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Flourless Protein Pumpkin Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

Flourless Protein Pumpkin Pancakes made with rolled oats are warmly-spiced fluffy stacks of breakfast bliss! Low-fat, high in protein and complex carbohydrate, these pumpkin pancakes are an amazing pre or post-workout meal and are just amazing any time the craving strikes!

Gluten-Free Flourless Protein Pumpkin Pancakes made dairy-free. Light, fluffy, amazing fall-inspired pancake recipe

If you gave my Sweet Potato Rolled Oat Protein Pancakes a whirl, you’re already familiar with how these pumpkin protein pancakes work!

Rather than using flour, we grind up whole oats in the blender, then blend in the rest of the ingredients, creating an easy low-fuss pancake batter from pantry ingredients.

Fluffy Flourless Pumpkin Protein Pancakes made gluten-free and dairy-free. An amazing healthy pancakes recipe!

What Makes These Protein Pancakes Amazing?:

Aside from the lovely pumpkin spice flavor packed into these fluffy, moist beauties, they also have a pretty decent macro profile!

Egg whites and protein protein powder give these pancakes a nice protein infusion to go alongside the complex carbohydrates. 

Because we use so many egg whites, there’s no need for additional milk or oil in the recipe, as all of the liquid comes in the form of eggs and egg whites.

The texture of these pancakes is supreme – very light and very fluffy! – making you feel like you’re consuming something incredibly decadent when really they’re just nothing but healthful! 

All in all, you’re left with an amazing breakfast experience to keep you feeling full and to give your taste buds and dopamine a major boost.

Let’s discuss the ingredients!

Fluffy Gluten-Free Protein Pumpkin Pancakes - gluten-free, flourless, dairy-free pancakes made with rolled oats. A delicious, healthy fall-inspired breakfast recipe

Ingredients for Pumpkin Protein Pancakes:

Rolled Oats: Used in place of flour, rolled oats generate an amazing fluffy texture, that tasty oat flavor, and also bring complex slow-burning carbs to the mix. I haven’t tested the recipe using quick oats, but I imagine they will work just fine in place of rolled oats.

If you’re celiac or have a gluten sensitivity, be sure to use gluten-free oats. Oats on their own are gluten-free but they are often grown next to wheat fields and processed in facilities that also process wheat, which can cause cross-contamination. 

I’ve been using gluten-free sprouted oats and gluten-free glyphosate-free oats to ensure proper digestion, but pick your favorite oats!

Protein Powder: Pick your favorite protein powder! I use either hemp protein or collagen peptides (note: collagen peptides aren’t a complete protein so bare that in mind when making your selection). Whey or casein protein powders generally contain the most protein so if you do dairy or eggs, whey or casein will give you the biggest protein infusion.

Pumpkin Puree: Pumpkin brings moisture, volume and deliciousness to these pumpkin protein pancakes. Pumpkin is also a great source of complex carbohydrate, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, and more! Plus, it is very low in fat, which is great for athletes that carb cycle or pay attention to their macros around exercise.

Eggs & Egg Whites: Used to fluff up the pancakes, keep them held together, add moisture and protein, whole eggs and egg whites serve a grand purpose in this recipe! We often buy cartons of egg whites from the store rather than separating the whites from the yolks, as we typically don’t have another use for the yolks. 

Baking Powder, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Sea Salt: Baking powder leavens the pancakes, pumpkin pie spice brings that amazing fall infusion to the flavor profile, and sea salt enhances all of the flavors. 

If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice on hand, you can use just ground cinnamon or a combination of ground cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves. Just be sure to go light on the ground cloves because a little bit goes a long way!

Gluten-Free Protein Pumpkin Pancakes made flourless with oats and dairy-free. Gluten-free and delicious!

Can I Use Oat Flour Instead of Oats?:

Can you use oat flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour in place of oats? Yes, absolutely! Simply swap the oats for 1 ½ cups of oat flour or GF all-purpose flour.

How to Make Flourless Pumpkin Protein Pancakes:

Add the oats to a blender and blend on high speed until a flour forms. It’s okay if the flour appears slightly grainy and isn’t completely smooth, but you do want to go for a flour-like texture.

Add the rolled oats to a blender and blend into flour Add cinnamon, salt and baking powder to the oat flour

Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and blend until completely smooth.

Add the rest of the ingredients for the pumpkin pancakes to the blender

Pumpkin pancake batter in a blender

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add enough avocado oil (or cooking oil of choice) to generously coat the surface, about 1 to 2 tablespoons.

Once the skillet is hot, pour ¼ to ½ cup of batter onto the hot skillet (depending on the pancake size you’re going for. I do ⅓ cup per pancake).

Cook 1/4 to 1/2 cup of batter in a skillet to make pancakes

Pumpkin pancakes in a skillet

Allow it to cook until the sides firm up, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until the pancake has cooked through, about another 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat for the remaining batter. Note: I typically cook 3 pancakes at a time on a 12-inch skillet.

Pumpkin pancakes on a plate

Serve pancakes with your favorite toppings, and enjoy! I find these to be incredible with butter and honey and/or Nuttzo. Sliced banana is also amazing!

Fluffy, moist gluten-free flourless Protein Pumpkin Pancakes

Gluten-Free Flourless Protein Pumpkin Pancakes made dairy-free, flourless, gluten-free and made with rolled oats for a healthy breakfast

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Enjoy this fluffy stack of pumpkin-infused fall bliss!

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Gluten-Free Flourless Protein Pumpkin Pancakes made dairy-free. Light, fluffy, amazing fall-inspired pancake recipe

Flourless Protein Pumpkin Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

Yield: 14 Pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A high-protein delicious fluffy pumpkin pancakes recipe that is low in fat and a good source of complex carbs for an amazing breakfast!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add the oats to a blender and blend on high speed until a flour forms. It’s okay if the flour appears slightly grainy and isn’t completely smooth, but you do want to go for a flour-like texture.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and blend until completely smooth.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add enough avocado oil (or cooking oil of choice) to generously coat the surface, about 1 to 2 tablespoons.
  4. Once the skillet is hot, pour ¼ to ½ cup of batter onto the hot skillet (depending on the pancake size you’re going for. I do ⅓ cup per pancake). Allow it to cook until the sides firm up, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until the pancake has cooked through, about another 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat for the remaining batter. Note: I typically cook 3 pancakes at a time on a 12-inch skillet.
  5. Serve pancakes with your favorite toppings, and enjoy! I find these to be incredible with butter and honey and/or Nuttzo. Sliced banana is also amazing!

Notes

*I use gluten-free sprouted oats or gluten-free glyphosate-free oats. Use your favorite brand!

**Collagen is not a complete protein, so if you’re looking for complete protein, stick with your favorite protein powder.

Nutrition Information
Yield 14 Serving Size 1 of 14
Amount Per Serving Calories 107Total Fat 2gCarbohydrates 12gNet Carbohydrates 9gFiber 3gSugar 2gProtein 7g
Flourless Rolled Oat Protein Pumpkin Pancakes - gluten-free, dairy-free, high in protein and complex carbs and low in fat. A delicious, healthy pancake recipe

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Michelle

Friday 1st of October 2021

Would this recipe work for waffles as well?

Michelle

Saturday 9th of October 2021

@Julia,

I tried them out today in my Cuisanart waffle maker and Dash waffle maker. The recipe worked great for both! Thanks.

Julia

Monday 4th of October 2021

Hi Michelle!

Ooh, waffles sound great! In my experience, waffle batter and pancake batter are interchangeable, but I'm really not sure since I haven't tried it myself with this particular recipe. May be worth a test run to try it on one waffle and if it doesn't work out, just make pancakes out of the rest of the batter? Let me know if you give it a go :) xo

Lynne

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

This sound amazing for the fall season. Before making I was hoping you could recommend a specific brand of plant based or collagen protein powder. I have yet to find a good brand. I saw you mentioned hemp or collagen. Thank you

Julia

Wednesday 15th of September 2021

Hi Lynne! They're definitely so perfect for fall! I use Nutiva or Bob's Red Mill hemp protein for plant based. Hope you enjoy!! xo

Shirley

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

I was wondering what to make for a breakfast up at camp this weekend. We should have a larger than normal crew. These look perfect, a nice Fall treat!

Julia

Wednesday 15th of September 2021

They're just so great! I could see these being so traffic to enjoy next to a campfire :) xoxoxo

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