Cinnamon Roll Protein Pancakes

Look, let’s just call it like it is. Mondays don’t rock.

They start early, end late, and somewhere in between you have to take care of both weekend recovery and weekend regrets (I’m talking to you, fried egg sandwich from Max’s Wine Dive). And regardless of if the week ahead of you is full of first exams or free time, you know it’s going to be a long time before you can get another taste of that buzzy, what’s-going-to-happen-tonight feeling that only comes with Friday/Saturday territory.

So, yeah. Mondays suck. But what if I told you I have a pretty surefire way to get them started off on the right foot? Spoiler alert: it involves pancakes. Cinnamon Roll Protein Pancakes | The Slender Student

Cinnamon roll protein pancakes.

I know it’s a lot to ask of you for a weekday breakfast, but I promise you that these are worth it. Think about it. You can start your week off with a filling, healthy breakfast that’s all weekend-flavored. If you prepare the pancake batter the night before, you’ll still have plenty of time to wash the crusted drool from your sleepy, Monday morning face as these cook on the stove.

Cinnamon Roll Protein Pancakes | The Slender Student

Cinnamon Roll Protein Pancakes
Servings: 1 | Calories per serving: 346
Fat: 5.8 g (Sat Fat: 2.9 g) | Carbohydrate: 36.5 g | Fiber: 6.0 g| Protein: 38.5 g


1/3 C instant oats, dry

1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

1/4 C liquid egg whites

1/4 C + 1 T fat free Greek yogurt

1/2 small banana

1 t vanilla extract

1/2 t cinnamon

1 T reduced fat cream cheese

1-2 T unsweetened almond milk

1 packet sweetener

PAM Original nonstick spray



1. In a blender, combine the oats, protein powder, egg whites, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, banana, vanilla, and cinnamon. Blend until smooth.

2. In a large skillet coated with PAM, begin cooking the pancakes over medium-high heat, about 4-5 minutes on each side.

3. While the pancakes are cooking, spoon the remaining tablespoon of Greek yogurt and cream cheese in a small bowl. Microwave for 10 seconds to soften and stir until smooth. Add almond milk until your “icing” reaches the desired consistency and sweetener until it reaches the desired sweetness.

4. Stack your cook pancakes, pour on the icing, and bask in your last moments of relaxation before starting the weekday grind.

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37 thoughts on “Cinnamon Roll Protein Pancakes

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    • In addition to adding protein and flavor to the pancakes, the powder acts as sort of a flour for the batter. If you have to omit the protein powder, I’d up the oats to 1/2 cup and follow the rest of the recipe. Of course this will change the nutritional content, making these more regular pancakes than protein pancakes. Still delish, though!

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  3. Is there any reason why a vegan protein powder like vega one can’t be subbed in for whey? And how do I find out what the calorie stats are if I use a pecan or walnut agave topping instead of the icing?

    • I have never had any luck with vegan protein in protein pancakes, even when the pancakes weren’t vegan. These were no exception. They never set. I even put one in the oven for 20 minutes after cooking it on the stovetop for at least 10. It was more like a souffle in the middle. So I think the whey really makes a difference, unfortunately I can’t eat it. I think I will try putting protein in the frosting and making them without protein in them, but I don’t think I will be able to jam as much protein in, seeing as I used 2 tbsp frosting, max.

      I did have luck with tone it up protein apple crisp, so I may look to that to create a baked version (which may resemble nothing like a pancake in the end).

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  6. I doubled the recipe. And it only made 4 pancakes. They were very filling and the cinnamon dressing that goes on top was not very good. It just tasted like cream cheese. Also the pancakes took a long time to cook. I would next time try a different dressing on top. Otherwise it was a very good new creative recipe.

  7. Hi! Just made these pancakes, doubled the batch and my kids already ate half of them so I need to make more!!! I was looking though and noticed there isn’t anywhere where it says when to add the packet sweetener. is it for the batter or the icing? Thank you for this delicious recipe! my little toddlers ate them with peanut butter on top and loved it that way as well! Also, is the 1 serving size for 1 pancake or for however many you get with this entire batch of batter? Thank you in advance!

  8. Kelly…it says to add the sweetener to the icing… I had to go back and read it again to catch it! :)

  9. Absolutely beautiful! These will definitely be a regular morning treat for me. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe :)

    I have the same query as Kelly. Is 346 calories the total for the amount of batter produced by the recipe?

    Thanks Again,


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    • I put them in 16 oz mason jars (which fit an oster blender blade perfectly), and just switch the lid with the blender blade when I’m ready to make them. Blend, pour, griddle, eat!

  12. Hey. These sound great but I wanted to know exactly how much banana to add. “1/2 a small banana” isn’t clear. Do you know in grams? Cuz it would affect the calories, etc. Also, do you have the nutritional info WITHOUT the topping? As I would want to omit that. Thanks

  13. I tried this recipe this weekend and was rather pleased. The first batch made 5 pancakes, the second 4. They’re very thin, but cooked up excellently, and had a good texture and taste. I think the pancakes could use a bit of sweetness, maybe add a little stevia? The icing was great – I used stevia and at the end added a touch of maple syrup. My kids (both rather picky) liked them and my husband and I gobbled them up. They’re a nice alternative to regular, nutrient-free pancakes!!!

  14. I made these with everything but the whey or any protein powder and they’re fab. Just expect a different consistency! ♡

  15. This recipe is promising. I was starving when I woke up this morning and I haven’t gone grocery shopping in awhile so I’m out of what I usually have for breakfast. I looked up high protein pancake recipes and low and behold I actually had all the ingredients to make these. Even cream cheese which I rarely have on hand. Unlike others on here I thought they cooked extremely quickly. My first pancake burnt because of it. I got 5 or 6 small pancakes and they are definitely something I will make again with a few tweaks for my own taste.

  16. Wow!!!!! No complaints on my end. I loved these recipe, and the pancakes didn’t taste “healthy”. What an awesome way to start my morning (I just finished them). A great breakfast, plus I got my protein in- a win win.

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