Love pancakes, but still want to hit your protein targets? Adding protein powder is a convenient way to boost protein intake of this carb heavy meal.
Choosing the Right Protein Powder
Before diving into making your pancake mix, it's key to choose the right type of protein powder for your pancakes. There are several options available, including whey, casein, soy, pea, hemp, and rice protein powders. Each type has its unique characteristics, such as taste, texture, and absorption rate. For pancakes, whey and casein protein powders tend to work best due to their ability to blend smoothly with the mix and provide a creamy texture. Pure Choice Whey Protein powders are known for their mixability, and will be a perfect protein boost for your pancakes.
How to Incorporate Protein Powder into Pancake Mix
Adding protein powder to pancake mix is a simple process:
- Select your favorite pancake mix: Start by choosing your preferred pancake mix. Many like Kodiak cakes which start with a higher based of protein, but whatever route you go is fine.
- Prepare the batter: Follow the instructions on the pancake mix package or your homemade recipe to create the initial batter.
- Measure the protein powder: Next, determine the amount of protein powder you wish to add. A general guideline is to include one to two scoops (about 20-40 grams) of protein powder for every serving of pancakes.
- Gradually add the powder: Slowly incorporate the protein powder into the pancake batter while stirring continuously. This helps avoid clumps and ensures the powder is evenly distributed.
- Adjust consistency: Depending on the protein powder used, you may need to adjust the batter's consistency by adding a little more liquid (water, milk, or plant-based alternatives) to maintain the desired pancake texture.
- Cook as usual: Cook the pancakes on a preheated griddle or non-stick pan, flipping them when bubbles appear on the surface.
Adding Protein Powder to Your Pancakes
Some protein powders come in different flavors and may contain added sweeteners. Consider how these will complement the pancake mix and adjust the recipe accordingly. Pure Choice Whey comes in Vanilla, Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Marshmallow flavor options. If you don't want to adjust the flavor of your pancake but still want the additional protein boost, our original, unflavored whey protein powder is perfect for you.
Don't forget to experiment with toppings. Pair your protein-packed pancakes with a variety of toppings, such as fresh fruits, nuts, Greek yogurt, or a drizzle of natural honey. These extras can also add to the overall nutritional profile of your breakfast.
Enjoy your pancakes!