Thursday, August 26, 2021

Quick protein pancakes with world’s easiest blueberry sauce #low-carb #gluten-free

GOOD MORNING FROM MARY JANE MAFFINI  Why not join me for breakfast. I'm serving:



The only way I have happily stayed on my low carb program this past few months is because I love my breakfasts.  These little pancakes have made a big difference!  They may not be quite the same as fluffy, regular pancakes but I enjoy them often and they get my day off to a great start. 

The recipe has been adapted from Dana Carpender’s The New  500 Low-carb Recipes and also appears in some of her other cookbooks.  It’s easy and fast and makes enough for two people or two days for one person.  I have added some flavorings and tested them on people who were not on a low-carb diet with no complaints at all.

The hurdle for me was the protein powder. You can get this in large, expensive containers at the grocery store. I was very happy to find it in smaller quantities at bulk food stores, a good  thing if you are experimenting as I was.  I added vanilla extract and a touch of almond extract to the original recipe and made the world’s easiest blueberry sauce to go with it. I think you could change up the flavorings and have fun with the recipe.


2 large eggs

½ cup ricotta cheese

¼ cup vanilla flavored protein powder

½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp almond extract

1/8 tsp salt

½ cup frozen blueberries

non-stick cooking spray (optional)


Makes 14 – 16 small pancakes and ½ cup of blueberry ‘sauce’.

Whisk the eggs, vanilla (and almond extract if using) and ricotta together in a bowl until smooth. 

Whisk in the protein powder, baking powder and salt, just until well-combined. 

Spray a griddle or skillet with non-stick cooking spray.  My griddle is non-stick, so I skip this step.  Heat to about 275 or whatever temperature you use to cook pancakes.

Now, here's the easiest blueberry sauce recipe: Place the frozen blueberries in a microwave-safe bowl and zap them for one and a half to two minutes.  And you're done!  You could add sugar, sweetener or maple syrup if you wanted, but I think they are fine like this.

Drop the batter onto the hot griddle/pan by the tablespoonful.  Space them as far apart as you can because the batter spreads.  

Cook until bubbles on surface break. 

Flip the pancakes and cook the other side. Doesn’t take long! Top with hot blueberries. 

 Don't worry and be happy!

I keep the other half of the batter refrigerated to cook the next day. 

The recipe says five of these are a serving, but I confess to having seven or even eight.

 Up to you! There are .6 grams of carbs in each and about 11 in the blueberries, a good opportunity to practice that grade school math in your head. If you want fewer carbs, cut back on the amount of blueberries or use sugar-free syrup or dabs of butter or both.  

I always enjoy your suggestions so I will happily hope for some from you.  In future, I plan to try pancakes with coconut flour and chocolate pancakes with raspberry sauce.  Let me know if you’ve tried those. You know I enjoy hearing from you.  

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  1. Hi Mary Jane! I love pancakes! And these look delicious. Thanks for sharing the simple blueberry sauce, too.

    1. You are welcome! I have always wanted a one-ingredient recipe, lol. Hugs. MJ

  2. So, these are basically ricotta pancakes with extra protein. Clever.

    If you want more "fluff", you could try separating the eggs. Add the yolks as before. At the end, fold in the whites which you have beaten until nice and fluffy.

    Do you find these dietary changes have been beneficial for you?

    1. That's a good idea, Libby! Of course, I am always in a hurry. And yes, I have lost twelve pounds and gained a lot of energy. Thanks for coming by!

  3. I love your one-ingredient recipe for blueberry sauce, Mary Jane!

    1. LOL! YOu can see that I am jealous of your five-ingredient books! Hugs. MJ