Stack of American pancakes on table with blueberries in bowl

Healthy pancakes

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(53 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Makes 10-12

These easy healthy pancakes get their fluffy texture from whipped egg whites. Stack them high with fresh berries and a spoonful of low-fat yogurt

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per pancake

  • kcal53
  • fat1g
  • saturates0.3g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars0.8g
  • fibre0.4g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 50g self-raising flour
  • 50g wholemeal or wholegrain flour



    Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

  • 2 small eggs, separated



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 150ml skimmed milk
  • berries and low-fat yogurt or fromage frais to serve


  1. Sift the flours into a bowl or wide jug and tip any bits in the sieve back into the bowl. Add the egg yolks and a splash of milk then stir to a thick paste. Add the remaining milk a little at a time so you don’t make lumps in the batter.

  2. Whisk the egg whites until they stand up in stiff peaks, then fold them carefully into the batter – try not to squash out all the air.

  3. Heat a non-stick pan over a medium heat and pour in enough batter to make a pancake about 10 cm across. Cook for just under a minute until bubbles begin to pop on the surface and the edges are looking a little dry. Carefully turn the pancake over. If it is a bit wet on top, it may squirt out a little batter as you do so. In that case, leave it on the other side a little longer. Keep warm while you make the remaining pancakes. Serve with your favourite healthy toppings.

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10th May, 2020
Quick and yummy ! Served with chantilly cream and rasberry !
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Samantha Ali
2nd Feb, 2020
I didn't have whole grain flour so I used whole wheat flour. Pancakes came out ok but not sweet. I topped with yogurt and berries. Felt like I was having something healthy.
MB seastar
5th Mar, 2019
These pancakes are great - I followed the recipe exactly except I added cinnamon to part of the mix and cocoa to another part of the mix. The pancakes were fluffy and delicious - the texture was spot on for a scotch pancake - and although not sweet, served with defrosted frozen berries and a drizzle of maple syrup. Delicious and filling, these pancakes are a perfect healthy treat.
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12th Feb, 2018
To improve this recipe: add 1/2 tsp baking powder to every 100 g of flour (even when using self-rising) to a maximum of 1 tsp. Add 2 tsp melted butter to every 100 g of flour. And add 1 tsp of caster sugar to the batter when using 100 g of flour. You'll find the pancakes raise much better, producing a light, fluffy pancake with flavour. The recipe above has nothing added to provide flavour; no butter, no sugar, no zest, no vanilla. Without the butter and at least one spice, the pancakes will be as tasteless as cardboard. I haven't made the above recipe and don't intend to but if you need a pancake recipe, you will be okay with the quantities shown as well as incorporating the changes I've suggested. Thanks.
16th Jun, 2018
It’s a healthy recipe , hence the no sugar or Butter. Compromise
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13th Feb, 2018
Lovely light fluffy pancakes, especially with the added tip of 1/2 tsp baking powder, but to keep the calories down, there is no need to add extra sugar if you add blueberries to the pancakes when cooking so they release their juices into the centre. Pour over some natural yogurt and enjoy
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