The Perfect Pancake Recipe…With A Difference!

pancanjeWhen we think of pancakes… We think of our mothers, our grandmothers, family gatherings and childhood memories filled with lazy mornings in our polka dot pyjamas. There’s nothing better than the sweet aroma of heated coconut oil, warm pancake batter and drizzled maple syrup to make your mind melt into a fluffy pancake heaven.

In light of Mother’s Day fast approaching (or any day you feel like spoiling mum for that matter) we have trialled, tested and whisked together the perfect pancake recipe, and we invite you to try them at home too.

Whether it’s an indulgent choc chia or fresh citrus style – we have both sides of the pancake spectrum covered.


The Perfect Pancake Recipe…With A Difference!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: Serves 4

  • 1.5 cups almond meal (you can use leftover meal from making almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup natural protein powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract or powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp. cacao powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • zest of 1 large orange
  • (reduce the milk from the basic recipe to 2 tbsp.)
How to make it:
  • Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend for at least 1 minute. Alternatively mix all the ingredients in a bowl using a whisk until combined and frothy. If you want the pancake mixture to be runnier, add an extra tbsp. or two of milk.
  • Heat a large saucepan on medium heat with 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil. Place large spoonfuls of pancake mix onto the saucepan leaving enough room to flip between each one.
  • When the mixture starts to bubble on top, flip and cook the other side for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Serve with natural greek or coconut yoghurt.
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    1. Profile photo of MNB TEAMMNB TEAM Post authoron said:

      Hi Gill,

      Thanks for asking! By natural, we mean a protein powder that is as denatured as possible. Some protein powders are highly processed and also contain artificial flavours and sugars like sucralose. Look out for protein powders that have natural flavourings such as vanilla bean or extract and natural sweeteners like stevia.

      We recommend nutra organics protein powder which is made from brown rice and sprouted pea protein – yum!



  1. sam on said:

    Can I substitute the protein powder with something? This recipe looks great but I don’t have any protein powder! :(

    1. Profile photo of MNB TEAMMNB TEAM Post authoron said:

      Hi Sam!

      No need to fret! This recipe will still be awesome without any protein powder!

      Protein powder resembles a lot to flour – it’s dry, absorbs liquid and gives a nice texture. Try adding 1/2 cup of extra almond meal to the recipe to make do.



  2. Sarina on said:

    My husband and I have just had these choc-chia pancakes for our lazy Saturday morning breakfast; they were amazing! The batter tastes just like chocolate cake batter too…. ;) Can’t wait to try the Orange Maple next.

  3. Profile photo of GeorgieGeorgie on said:

    Easy and fun to make, the Orange & Maple were so so delicious. I had no protein powder so just added a little extra almond meal and it tasted amazing. Such a great guilt-free recipe that tastes likes the type of pancake you’d be served for breakfast in a nice restaurant. Yummy with low-fat vanilla yogurt on the side x

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  5. Felicity on said:

    Hi All !,
    I made this recipe today and it was delicious !
    I made the choc chia version with a twist !
    I added blueberries into the mixture and also served with yoghurt , result = mouth watering , sensational !
    It serves 4 people , so it’s great for preparation for the next morning or two !
    Thank You MNB

    Felicity !

    1. Profile photo of MNB TEAMMNB TEAM Post authoron said:

      Hi Felcity,
      How are you?
      Ah we are so pleased you love the recipe .
      We adore it.
      The orange, maple were on the cards for our Mother’s Day celebrations.
      Have a beautiful Day!

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  7. nic on said:

    Hi MNB!

    I made the cocoa and chia seed pancakes on Sunday and they were AMAZING! (even my husband who does not like cocoa loved them!)

    My only thing is my pancakes did not look as fluffy as yours. I didn’t have protein powder but just added extra almond meal… will it be ok if i can put chocolate protein powder instead?

    Other then that it was YUMMY!!!!


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  11. Marcie on said:

    Hi! I love the sound of these pancakes! I was just wondering though if there was an alternative though to the maple syrup?

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