Do you love pancakes, but worry about disrupting your healthy eating New Year’s resolutions? You needn’t worry. Pancakes can be made in countless ways, and these healthy pancake recipes will satisfy your cravings without adding too many calories to your plate. Here are a bunch to get you inspired for this year’s Pancake Day.
1. STRAWBERRY AND CREAM CHEESE PANCAKES
Perfect for a quick breakfast or sweet treat, these delicious pancakes are made with softened cream cheese instead of milk. A dash of vanilla extract adds the right sweetness and enhances all flavours. For the best results, cook the pancakes in a copper stone pan – this type of pan conducts heat better than traditional pans and is coated with a non-stick material that makes it a cinch to cook dozens of pancakes the whole family. To keep things healthy, top the pancakes with sliced strawberries and honey, or if you want to indulge, ditch the honey and dust them with powdered sugar.
2. HEALTHY GREEK YOGHURT PANCAKES
Easy to make and so fluffy, Greek yoghurt pancakes are a nutritious option for a breakfast your family will love. The secret is replacing the flour with oatmeal but blend it first to achieve a flour-like consistency. Mix the oatmeal with eggs, Greek yoghurt, baking soda, and add some cinnamon if you like it. Cook in a cast iron pan and serve with maple syrup and mixed berries.
3. BANANA OATMEAL PANCAKES
Easily made in a blender, these tasty banana pancakes are a perfect choice for a busy Pancake Day morning – or any other busy morning, as a matter of fact. They’re naturally gluten-free and sugar-free, ideal for people with coeliac disease, diabetes, or allergies. You can even replace the milk with almond milk if you want to trim off more calories. A delicious choice for a diet-friendly pancake day.
4. GLUTEN-FREE COCONUT FLOUR PANCAKES
Another gluten-free recipe rich in fibres and protein, these coconut flour pancakes are decadent yet diet-friendly. For fluffy pancakes, whip the egg whites before mixing them with the coconut flour and the other ingredients. The air incorporated in the egg whites and a pinch of baking soda add the right fluffiness whilst cooking. You can cook them in any non-stick pan and serve them with maple syrup or honey.
5. LOW-CARB KETO PANCAKES
Are you on the Keto diet? Carbs don’t mix well with it, but who said that you couldn’t celebrate Pancake Day? All you need is Keto pancakes, and we have just the right recipe. All you have to do is mix almond and coconut flour (for a cheaper solution to almond and coconut flour, blend slightly toasted almonds and coconut flakes until you obtain a fine powder) with unsweetened almond milk, sweetener, vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt. Serve your pancakes with butter, whipped cream, or nuts to respect your Keto diet rules. Keto aside, these pancakes pair well with any other low-carb diet, including the Paleo diet.
6. FLUFFY VEGAN PANCAKES
There are many vegan pancake recipes that tell you how to make pancakes that taste good, but they are rarely fluffy due to the lack of eggs. But why compromise when you can enjoy a batch of fluffy vegan pancakes? The secret is choosing the right ingredients. For instance, the fluffiest vegan pancakes are made with almond milk and use coconut oil as a butter substitute. You must also use a good amount of baking soda to add fluffiness and granulated sugar. As for the toppings, you can opt for either maple syrup or fresh fruit and vegan whipped cream.
7. SPINACH PANCAKES
Would you rather have a savoury treat rather than sweet pancakes? Try savoury spinach pancakes instead. Made with oatmeal, Greek yoghurt, and spinach, they are nutritious, healthy, and gluten-free. They are also rich in fibre and good carbs – a great choice for an energising breakfast or lunch.
8. RASPBERRY AND APPLESAUCE PANCAKES
If you don’t want to change the original pancake recipe too much, simply add some applesauce to the other ingredients you’d normally use to make pancakes. The applesauce enhances the flavour and reduces sweetness. To keep these pancakes healthy, top them with fresh raspberries and a few drops of honey. You can use other fresh fruit too if you don’t like raspberries, and pure maple syrup instead of honey.
9. MINI CHOCOLATE PANCAKES
Pancakes are a staple for breakfast, but since it’s Pancake Day, why not wow everyone at the table with mini chocolate pancakes served right after dinner? To make them healthier, opt for almond milk instead of whole milk and oatmeal or almond flour to keep them gluten-free. Serve with chopped strawberries and some whipped cream.
10. HAM AND CHEESE BREAKFAST PANCAKES
More of a French crêpe rather than an American pancake, these savoury pancakes are an excellent choice for a delicious and healthy breakfast. Mix plain flour with eggs and whole milk, then fry in a pan oiled with groundnut oil. Once flipped, add cream cheese, sliced cooked ham, and a few slices of your favourite cheese. Fold in half and then in half again, sprinkle with chopped scallions, and enjoy.
11. HEALTHY POTATO PANCAKES
An excellent alternative to bread, potato pancakes pair wonderfully with boiled eggs, ham, cheese, Greek yoghurt, and a variety of other things you might want to have for breakfast. To ensure their fluffiness, the only thing to pay attention to is the type of potatoes you use – floury potatoes are a must if you don’t want them to become chewy rather than fluffy.
12. APPLE RICOTTA PANCAKES
Apple and ricotta pancakes are another sweet and healthy alternative to traditional pancakes. Ricotta is a low-fat Italian cheese with a fairly neutral taste, whilst the sweet taste of caramelised apples and cinnamon pairs perfectly with the still cold weather. They don’t need any additional topping, and you can replace the whole-wheat flour with oatmeal for a gluten-free alternative.
With so many healthy pancake recipes, celebrating Pancake Day in style should be easy. So, what will it be? Sweet or savoury?
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