Healthy Pancakes that actually taste good

May 22, 2010 7:45 am
Posted in: Breakfast & Brunch

Healthy Pancakes

I love pancakes, but I usually avoid them because they’re a total carb overload, leaving me feeling bloated and lethargic for the next several hours (I know I’m not alone in this, thankyouverymuch).  However, I recently came across a terrific recipe for “protein pancakes,” by way of a friend’s girlfriend’s friend’s blog.

Dani Spies is a culinary nutritionist who offers up tons of wonderful recipes on her site.  She’s posted two of her own versions, a blueberry protein pancake and an original.  Her pancake recipes, in turn, are based on Bill Phillips’ Golden Pancakes.

Phillips uses artificial sweetener in the pancakes (but recommends maple syrup on top, oddly).  I prefer to use honey — the small amount of sugar is okay in my book, since it’s less than a teaspoon (3 grams) of added sugar per serving.

I’ve also put my own spin on them, swapping Greek yogurt for the original cottage cheese, since, as you know, I’m a fan.

Healthy Pancakes that Actually Taste Good
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Recipe Type: Breakfast
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Serves: 3
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of dry/uncooked rolled oats (plain, unsweetened)
  • 6 egg whites (about ¾ cup)
  • 1 cup of Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons honey
Instructions
  1. Purée everything in a blender until smooth.
  2. Heat a non-stick skillet and add a thin layer of olive oil or grassfed/pastured butter.
  3. Pour batter into the pan and cook on medium heat, turning once -- just like regular pancakes.
Notes
I topped mine with strawberries and almond butter, though these pancakes are pretty dense to begin with, so you may want to trade the almond butter in for some low-sugar preserves or -- what the heck -- even a drizzle of maple syrup.

 

22 Comments on "Healthy Pancakes that actually taste good"
  1. Comment left on:
    May 31, 2010 at 6:19 am
    Cindy says:

    I’ve been making these for a long time but with cottage cheese. I’ll try the greek yogurt option. Also, I’ve never included a sweetener in the recipe. I also make them in a waffle iron. I agree…regular pancakes are terrible – like eating cooked paste!

    • Comment left on:
      June 1, 2010 at 5:24 am
      Andrew says:

      Hi Cindy -

      I love the waffle idea! I’ll definitely have to give that a try. I’m also very curious to hear how the yogurt compares to the cottage cheese. :)

  2. Comment left on:
    August 24, 2010 at 9:12 am
    Andrew says:

    This morning we made these pancakes again. We didn’t have Greek yogurt on hand, so instead we used Stonyfield’s Fat-Free Plain Yogurt — which is quite a bit thinner.

    I used about 3/4 cup of the yogurt (instead of a full cup). The batter was a little runnier than usual, so I made the pancakes a little smaller. They still turned out great — like little “silver dollar” pancakes. Since they were thinner, they also didn’t feel quite as dense.

    Give it a try! :)

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    July 30, 2011 at 6:22 am
    Nichole says:

    I love the healthy breakfast flowchart. I’m a type 1 diabetic and have really been struggling with what to eat for breakfast and now these protein pancakes too! Thank you so much. Off to buy the ingredients and get some other goodies at the farmer’s market.

    See my blog foodadventures.tumblr.com which has mostly been restaurant reviews but for the month of August I’m going to do a day by day photo capture of the food I eat living with diabetes in hopes of getting my blood sugars on track and inspiring others to do the same. Thoughts?

    My twitter is eatwritelive.

  4. Comment left on:
    September 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm
    christine says:

    What a unique concept–to me. Never would have thought of pureeing the oats. This is opening up a whole new train of thought for me. thanks!!

  5. Comment left on:
    December 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm
    Maranda says:

    I have been making these all the time for a quick and easy lunch or dinner for the kids. They are delicious! Cottage cheese works well in place of greek yogurt; once you puree it, it’s nice and smooth.

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    January 6, 2012 at 8:08 am
    Kalina C. says:

    I just made these pancakes this morning, they are delicious!! I used a honey greek yogurt and the sweetness was perfect without adding the extra honey. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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    February 25, 2012 at 9:17 am
    Jess says:

    I’ve made these twice now. Today I substituted 1/2 a banana for the honey. Delicious, plenty sweet, and a few added nutrients! I eat them with peanut butter. Yummy!

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    June 23, 2012 at 10:17 am
    argyris says:

    congratulations…this recipe is great..perfect!!!

  13. Comment left on:
    September 3, 2012 at 9:10 am
    Ashley Bustamante says:

    I made these this morning and the batter was really thin… I think the blender beat it up wayyyyy tooo fast. :( Oh well, maybe I will add more rolled oats next time.

    • Comment left on:
      September 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm
      Andrew says:

      The batter is usually fairly thin — it shouldn’t be as thick as regular pancake batter. Did you still try making them? How did they turn out? (and yes, adding more oats next time might help?)

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    October 2, 2012 at 9:59 am
    Cheryl says:

    I just made these pancakes for breakfast and we loved them!!! I usually drench pancakes in syrup because they are so dry. These are moist and wonderful. A small drizzle of syrup was all I needed. Thanks for the great recipe!

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