Brownie Batter Protein Pancakes (with Cashew Butter Frosting)

Brownie Batter Protein Pancakes

So I like to make protein pancakes. Since Justin doesn’t really like my vegan protein powder I’m not making them as often for the two of us. It’s usually a regular Sunday thing because we love hitting the gym together Sunday mornings and what’s a better pre-workout breakfast than something with 50g of protein in it? But this past Saturday I was awake at 3am because the tattoo I got the night prior was so painful I couldn’t sleep. We wake up early on the weekends, as long as we get to bed on time and Justin hits the gym with me before my shift starts at 9am. So around 5:30 that morning I made myself some pancakes and I made him a sausage egg and cheese bagel sandwich – I figured he would prefer that.

Brownie Batter Protein Pancakes

Funny when I woke him up and we sat down to eat his first words that morning were “Oh, YOU get pancakes?” I honestly think he liked the sandwich more than he would have like these pancakes though. Especially the way he’s been eating lately – they were not sweet enough for his taste buds.

But these brownie batter pancakes…umm yea they were pretty damn good to me. Using my vegan protein seems to make them a little less sweet but the texture turns out better so I’m playing with my recipe a little. I think these would have been great with mashed banana (which I was out of). I used applesauce instead which doesn’t have quite the same sweetening effect as extra-ripe bananas do but it does keep the carb content a bit lower.

My new favorite way to dress up some pancakes, toast, or protein bars is to make a protein nut butter frosting. It’s easy – 1 or 2 tbsp of nut butter with a serving of protein powder and add milk until it’s the right consistency. Might need to melt your nut butter a little for easier stirring.

Brownie Batter Protein Pancakes

I should have put chocolate chips in these but we were running low on them and I’m trying my best to watch all the sweets in my diet – even if they’re protein-sweetened or as small as a few chocolate chips. The more I eat chocolate, the more I want to eat chocolate. And it’s a craving that hits about 15 times a day. It’s bad, guys.

But that’s why I make things like these BROWNIE batter protein pancakes! I call them brownie batter because I tossed extra cocoa powder in – makes them extra chocolatey but also probably affected the sweetness of it. Perhaps next time I’ll try a couple drops of liquid stevia or a tbsp of maple syrup.

Brownie Batter Protein Pancakes (with Cashew Frosting)

10 minutes

20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1

Serving Size: serving

Brownie Batter Protein Pancakes (with Cashew Frosting)


  • 1 serving chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Frosting
  • 2 tbsp cashew butter (or sub in your favorite nut butter)
  • 1/2 serving protein powder (I used vanilla in this case)
  • almond milk to thin - start with 2 tbsp and add as needed


  • in a large bowl, combine the protein, cocoa powder and baking powder
  • In a smaller bowl, crack eggs/egg whites and whisk to beat them. Stir in the applesauce and vanilla extract
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir to combine
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking oil
  • Pour 1/4 cup of batter in the pan at a time once it's hot. Cook for a couple minutes until bubbles form on top, flip and cook for a minute or two. Repeat until the batter is all used up.
  • Make the frosting: Melt your nut butter slightly and stir in protein powder. Add milk as needed to thin it out. Spread it between your pancakes and stack them tall!

Brownie Batter Pancakes

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