How To: Make 2-Ingredient Pancakes That Are High Protein, Low-Carb & Gluten-Free

Make 2-Ingredient Pancakes That Are High Protein, Low-Carb & Gluten-Free

You only need eggs and bananas to make these tasty pancakes that fit almost every hyphenated category: dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free, low-carb, and high-protein.

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It sounds too good be true, but these pancakes are easier to make than traditional pancakes and don't have any of that troublesome white flour. I've also included a three-ingredient recipe below for a slightly thicker pancake recipe.

How Do These Work?

It's a bit of a miracle when these come together, because mashing together bananas with eggs to make pancake batter doesn't inspire confidence. And these petite pancakes don't taste exactly like thick, traditional pancakes. Their texture is a combination of crêpes, blintzes, and the egg-y middle of French toast.

Most of the reason that this "recipe" works comes from the egg: a binding agent, eggs keep everything together and provide structure for the pancakes. Meanwhile, bananas can contain up to 25% starch and have lot of natural sugars. Mixed together, these two ingredients make a sweet flour-less pancake. in fact, banana flour, a wheat flour alternative made out of green bananas, is actually used for gluten-free baking and cooking.

2-Ingredient Pancake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 small bananas, not too ripe
  • 2 medium eggs

The ratio of banana to egg is important: you need one small banana to one regular-sized egg. If you have a large banana, then that can pair with two eggs. If you have very large eggs, then you might need more banana. Adjust the recipe accordingly to the size of your two ingredients.

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Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat your eggs.
  2. Add the banana and mash into the eggs.
  3. Mix everything together well so that it makes a smooth batter. (You can also combine the batter together in a blender).
  4. In a lightly oiled pan over medium-low heat, pour out pancake batter into small circles.
  5. Cook for about 2 minutes until the edges begin to dry and brown, and then flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until cooked through. Flip carefully.
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This recipe makes 5-7 petite pancakes that are naturally sweet, so you won't need a heavy pour of syrup if you're using it. Their texture is more crepe-like and less bread-y than traditional pancakes, but they have a lovely banana flavor. You can add nuts, chocolate chips, or fruit to the batter to mix it up a little bit.

3-Ingredient Pancake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 small bananas
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 graham cracker square, crushed

The addition of just one crushed graham cracker into this pancake batter makes the texture more similar to traditional pancakes. It also adds a nice flavor to your high-protein pancakes.

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Instructions:

Follow the recipe for two-ingredient pancakes above but add the crushed graham crackers to your batter in your blender or mixing bowl.

Image by Naomi Imatome-Yun/Food Hacks Daily
Image by Naomi Imatome-Yun/Food Hacks Daily

More Pancake Hacks!

If you love your flapjacks, then check out this gallery of amazing pancake art and this tutorial on how to make a stack of rainbow pancakes. If you're on a restrictive diet, then also look at the recipe for vegan, sugar-free pancakes.

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I'm sure the kids would love this...

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