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The Guide to Making Truly Healthy Pancakes

How to Make Healthy Pancakes

Krista S

The Guide to Making Truly Healthy Pancakes

Hello, lovely people! We all love a good pancake, right? But, can pancakes be healthy? Absolutely, yes! With a few simple swaps and tricks, we can turn this indulgent breakfast staple into a nourishing meal.

First things first, you might wonder what the healthiest way to eat pancakes is. The answer is simple: go for whole, fresh ingredients and limit sugary toppings. Let’s take a closer look.

The Healthy Flour Debate

When it comes to healthy pancakes, the choice of flour makes all the difference. Traditionally, pancakes are made with all-purpose flour, which isn’t the healthiest option due to its lack of fibre and nutrients. A healthier substitute? Well, whole wheat flour is a fantastic place to start as it’s rich in fibre and has a lovely nutty flavour.

Still, if you’re asking which flour is the healthiest for pancakes, I would highly recommend using oat flour. It’s not only a brilliant source of slow-release energy but also jam-packed with heart-healthy fibres. Plus, it gives your pancakes a great fluffy texture. Brilliant!

Making the Perfect Oat Pancake

Now that we’ve settled on oat flour, let’s answer another important question: is an oats pancake healthy? Indeed, it is, mates! Oats are a superfood, full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. An oats pancake is not just delicious but will keep you full and satisfied longer.

You’ll need a good spatula to flip your pancakes. And don’t forget the perfect frying pan to make sure your pancakes are evenly cooked.  These are critical to making sure those pancakes are good looking ‘cakes!

The Butter Substitute

A traditional pancake recipe often calls for butter. But, there’s a healthy substitute for butter in pancakes, which is ripe bananas. When mashed, bananas provide a creamy texture that’s a great stand-in for butter. Plus, bananas add a lovely sweetness and are a brilliant source of potassium.

That’s not the only option, though. You can also consider using unsweetened applesauce or a bit of olive oil for frying. Both work as fantastic healthy substitutes without sacrificing the pancake’s overall taste.

Keeping Pancakes Healthy and Fun

So, lovely people, just remember – healthy doesn’t mean boring. You can top your pancakes with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a sprinkle of nuts, or some fresh berries. The possibilities are endless!

The Guide to Making Truly Healthy Pancakes

Tasty Pancake Pairings

Pancakes are a versatile breakfast dish that pairs well with a variety of side dishes. Here are some ideas:

  1. Fruit Salad: A refreshing fruit salad can balance the warmth of the pancakes. Consider using seasonal fruits to make them more exciting and nutritious.
  2. Greek Yogurt and Honey: A side of Greek yogurt drizzled with a little honey provides a protein-rich accompaniment to your healthy pancakes.
  3. Scrambled or Poached Eggs: High in protein and soft in texture, eggs are a traditional companion to pancakes.
  4. Turkey Bacon or Smoked Salmon: For a bit of savouriness, consider a side of lean turkey bacon or smoked salmon. These protein-rich sides can complement the sweetness of the pancakes.
  5. Grilled Tomatoes or Avocado: Grilled tomatoes can add a bit of tanginess and are a perfect fit for a hearty breakfast. Avocado, sliced or mashed, can provide a creamy texture and is packed full of healthy fats.
  6. Fresh Berries and Nuts: A bowl of fresh berries and a handful of mixed nuts are not only healthy but also provide a nice textural contrast.

Remember, the key is to create balance in your meal. Consider a combination of protein, fruits, and vegetables to complement the healthy pancakes.

Making healthy pancakes is all about making good ingredient choices without compromising on taste. So go on, give these tips a whirl next time you’re in the mood for pancakes.

Pancakes can indeed be a healthy treat, and I hope these tips inspire you to whip up a batch of your own nutritious, delicious pancakes soon. Enjoy!

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Healthy Oat Pancakes

  • Author: Krista
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 pancakes 1x


Enjoy a healthy and hearty breakfast with these easy-to-make oat pancakes. They’re delicious, nutritious, and perfect for a lovely weekend brunch.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of milk (you can use almond milk for a dairy-free version)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Olive oil, for cooking


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the oat flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.
  2. In another bowl, mash the banana and add the egg and milk. Mix well.
  3. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Don’t overmix; a few lumps are okay.
  4. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in your frying pan over medium heat.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake onto the pan. Cook until bubbles form on the surface, then flip using your spatula and cook for another 1-2 minutes until golden.
  6. Serve warm with your favourite healthy toppings.


  • To make your own oat flour, simply blend oats in a blender until they reach a fine, flour-like consistency.
  • For fluffier pancakes, don’t overmix the batter.
  • Remember to adjust the heat as needed while cooking. If the pan gets too hot, the pancakes can burn.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 100
  • Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g

Keywords: Pancakes

Frequently Asked Questions

Was there something else you wanted to know?  Here are a couple of more FAQs…

Q1: How can I make my pancakes fluffier?

A: To make your pancakes fluffier, you can add a bit more leavening agent like baking powder to the batter. Also, don’t over mix your batter; a few lumps are okay and will make for a fluffier pancake.

Q2: Can I prepare pancake batter the night before?

A: Yes, you can prepare pancake batter the night before. Just make sure to give it a good stir before you use it because the flour may have settled at the bottom of the bowl. Store it in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.

Q3: How hot should the pan be when I cook the pancakes?

A: Your pan should be medium-hot when cooking pancakes. If it’s too hot, the pancakes can burn. If it’s too cool, they won’t cook evenly. The pancakes should sizzle slightly when the batter hits the pan.

Q4: Can I freeze pancakes and how can I reheat them?

A: Absolutely, you can freeze pancakes. Allow them to cool completely, then place them in a freezer bag or airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper. To reheat, pop them in the toaster, warm them in the oven, or microwave them until hot.

Q5: What can I use if I don’t have syrup for pancakes?

A: If you don’t have syrup, you can top your pancakes with fresh fruits, nuts, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar. A dollop of Greek yogurt or a smear of nut butter can also be tasty alternatives.

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