I love pancakes and with pancake day just around the corner, here are some of my favorite tips for making them just a little bit healthier!
Flourless Banana Pancakes
Perfect if you are trying to avoid flour or gluten, these banana pancakes are so quick and easy, you will love them! Simply mash the eggs and banana together until you have a smooth batter and fry on a non-stick pan!
Ingredients: 1 banana, 2 eggs & your favorite fresh fruit to put on top
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.
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.
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
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.
Ingredients: Multi-grain pancake mix, canola oil, soy milk, blueberries, maple syrup, powdered sugar
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.
Ingredients: All-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, fat-free milk, chunky peanut butter, roasted peanut oil, vanilla extract, eggs
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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