Looking for low-calorie pancakes that taste just as great? 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

Stack of vegan banana pancakes topped with bananas and maple syrup

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.

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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

Banana & cinnamon 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

Five plates of 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

A stack of American pancakes with blueberries on top

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. Spinach crespolini

Two spinach crespolini on a plate with salad

For a more substantial savoury pancake option that's still low in calories, these healthy buckwheat pancakes with a nutritious spinach, tomato and ricotta filling deliver in flavour. And with all of your 5-a-day, what's not to love?

10. Dairy-free pancakes

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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