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Recipe of the Week: Orange Ricotta Protein Pancakes

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Recipe of the Week: Orange Ricotta Protein Pancakes

I’m a bit of a pancake fiend, so I’m not easily impressed. But this recipe really got me.

It’s from my cookbook, Eat Green Get Lean, and it’s become one of my “go-to” pancakes.

I love the heartiness of the barley flour, the creaminess from the ricotta cheese, and the citrus taste (which doesn’t overpower the dish).

The inclusion of protein powder also makes 1 – 2 servings a viable meal!

Hope you enjoy!


6 (2 pancakes per serving)

Calories Per Serving


Protein Per Serving

21 grams

Carbohydrates Per Serving

27 grams

Fat Per Serving

5 grams



1 cup barley flour

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons stevia or other natural sweetener

3 scoops vanilla whey protein powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup fat free ricotta cheese

1/2 cup skim milk

1/2 cup orange juice

1 teaspoon orange zest

2 large eggs, beaten

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract



In a large mixing bowl, add the barley, flour, stevia, protein powder, baking powder, and baking soda and mix until well combined. Set aside.

In a separate large mixing bowl, add the ricotta, skim milk, orange juice, orange zest, eggs, butter, and vanilla extract. Beat together until mixed well. Slowly mix liquid ingredients into dry ingredients until just mixed. Do not overmix.

Coat a large nonstick skillet in cooking spray and wipe away the excess with a paper towel. Save this for wiping the pan after each pancake. Heat the skillet over medium heat.

Spoon about 3 to 4 tablespoons of batter onto the griddle and cook until bubbles appear. Flip and cook until golden brown.

Repeat step 4 with the remaining batter.

What You Get to Eat


What did you think of this week’s recipe? Let me know in the comments below!

I'm Mike and I'm the creator of Muscle for Life and Legion Athletics, and I believe that EVERYONE can achieve the body of their dreams.

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