Lightening up Pancakes

So as part of the Monday pancake series, instead of a recipe this week I am actually posting a few helpful hints of how to make recipes healthier.  Let’s face it-pancakes are not always the healthiest recipes but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them that way.  While I’m not saying diner pancakes are made in this regard…you can!   While I realize not everyone wants to lighten up their pancakes, many people do.

Instead of adding oil you can substitute a half cup of pumpkin, applesauce or greek yogurt.  All three make the pancakes especially moist and delicious.

pumpkin pancakes

Greek yogurt pancakes

If you don’t want to consume a lot of carbohydrates, think about using a high protein flour such as peanut flour.

Instead of using high sugary maple syrup top your pancakes with sugar free syrup, peanut butter, greek yogurt, Nutella (well…that is just me), jam and jellies, fruit.

topped with basically an entire container of greek yogurt…maybe there is pancakes in there? maybe…

greek yogurt sandwich pancakes.

topped with apples



Another thing you can do (disclaimer…I personally don’t prefer the taste) is switch an egg to egg whites saving fat cholesterol.  You need something to bind the pancake together and make it fluffy but if you would prefer egg whites to egg that is for you.

Questions for you:

  1. How do you lighten up pancakes?
  2. How do you lighten up any recipe? 


26 responses

  1. I have a cottage cheese, oats, protein powder recipe. Some people don’t like protein powder but I do! I might just steal some of these ideas too!!

  2. Ummm, now I’m hungry again. If I ever try and lighten up recipes it’s usually baked goods. I try to swap the oil for something like pumpkin, as you mentioned, or just cut back on the amount of sugar.

  3. I completely agree that pancakes can be made healthy and eaten daily 🙂 Greek yogurt pancakes are some of my favorite – they have a nice thickness & “coolness” to them haha.

  4. Great tips! While I’m not the biggest fan of making healthy replacements in most recipes, I definitely agree that there’s a time and place to lighten things up. One of my favorite ways is probably using applesauce or yogurt to replace oil.

  5. I actually haven’t made pancakes in forever because I usually don’t have time in the morning lol but I do like to add protein powder to them when I do make them otherwise I’ll be starving an hour later haha

  6. Great healthy helpful tips, lol. I’ve never lightened mine up but maybe I should start so I don’t complain that I’m too big..or maybe I should stop reading RW bc all they do is talk about losing weight. best friend hates the word “moist” but I love it so I am usually immature and gross her out by slipping it into conversations sometimes, lol. Happy 1-handed countdown to Texas! 😉

  7. I am *so* craving pancakes right now. On Sunday, I made a pancake of sorts with a mashed banana, two egg whites, flaxseed, chia seeds, and cinnamon (topped with PB of course), and it was delicious!

  8. I never thought of using Greek yogurt to make the pancakes! I have done pumpkin and applesauce before and looooove how moist they get! Kailey and I are off to IHOP this week lol

  9. I’m a big fan of coconut flour pancakes, but this morning (apparently pancake Monday was in my head) I made almond flour pancakes with applesauce. I cannot stop thinking about them….SO Good. I have also made a quick berry syrup by throwing frozen berries in a sauce pan with stevia and lemon juice and letting it simmer. It’s a great pancake topping with minimal sugar.

  10. Lately I try to add bananas instead of things like maple syrup, sugar, oil, whatever, a banana mashed and swirled is all nice and liquidy and it adds just enough sweet! All those pancakes look delicious and I may need to make an almond flour one soon!

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