Healthy Pancake Varieties

2014 Apr 03 |  Written by:  | Tags: , , , ,

Pancakes are one of the most beloved breakfast staples all over the world. Knowing that you’ll be having pancakes in the morning is enough to put a spring in your step. But while there is no contesting that they are as delicious as they are simple, we should also keep our pancake-glazed breakfasts in moderation. This does not entirely mean that we have to limit how many times we have pancakes, though.

The more fun alternative is to switch up the pancake recipes for healthier ones. And I know what you’re thinking: healthier means boring, bland food. This isn’t the case. Not convinced? Read on to see some of the most tempting healthy pancake varieties that you can try making at home.

185795243Oatmeal Pancakes

Oatmeal has been around for a while. It has come a long way from being the simple all-American bowl of porridge to becoming an integral ingredient in different baking recipes, such as cookies and biscuits. And now: pancakes.

Oatmeal is a great source of protein, fiber and antioxidants. To make your batter, you’ll need the following:

  • 135 g rolled oats
  • 125 g all-purpose flour
  • 70 g whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 250 ml low-fat buttermilk (1%)
  • 375 ml low-fat milk (1%)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs + 2 extra egg whites
  • 55 g sugar
  • 1/2 salt

Soak the oats in buttermilk for 10 minutes. Mix AP flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Whisk eggs and egg whites with milk. Combine wet and dry ingredients to form your batter. Cook pancakes for 2 minutes on each side.


These are great on their own, coupled with a cup of coffee or juice. But depending on your preferences, you can top your stack with your choice of nuts, fresh fruits – bananas, strawberries, or blueberries – or yoghurt.


136164262Whole Wheat Pancakes

Whole wheat pancakes are a favourite of fibre buffs. Also, compared to regular pancakes, these are better at filling you up with just a piece or two. This type is particularly easy to make – less than half an hour – which makes it perfect for moms with kids to feed in the morning, or for those who need a quick meal before heading off to work.

Whole wheat pancakes are low in fat, and are high in fibre and iron. You will need the following ingredients for the batter:

  • 90 g whole wheat flour
  • 90 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 1 egg + 1 extra egg white
  • 375 ml low-fat buttermilk
  • 3 tbsps sugar
  • 1/2 salt salt
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Mix flours, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Whisk together buttermilk, egg, egg white, and oil. Combine dry and wet ingredients. Cook on a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Flip pancakes when the top forms bubbles. Cook on both sides.

Since these are heavy cakes, a simple brush of butter or a dash of maple syrup on top will suffice. Other variations can be preferred, of course, like including berries or bananas with the whole wheat batter.


466203353Peanut Butter Pancakes

Yep. You’ve read it right! We have all heard of peanut butter cookies and peanut butter cakes. So, why not make a peanut butter pancake batter? We all pretty much love peanut butter as much as pancakes anyway. This recipe is great for both adults and kids – and, let’s face it, for whatever time of day. Sure, pancakes are breakfast staples, but they’re so good we’ll let you have them whenever you feel like it! 😉

Peanut butter pancakes are not only yummy, they are also a great source of energy. Did you know that peanut butter is one of the recommended food choices for athletes because it packs so much energy at once? It is a top choice of dietitians and sports coaches.

Prepare the following for your peanut butter pancake batter (also works as a tongue twister!):

  • 65 g melted creamy peanut butter
  • 300 ml low-fat milk
  • 185 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 tbsps sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Combine sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix the rest of the ingredients with the milk, then add to the flour mixture. Once smooth, your batter is ready. Spoon batter on a hot nonstick skillet, making sure both sides are cooked.

The Peanut Institute (yes, that is a real thing) gives us more information on the different nutrients, vitamins and minerals that you can get from peanut butter – and peanuts in general.

186498104Pumpkin Pancakes

Since it’s pumpkin season in Australia, it is only fitting that we include them in our pancake festivities. Pumpkin pancakes may be the less obvious entry in our list, but they are just as decadent and healthy. Imagine your autumn mornings, looking out the porch, having a stack of yummy pancakes. It doesn’t get crisper and ideal than that. If you have no issues with sweets and chocolates, you can even top these with chocolate chips (or almonds or peanut butter!) for a contrasting effect.

Pumpkins are low in calories but are high in fibre, which means you get fuller for eating a lot less. These are also rich in antioxidants and beta-carotene. Here are the things that you’ll need for your pancake batter:

  • 240 g pumpkin, pureed
  • 1 egg + 3 egg whites
  • 110 g honey
  • 375 ml milk
  • 125 g whole-wheat flour
  • 125  g all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Mix flours, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, and salt. Beat eggs and honey, then whisk in the pumpkin, milk and vanilla. Stir all mixtures together. Cook on a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, for about 3 minutes per side.

If you grow pumpkins, you know what you’re cooking them for next! 😉

Well, there you have it – four of the healthier pancake alternatives that still taste and look delish!

Let us know which is your favourite in the comments below.

If you loved this post, here are some other pancake recipes we’ve done in the past:

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    6 Responses to Healthy Pancake Varieties

    1. Sonja  says:

      Ummm…the pictures of these pancakes look great, but where are the recipes?

    2. malka  says:

      how about some dairy free stuff for a change?

    3. Bev  says:

      These recipes for healthy pancakes sound delicious but I don’t see the point of listing the ingredients without providing the amounts. I’m sure we can work out prep. You were so close, surely it wouldn’t have been too hard to complete the recipes

    4. EB  says:

      Can you please provide the quantities and instructions.

    5. BL  says:

      Could you provide measurements needed for each ingredient in the pancake recipes? Thanks

    6. Sharee Narciso  says:

      Hi all! The recipes are now added to the post :)

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