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3 pancakes and strawberries on a blue plate next to a vase of sweet peas, a blue checked napkin and a mug of coffee - high protein gluten free apple cinnamon pancakes recipe

High Protein Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

recipe Jun 26, 2023

Welcome to my new favourite recipe for high protein gluten free pancakes!


I was listening to the podcast of a health coach the other day and she mentioned Kodiak pancakes as being one of the healthy options she chooses for breakfast.

I’d never heard of them, so went off and asked chef Google and apparently they are a brand of high protein packet mix pancake.

Whilst I appreciate their convenience, I’m not personally a fan of packet mix pancakes. But I was interested in a higher protein pancake.

Getting sufficient protein gets more important as you get older and is also important if you’re strength training.

Check out this ZOE podcast on the importance of protein as you’re ageing for a 55 minute deep dive >> Protein and exercise: The secrets of healthy aging?

My go to breakfast these days is my High protein and high fibre raspberry shake >> High Protein Raspberry Shake ( no powder ) but I do like to eat something a bit more indulgent at the weekend and  I was missing my pancakes!

Back to pancakes - whilst I don't buy shop bought pancake mix, I did create my own pancake mix to speed things up when I was running the B&B.

You can find the instructions and recipe here >> Make your own homemade pancake mix

When guests wanted a gluten free breakfast - and for me when I wanted slightly healthier option - I put together a gluten free banana oat pancake recipe >> Gluten Free Oat and Banana Pancakes

But at 10g of protein per portion, I thought I could improve on these, then I remembered a cottage cheese pancake recipe on Instagram the other day from Little Brampton Barn - by the way if you’re looking for a fabulous vegetarian cookery course, do check them out. We did their vegetarian curry course back in April and really enjoyed it. Find out more here >> Vegify Cookery Courses

Having no cottage cheese in the house, I decided to make these pancakes with my new favourite quark, Biotiful Kefir Protein, and add some grated apple.

You really couldn’t tell the difference between these and our favourite apple cinnamon pancakes - just grate a whole apple with a teaspoon of cinnamon into normal buttermilk pancake mix.

This recipe makes 3 large pancakes for 1 person.

Nutrition for 3 pancakes ( according to the myfitnesspal app )

Calories 400
Protein 23g
Carbs 51g
Fibre 6g
Sugar 16g ( note that the sugar is all from the fruit, there is no added sugar )
Fat 12g 

High protein gluten free apple cinnamon pancakes

Pancake Ingredients

  • 40g Oats ( choose gluten free for gluten free guests )
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 tsp baking powder ( choose gluten free for gluten free guests )
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 100g of Biotiful Kefir Protein quark ( or substitute cottage cheese )
  • 1 apple, grated ( I prefer to leave the skin on )
  • 1 teaspoon of butter


  1. Put all the ingredients, except the apple, into a liquidiser or Nutribullet
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Stir in the grated apple
  4. Leave in the fridge for about an hour to thicken
  5. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat - don’t be tempted to go too hot as you need the pancake to cook through without over browning
  6. Melt a teaspoon of butter in the pan
  7. Spoon out the batter mix into 3 pancakes
  8. Cook the pancakes until small bubbles appear and the bottoms are golden brown, then flip the pancakes, cooking until golden brown.

I serve mine with strawberries and a small knob of butter, but they would taste great with maple syrup and a bit of bacon on the side.


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