I’m not really “into” protein powders… I’d rather eat fresh, whole foods. But sometimes a smoothie needs a little boost – a little body – and a little bit of staying power. Over the last few months I’ve sampled several different protein powders, and two of them stood out as great-tasting, with quality ingredients. One was Dr. Sara Gottfried’s Hormone Balancing Shake, the other was Arbonne’s “Essentials” Protein Shake Mix. And no, I’m not a sales rep for either brand!

I used both brands in smoothies for quick snacks to-go, and I used Arbonne’s vanilla protein powder to make amazing pancakes. The photo below shows the low carb snickerdoodle pancakes my husband and I made for our 10th anniversary breakfast (topped with high carb banana slices and maple syrup – LOL!), alongside a yummy egg, mushroom, and ham scramble.

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10th anniversary breakfast including snickerdoodle pancakes!

Low-carb, gluten-free, high protein, and foolproof; I’ve made these snickerdoodle pancakes several times and they always turn out great. The basic recipe is below, followed by my banana bread and almond butter variations.

Snickerdoodle Protein Pancakes (gluten-free, low-carb)

serves 2-3

To a mixing bowl, add the following dry ingredients:

Stir to break up any coconut flour lumps, and then add the following wet ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp vanilla almond milk
  • optional: 1 tsp melted grass fed butter or ghee (not necessary but makes them taste super yummy and buttery!)

Mix wet ingredients into dry until smooth.Cook as you would regular pancakes using melted coconut oil, grass fed butter, or ghee for frying. I recommend cooking over medium heat (not too high). Watch carefully so that they don’t burn!

Works best for making small (2-3 inch) pancakes.

Variation: Banana Bread Protein Pancakes

Reduce almond milk to 1/2 cup. Mash 1 medium super-ripe (i.e. spotty) banana until smooth. Add it to the dry ingredients along with the other wet ingredients.

Variation: Almond Butter Protein Pancakes

Reduce almond milk to 1/3 cup. Mix together 1/4 cup almond butter and 1 tsp pure almond extract (you might need to microwave the almond butter for 10-15 seconds to soften it and make it easier to stir). Add to the dry ingredients along with the other wet ingredients.


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