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Chocolate Protein Pancakes Recipe using Casein

Chocolate Protein Pancakes Recipe using Casein

Ah, the coveted protein pancakes! It’s almost a rite of passage for anyone purchasing protein powder to make some type of baked good with it.

But when it comes to making the PERFECT protein pancake recipe, the quality and type of protein powder can make a world of difference.

In terms of quality, I use Transparent Labs. The protein is science-backed and thoroughly tested by independent scientific advisors.

Chocolate Protein Pancakes Recipe using Casein

Nearly everyone takes and uses whey protein powder in recipes.

While it can be used, casein works a bit better even though both proteins are derived from milk. Whey and casein have distinct properties that influence the quality of baked goods.

Let me help settle this for you – casein protein powder is by far superior to regular whey protein in baked recipes.

Here are 5 reasons casein protein powder is better to use for protein pancakes:

Texture & Consistency Rule

Protein pancakes MUST be fluffy just like regular pancakes. Casein is thicker than whey when liquid is added. This makes the batter closely resemble a traditional pancake mix which in turn gets you fluffier pancakes!

Moist NOT Dry

If you’ve tried protein pancakes before, you’ve probably noted that they can be on the drier side. I know you know what I mean – those pancakes are so dry that we tend to drown them in syrup and sauces. That’s the whey!

With Casein protein, it can gel and retain moisture, ensuring that your protein pancakes are moist and soft.


Heat Resistant

Now let’s get scientific! Because of the molecular structure of casein protein, it can withstand higher temperatures much better than whey protein.

What does this mean? It means that when baking, casein protein remains stable. It ensures that the nutritional value is preserved and the finished baked products tastes good.


Feel Fuller for Much Longer

Just like cottage cheese, casein protein is slow-digesting, meaning it releases amino acids gradually. As a result, you feel fuller much longer, curbing the appetite to avoid eating something sweet. Great as a breakfast meal or any time of day!


Mild Flavor

Baking requires flavor balancing. Casein protein has a milder taste compared to whey protein. This helps ensure that the taste of your protein pancakes does not overpower the flavors of other added ingredients.

When it comes to perfecting your protein pancakes, casein protein powder is the proven better choice. BUT – whey protein powder is just fine to use as well.  You just have to add more liquid since casein protein powder tends to be thick.

But in the end, casein’s texture, heat stability, moisture, and mild flavor ensure that your protein pancakes are loaded with muscle-building protein, and perhaps most importantly, delicious.

Chocolate Protein Pancakes Recipe using Casein


1 Serving
Serving Size:272g
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
    • Process oats in a blender to make this
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 scoop Transparent Labs chocolate casein protein
    • You can use whey but casein is recommended
    • Transparent Labs grass-fed whey protein
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder
    • Included in macronutrient calculation (adds 30 cal)
    • dark chocolate powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cacao nibs
    • Included in macronutrient calculation (adds 40 cal)
Note Substitution * Optional


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Step 1

If you do not have oat flour, add oats to a blender and process until fine like flour.

Step 2

Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix until the battery is somewhat chunky AND somewhat runny.

Step 3

Set a nonstick skillet on medium heat.  Once hot lightly spray with olive oil or avocado oil.  To keep the size of the pancakes uniform, I like to use an ice cream scoop.  Add the batter to the skillet, halfway cover and cook for about 2 – 3 minutes per side.


Step 4

Enjoy with your favorite syrup, low-calorie or full-flavored.

Chocolate Protein Pancakes Recipe using Casein

Chocolate Protein Pancakes Recipe using Casein

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Prep 5min
Cook 10min
Total 15min
# of servings1
Serving Size:272g

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Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!