Pumpkin Protein Pancakes.
Or, should I say, accidental pumpkin protein pancakes!
I am in love. In freaking love.
It was unexpected and almost unsuccessful, but I fell.in.love with these pumpkin protein pancakes.
No better way to lead us into fall, right?
I had no intention of making REAL pumpkin protein pancakes. But it happened and I don’t hate it.
We’ve been obsessed with collagen for years now. We like the Vital Proteins one and basically buy it in bulk from amazon. I only like the original – I don’t like any of the flavors or the creamer or anything. But I put it in coffee (because it melts right in) or a smoothie, sometimes Eddie does a smoothie – more often than not now, he literally shakes it into a room-temp bottle of water! Crazy.
I just loooove it though – for hair, skin, nail and joint support for sure. And it has protein in it too!
The deal with the pancakes? I’ve been experiencing with a blender pumpkin pancake forever. If you even knew how many fails went into this… oh just wait until December. TONS.
I started with that base of the old school protein pancake mix – the oats and the egg whites. You know?! Remember those!?
My reason being is because pumpkin has that amazing fluffiness on its own in baked goods. I’ve always found that it’s one of the things that can make even the healthiest of foods taste a little indulgent (if you like it, that is) and I was on a mission to create these pancakes that we could eat often. We like to do breakfast for dinner and the idea was constantly on my brain. Because who wants to eat seriously fluffy, chocolatey pancakes right before bed?!
But anyhoooo – I was trying to perfect said pumpkin blender pancakes and in grabbing the vanilla extract or something, I spied the collagen powder and and decided to throw it in.
Fantastic idea, if I do say so myself.
Also! You can totally add other protein powder to this if you want. I burned way out on protein powder in my 20s and think it’s just SO gross – it wasn’t until I found the collagen powder that I was interested again in something like that. Because it melts into hot liquid like NOTHING.
Like I don’t even realize I’m consuming it.
These pancakes are definitely not your traditional, fluffy-as-a-cloud pancake. Don’t go in expecting that. Go in expecting a slightly healthier pumpkin pancake that’s a little dense but still really delish and add a few dark chocolate chunks (my current obsession are the semi-sweet chocolate chunks from See’s – omg, try them) and you will be overjoyed!
Plus, these are embarrassingly easy.
Throw everything in the blender. Pour into pan. EAT.
Hurry hurry hurry!! You have to go try ’em.
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Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 scoop collagen peptides powder
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup milk (I like cashew milk! or coconut milk!)
- dark chocolate chunks, if desired
- sliced almonds, for garnish
- maple syrup or honey for topping!
- Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium to medium-high heat.
- To a blender, add eggs, pumpkin, oats, collagen, honey, baking powder, spices, salt and milk. Blend until pureed and smooth.
- To make the pancakes, you can add coconut oil or butter to the skillet if you want that crispness! You can pour the batter directly from the blender or scoop it out into a 1/4 cup measure for more uniform pancakes. Once you pour the batter into the hot skillet, take a spoon and slightly smooth it out into a larger circle if it seems thick. Add a sprinkling of dark chocolate chunks into the batter if you wish!
- Cook the pancakes until bubbles form and the batter becomes more opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes - then flip and cook once more for 2 to 3 minutes. You'll want to cook the opposite side a bit longer than you would traditional pancakes- these are more dense.
- Serve with syrup and a sprinkle of almonds annnnd maybe more chocolate. This will make about 8 pancakes!
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Going to be the best fall ever.
70 Comments on “Pumpkin Protein Pancakes.”
When do you add the eggs? Dumb question but I have a blender pancake recipe where they have to be pulsed in at the end. Thanks!
same time as everything else!! hmmm that’s interesting though – in testing this recipe i never added the eggs at the end. i wonder if that would make any difference?!
Adding the eggs (and milk) at the end allows the oats to be pulsed down into more of a fine grind, almost a flour. Makes for a smoother pancake texture. :-)
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Serendipitous pumpkin protein pancake perfection (I’m still giving myself points for alliteration).
hahah i LIVE for alliteration.
These pancakes look so delicious! I love pumpkin. I haven’t tried collagen peptides powder, but I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it! Thanks for another winning recipe!!
thanks so much ladonne! xo
These pancakes look delicious! I usually take my collagen in a pill form but this looks like a way better alternative.
i also used to do the collagen capsules a super long time ago (and i really felt like they worked!!) but i am loving the powder! you gotta try it. :)
They look amazing and these pictures are INCREDIBLE!
Can’t wait to try these! I was wondering though, could they be turned into waffles? (Picky toddler who refuses to eat pancakes because he thinks they need to look like waffles.j
so while i definitely think that they CAN, i think it probably depends on your waffle maker. for instance, i love crispy crunchy waffles and it usually depends on the heat of my waffle maker. i’m not sure if this recipe would yield the crispiness (i think they would be soft?), but you could also add some melted butter into the batter and it may help!
I, too, love the Vital Proteins Collagen powder and try to throw a scoop or two into baked good whenever I can. It does into my breakfast bowl mixture every morning. I really do wish it was available in bulk.
These pancakes look do yummy and since it is now officially pumpkin time, I know I will be making these
very soon. I might try separating the eggs and whipping the whites to see if I can get a fluffier result.They might even end being dinner tonight!
On another note, I just ready your latest post about Emilia. She is the most adorable little chunk…those eyes! You are so fortunate to have a job you love that also allows for you to be with you kids at home. Thanks for sharing them with all of followers.
thank you so much nancy!
I have some leftover pumpkin puree from another recipe, and now I have the perfect way to use it!
These pancakes look gorgeous! So healthy, delicious and perfect for brunch!
thanks so much natalie!
Wow… This recipe is so simple and easy to make and I hope this will also very yummy. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe with us.
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I have to thank you for three things- 1. I never knew that Sees make chocolate chips and now I will run over to the store, buy in bulk and use them in cookies!! Sees is the BEST!!! 2. I’ve been looking to buy collagen powder and your link led me to buy (kosher) collagen to try out. I appreciate the information and the nudge. 3. I love you and your website. I found you years ago before Max and adore your energy and spirit and recipes. Thank you for all of that!!
they are the BEST chocolate chips!!! yay thank you so much elizabeth!! xo
Hello ! I was just wondering if I didn’t add the collagen would it change the texture or the overall pancake ? Or would I just have to add less milk due to that the there wouldn’t Be lesss dry ingredients ?
Thank you !
i think you can leave out the collagen and maybe do a few tablespoons less milk? half the amount?
Well, I wasn’t planning on making pancakes for breakfast this morning, but after I saw this, I don’t have a choice! I am headed to the kitchen now. Won’t my children be excited when they wake up!
These looks delicious!! I like to make a lot of sweet treats using pumpkin in the fall, but I always end up having leftover canned pumpkin. These pancakes sound like the perfect way to use that up!! :-D
thanks CJ!!!! xo
How much is a scoop? I have a different brand on hand. 1tbsp? 2 Tbsp?
i think it’s about 2 tablespoons dawn!! :)
I can’t wait to try these. I have an old recipe from Alton Brown for sweet potato waffles (or maybe pancakes, but I never seem to get pancakes fluffy like they’re supposed to be). When I shared that recipe, I would tell people that it didn’t really change the taste; it just gave it more “depth of flavor.” Haven’t made them in years, though.
As for using protein powder, that’s an awesome idea. I use the Vital Proteins collagen peptides and have plenty on hand, so I’m pretty sure I have everything I need to make these for after church today. I can’t wait to do that!
But the really exciting thing is that I can freeze these and have them for weekday breakfasts.
LOVE the idea of freezing them for during the week!!
I made these pancakes this morning for my boyfriend and me, and they were wonderful and wholesome-tasting! Very nice texture. We both agreed they’ll need to made again and again this season. It was my first time using the collagen peptides powder–I picked up a one-serving pack just for this recipe–and I loved the idea of having that extra protein boost (otherwise I admittedly feel a little guilty having anything too carby first thing). Thank you for this recipe, perfect for the ushering in off fall! :)
… *of* fall, naturally!
so glad you liked them!! xo
These look amazing! I am obsessed with the See chocolate chunks!!! I totally agree with you about collagen protein powder. I think it is making a big difference in my skin but maybe no one else has noticed!
Side note: Have you seen the new Ulta ad on tv? I am obsessed!! You will LOVE it!
i haven’t?! what it’s about?!
Can you take the collagen peptide powder while nursing ?
yes but if you have concerns, you can always check with your Dr! i have always use it while nursing. ( and I’m still nursing now and using it!)
pumpkin pancakes of my dreams! I’ve had trouble getting the center (from other pumpkin pancake recipes) of the pancake cooked all the way through – it’s super gooey still even if the outside looks done…am i just using too much pumpkin? any tips for fixing that??? thank you as always!
thanks quinn!! are you taking the spoon and kind of spread the pancake out if needed? you want the center to be the same height as the outsides, like not mounded?
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As soon as I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it – they were just as good as they sounded – will definitely be making these all season – thanks Jessica :)
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Is the collagen powder necessary? I ask because I don’t have any on hand but have everything else!
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I don’t know why you deleted my comment. The flavor was good but these pancakes were a gooey mess. They didn’t cook all the way through. Adding the eggs at the end after pulsing the oatmeal into a flour is probably a good idea.
hi joanne! i did not delete any comment of yours? when did you leave a comment? maybe it went to spam or didn’t go through or something, i never delete comments on my blog, especially recipe reviews! (unless people are like calling each other names or something of course)
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I love how the recipe is written so ecstaticly making it very fun to read and the full recipe at the end is very helpful and easy to read.
Hi! I’m Lo oking forward to making this recipe but first need the nutrition information. Do you have that?? Thank you so much!!
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I love eggs and have been eating them every morning, but I have had good experience in the past with eating oatmeal in the morning and it lowered my cholesterol, so wanted to get some oats in my morning routine. I was craving a cinnamon roll and then I remembered I had opened a can of pumpkin the other night. I Googled, “protein pumpkin pancakes” and came across your recipe. THESE ARE THE BEST DARN PUMPKIN PANCAKES! So easy and I got my sweet fix in a healthier way. Thanks so much! BTW – I didn’t have milk so I used real coconut milk from a can for the liquid and in addition to the collagen, I did add some vanilla egg white protein powder.
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Amazing taste and so easy to make!!
I just made this this morning and OMG sooo good.. even my husband and toddler loved them!! Super moist and flavorful! Thanks for sharing!
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These were a hit tonight! Even my very picky toddler gobbled up three so far! We poked a few chocolate chips in when plating to make a jack ‘o’ lantern-style smiley face. Everyone had seconds and thirds! Having a large family I had to triple the recipe; I may even quadruple in the future to have leftovers. If I do so, I may try just blending the oats and then mixing everything else by hand. I don’t know if it will mess with the end result to not blend everything. But with a large quantity, it will help expedite the process.
These are horrible. No matter how long I cook them, they refuse to set. It gets points for flavor but that’s it.
Oh my word! These were amazing! I used a plant based scoop of vanilla protein powder in place of collagen. I also added a teaspoon of ground ginger. I will def be making these again!
I bought my collagen in bulk at a health foods store, how many grams are in a scoop? I can’t wait to make this!
These sound delicious and very healthy. I’m just about to try them. But, where is the Nutrition Info? I didn’t see that anywhere on this recipe post. Please post the Nutrition facts. Thanks.