Sunday mornings are lazy mornings for us. While most mornings we are busy and don’t eat our first meal til noon, Sundays you will find us sitting on the couch drinking espresso, streaming a little Sunday morning TV til we decide it’s time to eat which is usually much earlier than the rest of the week. (You can say we are fasting from intermittent fasting.) This week, I was craving pancakes and our newest brunch spot had an impossible wait (we called ahead thankfully) so I decided I would suck it up and make them myself. Not wanting a total carb-fest, I created these High Protein Almond Flour Pancakes and you can thank me after making them in the comments below because you will LOOOOVE them!
What Makes These HIGH PROTEIN Almond Flour Pancakes?
Typically pancakes are made from flour (regular or gluten free blend); leaveners like salt, baking soda and baking powder; and liquid ingredients like eggs and milk or buttermilk. Almond flour is naturally much higher in protein than grain-based flours, but these pancakes also have three eggs and two scoops of collagen protein powder. While I haven’t officially tallied up the macros for this recipe, these are all inherently high protein so naturally the finished pancakes have quite a bit of protein. That said, I have added a few additional ingredients such as arrowroot flour and tapioca flour to insure that the finished product is fluffy just like their grain-filled counterparts.
Tips for Making Perfect, Fluffy High Protein Almond Flour Pancakes
There are a few things to know if you are new to making grain-free pancakes:
- The batter is going to grainy due to the almond flour not breaking down like grain-based flours do and it will be thicker since the chemical reaction between grains and leaveners is different than it is with the high protein content of almond flour, so all this is good. You didn’t do anything wrong.
- Because of it being thicker, however, you can’t reliably just pour the batter out and get PERFECT pancakes. They may be more blobby looking that way. I just use the same 1/4 cup measuring cup I used to measure the flour and scoop the batter out. That made perfect 6″ pancakes like you see above. I haven’t tried it in a squeeze bottle or any other contraption to make silver dollar pancakes, but feel free to try that.
- While it may be tempting to throw blueberries or chocolate chips into the batter, I find that placing them (or any other mix-ins) messily on the batter just after ladling them on the pan works much better and ensures that you don’t get to the bottom of the batter and someone gets a naked pancake (unless someone wants one)
- Cook on medium high heat, no matter what. I’m a chronic rusher. I try to get things moving by turning them to high (my broiler gets used more than probably any other broiler in the country outside of restaurants.) I don’t recommend this, especially with these pancakes. Patience will pay off, I promise!
- Brush the pan in between each set of pancakes with coconut oil or butter
- Don’t try to flip them until you see lots of bubbles and the edges look almost dry. I had a lot of strange looking pancakes the first time (and a full morse code message in pancake strings and dots) due to rushing the process and trying to flip too early.
- Once flipped, look away. Your busy hands might want to pat them down
Ways to Make These High Protein Almond Flour Pancakes EXTRA
We all know that pancakes are fine on their own, but don’t you love it when they are a little EXTRA? Here are some of my favorite over-the-top pancakes:
- Coconut Pecan – Sprinkle coconut and pecans over the batter as you scoop it on the pan
- Blueberry – the classic
- Bacon – Crumbled almost crisp, but not black at all will yield perfect bacon pieces in the pancakes
- Sausage – I love sausage with pancakes so why not crumble it up (slice up links) and cook them together
- Chocolate Chip – another less healthy classic, but look for an organic or paleo chocolate like Target Simply Balanced, Enjoy Life, Hu Gems or Lily’s chocolate and you’re good to go
- Apple Cinnamon – Add 1 tsp cinnamon to the batter and use finely chopped apple
- Almond Butter – Slather the pancakes with almond butter to really ramp up the protein content and give you a much richer flavor than butter
- Caramel – Use my paleo caramel sauce instead of maple syrup for a truly decadent brunch (especially on the apple cinnamon version!)
- Coconut Whipped Cream – If you’re going all out and making chocolate chip pancakes, whipped cream is a must, but it takes a little planning. Place a can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight. Scoop off the very thick cream at the top and place in a bowl. Whisk or use an electric mixer until you have whipped cream. Sweeten with a tiny bit of maple syrup or leave it as is to off set the sweet pancakes.
High Protein Almond Flour Pancakes
Super-fluffy, grain-free, paleo-friendly, high protein pancakes made with almond flour, arrowroot and tapioca flour.
1 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 cup arrowroot flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/2 tsp grain-free baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup almond or coconut milk
3 large eggs
1 tbsp coconut oil or butter, melted and cooled plus extra for brushing griddle
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp maple syrup or honey
Favorite Pancake Mix-ins: blueberries, coconut, pecans, bacon, sausage, chocolate chips
Favorite toppings: Almond butter, grass-fed butter or Myokos plant-based butter, paleo caramel sauce, maple syrup, honey, whipped coconut cream
- Heat griddle to medium.
- Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Mix apple cider vinegar and almond milk in a large glass measuring cup or medium bowl and let stand for 5 minutes.
- While that’s standing you can gather the mix-ins for your pancakes if you’re using them.
- Add remaining liquid ingredients to the vinegar milk mixture and whisk well.
- Pour liquid ingredients into the large bowl and whisk well to fully incorporate the dry ingredients.
- Brush melted butter or coconut oil on griddle.
- Use 1/4 cup dry measuring cup to portion out batter onto the griddle.
- Add any mix-ins at this time by simply sprinkling over the batter. Don’t press them in.
- Let pancakes hang out on griddle until there are lots of little bubbles and the edges look dry.
- Flip and let cook without touching for another minute or two. The pancakes are ready when you can easily slide spatula underneath and they are not folding at all.
- Keep warm in oven at the lowest setting.