I’ve been on the protein pancake bandwagon for years! I’ve been using protein powder in my smoothies after my workouts so I don’t exactly want to have it for breakfast as well. I’ve switched things up a bit by omitting it from my favorite pancakes but still getting 12+ grams of protein. This simple idea was shared with me from one of my LA producers. I’m sure many of you have heard of it and have used it for a while now, but it is still new to me at least since January.

You only need 3 ingredients, the other 2 I show in the video are optional. If you shop at Trader Joe’s, this breakfast will cost you about a dollar, maybe a little more if you buy organic everything. Get the recipe on YouTube or click play above.

Here is the nutrition for a single serving:

  • Calories: 245
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbs: 32g
  • Sugars: 14g -> naturally occurring from banana
  • Fiber: 7.1g
  • Protein: 12.3g

Questions from the video:

Q. If you use whole flaxseeds, doesn’t your body just poop them out?

A. Short answer is yes – they pass through your system. Their outer shell is made from an insoluble fiber so if you need some help to ease constipation in the morning, eating them whole may not be a terrible idea. I usually chew my food really well before I swallow it so my body is able to absorb the soluble fiber as well. If you do not eat fish and need a good dose of omega-3’s, yes, use ground flaxseed  or if you tend to eat fast and inhale your breakfast, yes I recommend pulsing whole flaxseeds a few times in a food processor or using flaxseed meal. Read more about the difference between the two here.

Q. Flaxseed makes me go number 2. I don’t like using it.

A. If you are used to eating a high fiber diet rich in fruits and vegetables, this shouldn’t bother you. You can always go down to 1 tsbp as well or try using chia seeds instead.

Q. I’ve tried making this before without flaxseeds and it doesn’t form a pancake solid enough to flip. Does the flaxseed help?

A. Yes. The flaxseeds or flaxseed meal helps bind the batter.

A Cheap & Easy 3 Ingredient Breakfast Idea

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