Lil Chocolate Chip Protein Pancake Bites

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Lil Chocolate Chip Protein Pancake Bites

Protein pancake bites made with batter poured into a mini muffin tin and baked to create a similar flavor and texture to pancakes. Bake these, throw them in the freezer, and reheat them whenever you need in the microwave. Serve with a side of maple syrup.
10 Minutes
9 Minutes

Per Serving – Makes 24

34 Calories

4.9g C | 2g P | 0.7g F

How to Make Lil Chocolate Chip Protein Pancake Bites

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Lil Chocolate Chip Protein Pancake Bites

4.73 from 29 votes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minutes or less, freezer friendly, gluten free, under 10 ingredients, under 500 calories
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24 bites
Calories: 34kcal
Protein pancake bites made with batter poured into a mini muffin tin and baked to create a similar flavor and texture to pancakes. Bake these, throw them in the freezer, and reheat them whenever you need in the microwave. Serve with a side of maple syrup.
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  • 1 cup (100 g) oat flour⁣⁣
  • ¼ cup (25 g) tapioca flour or corn starch
  • 1 scoop (30 g) vanilla casein protein powder I use the brand Optimum Nutrition but micellar casein will work
  • ½ cup (130 g) liquid egg whites
  • 2 tbsp (30 g) mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp (4 g) baking powder
  • cups (150 ml) water


For the Pancake Bites

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients until no clumps remain. It is easiest for later if your bowl has a spout on it, not required however.
  • NOTE: I'm sure many of you will ask me if you can swap the casein with whey or leave it out all together. No, do not omit the casein and absolutely do not substitute with whey. Your pancake bites will become hockey pucks. A lot of the sweetness comes from the protein powder, do not leave it out. I have attempted this recipe by adding sugar in place of the protein powder and it does not work. The casein adds an airy quality that is not present when only oat flour is used. You can probably use wheat flour and omit the casein but add in some kind of sweetener.
  • Add in the water, egg whites, and 1 tbsp of chocolate chips. Mix until incorporated and your batter is pourable.
  • Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Make sure to coat all sides of the well.
  • If your bowl doesn't have a spout you may find it easiest to transfer the batter into a large ziplock bag to use as a piping bag. Cut off the corner to fill each well of your mini muffin tin.
  • Fill each well about half way with batter. This recipe makes 24 bites. Top each bite with the remaining chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes.


  • Once the bites have completely cooled, place them in a ziplock bag and remove as much air as possible. Store in the freezer.
  • Reheat the bites in the microwave and serve with maple syrup.



Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.7g

NUTRITIONAL INFO FOR THE Lil Chocolate Chip Protein Pancake Bites

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805.9 cals

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This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Jennifer Pennycook

    Can you Whey protein?

      1. Amanda Heath

        Can it be a casein/whey blend for baking or does it have to be casein?

  2. Christopher Sweatt

    What temperature do you have on your freezer to consider it a cold freezer.

    1. Josh Cortis

      Im not sure, cold enough to where they can freeze solid and not be soft

  3. Andrew Dalton

    Havent tried yet but looking to try for my kids, I dont want them having protein powder at such a young age though is there anything to substitute the protein powder for?

  4. Ali

    It’s 34 calorie per piece right?
    I’m not sure why the standard recipe nutrition is showing 1 serving to be 800 calories and 24 to be 34 calories.

  5. Ali

    Wanted to ask if one pancake ball is 34 calories.
    The nutrition charts shows 1 serving as 800 calories while 24 servings as 34.

      1. Ben

        Can I use the dry mix from your first recipe for this?

        1. Josh Cortis

          It’s a little bit different so you may need to play with the ratios a bit

  6. John Bieber

    5 stars
    Great recipe – thanks Josh!
    In case anyone doesn’t have egg whites on hand like me, I used 2 extra large eggs instead. It turns out fine.
    I also tried adding 1/2 a teaspoon of stevia and 1 teaspoon of maple extract since I don’t eat these with syrup – I am usually just eating one or two as I walk past my snack drawer. I definitely prefer real maple syrup, but I also like to keep my hands non sticky.

  7. Eric

    You think just adding sweetener say a cup of stevia would make the batter and end result sweeter so you wouldn’t need syrup. More like a muffin bite?

    1. Josh Cortis

      That is a lot of stevia. I would try an 1/8 to 1/4 of that if you were to give it a go

  8. bard-bard-bard

    5 stars
    Used whey, turned out fine. Maybe denser than they should be, but still good.

    1. Josh Cortis

      interesting, whey has always turned out horribly for me

      1. bard-bard-bard

        Been playing around with it. I think more baking soda helps with whey.

  9. Koen

    Can you use almond flour or does it have to be oat flour?

    1. Josh Cortis

      I wouldn’t recommend that. Ive only tested with oat flour

  10. Grant

    Mine was a bit of a fail. Had to substitute rice flour for oat flour (couldn’t find packaged and don’t have a blender), used whole eggs and my casein turned out to be 20% whey.
    Still edible and pretty tasty so credit to the recipe but collapsed once they came out of the oven. Not sure what ingredient killed them – probably the flour – but will tweak and attempt something different next time

  11. AJ Wand

    5 stars
    i made this recipe using a babycakes cake pop maker and it ultimately made 40 cake bites! i also substituted some of the water (~.25 cup) for vanilla sugar free coffee syrup and they turned out great! 10/10 would recommend

  12. allison

    So what do you do if you don’t have any protein powder? And I can’t find any amount to buy that’s like only in like one or two servings? I really don’t use protein powder but I really wanna make these pancake bites properly.

    1. Pixie

      Try seeing if any of your neighbors or coworkers use protein powder. See if they will bring you a couple scoops to try the recipe and offer to bring them a sample. I use a vegan protein powder made from peas. Is the only protein powder i have found that is soy free and milk free.

      1. Raileen Del Rosario

        How was this with pea protein powder? I wanna give it a shot and don’t really wanna buy casein

  13. Dioni Gomez

    Hello! I wanted to make sure I’m tracking it right. 34 calories is 1 pancake bite?

  14. Aaron Kingsriter

    5 stars
    This is a must have for me to get through the week. It is great even without syrup, as a mid-meal snack.

  15. GG

    4 stars
    I thought I was being smart to avoid a messy clean up in the mini muffin tins (looking at you, pizza bites) and I used cupcake liners. This was a mistake. The mini bites fused to the cupcake wrappers, and instead of peeling apart the wrappers just tore apart. The few bites I had were fine, but this didn’t make it to snack city for me.

  16. McGruber

    Not sure which universe you live in but there’s no way this batter would ever pour out of anything with a spout. It’s way too thick. Piping bag is the only way to go with this.

  17. David Wasilka

    5 stars
    So, I got a new stove and thought this would be a straightforward way to christen it. Also, this was the first time I ever actually tried baking anything 🙂 I have to say these came out amazing and exactly what I needed for some late-night munchies or when I am in a hurry, I can take some in the car to eat on the way to work for breakfast.

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