1-Bowl Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes (Plant-Based, Gluten-Free)

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Drizzling syrup onto a stack of gluten-free Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

It’s no secret we’re peanut butter fans around here, especially when it comes to peanut butter and pancakes. Swoon!

We love our Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes and Peanut Butter Flaxseed Pancakes. But this version was specifically designed to be higher in protein (and gluten-free!) to keep your energy high till lunch.

Not only are they fluffy, flavorful, and delicious, but these pancakes also come together in just 1 bowl and 20 minutes! Quick, healthy breakfast, here we come!

Tray of ingredients for making our vegan Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes recipe

The base of this recipe is a flax egg, vegan “buttermilk” (made from almond milk and apple cider vinegar or lemon juice), maple syrup for natural sweetness, and vanilla.

Peanut butter and coconut oil come next, providing a little protein and healthy fat to keep you feeling satiated. And oat flour adds plenty of fiber, plant protein, and whole-grain goodness.

Using a wooden spoon to stir Peanut Butter Protein Pancake batter

We prefer cooking these pancakes in a lightly oiled cast-iron skillet for best results (see cast-iron tips in our Instagram Story Highlights!).

The result: pancakes that are perfectly browned on the outside and fluffy on the inside!

Cooking vegan Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes in a cast-iron skillet

For extra deliciousness, we like to serve these topped with fresh fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup, and more peanut butter (mmm, peanut butter!). Of course, we could also see these being delightful with vegan butter, sliced banana, or coconut yogurt!

Partially eaten stack of Peanut Butter Protein pancakes topped with fresh fruit

We hope you LOVE these pancakes. They’re:

Fluffy
Delicious
Healthy
Simple
Packed with fiber
& Protein-rich (17 g / batch!)

These would make the perfect lazy weekend breakfast or batter to make ahead and enjoy as you need it throughout the week. Who said pancakes couldn’t be a weekday thing?

If you’re into peanut butter, check out these 31 Delicious Peanut Butter Recipes. And if you’re a pancake lover like us, try our 1-Bowl Vegan Banana Oat Pancakes, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes, and Toasted Coconut Pancakes!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Top down shot of a stack of Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes topped with fresh fruit

1-Bowl Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

Fluffy, light, and packed with fiber, these pancakes are the perfect way to kick off the weekend! They come together in only 20 minutes with just 1 bowl. 
Author Minimalist Baker
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Drizzling maple syrup onto a stack of gluten-free vegan Peanut Butter Pancakes topped with fresh fruit
4.49 from 25 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 (pancakes)
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 Month (see notes)
Does it keep? 1-2 Days

Ingredients

  • 1 batch flax egg (1 Tbsp (7 g) flaxseed meal + 2 Tbsp (30 ml) water // as recipe is written)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp natural salted peanut butter* (crunchy or creamy // or sub almond butter)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted (or sub olive or avocado oil // plus more for greasing griddle)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free oat flour (ground from gluten-free rolled oats)

FOR SERVING optional

Instructions

  • Prepare flax egg by adding flaxseed meal and water to a large mixing bowl and letting it sit for a minute or two to thicken.
  • To a measuring cup (or small bowl), add almond milk and apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) and stir gently to combine. Set aside to "curdle."
  • To the flax egg, add maple syrup, vanilla extract, peanut butter, and melted coconut oil and whisk to combine.
  • Slowly add in almond milk mixture while whisking. Add baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and whisk to combine.
  • Next, add oat flour and stir until just combined. Let batter rest while preheating griddle (about 5 minutes). The batter will be thick once it rests, but that’s a good thing! However, if it’s too thick for your liking, thin with a little almond milk and stir.
  • Preheat an electric griddle to medium heat (about 350 degrees F), or use a large skillet on the stovetop (seasoned cast iron works great!). You want the surface to be hot but not screaming hot — oil shouldn’t smoke when it makes contact with the surface.
  • Once hot, lightly grease your griddle with coconut or avocado oil and pour on scant 1/4-cup measurements of the batter. Flip when bubbles appear in the middle and the edges are slightly dry, being careful not to burn. Reduce heat if browning too quickly.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes more on the other side, then plate. Top with desired toppings, such as vegan butter or more peanut butter, banana, and a light drizzle of maple syrup. 
  • Best when fresh, though leftovers will reheat well the next day in the microwave or oven. See notes for freezing instructions.

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Notes

*For best results, use natural salted peanut butter made from just peanuts and salt. It will be quite runny — not thick — straight out of the jar. Most store-bought peanut butters are thick, contain unnecessary ingredients, and are unnaturally sweetened.
*To freeze, arrange pancakes on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until completely firm. Then store in a freezer-safe bag or container. Reheat in the toaster or microwave for best results.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 6 servings)

Serving: 1 pancakes Calories: 99 Carbohydrates: 10.8 g Protein: 2.9 g Fat: 5.1 g Saturated Fat: 2.3 g Sodium: 224 mg Potassium: 36 mg Fiber: 1.6 g Sugar: 2.3 g

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  1. Sherri Neil says

    Another Yummy recipe Dana. I have not made pancakes in years. These turned out great. Added my fruit to mix. No syrup necessary.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Sherri! And love the add-in. Thanks for the lovely review!

  2. Hope says

    I used almond butter and added a tsp of cinnamon. I cooked them on a cast iron skillet and they turned out perfect! I also topped them with apples cooked in maple syrup and cinnamon. So delicious and filling!!

  3. Sharise says

    These. Are. Amazing! Will be my new fave pancake for a while. I kept it simple on first go with no modifications. I left my oat flour a little coarse, which made for a wonderful mentally-fulfilling toothsomeness. Topped with another Tb of peanut butter and maple syrup. Yum! Thanks of an easy, tasty recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry to hear that, Ethan! Did you make any modifications? Was your baking powder fresh?

  4. Isabella says

    These pancakes are super yummy! But I did add vegan chocolate chips to them because chocolate chip pancakes are my favorite. But there was one issue and that was when I was making them they kind of started to fall apart….it’s okay they still looked great and tasted very good. I will definetly make them again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re glad you enjoyed them, Isabella! As for them falling apart- maybe try letting the flax egg sit longer so it gets more of an “eggy” texture? Hope that helps!

  5. Dana says

    These didn’t taste good and were finicky to cook. I’ve liked other recipes from this site but this one just didn’t work

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Dana, sorry to hear that was your experience! Did you make any modifications?

  6. Claire says

    My first time trying an oat-based pancake recipe! Overall, the flavor was tasty and the texture was super light and fluffy! I served with defrosted wild blueberries :) I used DIY oat flour, 2% dairy milk, a chicken egg, and olive oil. (Omitted the vanilla since I didn’t have any.) Since my peanut butter was unsalted, I added an extra pinch of salt. The batter was a little runny, but that’s probably because I was too impatient to let it sit for 5 min, haha. I made 7 small pancakes, one at a time to simplify flipping. For my next batch, I think I’ll try 2Tbsp peanut butter and skip the tablespoon of oil.

  7. Jasmyn says

    Just made these for my 8 month old and I to share. Ended up subbing AP flour for almond, egg for flax egg, water for almond milk and they turned out great! I poured all the batter into a larger nonstick to make a giant pancake and it worked fine.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you both enjoyed them! Thanks so much for sharing, Jasmyn!

  8. Isabella says

    I just made these and they were divine! I used a chicken egg instead of a flax egg and used oatmilk instead of almond milk. I also used PB2 powder (2 tbsp) because I ran out of regular peanut butter and they turned out light and fluffy and rich! I added sliced bananas, walnuts, and some chocolate chips to the pancakes while they were on the skillet which I would recommend you try! Very good, will be making these again for sure.

  9. Alyssa says

    I was full all day from these! I plan to remake and add vegan protein powder to up the protein, but these were certainly a guilt-free and yummy way to enjoy pancakes. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Alyssa

  10. Nicole Madsen says

    I made these for breakfast today. I make make different pancake recipes all the time, sometimes with applesauce, spelt, fruit…. My husband said, “these are the most unique and most delicious pancakes you’ve ever made!” So I thought I’d share that :-) we loved them. Thank you for this recipe.

  11. Tia says

    I made this recipe at high altitude so I used a regular cage-free egg and doubled the egg, doubled the baking soda, added a little extra almond milk and they were delicious! They were fluffy with a great peanut butter taste! Hoping this helps anyone who struggles to bake at high altitude :)

  12. Meghan Machado says

    I just made these and they are delicious! I make your pancake recipes all the time, and always try new recipes and they are always wonderful. I have to say though – the recipes usually make about 6 large pancakes, and about halfway through making these I noticed how small all of the measurements were and sure enough – there was only enough for 3 large pancakes with this recipe. Love the recipe and I can double it next time – but would love if it was consistent in size with the other ones!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Interesting! We must have made 6 smaller ones. We’ll see about adjusting the ingredients or serving size to be more accurate/user friendly.

  13. Virginia says

    Hi, I want to make these for my son (without sugar) but am just wondering if it is possible to use greek yoghurt or normal milk instead of almond milk with the lemon juice/apple cider vinegar as he hasn’t been introduced to citrus or vinegars yet and is still a bit too young for that. Do you think I will still get fluffy pancakes?
    Thank you so much.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried that, but it will probably work! We don’t think it will impact the fluffiness. Let us know if you give it a try!

      • Virginia says

        Thank you so much for responding so promptly!
        I ended up making these for my young son this morning and they turned out beautifully fluffy. He loved it! I ended up substituting the almond milk & lemon/apple cider vinegar with greek yoghurt and thinned it with a little normal milk. I also omitted the maple syrup and replaced it with 2 tablespoons of mashed banana so that there was a touch of sweetness. Loved them! Thank you.

  14. Jo says

    These are delicious! I’m trying to avoid nuts, so I used sun butter instead of peanut butter, and canned coconut milk instead of almond milk. They turned out fabulous! Good enough to eat with no toppings even. Thanks so much for a great recipe!!

  15. Lindsey says

    Can you use almond flour instead of oat flour?

    Love your site!!! I’ve been baking up a storm since having my baby (and not leaving home much, ha). And your website is my go-to for all things vegan/gluten-free!! ?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      xoxo! We haven’t tried this with almond flour. But if you do let us know how it goes!

  16. Nisa says

    Just finished having these for breakfast for the first time ever! It was easy to make & I enjoyed the flavor and fluffiness. I made these on my stove top and used the tip from one of your other pancake recipes – to lower the heat & cover the skillet for a few minutes, flip, and repeat. That worked perfectly, my pancakes did not break or were not too flat! They were fluffy and golden brown, beautiful! Only thing I would modify for next time is the baking
    powder/soda. One of those two (or both?) ingredients left an after taste per bite. I am certain I did not add more than the recipe asked for. If I made these for kids, they would definitely get nitpicky over that after taste!

  17. Josh says

    When I make this mixture, I feel like I’m missing something as the texture of the mixture when cooking in the pan doesn’t fluff up, it stays almost too “soft” so trying to flip the mixture sticks to spatula. Don’t get me wrong, everything tastes good still, however, any help as to what I’m missing would be grateful.

      • Josh says

        ? It would be helpful to provide you with a yes. ??‍♂️ Instead of the oat flour (oats do not agree with my stomach) I added VivoLife Protein mix to add some more protein, which thickens it up. Should I still add say coconut flour or almond flour as well? Is it by not having the flour everything can’t bind or grow per say? I’m not sure how to describe verbally. Thx for your help and insight!

  18. Anita Sabados says

    I made this with an egg and buttermilk. Delicious and good texture which isn’t always the case with oat based pancakes. I like when I can have some variety to my breakfast but still keep it healthy! Great recipe.

  19. Rachel Muir says

    I made this recipe today and boy were they good! Surprisingly peanut buttery given that there’s only a tbsp in there. :) The mixture was a little runny so I added a tiny bit of whole wheat flour before sticking them in the pan and they turned out great. Loving these protein-packed pancakes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Elham, yes that should work, though you may want to add a pinch of salt to the batter. Hope that helps!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      They would basically be flat, gooey crepes without it. I highly recommend using a leavener.

  20. Amber says

    Hi, if using oat flour from the store rather than making my own oat flour, do I needed to cut back on the amount of oat flour used?

      • Amber says

        Thanks! I ended up making these today and OMG SO GOOD. I am not vegan or gluten free but am trying to be more aware of what I put into my body and your blog has really helped with that! So far everything I have made has been a hit and has been really easy to make, which helps when trying out something new. Thanks again and keep up the great work! :)

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Thanks so much for the kind words, Amber! We are so glad you are enjoying our recipes! xo

  21. Natalie says

    Hi! :) I’m not allowed to eat gluten and cereals (oats included). Is there any other flour I could use in this recipe?

  22. Mary Jo Lyell says

    I am on a restricted diet so my breakfast choices are minimal. I love pancakes and have tried many recipes without wheat flour, egg and dairy but they never quite hit the mark until this one. These pancakes are delicious! I followed the recipe as written but I used olive oil as it was all I had at the time, and I used almond butter. This is my new pancake recipe! Thank you for the work you put into creating these recipes for us!!

  23. Cassie Autumn Tran says

    I would TOTALLY have the whole batch of this recipe. No doubt. It looks TO DIE FOR! Can you add peanut butter powder into this recipe to elevate the peanut butter flavor? If so, how much would you recommend?

  24. Donna says

    I used an egg instead of flax egg and almond butter instead of peanut butter. Unfortunately, my soda didn’t mix in well and I could taste it:(
    I should of used a cast iron pan as my pancakes didn’t brown at all and were a little gummy. Not sure if it’s me or the recipe. I will try it again in a pan and maybe sift in the soda into the oat flour first.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Donna, I’m wondering if whisking / sifting the baking soda would help. Alternatively, I suppose you could leave out the soda, increase the baking powder, and nix the apple cider vinegar. And yes, a cast iron seems to work best for me with this recipe (and most pancakes)!

  25. Lena says

    these are soooooo good. especially the crispy edges. the flavor and texture is perfect, they taste and feel healthy and comforting. I will make these on the regular. thank you

  26. Allison says

    This sounds amazing! Is there another flour to use in place of oat flour? I’m not eating any grains. Would coconut flour work or almond flour?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Allison, we aren’t sure of a grain-free flour that would work in this recipe. If you eat eggs, these grain-free pancakes might be a better fit. Hope that helps!

  27. Sharise Cunningham says

    Delicious and so quick and easy to make. I used pea milk and made a Granny Smith apple and peanut butter compote as a topping. Not pretty, but yummy.

  28. Katie Lee says

    Hi! I love the texture and general essence of these, but I wish they had a little more flavor. Would adding a super ripe banana and cinnamon throw the recipe off? How can I enhance the flavor that is there? Thanks! Love your work.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It may, but you can always compensate with a little more oat flour to help compensate. If you were going that route, however, I’d probably recommend this recipe instead!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      June, I don’t think that would be a great idea – this recipe was carefully tested as it was posted and I think leaving out the fat would impact to the final result negatively. If you want to switch that out I’d suggest more nut butter.

  29. Brooke says

    Looks delicious but scrolling through the NINE banner ads to finally reach the recipe was super annoying. Seems like Dana is cashing all in on her page views— understandable in a sense, but don’t forget about the user experience, yeah?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Brooke – thanks for your feedback. We’ll definitely check in and evaluate how we can continue to make the user experience optimal!

  30. Madison says

    Hi, I’m not vegan, just gluten free, so I was wondering if I could use a normal egg instead of a flax egg, and normal milk instead of almond milk? Also, is oat flour necessary or can I sub in plain gluten free flour? Thanks so much!! I’m really excited to try this recipe :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Madison – I think those first two changes should work. Not using oat flour is kind of central to the recipe. However, I think it would work. Let us know how it goes!

  31. Kristin says

    Can you sub oat flour for spelt or whole wheat? Does that substitution impact the ratios of the other ingredients at all?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I think that should work! Let us know how it goes. I’d say subbing in a 1:1 ratio.

  32. Caroline says

    Very good recipe. I substituted the oat flour with quinoa/buckwheat flower 50/50 and maple syrup with coconut aminos. Used a little more almond milk because batter became too thick.
    Thanks!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So quick oats won’t work, as they’re too textured. However, regular flour should work. Let us know how it goes!

  33. Wendy Raymer says

    Another absolutely delicious recipe! Thanks, Dana! I took a picture after I had eaten half of my pancakes because I just dug in when they were hot, I couldn’t resist. :). These cook up so fluffy, which is not true of many vegan pancake recipes. Keep your wonderful recipes coming, my favorite site. :)