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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Omelette pancakes with tomato & pepper sauce
For a savoury option, these flavourful pancakes tick all the boxes. Somewhere between a wafer-thin omelette and a crêpe, they’re 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.