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Healthy Pancake Recipes That Won't Put You In a Carb Coma
When the weekend rolls around, you can be sure they'll be pancakes on the menu (or at least on your mind). Eating a plate full of dense carbs can really do a number on your energy level for the rest of the day. Instead, try one of these lightened up pancake recipes, so you can have your brunch and enjoy your weekend plans too.
Oatmeal Blueberry Yogurt Pancakes
Looking to pack in the satisfying protein? This Greek-yogurt-based pancake is full of it, and you can use gluten-free oats to fit your dietary needs. But that's not the best part—you can make it in a blender, which just makes that gadget even more amazing.
Get the recipe: Oatmeal Blueberry Yogurt Pancakes
Strawberrry and Sprinkles Buttermilk Pancakes
Start your morning on a colorful note—and with a hefty serving of fruit—thanks to this healthy pancake recipe. Typically, you only need a smidge of buttermilk to make them light and fluffy (as all pancakes should be), but this recipe swaps ready-made buttermilk with a lighter DIY version made with white vinegar and milk. The results are fluffy, delicious pancakes that leave room for lots of sprinkes.
Get the recipe: Strawberry and Sprinkles Buttermilk Pancakes
Amy's Healthy Baking
Ultimate Healthy Buttermilk Pancakes
Can't get enough of buttermilk pancakes, but don't want the lethargic feeling they leave you with post-breakfast? Use this healthy pancake recipe instead, as you'll get the same taste without the painfully full feeling. You'll use just half a tablespoon of butter or oil (compared to three or four in most traditional recipes), vanilla extract to bring out that melt-in-your-mouth buttery flavor, and Greek yogurt to maintain the fluffy texture you want while also providing some protein.
Get the recipe: Ultimate Healthy Buttermilk Pancakes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes
Okay, okay, these aren't exactly what we'd call health food, but they are healthier than, say, a sugary peanut butter cup candy. Plus, let's be honest, sometimes you just need chocolate and peanut butter for breakfast. Bonus: The recipe is gluten-free and vegan-friendly, so you can totally make it for brunch without worrying about accommodating a bunch of different diets.
Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes
Bacon and Corn Griddle Cakes
For a savory take on the traditionally sweet breakfast, all you've gotta do is add bacon and cheese. The corn, to give yourself a serving of vegetables, along with onions and chives for an extra burst of flavor, are just a bonus.
Get the recipe: Bacon and Corn Griddle Cakes
Chai-Spiced Sweet Potato Pancakes
Start your day with a dose of vitamin A, which helps keep your immune system healthy thanks to the sweet potato base of these pancakes. Then infuse them with traditional chai spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, all of which have been shown to have a myriad of health benefits.
Get the recipe: Chai-Spiced Sweet Potato Pancakes
Half Baked Harvest
Ricotta Chocolate Chip Banana and Chia Pancakes
There are three secret-weapon ingredients in this recipe: Ricotta cheese, which keeps the center of your pancakes incredibly moist and flavorful. Bananas, which serve as your base and provide a dose of potassium to aid digestion. And chia seeds—those little guys may be small, but they're filling, which helps you keep your portions in check. (For more fun ideas, try these 10 Healthy Desserts Made with Chia Seeds.)
Get the recipe: Ricotta Chocolate Chip Banana and Chia Pancakes
Sally's Baking Addiction
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes
Making whole-wheat pancakes taste good is a challenge because, well, pancakes are supposed to be light and fluffy, and whole-wheat flour is usually pretty heavy and thick. But this recipe proves it is possible, and you only need a handful of ingredients to strike the right balance. You'll probably even have all the ingredients in your kitchen. Top these pancakes with raspberries to sneak in some vitamin C, or slivered almonds for skin-boosting vitamin E.
Get the recipe: Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes
Running with Spoons
Chunky Monkey Greek Yogurt Pancakes
When you're craving a pint of your favorite ice cream, bust out your blender instead. You can use it to whip up these pancakes (and have minimal clean-up). Plus, you'll take in 20 grams of protein in a single serving—guaranteed to keep you satisfied (and full) until lunch. Not to mention that creamy banana nut sauce, which serves up a dose of potassium and healthy fats.
Get the recipe: Chunky Monkey Greek Yogurt Pancakes