Mornings are just more fun when there are pancakes involved, but the traditional pancake might not be the right fit for you if you’re paleo, dairy-free, vegan, watching carbs in general, etc. I was thrilled to discover there were so many great pancake options that left me feeling as good as they tasted.
Seriously — there are so many recipes! (And this doesn’t list even include the waffles…)
Here are some of my favorite healthy pancake recipes, starting with the one that tops my list:
- Toasted Coconut Pancakes (Minimalist Baker):
These pancakes, y’all. I just — it’s hard to describe how incredible they are. Not only is their flavor amazing (not too sweet and with just the right amount of coconut flavor), their texture is also divine. If you like coconut, trust me on this one and whip up a batch of these ASAP. And, because it uses spelt flour and oats rather than all-purpose flour, it’s a wheat-free recipe. (And, since it doesn’t call for butter or eggs, it’s also a vegan one.)
- Pumpkin Protein Pancakes (LAQ Fitness):
These pancakes do contain dairy (cottage cheese or Greek yogurt, based on your preference or what you have on hand) and egg whites, so it’s not a vegan recipe, but they are wheat free (using oat flour) and — thanks to the egg whites — include protein to help keep you full! I can’t even count the number of times I’ve made this recipe since discovering it last fall. I recommend doubling the batch and keeping the pancakes on hand in the fridge for quick, easy breakfasts throughout the week.
- Applesauce Pancakes (Fit Foodie Finds)
Give this recipe a try if you’re looking for a gluten-free, grain-free, and/or paleo-friendly pancake option. (Oh, they’re delicious, too. So that helps!)
- Paleo Pancakes (A Spicy Perspective)
I love this recipe for many reasons: it contains just a handful of ingredients, it makes a big batch (roughly 16 small pancakes — perfect for refrigerating or freezing extras for later!), and the batter comes together quickly and easily in the blender. Breakfast is just minutes away with this easy recipe.
- Blueberry Protein Pancakes (LAQ Fitness)
These pancakes were actually the ones that made me realize pancakes didn’t have to be done the traditional way, with milk, butter, and flour. I discovered them as part of the Fat Loss Foodies Cooking School I was a part of last September. (Thanks, Leslie Ann, for the eye opener about the possibilities of pancakes!)
What are some of your go-to healthy breakfast recipes, pancake or otherwise?