Pancakes—one of our favorite indulgent brunch dish. Traditionally they’re just straight-up comfort food, something to enjoy on a lazy Sunday when you don’t actually have to accomplish anything else for the day (#CarbComa). But we love them too much for that—we want pancakes more often, but we also have to adult most days. So we found 10 healthier pancake recipes that let you indulge but also bring some nutritional value. From oatmeal-packed pancakes, to stacks of paleo flapjacks, grab the maple syrup and read on.
Loaded with shredded carrots and tasty spices, but free of grains and sugar, these pancakes are a treat you can feel great about. Try slathering them with coconut butter instead of maple syrup—it’s almost like having actual carrot cake with frosting.
Why have plain old oatmeal for breakfast when you can whip up gluten-free oatmeal pancakes? With a bit of tang from the yogurt and sweetness from vanilla and cinnamon, they’re a sure crowd pleaser.
You would have had us at “chocolate chip” anyway, but the fact that this stack, shared with us by Clean Plates Collective member Carly Stein, is made from wholesome, good-for-you ingredients (eggs, almond butter, bananas) just makes the whole thing even sweeter.
Back away from that box of rich PB-and-chocolate Girl Scout cookies. These pancakes will scratch that itch for you, minus all the refined sugar and flour, but with plenty of satisfying protein from the eggs and peanut butter to keep you going all morning.
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Don’t be fooled by the name—buckwheat actually doesn’t contain wheat, so it’s gluten free. What it does have is a delicious, nutty flavor, lots of antioxidants and plenty of fiber, so it’s an awesome ingredient to build pancakes from.
Take a little trip to the tropics without leaving home by whipping up a batch of these cakes, which utilize coconut 4 different ways. Got plant-based eaters coming for breakfast? These are vegan.
Pink pancakes? Yes, please. Try this stack out on picky kids, or just make them for yourself. They’re so pretty, they’ll make your day—plus, you get the goodness from beets, which are loaded with vitamin C, fiber, potassium and other important nutrients.
Yes, you can be keto and still enjoy pancakes. We love the addition of lemon zest to this recipe, which also includes cream cheese, coconut flour and eggs.
Toss some wholesome ingredients in a blender, toss on the griddle and watch ‘em disappear. Who needs a sugary #PSL when you can have these tasty pancakes, which also happen to be gluten free?
Another recipe that lets you toss a few simple ingredients in the blender and come out with pancakes. Protein-rich quinoa flour takes center-stage here, and the pancakes come out light and delicious, ready for your fave toppings.
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