10 Healthier Pancake Recipes to Make for Mom (or Anyone)

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April 20, 2021

by Beth Lipton

Pancakes are often relegated to lazy Sundays when you don’t actually have to accomplish anything else for the day. But we love them too much for that! We want pancakes on any day (and every day) of the week. Then again, we also have to adult most days and that means saying no to the #carbcoma that comes with traditional pancake recipes.

That’s why 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.

P.S. If you trying to figure out what to make mom for mother’s day, any one of these pancake recipes would be a delicious treat.

1. 2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes from Kitchn

The chances that you have the ingredients for these pancakes is extremely high. That’s because they’re made with bananas and eggs. And that’s it. Seriously. Go make these right now.

Oatmeal greek yogurt pancakes
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2. Oatmeal-Greek Yogurt Pancakes from Joy Food Sunshine

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.

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buckwheat pancakes
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3. Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pancakes from Cookie + Kate

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.

4. Paleo Carrot Cake Pancakes from PaleOMG

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.

Toasted coconut pancakes
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5. Toasted Coconut Pancakes from Minimalist Baker

Take a little trip to the tropics without leaving home by whipping up a batch of these cakes, which use coconut 4 different ways. Got plant-based eaters coming for breakfast? These are vegan.

beetroot pancakes
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6. Healthy Red Velvet Beetroot Pancakes from My Fussy Eater

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.

Keto lemon pancakes
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7. Keto Lemon Pancakes from Jennifer Banz

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.

pumpkin pancakes
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8. Blender Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes from One Lovely Life

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?

Read more: 4 Reasons to DIY Your Pumpkin Puree (and How to Do It)

Fluffy quinoa pancakes
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9. Fluffy Quinoa Pancakes from Feasting on Fruit

Here’s 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.

fonio pancakes
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10. Fluffy Fonio Pancakes from Kitchn

Not into quinoa? Allow us to introduce fonio, a West African grain that’s naturally vegan and gluten-free. Think of it like a cross between quinoa and couscous that cooks in just 5 minutes and has a slightly nutty flavor. Our recommendation: Cook up a big batch the night before and use leftovers to make these pancakes.

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