Start Your Morning on a Sweet Note with These Healthy Pancake Recipes

Banana Pancakes Chocolate Bits Raspberries
Photo: Jason Donnelly

There's nothing like a fresh-off-the-griddle pancake topped with butter and maple syrup. But since most classic versions contain refined flour and sugar, pancakes aren't always the best choice to whip up on the daily. Thankfully, our Test Kitchen has delicious healthy pancakes to get your fix made with wholesome ingredients such as fruit, whole grains, and lighter dairy products. Keep these healthy pancake recipes on hand so you don't have to save the sweet breakfast treat for only special occasions.

01 of 11

Grain Pancakes with Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce

3-Grain Pancakes Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce
Karla Conrad

Enjoy the flavors of your favorite summer pie in healthy pancake form. Whole wheat flour and oats create a hearty base for the fluffy flapjacks. After indulging in a short stack of these sweet breakfast cakes, no one will ever guess they only have 1 tablespoon of added sugar.

02 of 11

Cassava Pancakes

Cassava Pancakes
Brie Passano

Flour made from the tuberous root veggie cassava (aka yuca) is gaining popularity in the gluten-free baking world, but also comes with the benefit of added vitamin C and fiber. Combined with an egg and a bit of coconut milk, you've got a healthy pancake recipe ready for the griddle. Did we mention it's also a paleo-friendly breakfast?

Buy It: GreenPan Ceramic Nonstick Griddle ($35, Target)

03 of 11

Peach Pancakes and Chai Syrup

Peach Pancakes Chai Syrup
Blaine Moats

The juice from canned peaches helps flavor these delicious healthy pancakes. Chai-flavor tea bags infuse the irresistible peachy topping. Use a combo of oat flour or whole wheat flour in the mix for added whole grains in your daily routine.

04 of 11

Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Bits and Raspberries

Banana Pancakes Chocolate Bits Raspberries
Jason Donnelly

Healthy banana pancakes WITH chocolate? Absolutely! Using ripe mashed banana in these whole wheat pancakes not only helps bind and keep them moist but also adds essential nutrients such as potassium and fiber. Raspberries balance out the sweet to make a perfect tangy bite.

05 of 11

Spiced Oatmeal Pancakes

Spiced Oatmeal Pancakes
Jason Donnelly

Our healthy oat pancakes will knock your socks off. The batter is made with by blending rolled oats, whole wheat pastry flour, and apple pie spice. Serve with homemade sauteéd apples or try the spiced plum variation.

Buy It: Ninja Professional Food Processor ($79, Walmart)

06 of 11

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

These healthy protein pancakes are full of flavor thanks to cottage cheese. That's right, that carton of little curds makes the perfect addition to a healthy pancake batter. Serve with fresh berries for an energizing start to your day.

07 of 11

Pumpkin-Ricotta Pancakes

Pumpkin-Ricotta Pancakes
Jason Donnelly

Ricotta cheese, canned pumpkin, egg whites, and whole wheat pastry flour make some of the most irresistible healthy pancakes we've ever tasted. The hint of pumpkin pie spice will give you all the fall vibes. Use our tips for sectioning citrus for a pretty, bitter-free orange topper.

08 of 11

Strawberries and Cream Pancakes

Strawberries Cream Pancakes
Jason Donnelly

If you're looking for more ways to incorporate chia seeds into your meals, try these healthy homemade pancakes. Instead of syrup, we enjoy a smear of Greek cream cheese and fresh strawberries. Adding orange juice and peel to the batter gives the flapjacks just the right amount of zest.

09 of 11

Puffed Oven-Baked Pancakes with Fruit

Puffed Oven-Baked Pancakes Fruit
Andy Lyons

These adorable tiny puffed pancakes made in a muffin tin only take 25 minutes total to make and have less than 100 calories per serving of two. Serve the healthy pancakes with fresh fruit and dive in.

Buy It: Mainstays Nonstick Muffin Pan ($6, Walmart)

10 of 11

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes
Jason Donnelly

Buckwheat is high in fiber, making it an excellent addition to your menu to help digestive health. Studies also show it can help regulate blood sugar levels. Here we turn buckwheat flour and whole wheat flour into healthy blueberry pancakes. Enjoy with extra blueberries and a light drizzle of pure maple syrup, if you like.

11 of 11

Vegan Banana Pancakes

Vegan Banana Pancakes
Jacob Fox

These healthy banana pancakes don't have any dairy or eggs, making them a perfect breakfast option for your vegan friends and those with egg allergies. Flaxseed meal helps act as the binding agent while also contributing beneficial nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. For a fall twist, try the vegan pumpkin pancake variation.

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles