These extra thick, vegan chocolate protein pancakes are amazing. You’ll need just a few basic ingredients to make them and they’re oil-free, sugar-free and gluten-free. 

A stack of chocolate pancakes topped with raspberry and banana.

Ingredient Notes

  1. Vegan protein powder. You’ll need some vegan chocolate or vanilla protein powder to make these. I used North Coast Naturals Vege Pro-7. I also like SunWarrior, Iron Vegan and Vega. Note the amount used is 30 grams so adjust as needed based on the suggested serving size of the brand you’re using. (Purchase an inexpensive kitchen scale here for the best results with my recipes).
  2. Chickpea flour. Chickpea flour, besan or gram flour is my go-for for gluten-free vegan pancakes. It’s inexpensive, fairly easy to find and high in protein and fibre. If you can’t find it in your area, you can buy it on Amazon here.
  3. Baking powder. You’ll need baking powder to create the epic fluffy thickness of these pancakes.
  4. Cocoa powder. To make these chocolate protein pancakes, I used 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Raw cacao powder would also work if you want the extra nutrition. I would have used cacao powder but I didn’t have an on hand, so it was regular cocoa powder for this one.
  5. Optional stevia. I added an extra 1 tsp of unprocessed stevia to sweeten these up a bit more. The protein powder does add some sweetness so this is optional but I prefer the extra sweetness with the bitter cocoa powder.
Chickpea flour, cocoa powder and baking powder in a glass mixing bowl.
Raw chocolate pancake batter in a glass mixing bowl.
A stack of chocolate protein pancakes topped with syrup, berries and banana.


Chickpea flour, also know as gram, besan or garbanzo bean flour, is made from ground dried, raw chickpeas. Chickpea flour is a staple in many different cuisines around the world but has been gaining popularity in North America with the rise of gluten-free cooking and baking. From traditional Italian and French socca to Indian sweets and crepes, chickpea flour dishes can be found in South Asian, Middle Eastern and Southern European cultures, among others.

Chickpea flour can be used as a binder in baking, in pancakes and crepes, vegan frittatas and omelettes, as well as in savoury dishes like stews and soups.

Best Chickpea Flour

I’ve noticed some differences in brands so you may need to shop around for one you like. The flavour tends to vary. I use a generic brand from my local natural food store but I’ve used Bob’s Red Mill before with success.

I haven’t tried any other brands but I’d suggest looking for something very light yellow in colour, very fine consistency and a faint beany smell…lol, sounds so good, doesn’t it?

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There’s not much to this recipe but here are some tips on protein pancake success:

  1. Make sure you pre-heat the pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Use a good non-stick pan and/or some non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients well before adding the water.
  4. Don’t add too much water. 3/4 cup is the exact right amount for best results, so measure accurately.
  5. Don’t over-mix the batter. Fold it together gently until everything is wetted but don’t overdo it. If there are a few bits of flour left over, that’s ok.
  6. Let the batter rest for 5-10 minutes before cooking.


Here are my favourite toppings for these pancakes:

  • Heated up frozen berries. To make these, just add sliced or whole frozen strawberries, raspberries, cherries or blueberries to a small pot and cook until ooey and gooey, mash them up a bit and use them to top your pancakes. You can also do this in the microwave.
  • Sliced banana or apple.
  • Almond butter. I like to add a tiny bit of water to my nut butter to thin it out a bit so it’s more of a sauce. You can also blend it with dates for a special treat.
  • Tahini. My favourite tahini is runny, drippy, smooth and creamy making it the perfect drizzly pancake topping.
  • Coconut butter. If you haven’t had pancakes with coconut butter, you haven’t lived. Since store-bought coconut butter is so pricey, I like to make my own by blending coconut flakes until smooth and creamy. This is easily done in a Vitamix using the tamper to things moving. You can also use a food processor, it will just take a bit longer.
  • Nuts. I like a few crushed walnuts or pecans but any nuts work.
  • Pure maple syrupI don’t go all out with added maple syrup very often but it is amazing for a special treat.
  • Date caramel. To make date caramel, simply soak dates in hot water for 15 minutes and then blend until smooth. I think to add a bit of light coconut milk and a pinch of sea salt for more flavour.
  • Easy homemade caramel.
A forkful of chocolate protein pancakes.

More Vegan Pancake Recipes

I’ve grown quite the collection of vegan pancake recipes over the years so if you like these ones, you’ll have to check these out too:

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Thick Vegan Chocolate Protein Pancakes - Running on Real Food

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Protein Pancakes

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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These extra thick and fluffy vegan protein pancakes are to die for. You’ll need just a handful of simple ingredients to make them and they’re healthy enough to enjoy anytime.



  1. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add all of the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
  3. Add the water and gently fold together until all the dry ingredients are wetted. The batter will be very thick, this is perfect.
  4. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Spray the pan with a little non-stick cooking spray, then use a spoon to scoop the batter into the pan to form 5-6 small pancakes or 3-4 large ones. You’ll have to use the spoon to spread it out as the batter is so thick.
  6. Cook until the edges of the pancakes look dry and firm, this should take just a few minutes. Flip and cook for 1 more minute then they’re ready to enjoy.


  • Serving Size: 1 batch
  • Calories: 377
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Fiber: 14 g
  • Protein: 36 g