I spent the weekend chowing down on pancakes, so I fill obligated to share my latest favorite with you. It kicks the buckwheat-zucchini pancake’s butt, although I am a fan of the depth of flavor and texture the cornmeal flour adds in those.

banana pancakes recipe

These spiced banana pancakes are a little more traditional, yet still gluten free and vegan. The best thing about pancakes is that it’s super easy to sub whatever ingredients you have on hand. Not gluten free? Use whole wheat or spelt flour. Don’t have a ripe banana? Use applesauce or pumpkin puree. Don’t like nuts? Try berries instead.

protein pancakes recipe

Every time I whip up a batch of pancakes {which let’s be honest- is frequently} I try to make a ton of extras to save for later in the week. It never really works out. I eat 4 or 5 for breakfast. Then when I walk by the ones I left to cool on the rack on top of the stove, I grab another for a fiber-filled sweet-tooth-satisfying snack. And another.

gluten free pancakes

Sometimes I end up with enough for breakfast the next day, but that’s it. One day I learn to just quadruple the batter and get flipping.


Spiced Banana Protein Pancakes

vegan pancakes

by with a Side of Sneakers


  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 cup almond milk or water
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour {or other flour}
  • 3 Tbsp flax meal
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder {I used Plant Fusion}
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground clove
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chunks {I used Enjoy Life- GF & V}


Combine dry ingredients.

Mix in thoroughly mashed banana.

Slowly stir in almond milk or water. You may need more or less liquid depending on the size of your banana.

Fold in nuts & chocolate.

Pour batter onto medium hot griddle in 4″ circles. Cook a few minutes on each side. Serve warm.

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gluten free banana pancakes

I love the tiny bump of protein these pancakes have thanks to the addition of protein powder. It’s not a ton, but just a bit to help you get that nice filling-factor that protein provides. I’m typically a die-hard Sunwarrior Protein Powder fan, but I had a gift card compliments of Swanson Health Products {an awesome, affordable site for all things health and vitamins} and decided to try out the much raved about Plant Fusion Vanilla Bean protein powder this time around. It’s vegan, soy-free, and gluten free. The tub arrived within a day or so of ordering and I couldn’t wait to dig in.

plant fusion vegan protein powder

I was highly disappointed. Highly. It was awful. Granted I was drinking it plain with water, but I couldn’t choke it down. I was almost heart broken. It’s a lot more affordable than my beloved Sunwarrior and I was hoping it could become a new favorite. But never fear- it’s perfect for baking and mixing in smoothies. So Sunwarrior wins for straight up protein powder; Plant Fusion steps in for mix-ins.

What’s your favorite protein powder?