I feel like the healthy-eating-universe sort of has lunch and dinner meal prep down to a science. But what about breakfast meal prep? Must the world only settle for overnight oats and hard-boiled eggs, and nothing more? I mean, nothing against overnight oats, I’m personally obsessed with them—especially this peanut butter oats recipe. But I’m on the hunt for finding even more breakfast meal prep ideas, and this chocolate protein pancakes recipe is a new favorite to turn to during the week.
So here’s why I love making protein waffles and pancakes: It’s an easy way to get that protein boost without having to settle for a protein shake. Sure, every now and then a protein shake or protein smoothie does sound good—especially during the warmer months of the year. But in the wintertime, I’m not too keen on drinking a cold protein shake, and would rather a filling warm breakfast. Hence making some of my favorite breakfast foods with protein powder!
Everything to know about these chocolate protein pancakes:
Which protein powder should you use? Glad you asked. I’m personally a fan of the Tone It Up Plant-Based Chocolate Protein Powder for this recipe. I also like to use their unsweetened protein powder, which usually can be found at Target or their online store.
Don’t like chocolate? Not everyone is a chocoholic like me, and that’s okay! If you would rather a plain/vanilla pancake, I would simply use a vanilla protein powder and skip the additional cocoa powder in this recipe.
How many does the recipe make? This recipe should make 8 small chocolate pancakes. I usually divide up each container with two pancakes and pile on the berries. Or if I’m super hungry I’ll eat three or four at once and make a double batch. Sometimes I’ll throw in a peanut butter packet to top on my chocolate protein pancakes for some added healthy fat.
Where did you get those meal prep containers? Cute, right?! I found these on Amazon a few weeks ago and I’m obsessed with them. The set comes with six small glass meal prep containers that are microwave and dishwasher safe. I like the smaller containers because they perfectly fit in my Modern Picnic lunch box—get 15% off your own with my code KIERSTEN15!
How do you heat these chocolate protein pancakes up? So, honestly, if you can, the toaster is the best option. I’ll toast them on a medium setting (number 3 on my toaster) and then I’ll warm up the berries for 30 seconds in the container before eating.
How long do they stay good in the fridge? This recipe should prep four breakfasts, so I wouldn’t go past four days. You could always freeze them if you want to save them for a later time. Just pop them in the toaster.
Other breakfast meal prep ideas
Because your weekday breakfast shouldn’t be so boring.
- Chia Seed Pudding Cups
- Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- Bacon Veggie Frittata
- Berry Baked Oatmeal
- Strawberry Yogurt Bowl
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
- Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins
- Breakfast Strata
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Chocolate Protein Pancakes
- Griddle (or flat pan)
- 1 egg
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1/2 cup rolled cut oats
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Butter for coating the griddle
- Blend all of the ingredients together in a high-powdered blender.
- Heat up a griddle over medium heat. Once warm, spread a thin layer of butter on the griddle.
- Scoop 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake and pour onto the griddle.
- Cook on each side for about 3 minutes.
- Serve with berries and a small amount of butter and syrup, if desired.
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