Butternut Squash Pancakes

These butternut squash protein pancakes are delicious topped with yogurt, nut butter and granola. One serving packs over 20 grams of protein!

As you know, I’m a big fan of vegetables. I love eating them raw, roasted, as the star of recipes and hidden in some unlikely recipes. These pancakes feature one of my favorite winter squashes – butternut.

Stack of butternut squash pancakes topped with peanut butter, maple syrup, granola, and yogurt. A slice is taken out of the stack and a fork is resting on the plate.

I decided to experiment with my classic protein pancake recipe and made a variation with leftover roasted butternut squash I had in the fridge. I added two of my favorite complimentary flavors: pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. The pancakes were so good I decided to have them again for breakfast today!

These pancakes are dense and hearty, which I liked. They’re also great if you don’t like bananas or if you want to cut back on your sugar consumption.

Stack of butternut squash pancakes topped with peanut butter, maple syrup, granola, and yogurt.

Cooking Butternut Squash

If you’ve never cooked this winter squash, don’t be intimated. Typically you’ll want to peel your squash. The easiest way I’ve found to do this it to chop off the top and bottom of the squash to create a stable base for your squash to sit. Carefully use a vegetable peeler or knife to peel the skin off. I then like to cut the squash in half lengthwise to scoop out the seeds. Then you can cut the squash however you’d like and roast it like you would roast a sweet potato. For this recipe cubes are great, but I often slice it up to make baked butternut squash fries for a savory dinner side!

Ingredients in Butternut Squash Pancakes

  • protein – egg whites and vanilla protein powder
  • butternut squash – you can roast your own and mash it into a puree but canned works great too.
  • ground flax seeds or chia seeds
  • seasoning – pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, powdered peanut butter, stevia
  • unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Butternut Squash Pancakes Recipe

In a small bowl, mix together the egg whites, protein powder, squash, flaxseed, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and stevia until all of the powder ingredients are dissolved. If your butternut squash is a little chunky, you might want to use an immersion blender to make the mixture completely smooth. Spray a medium sized pan with cooking spray and heat to medium low. The lower heat is key to making sure the pancake cooks all the way through without burning.

Pour in the pancake batter and cook until bubbles form and the edges are crispy. You can make two-three smaller pancakes – I prefer to make smaller pancakes because it’s easier to flip them. Carefully flip your pancake(s) and cook until the pancake is done in the middle. It typically takes around 3 minutes per side.

These pancakes are tasty topped with maple syrup, peanut butter, yogurt and/or granola. You can do all four toppings or just pick and choose your favorites!

Stack of butternut squash pancakes topped with peanut butter, maple syrup, granola, and yogurt.

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Stack of butternut squash pancakes topped with peanut butter, maple syrup, granola, and yogurt. A bite is cut out of the stack of pancakes and a gold fork is sitting next to the stack.

Butternut Squash Pancakes


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 pancakes
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These butternut squash pancakes are delicious topped with yogurt, nut butter and granola. One serving packs over 20 grams of protein!


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup mashed butternut squash (canned works too)
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 23 drops of liquid stevia
  • toppings: drippy natural peanut butter*, granola, yogurt and/or maple syrup

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl mix together the egg whites, protein powder, squash, flaxseed, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and stevia until all the powder is dissolved. If your butternut squash is chunky you might want to blend it with an immersion blender to make it smooth.
  2. Spray a medium sized pan with cooking spray and set heat to medium-low. The lower heat is the key to making sure the pancakes don’t burn.
  3. Pour pancake batter into the pan, making 3-4 pancakes. You might need to cook these in batches, depending on the size of your pan. Cook until little bubbles form (about 3-4 minutes). Carefully flip each pancake over to the other side.
  4. Cook until pancake is done in the middle. It typically takes about about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Place pancakes on a plate, top with a drizzle with peanut butter, yogurt, granola and/or maple syrup.

Notes

  • Instead of regular peanut butter, you can also use PB2 or peanut butter powder mixed with non-dairy milk to make a lower calorie peanut butter topping.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove-top
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 (2-3 pancakes)
  • Calories: 236
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Sodium: 176mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 22g

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    29 comments
    1. CounselorChick
      September 24, 2020 AT 12:06 am

      I really dislike the taste of stevia. Might I just use maple syrup? If so, how much do your recommend? TIA

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 24, 2020 AT 1:49 pm

        Totally! I would do 1/2 Tablespoon of maple syrup.

        1. CounselorChick
          September 25, 2020 AT 2:16 am

          Thank you!

    2. Perry
      June 18, 2020 AT 8:08 pm

      Very interesting recipe. I was just reading about the Iriquois Three Sister legend of squash. Corn, and beans.looked up nutrition of butternut squash and found your recipe. Great idea on vanilla protein powder instead of sugar. Butternut having a natural amount as well. I am looking forward to trying to grow the three sisters and put your recipe to the test when butternut squash is available in markets. Thanks for presenting recipe

    3. toby
      December 26, 2013 AT 9:56 am

      Hi
      thanks for the recipes! Good quality food yum!

    4. Lisa-B
      September 17, 2012 AT 5:08 pm

      Today was the first day that it started to feel like Fall, which inspired me to make these for breakfast (I also had rec’d my powdered peanut butter order). These are absolutely delicious, and I will be eating them well into Spring! Your recipes continue to be a steady hit in our house!

    5. Julia
      September 16, 2012 AT 3:21 am

      these pancakes look so delicious- bookmarking this page!

    6. The Healthy Apple
      September 15, 2012 AT 9:37 pm

      Looks amazing, Britt! I just started dabbling into protein powders last week so I’m going to try this one!
      SO excited to see you this week.
      xox

    7. Your pictures are always stunning! I can’t wait to make these! I might just have pancakes for dinner:)

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 12, 2012 AT 11:55 pm

        Aww, thank you so much Sunnie. I appreciate it.

    8. Beth @ Tasty Yummies
      September 12, 2012 AT 3:51 pm

      These pancakes look amazing!! I love that you used butternut squash instead of pumpkin, too! I just made my way over to Pinterest now to follow all of your boards 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 12, 2012 AT 11:54 pm

        Woo hoo! Thank you Beth.

    9. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
      September 12, 2012 AT 1:49 pm

      Will definitely be following that Pinterest board. 😀 Gotta love those pumpkin recipes!

    10. Lauren
      September 12, 2012 AT 12:47 pm

      With all of the pumpkin craze, I almost forgot about it’s equally delicious counterpart. These look delicious girl!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 12, 2012 AT 11:53 pm

        Thanks lady!

    11. Brittany @ Little b’s healthy habits
      September 12, 2012 AT 12:33 pm

      I had a butternut squash sitting on my counter for at least a month until it finally just needed to be tossed 🙁 Now the next time I buy one I’ll know what to do with it!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 12, 2012 AT 11:53 pm

        ugh! I hate it when that happens.

    12. Moni @ Moni Meals
      September 12, 2012 AT 11:08 am

      Sounds and looks delicious Brittany. My kind of pancake! I already made pumpkin pancakes over the weekend.

      I love fall so much too! Yay-it is only just beginning!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 12, 2012 AT 11:52 pm

        Thank you Moni!!

    13. MoneyAfterGrad
      September 12, 2012 AT 11:06 am

      This sounds so good !!! A healthy pancake is something I can definitely get behind !

    14. Rachel
      September 12, 2012 AT 10:22 am

      Yum! I’m going to try these! 🙂 It’s been soooo cold here too in the mornings.. but I just can’t seem to break my yogurt bowl streak haha

    15. Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear
      September 12, 2012 AT 9:32 am

      Ummm, well now I HAVE to follow you on pinterest. Done and done. I LOVE healthy fall recipes!!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 12, 2012 AT 11:51 pm

        Woo-hoo. Thanks for following!

    16. Gabby @ Gabby’s Gluten-Free
      September 12, 2012 AT 9:29 am

      Yuuuum! These sounds great – love butternut squash!

    17. Leanne @ eatandgetmoving
      September 12, 2012 AT 9:23 am

      What a lovely recipe, thanks for sharing 🙂 It’s giving me some ideas to experiment with Butternut in the future 🙂 I love Butternut in the fall ~ Love, Leanne

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 12, 2012 AT 11:50 pm

        Me too! It’s definitely my favorite winter squash. 🙂

    18. Andrea @ Vegvacious
      September 12, 2012 AT 9:20 am

      Great idea adding butternut squash to your pancakes! I always think to use pumpkin, but never would have thought to do this on my own.

      Butternut squash fries are amazing – they’re one of my favourite winter sides!!!

    19. Erica { EricaDHouse.com }
      September 12, 2012 AT 9:17 am

      Checking out your healthy pumpking recipe board on pinterest now!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 12, 2012 AT 11:49 pm

        Yay! Enjoy. 🙂

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