so they're not only healthy for you, they'll keep you full all morning. We usually eat them sometime between breakfast and lunch (brunch!) and they fill us up till dinner time.
Here's another truth (so many confessions today): We never eat our walnut banana protein pancakes with the caramelized bananas and candied walnuts on top.
Seriously, guys, we're pretty normal regular people here and we don't get all food fancy every weekend. Normally, we (meaning my handsome man) makes the pancakes twice as big and we cover the tops with plain yogurt and whatever fruit we find in the fruit bowl/ freezer/ in canning jars we keep stored under the bed.
I wanted to make our basic banana protein pancakes a little more special for you guys. You can choose to make the toppings or channel our weekend laziness and just dollop on some yogurt.
What you need to know about walnut banana protein pancakes:
- The batter will look quite chunky when you pour it into the pan. Don't worry, it will bind together.
- Just like with regular pancakes, you want the middle to look bubbly and start to dry before you flip them. It's a little harder to tell when these guys are ready to flip as they're not as smooth as a regular pancake. See that the top begins to dry and turn a mat color before you flip them.
- If you don't have a non-stick pan, use butter to cook them. Butter always helps prevent food from sticking, not just these pancakes.
- You can switch up the nuts or use a combination. We really like using pecans, too.
- If you don't have a griddle, you can use a few frying pans to cook several pancakes at the same time. Or not, your choice.
- The recipe is very forgiving. I've never seen my man use anything resembling a measuring cup or spoon when he makes these, and they always turn out great.
If you make love these Walnut Banana Protein Pancakes as much as I do, make sure to give them a 5-star review in the comments below!
Walnut Banana Protein Pancakes
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup collagen powder
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 medium bananas (chopped)
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- Butter or neutral-flavored oil (for the pan – see notes)
- Maple syrup (to serve)
If you want to fancy up your pancakes, add these extras
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 banana (sliced)
- ½ cup walnuts
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the oats, collagen powder, baking powder, sea salt, and cinnamon.1 ½ cups rolled oats, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon sea salt, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ cup collagen powder
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas and then stir in the milk and eggs.2 medium bananas, 1 ½ cups milk, 2 large eggs
- Add the dry ingredients and the walnuts and stir just until it comes together. Do not over mix.½ cup chopped walnuts
- Heat a small amount of butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat. Add ⅓ cup of the protein pancake batter to the pan and spread it out into a circle. Let the pancake cook for 4-5 minutes until it appears mostly dry on top and is golden on the bottom. Flip the pancake over and cook for 2 minutes on the other side. Repeat with the remaining batter, buttering the pan between each pancake.Butter or neutral-flavored oil
- Serve the banana protein pancakes either on their own or with the caramelized bananas, candied walnuts, and some maple syrup on top.Maple syrup
To make the optional toppings
- While the pancakes are cooking, make the caramelized bananas and candied walnuts. Heat 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a small frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the banana slices and let them cook undisturbed for 1 minute. When they are caramelized on one side, remove them from the pan and place them on a piece of parchment paper, caramelized side facing up.1 banana, 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- In the same pan, add the walnuts, honey, and coconut oil. Bring to a boil and let it continue to boil while stirring frequently until the honey starts to brown. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and spread the walnuts out in a single layer on the parchment paper with the bananas.½ cup walnuts, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon coconut oil
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