Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes Recipe

by Sarah on August 8, 2011 · 23 comments

Making breakfast on the weekend is one of my favorite things about the fall.  I know it’s still summer, but I never have the time to make fun breakfast because I’m always rushing around to workout early and get to the beach!  Here in New England, we like to utilize the few weekends we have with warm weather.  Tomorrow I’m going on vacation, so I stayed in Boston for the weekend for the first time all summer.

I enjoyed myself by going for a 75-minute long run Saturday morning and then working most of the day :(  I felt really lethargic during my run.  I started off without eating anything (TIU booty call standards) and then 30-minutes in, I ate a G Series Fit prime bar.  It gave me some energy but not nearly enough to make me feel good at any point.  I kept my heart rate in or slightly above my target (HR 140-160).  I was hoping to run for 75-90 minutes, and after 75 I just knew I was done and stopped.

For breakfast I decided to spice things up since it was a cloudy Saturday by making a chocolate protein pancake.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted peanut butter or strawberries.  So I did what any indecisive girl would do, I had both!  This breakfast is part of the Tone It Up Diet Plan.

Chocolate Protein Pancakes (Low Carb, Low Fat, Gluten Free, Good Stuff)

  • 1/2 Banana
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (I used Designers Whey)
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Flaxseed
  • Strawberries and Peanut Butter to taste :)

Blend the first 4 ingredients together until desired consistency.  I like to use my hand held blender.  Preheat pan to medium.  Cook for about 4 minutes on one side, flip and finish.

I added sliced strawberries on one side and peanut butter on the other.  I tried to make a fun smiley face but the peanut butter melted before I got my camera ready.  Oh well.  It still tasted amazing.  I added another tablespoon of peanut butter after my photo session.

On Sunday, I rested.  I do not exercise on Sundays.  My body needs at least one day of rest and so does yours.  It felt so nice to not have to workout on a day that was rainy and gross.  I made a few more delicious recipes this weekend, that I’ll be posting this week.

Today, I began a new strength training routine!  Check it out over at and don’t forget to leave a comment so I know you checked it out!

Do you like to cook or go out to eat on the weekends? 



{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 RunEatRepeat August 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Protein Pancakes are practically an everyday thing for me!


2 Sarah August 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm

haha me too. See this blog. It’s getting redundant here so I’m trying to mix things up but my lunch isn’t always as pretty and planned.


3 Lucy August 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I prefer to cook at the weekends and this looks gorgeous. What a great idea, thank you! It sounds perfect for a pre, or post, run brekkie.

Thank you


4 Sarah August 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm

they are marvelous pre and post brekkie! Are you from Australia? Just asking because you said Brekkie – and I discovered the term this year when visiting :)


5 lena August 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Hi Sarah,
The pancakes sound amazing, but I was just wondering – protein powder isn’t something I own, nor do I intend to, for various reasons (that I am too lazy and it would be pointless to elaborate upon :)). Is it something that can just be taken out of the recipe? Should I replace it with something else? This is even disregarding the chocolate taste it adds, just as far as what it’ll do to the final product and all. (Although I would love for my pancakes to have a chocolate-y taste. :))



6 Sarah August 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Sorry but no. It’s pretty essential in the recipe, you can try adding 1/2 cup of oatmeal to make an oat cake? It wouldn’t be a protein pancake but oat cakes are yummy too. What do you have against protein powder?


7 lena August 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I just don’t feel it to be necessary for me, since I eat a lot of high-protein food during the day and while I am always trying to exercise on a regular basis, I don’t do it enough or intensely enough to (in my opinion) warrant the use of protein powder. I feel as if it would just be unnecessary protein for me, and since it doesn’t come cheap either (and I’m quite poor at the moment), it just isn’t something I’ve been considering. :) Thanks for the alternative suggestion though! Would the oat cake be prepared and cooked in the exact same way, just with the oatmeal instead of the protein powder?


8 Goat August 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I’d grind the oats to a coarse meal first otherwise they wouldn’t hold together very well.


9 Taryn Renee August 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I like going out on weekends because in my mind it somehow makes it feel different from the normal work week. I have started cooking more on the weekends because I’m trying to stick to eating heathy! These pancakes look great and the pb and strawberries add nutritional value and most of all, flavor!


10 Sarah August 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I usually go out on weekends too! When I’m trying to eat clean, I try not to though.


11 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I loovee protein pancakes! I actually have them for dinner some days. :P


12 Brittany August 9, 2011 at 2:34 am

I’m totally on a protein pancake kick right now as well. I have chocolate designer whey in my pantry so I might just have to try out your recipe.


13 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) August 9, 2011 at 3:32 am

YUMMM!! I adore protein pancakes, and you really can never go wrong with chocolate, peanut butter and strawberries!


14 Brittany August 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I’ve been a follower for a few months and I really enjoy your blog!

I’ve noticed that you have mentioned a few times not eating before your morning workout in order to follow the TIU plan. I may be mistaken, but I thought you said that eating something small helped you get the most out of your workout. I’m confused which way is better?


15 Joyce Piper August 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I Sarah, I’m fairly new to your website, and must say that even though I am alot older than you, I am really enjoying your advice, workout & diet tips. I’ve started doing one of your split workouts, the one where you have a two day split, and the workouts are split into two sections with little to no rest in between and I’m really enjoying it.

Your protein pancakes look amazing, I’ll just have to purchase some protein powder and give them a try. Thanks Sarah.


16 Rori August 10, 2011 at 2:24 am

Hi Sarah, my boy friend and I are SO excited to try this tomorrow morning. I was just wondering, the portions included in this recipe, how many pancakes does it make? I know my boy friend is going to eat a lot….


17 Sarah August 10, 2011 at 3:48 am

It makes one large or two small and is about a 200 calories serving for one person


18 Rori August 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Wow ok—just made them. AMAZING. Just for those who are wondering…1 serving makes 2 pancakes and is about 300 cals.

I made a double portion for my boyfriend (who is a HUGE football player) and used 2 whole eggs, 2 scoops of protein, a whole banana and 1/4 c skim milk because it wasn’t liquidy enough.

We are now both major fans and will make this post workout all the time!

Thank you for sharing this!


19 Rori August 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Hi Sarah, thanks for the reply. I forgot to mention–mine came to about 300 cals because I used the rest of the banana to top the pancakes and 1 teaspoon of PB on each pancake. Really great breakfast. Thank you so much for the post and the speedy response!


20 Sandra August 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Hi Sarah, I was just wondering if there was a reason that you use Peanut Butter rather than another nut butter such as Almond. I have heard many things such as Peanuts excaserbate conditions like tendonitis, etc, and will work against whatever steroidal or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories you are taking. Also, you have to watch out for low grade peanut butter. A lot of times companies will extract the peanut oil from the peanut butter to sell as a seperate product and then replace it with cheaper cottonseed or palm oil. So just a word to the wise when it comes to purchasing Peanut Butter. I think that the machines that make it right there are the best, not to mention cool!
AND most importantly!!! I want to say THANK YOU for sharing your journey. It is inspirational to see someone just making it happen for herself! Keep it up :)


21 Sarah August 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I like the taste of peanut butter and I buy the kind with just one ingredient, peanuts :)


22 Viviana August 15, 2011 at 4:22 am

I do buy organic simple peanut butter too but some stores here in San Diego have the machine to make your own I think the organic Trader Joe’s one is totally healthy.


23 Daniela August 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I made these today and they were soooooooooo good. Thank you for sharing! I just recently started following your blog and you are such an inspiration.


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