Pancakes are one of those magical foods that provide an easy way to have a literal breakfast cake. So you might think that a healthy pancake recipe is either an oxymoron or a sad and tasteless trap. Well, we’re here to tell you that delicious and healthy homemade pancakes are totally possible. You may just have to think outside the box (pancakes).
So what’s the secret to good, healthy pancakes?
If you think about it, pancakes are super versatile and incredibly tasty just about the way you make them. You can top the pancake batter with nutrient-dense ingredients (like quinoa, chia seeds, and nuts), you can top them with high-fiber fruit or high-protein nut butters, and then you can coat the top. all syrup. So when it comes to making a good, healthy pancake, it really depends on your preferences. In the following list, we’ve rounded up everything from gluten-free pancake recipes and vegan pancake recipes to nutrient-dense variations of the classic buttermilk pancake recipe.
What can you add to pancakes to make them even tastier?
It’s another matter of preference, but you’ll find tons of ideas in this recipe list. Think: lemon zest, vanilla, cinnamon, berries, coconut and more. Many recipes also require baking powder, which provides the fluffy factor. And if in doubt, add chocolate chips.
Does the pancake batter need to rest?
You will notice that some of these recipes suggest letting the pancake batter sit for a few minutes to a few hours. But others just tell you to mix the dough and pour it. So what’s the deal with resting pancake batter? Allowing the pancake dough to rest can help the flour to soften and the leavening agent (such as baking powder) spreads throughout the dough, depending on Food, which can result in softer batteries. So if the recipe calls for flour and baking soda, it may be worth letting your dough rest for a bit, while you can skip this step if you are using a recipe that calls for adjustments to the traditional ingredients.
Now let’s get to the good stuff. Here are 23 healthy pancake recipes that are sweet, satisfying, and make for a truly filling breakfast.
A note on the word healthy here: We know that health is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a pretty loaded (and sometimes loaded) word, thanks to the influence of the food industry on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about healthy food, of course, we are talking about nutritious, filling and satisfying food. But we’re also talking about foods that help you connect with your culture, promote joy, and simply taste delicious. Some of these foods might fall into conventional ideas of what « health » is. And some might not. We’ve selected these recipes with that in mind while trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.