This blog post and Chocolate Protein Pancakes recipe are sponsored by Active Stacks™! All opinions and experiences are my own.
Want to kick your day off with a protein-packed treat? These dairy free chocolate protein pancakes feature a whopping 60g of protein in one batch!
They're paleo, gluten free, and dairy free thanks to Active Stacks Beef Boost Protein Powder.
Why beef protein powder?
Active Stacks is part of a unique niche in the protein powder industry: junk-free, beef protein powder. No whey, no dairy, no plant-derived proteins. We're talking all beef!
Beef protein powder is a staple of my pantry for good reason. Because I have hidradenitis supperativa, dairy and I do not get along. If I eat dairy consistently, flare-ups happen and I end up in pain.
In addition, I prefer to avoid plant-based protein powders because of all the amino acid goodness in animal-sourced proteins. Beef protein powder naturally has the three branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) that are prized among athletes for building muscle and promoting recovery.
I train multiple days a week, usually with high-intensity workouts. So getting enough protein and making sure that protein is high quality is very important to me!
What to look for in a good quality protein powder
I have a few criteria that I use to evaluate a protein powder before I even give it a try. When Active Stacks first reached out to me, I scoured through their website to answer my preliminary questions, then waited until I'd gone through an entire container before agreeing to work with them.
What are my criteria for the best quality protein powder?
- The ingredients list – Junk ingredients, artificial sugars, and fillers? Not in my protein. I look for protein powders with 5 or less ingredients, and make sure I know the purpose of each ingredient.
- How it makes me feel – No way will I keep drinking something that gives me an upset stomach. That tosses most plant-based powders out the door.
- How it tastes – In theory, I could add pure egg white powder to my shaker bottle…but that just sounds disgusting, and I wouldn’t drink it. Protein powder has to taste good to get used!
- The amino acid profile – I use protein powder as a post-workout recovery option, so the amino acid profile is important to me. My protein has to have BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) to support muscle recovery and growth
After using Active Stacks, it passes with flying colors! I was legitimately SHOCKED at how good this stuff tastes. When I went back to my old protein brand, I could easily taste the difference.
50+ grams of protein in one recipe
Between the Active Stacks and eggs, this recipe delivers OVER 50 grams of protein in one recipe. That's crazy!
But that's not the only benefit of these pancakes. They're fluffy, just sweet enough, and that chocolate flavor is AWESOME. And that's only from the protein powder!
Of course, if you give this recipe a try, you've probably already tried Active Stacks on its own, so you know just how good it tastes.
More protein-packed breakfast recipes
- Salmon Cake Eggs Benedict
- Banana Waffles
- Steak & Egg Breakfast Tacos
- Plantain, Bacon, and Chive Frittata
Did you make these pancakes? I want to know how they turned out! Let me know how you used it in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram!Print
These light and fluffy Chocolate Protein Pancakes have 50+ grams of protein in one batch thanks to Active Stacks Beef Protein!
- ½ cup Active Stacks Beef Boost Protein Powder
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup cassava flour
- ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup coconut oil or ghee, melted & divided
- In a medium mixing bowl, add Active Stacks protein powder, baking powder, and cassava flour and mix until blended. Add almond milk, eggs, and 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Stir until smooth.
- Heat remaining 2 tablespoons coconut oil a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Add ¼ cup of pancake batter. Cook for 5-8 minutes, until small bubbles form on the outsides of the pancake. Flip and cook for another 3-5 minutes, until done. Repeat until all batter is used, adding more coconut oil as necessary to grease the skillet.
- Serve with pure maple syrup, nut butter, strawberries, or other fruit as desired!
Keywords: dairy free, protein powder, pancakes, paleo