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There’s something comforting about pancakes. The smell of flapjacks brings us back to weekend mornings from our childhood when cartoons (not phone alarms) jolted us out of bed and we didn't care how much syrup we drizzled on our plate. But that scene becomes less frequent in adulthood. Tear.

Well, we think every day deserves to be as special as a lazy Sunday morning. And you don’t have to go to a fancy brunch—or sacrifice your health goals—to make your fluffy, carby dreams a reality.

For grown-up versions of your childhood favorite, try these nine protein-packed pancake recipes. From classic banana to vegan tiramisu to stacks with peanut butter syrup, these pancakes will help you perk up and bulk up. (Kidding on the latter, but they will help you get healthier.)

Lemon Chia Seed Protein Pancakes
Photo: Fit, Fun, and Delish

Pancakes have a reputation for being heavy, but this recipe is anything but. Made with egg whites, vanilla protein powder, banana, chia seeds, lemon, and a few other baking add-ins, they’re an airy and refreshing counterpart to the diner classic. Tip: Use almond flour to make them gluten-free.

Fall is to pumpkin what weekends are to pancakes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t change things up. After all, some of the best recipes come from thinking outside the box—and season. And isn’t cream cheese syrup worth breaking the rules for? We think so. Simply combine oats, cottage cheese, pumpkin purée, almond milk, eggs, and spices, and flip your way to the healthiest (but still decadent) breakfast yet.

We used to think it was impossible to improve upon classic blueberry pancakes. But boy were we wrong. The addition of almond butter, mashed banana, and vanilla protein powder makes these pancakes next-level good. Not to mention, they’re the perfect meal for refueling post-workout—or post-sleep (#doyou).

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes
Photo: Pickles & Honey

Switching to a vegan diet may seem tough, but with recipes like this, who needs all that dairy? Made with the oh-so-popular flax egg, spelt flour, Sunwarrior Blend Protein Powder, coconut oil, non-dairy milk, and a few other spices and baking materials, they’re just as hearty as a traditional batch. Our favorite part: the three-ingredient vegan caramel sauce topping.

Though they sound like a breakfast treat from childhood, these pancakes are legit healthy—and they’re dairy-free, low fat, and gluten-free too. Cacao nibs add crunch, while chocolate protein powder and cocoa powder provide the creamy chocolate flavor. We love topping with fresh berries and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

One look at the pictures of these pancakes was enough to make us run to store and make them immediately. And while some of the ingredients are a little tough to find, there are plenty of ways to use what you've got on hand. Don’t have mocha protein powder? Use chocolate in its place and add extra espresso. No rum extract? Add a dash of the real liquor—it’s OK, we won’t tell anyone.

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Pancakes
Photo: Not-So-Desperate Housewife

This glorious recipe only takes 15 minutes (tops) to make. Even better: It requires only four ingredients. Simply combine the ingredients in a food processor or blender, pop ‘em on the stove, flip, and serve with fresh berries and honey or maple syrup. Tip: Use dates and cottage cheese in place of the pudding mix to keep things natural.

We love peanut butter and we cannot lie—especially when it’s mixed into pancakes and transformed into syrup. This recipe uses PB2 (a powdered, low-fat version of peanut butter), rolled oats, banana, egg whites, and protein powder as the base. And the pancakes are then topped with plenty of maple peanut sauce—which we can’t get enough of. Tip: Use Greek yogurt and honey in place of the vanilla Activia.

Sure, rainbow sprinkles may not be the healthiest treat out there, but a little sugary topping never hurt anyone. (Not that we know of, anyway.) Made with whey protein powder, almond milk, egg whites, and real sprinkles, this breakfast treat is the perfect way to kick off your Friday—or any day of the week.

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