Pumpkin Protein Pancakes with Pumpkin Seed Granola


With only a few weeks left in my favorite season of the year—pumpkin flavored everything season, of course—the Powell Pack is trying to squeeze in our last family favorite recipes and pumpkin indulgences before it’s on to peppermint and gingerbread.

A couple of years ago, I shared our very popular and very yummy Pumpkin Protein Waffles (amaze…a must-try). Last year, we discovered these Pumpkin Protein Pancakes topped with a crumbly and delish Pumpkin Seed Granola. Um, let me just say…it is a game changer! So dang good we actually snuck this recipe into our new book, Extreme Transformation. And to celebrate the book’s December 20th paperback release date, I just had  to share this pumpkin goodness with you again (plus some of my favorite ingredients and breakfast essentials)! Consider this an early Christmas gift. 😉 Check it out and whip some up for yourself before pumpkin gets stocked away for the season!


Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
Makes 4 servings


1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (3/4 for men)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg white
1/4 cup steel-cut oats
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon Truvia sweetener
1/4 cup sugar-free pancake syrup
1/2 tablespoon Pumpkin Seed Granola (see recipe below)
1/2 banana sliced (men only)



  1. Add all the ingredients except syrup, granola, and banana (men only) to the blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Heat a nonstick griddle or skilled coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Ladle about 1/4 cup of pancake batter per pancake onto griddle or skillet. Once pancake tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked, they are ready to flip. Cook both sides. Serve immediately. Top with syrup, granola, and banana (for men). Recipe makes 4 pancakes.

Pumpkin Seed Granola


1 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup slivered almonds, raw and unsalted
1/4 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds
1/2 teaspoon Truvia
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt substitute


  1. Heat coconut oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Toss the almonds and pumpkin seeds in coconut oil and stir to avoid burning.
  3. Add Truvia, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt substitute, mix.

Nutritional Information:
For one pancake with 1/2 tablespoon of granola:
Women: 310 cals; 11g fat; 34g carbs, 25g protein
Men: 400 cals; 12g fat, 48 gcarbs, 32g protein

For more amazing recipes like this, and for what Chris and I believe is the most comprehensive guide to transformation EVER, check out our book, Extreme Transformation: 21 Days to Lifelong Success, now.




*Originally posted on November 22, 2015*

Related reading:

Protein Waffles with a Pumpkin Twist
Pumpkin Pie + Protein Shake = Low Carb Heaven
A Healthy Holiday Feast Compliments of Whole Foods


27 Responses

    1. Hi Carla: Chris and Heidi recommend low-fat, low-carb powders with around 20 grams of protein per serving. 🙂

  1. I’m new to carb cycling, my aunt does it and introduced me to it per se and I haven’t bought a book yet. My husband and I are looking to make lifestyle choices. He wants to gain weight and muscle and I want to lose weight. He’s 6’2 and 170 lbs and I’m 5’7 220 lbs and just had my 2nd child. What book would be best for us? My first step was getting my husband off soda. And my goal is no fad diets but life long goals with results. TIA ?

  2. The protein powder listed says half a scoop. Can I please have the breakdown (Normal serving size 1 scoop 2 scoops?) And the protein, calorie, carb breakdown in a serving please so I can find an equivalent protein powder to use that might be more economical. Thank you!

    1. Hi Lisa: Each protein powder can be a bit different, but look for one that’s about 100 calories a scoop/serving, is low fat and whey-based, and has between 15-20 grams of protein and less than 5 grams of carbs per serving. If you can find one that fits pretty closely within those guidelines, you’ll be good to go!

  3. Quick question. Spaghetti squash, butternut squash, acorn squash, are they considered the carb or add the free veggie

  4. I can’t wait to try these! I have my extreme transformation book! – thank u Santa! Do you have any recommendations for protein powder? There are so many to choose from!!?!

    Thank you very much,


    1. Chris and Heidi recommend whey-based powders with between 15-20 grams of protein and less than 5 grams of carbs per serving. 🙂

  5. Hallo team powell
    I have a question
    My niece is extremely ovese and is considering surgery
    She has been put on an extreme weight lose diet for 8 weeks which
    Is 5 pints of milk a day and a beef brooth drink ,this is advised by the surgeon that wil eventually do the operatie
    I can not believe that a professional would suggest this drastic weight lose
    What do you think and what would you advies for a pre op diet ?
    This diet is to be folliwed for 6 months with a small ammount of food eventually added
    She lost 12lbs in the first 2 weeks

    Hope you can take time to answer this query


    1. Hi Therry: It’s always best to follow her healthcare team’s recommendations since they know her history and have been working with her personally; however, if you have any questions or concerns, a second opinion can be helpful. We wish her the best!

    1. The book says that it makes 4 pancakes which is 1 serving, so its 300 cal for all 4 pancakes. HTH.

  6. Would the pumpkin pancakes be for a high carb day and the granola for a low carb day, or is this a healthy cheat day recipe? Thanks

  7. Hello Heidi,
    Can you recommend any at home excercises that do not include jumping or stomping? I am renting and share space with others who require that there be no noise or jumping on the upper floors.
    I would love to keep exercising at home when I can’t make it to the gym, but every exercise DVDs I have includes some type of jumping jack. Please help!

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