How to make pancakes
Indulgent, fluffy, hot flapjacks sound like a solution for a happy tummy, and when you whip up these healthy pancake recipes, you will be treating your whole body well.
Give breakfast a wake-up call with these unique pancake recipes. We show you how to make pancakes at home, recreating basic batter with savory and sweet ingredients to make 22 meals that will motivate you to get out of bed. These pancake recipes work for breakfast and brunch, and some of the savory versions can be eaten all day long. (But really, who would say no to pancakes for dinner?) These recipes are great low-calorie options that give you the heart-healthy fiber you need. Plus, keep an eye out for the protein pancakes in this mix—these will give you the extra energy to fuel your whole day.
Once you have all the ingredients, these pancakes practically make themselves. You’ll be surprised by how easy these mouthwatering pancakes are to make with the right ingredients!
Whether you decide to tuck into your hot stack of pancakes early in the morning, or later in the day, make sure you indulge the healthy way by allotting yourself the right portion size so you can enjoy every last bite. Don’t forget the extras! Top these meals with maple syrup, jam, or honey, and dig in.
Whole-wheat flour and farina add a hearty texture and 4 grams of heart-healthy fiber. The golden raisins, applesauce, and vanilla soy milk provide plenty of sweet, low-cal flavor.
Try this recipe: Hearty Pancakes
Ingredients: Whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, farina, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, vanilla soy milk, applesauce, an egg, cooking spray, golden raisins, walnuts, maple syrup
Carrot Cake Pancakes
Sweet, slightly spicy, and brightly colored, these lightened flapjacks use low-fat buttermilk and spices to create a dessert-like breakfast for only 315 calories.
Try this recipe: Carrot Cake Pancakes
Ingredients: All-purpose flour, chopped walnuts, baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, ground ginger, brown sugar, low-fat buttermilk, canola oil, vanilla extract, eggs, carrots, honey, butter
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Whole-Wheat Blueberry Pancakes
Get a serving of fruit (and plenty of antioxidants) with this quick and easy breakfast recipe. Grab a small handful of almonds, and you've got a complete breakfast.
Try this recipe: Whole-Wheat Blueberry Pancakes
Ingredients: Multi-grain pancake mix, canola oil, soy milk, blueberries, maple syrup, powdered sugar
Blueberry Oat Pancakes With Maple Yogurt
The healthy swaps in this meal make what you think would be a serious carb fest into a surprisingly healthy meal that’s high in antioxidants and fiber.
Try this recipe: Blueberry Oat Pancakes with Maple Yogurt
Ingredients: Old-fashioned rolled oats, cottage cheese, eggs, vanilla extract, blueberries, Greek-style low-fat yogurt, maple syrup
Peanut Butter “Tagalong” Pancakes
These pancakes will give you the Girl Scout cookie taste you love without all the unnecessary added sugar. The recipe calls for chocolate chips, adding an extra touch of delish to this healthy morning treat.
Try this recipe: Peanut Butter “Tagalong” Pancakes
Ingredients: Smooth peanut butter, eggs, baking powder, salt, maple syrup, vanilla extract, whole-milk yogurt, mini chocolate chips, coconut oil
Stuffed Multigrain Pancakes
Swapping sugar out for jam gives these pancakes a sweetness that is much healthier than the traditional alternatives.
Try this recipe: Stuffed Multigrain Pancakes
Ingredients: All-fruit jam, oat bran, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, whole-milk yogurt, whole milk, egg, extra virgin olive oil, vanilla extract
Whole-Grain Avocado Pancakes
Avocados are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. This fat-burning breakfast will boost your metabolism for the entire day.
Try this recipe: Whole-Grain Avocado Pancakes
Ingredients: Low-fat buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, honey, vanilla extract, avocado, all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt
You can makeover last night’s quinoa into these yummy protein rich hot cakes. Don’t forget the maple syrup to give these pancakes a little extra dose of sweet.
Try this recipe: Spelt and Quinoa Protein Pancakes
Ingredients: Spelt, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, egg, yogurt, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, quinoa
Peanut Butter Pancakes
Using peanut butter in your pancakes ups your intake of protein and heart-healthy fats. Plus, the savory taste, combined with strawberry syrup, makes these pancakes mouthwatering.
Try this recipe: Peanut Butter Pancakes
Ingredients: All-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, fat-free milk, chunky peanut butter, roasted peanut oil, vanilla extract, eggs
Banana Hemp Pancakes
If you’re looking to cut down on fat, this recipe does just that. Since these pancakes are made with whole grains and innovative ingredients, you’ll get lots of heart-healthy fiber.
Try this recipe: Banana Hemp Pancakes
Ingredients: Rolled oats, hemp hearts, salt, baking powder, eggs, yogurt, bananas, maple syrup, olive oil, vanilla extract
Replacing applesauce with some of the oil in traditional pancakes gives you a sweet breakfast for a fraction of the fat. If you have some extra time, bake a few apples in the oven to get a delicious, fiber-rich topping.
Try this recipe: Applesauce Pancakes
Ingredients: Flour, baking soda, salt, wheat germ, nonfat buttermilk, unsweetened applesauce, vegetable oil, an egg, maple syrup, fruit slices
Part-skim ricotta cheese adds a creamy texture and tangy taste to this simple recipe. You'll get 13 grams of filling protein, and the dash of lemon peel will be a citrusy wake-up call.
Try this recipe: Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes
Ingredients: All-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, eggs, lemon peel, part-skim ricotta cheese, salad oil
Oatmeal Pancakes With Wild Blueberry Sauce
Get fiber, protein, and antioxidants with this rich recipe. And the vitamin C in the blueberries helps your body absorb more of the plant-based iron in the oats.
Try this recipe: Oatmeal Pancakes with Wild Blueberry Sauce
Ingredients: Rolled oats, low-fat buttermilk, all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, eggs, low-fat milk, frozen blueberries, lemons, cooking spray
Calories: 167 per pancake
Photo: Photo: Dasha Wright
Polenta Pancakes with Blackberry Sauce
Thick and lush with flavor, you’ll want to make these pancakes over and over again, and since they are low in fat, you’ll be able to do so guilt-free.
Try this recipe: Polenta Pancakes with Blackberry Sauce
Ingredients: Tube polenta, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, unsalted butter, frozen blackberries, sugar, lemon juice, orange-flavored liquer, reduced-calorie whipped topping, orange zest
Dill Pancakes With Country Ham and Cheese
These savory pancakes are packed with cheese, pepper, ham, and fresh dill. You'll get just enough of these rich foods to satisfy your cravings without weighing you down.
Try this recipe: Dill Pancakes with Country Ham and Cheese
Ingredients: Pancake mix, smoked ham, cayenne pepper, whole milk, Gruyère, Swiss, or cheddar cheese, an egg, vegetable oil, fresh dill
Fudgy Chocolate Chip Pancakes
These fudge-topped flapjacks have the rich taste of chocolate cake, but are only 200 calories each. If you're a fan of breakfast pastries, you'll love this sweet alternative that provides 5 grams of protein and nearly 3 grams of fiber.
Try this recipe: Fudgy Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Ingredients: All-purpose flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, low-fat buttermilk, salt, vegetable oil, an egg, semisweet chocolate chips, fat-free hot fudge, frozen fat-free whipped toppings, fresh raspberries
Photo: Sara Remington
Buckwheat-Flax Pancakes with Walnuts
These low-calorie and gluten-free hot cakes incorporate fiber and protein rich buckwheat, as well as super healthy rolled oats. You can make one batch in less than 15 minutes!
Try this recipe: Buckwheat-Flax Pancakes with Walnuts
Ingredients: Rolled oats, flaxseed, buckwheat, unsweetened almond milk, egg, baking powder, sea salt, pure maple syrup, walnut oil, finely chopped walnuts, strawberries
Oven-Baked Potato Pancakes
Mixing in potatoes, turnips, carrots, rosemary, and garlic creates an unforgettable taste that you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Try this recipe: Oven-Baked Potato Pancakes
Ingredients: potatoes, turnip, carrots, chopped rosemary leaves, garlic cloves, egg, all-purpose flour, salt, pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, applesauce (optional)
Packed with good-for-you flavor, these pancakes slash the calories you get in regular buttermilk hotcakes in half. Low in fat and high in protein, these pancakes will make you feel good all over.
Try this recipe: Pumpkin Pancakes
Ingredients: Canned pumpkin, low-fat vanilla yogurt, baking soda, eggs, cake flour, salt, cooking spray, maple syrup or honey
Photo: Rebecca Longshore
Replacing white potatoes with sweet potatoes will increase your fiber and antioxidant intake, which makes these sweet and savory pancakes a total win at morning or night.
Try this recipe: Sweet Potato Pancakes
Ingredients: Baking potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, panko, vegetable oil, all-purpose flour, kosher salt, eggs, thyme-scented applesauce
Photo: Photo: Travis Rathbone
Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes
Peanut butter and bananas have never tasted so good! Top your 8 grams of protein with lingonberry jam and maple syrup for a positively gourmet PB&J experience.
Try this recipe: Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes
Ingredients: Flour, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, eggs, butter, peanut butter, bananas, jam, maple syrup
These flapjacks are supercharged with protein, so they’ll give you good-for-you energy with every tropical bite.
Try this recipe: Paleo Coconut Pancakes
Ingredients: Coconut flour, coconut, flax, baking powder, salt, eggs, coconut oil, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, shredded coconut (optional)