Top 10 healthy pancake recipes
Whether you prefer them savoury or sweet and fruity, try these delicious healthy homemade pancake recipes, from fluffy American versions to silky thin crêpes.
Pancakes are a versatile, easy meal, whether you fancy them piled high and topped with fruit or rolled and filled with a savoury sauce. And if you want to make your next batch a little healthier, we’ve got a stack of ideas. Add an extra hit of nutrition to your plate with our inspiring recipes, from lighter batter mixes using whipped egg whites, to vitamin-rich toppings made from fruit or veggies.
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1. Healthy pancakes
With only four ingredients, these simple American-style pancakes have all the flavour of a stack ordered at a New York diner. Whipped egg whites give them a gorgeous fluffy texture, while using skimmed milk and low-fat fromage frais makes them a lighter choice. Try swapping in different wholemeal flours such as spelt or buckwheat to vary the flavour.
2. Banana oat pancakes
Looking for a healthy pancake recipe that's full of flavour? Our dairy-free banana oat pancakes contain oat milk and mashed bananas for natural sweetness. Make them light and fluffy by whisking and folding whipped egg whites into the batter. Served with a dollop of yogurt and fresh berries.
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3. Easy pancakes
This foolproof crêpe recipe gives you perfect, silky thin pancakes every time. Omit the sugar, top with a dollop of low-fat yogurt and pile high with fruit for a delicious, easy and better-for-you brunch.
4. Spinach & tuna pancakes
Looking for something savoury? These wholesome spinach, tuna and cottage cheese pancakes are packed full of goodness and make for a satisfying lunch or dinner. Served with a fresh sweetcorn, tomato and basil salad, they also pack in a whole three of your five-a-day.
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5. Cinnamon crêpes with nut butter, sliced banana & raspberries
If you’re following a gluten-free diet you needn’t miss out on pancakes – this version uses gluten-free flour flavoured with cinnamon. Make your own almond nut butter filling and top with banana, raspberry and a squeeze of lemon for a tasty fruit-and-nut pancake that’s ready in just 15 minutes.
These traditional Japanese-style pancakes are similar to fritters and great for using up leftovers. Our vibrant recipe combines shredded green cabbage and chunks of pork belly in a crispy batter, drizzled in a punchy sauce and topped with green nori and fresh spring onions. Give them an extra umami flavour boost with a sprinkling of katsuobushi (bonito flakes) which can be found in Japanese specialist supermarkets.
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7. Blueberry & lemon pancakes
These fluffy little beauties incorporate a very small amount of golden syrup and berries into the batter to give little bursts of fruit and mouthfuls of flavour without the need to top with any additional sugar. They’re low fat, low in salt and freezable, too – so you can keep a stash on standby, ready to defrost as needed.
8. Potato pancakes with chard & eggs
Kick-start the weekend with our low-calorie potato and spring onion pancakes. Topped with vibrant chard and a runny egg, this hearty recipe makes a healthy brunch for two.
9. Staffordshire oatcakes with mushrooms
Wrapped in a heart-healthy oat and wholemeal tortilla and packed with veggies, these vegan Staffordshire oatcakes provide a great source of fibre and folate as well as scoring two of your five-a-day. Fill them with juicy tomatoes, mushrooms and tahini for a nutritious breakfast option.
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10. Omelette pancakes with tomato & pepper sauce
Somewhere between a wafer-thin omelette and a crêpe, these savoury pancakes are made from a batter of whisked eggs, a splash of water and seasoning. The sauce is loaded with all the goodness of basil, yellow peppers and tomatoes and you can serve them with a fresh green salad for added crunch.