Did someone say pancakes? 

Packed with protein, natural sugars and lots of fiber, these nutritious Cacao Protein Pancakes can be whipped up in under 20 minutes. 

A fluffy, decadent stack bursting with scrumptious flavors of rich cacao and sweet hints of organic vanilla and cinnamon, this recipe will feel like the ultimate cheat meal.

Except, it's not! Every ingredient is loaded with nutrients to satisfy your sweet tooth - 100% guilt-free. 

Featuring a whopping 28g of muscle-building protein per serving, these pancakes are a great way to kickstart your day or end a tough workout session. The recipe is also free from any refined sugars, wheat, dairy products, or eggs. Instead, it calls for a ripe banana to provide natural sweetness and a potassium boost. And balanced with fiber from a serving of oats. Top that with some fruit and nuts and you've got yourself a complete meal.

This fool-proof pancake recipe uses minimal ingredients and requires a few minutes of prep time. Simply whizz all the ingredients in a blender, cook evenly on a pan, and top with your favorite fruit and nut combos. 

Stack it your way and tag us on Instagram using @performancelab with your creations. 

Time to get cooking.

Cacao Protein Pancakes

Serves 1

Total time: 20 minutes


1 scoop chocolate protein powder (Performance Lab® Protein)
1 tbsp cacao powder
½ large or 1 small banana
25g oats
1 tsp baking powder
65ml almond milk

Topping ideas: coconut yogurt, fruit, cacao nibs, chopped nuts


1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 

2. Heat a little coconut oil in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. 

3. Pour/scoop out a heaped tablespoon of batter per pancake and spread out with the back of a spoon. Cook until the top is bubbly, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

4. Serve topped with your favorite toppings.

Nutritional Information

Pancakes without toppings

Calories: 315 calories
Carbohydrate: 37g
From sugar: 15g
Fibre: 10g
Fat: 5g
Saturated: 1.5g
Protein: 28g