A stack of healthy American pancakes with blueberries

Low-calorie pancake recipes

Who says pancakes can't be a nutritious start to the day? Check out our 10 favourite low-calorie pancake recipes that make the most of hidden veg, wholemeal flour and alternative toppings.

Pancakes don’t have to be an indulgent treat every time. Make your next batch that bit healthier by using wholemeal flour, clever egg substitutes, or even with hidden veg in the batter – mashed pumpkin works particularly well. As for toppings, swap maple syrup and sugar for Greek yogurt, fresh berries or citrus fruit segments.

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1. Healthy pancakes

Whipped egg whites are the key to a fluffy texture in this clever healthy pancakes recipe. Made with wholemeal flour to guarantee a filling breakfast, each pancake comes in at just 53 calories. Serve with berries and low-fat yogurt.

2. Vegan banana pancakes

One of our most popular vegan breakfast recipes, these dairy- and egg-free pancakes are made naturally sweet by adding banana to the batter. Use oat milk to keep them vegan and swap the syrup for fresh berries.

3. Healthy bunny pancakes

Children will love these bunny-shaped pancakes. Wholemeal flour makes this breakfast a filling and nutritious one, and they’re sweetened only with fresh banana and a few optional raisins for bunny paws.

4. Coconut & banana pancakes

Go totally tropical with these colourful coconut & banana pancakes, served with passion fruit on the side. This recipe calls for coconut milk instead of the regular kind, and most of the sweetness comes from fresh fruit.

5. Banana pancakes with blueberry compote

Another filling pancake recipe that makes the most of wholemeal flour, these banana & cinnamon pancakes swap syrup for a quick homemade blueberry compote and fresh mint. A delicious and sophisticated way to start your day.

6. Healthy pumpkin pancakes

Hidden veg in a pancake? Who’d have thought it! These healthy pumpkin pancakes use mashed pumpkin (or butternut squash) for natural sweetness, and if you use a really good non-stick pan, you won’t need any butter to fry them in.

7. Sweet potato pancakes with orange and grapefruit

Mashed sweet potato (grated and cooked in the microwave, if you’re short on time) adds both colour and natural sweetness to this sweet potato pancakes recipe. Ricotta, orange zest, grapefruit segments and fresh mint lend plenty of flavour.

8. Blueberry & lemon pancakes

Surprisingly, this blueberry & lemon stack comes in at only 69 calories per pancake. They’re made sweet by adding blueberries and lemon zest to the batter – so when you cut into them, you’ll get a burst of berry goodness.

9. Eggless pancakes

Taking eggs out of the mix inevitably makes this recipe lower in calories. We used Orgran No Egg for these eggless pancakes (available from large supermarkets and health food shops) and have sweetened them with agave syrup and fresh orange segments.

10. Dairy-free pancakes

Cook a stack of super-light dairy-free pancakes for breakfast, made using hemp or coconut milk instead of the regular kind. You only need three ingredients for this recipe (plus a little oil for frying), but remember to rest the batter for 20 minutes before using.

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