Joy Bauer's Protein Pancakes
Joy Bauer's Protein Pancakes
Nathan Congleton / TODAY
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Because research shows that starting your day with a high-protein breakfast can aid weight loss and boost energy, these "Joy Food" pancakes will leave you feeling worlds better than traditional starchy flapjacks. Whip up a batch and dig in.

Technique tip: For a moister pancake, cover the skillet with a lid while the pancake is cooking.

Swap option: Nuke frozen fruit in the microwave, then pour the fruit and all the natural juices over the finished pancake as I've done in this picture. Tastes amazing . . . and no added sugar.

Note: For celiac disease, make sure oats are certified gluten-free.


    • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
    • 4 egg whites
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon sugar or sugar substitute
    • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • Chopped fruit (optional)


Generously coat a skillet with nonstick oil spray and warm over medium heat.

Combine all of ingredients in a small bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed.

Pour the mixture onto the skillet to make either 1 jumbo pancake or 5 small pancakes. Cook until you see small bubbles forming, about 2 to 3 minutes for the jumbo pancake or 1 to 2 for the small pancakes. Then flip the pancake(s) over and cook until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.

For more delicious recipes, check out Joy's cookbook, From Junk Food to Joy Food. Want Joy to make over your favorite fattening dish? Challenge her via Twitter, PinterestFacebook and Instagram.

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