Today is Shrove Tuesday, more affectionately known as “Pancake Day” in the UK. For those observing Lent, it’s a lot like Fat Tuesday— the last blowout before giving something up for 40 days.
We’re sharing our favorite healthy pancake recipes that make a great weekend brunch, quick weekday breakfast or perfect pancake day celebration meal, with options to suit every dietary requirement. Whether you enjoy a savoury crepe or a sweet fluffy pancake, these breakfast (or dessert) delights don’t have to break the calorie bank.
What’s not to love about these Cinnamon Roll protein pancakes? This ideal post-workout treat is far more fun than a protein shake. Adding vanilla protein powder to the recipe not only adds sweetness and flavour but also brings the protein count to 38.5g per serving. Making the batter the night before will save you valuable time in the morning.
Jamie Oliver gets it right again! Using soy or almond milk and a flaxseed egg means these fluffy pancakes are vegan, dairy-free and delicious. Top with your favourite berries, maple syrup, and coconut or soya yogurt, or a dollop of your favourite nut butter (we love Pip & Nut Coconut Almond Butter).
More of a savory option, these gluten-free, low-GI pancake recipe from Lomax gym make a great substitution for a wrap. Fill with banana and peanut butter for brekkie, or with sliced roast beef, tomatoes, rocket and horseradish for a fiery lunch or dinner.
Containing just banana and egg, these pancakes are Paleo-, Whole30- and waistline-friendly, plus the protein from the eggs will keep you satiated all morning. Add some cinnamon or vanilla extract for fun without the calories, or top with a dollop of yogurt and fruit for a decadent weekend breakfast.
Is this going a step too far with a green smoothie? We don’t think so! Adding spinach or kale to a pancake mix adds in one of your five-a-day and is a great way to sneak in a portion of greens to reluctant kids/boyfriends without compromising on taste. Make a double batch and freeze for a speedy breakfast when you’re short on time.
Throwing all of the ingredients into a blender reduces prep time for these wintry pancakes. Grated apple adds texture, sweetness and flavor, while using oats instead of flour increases the fibre and protein content. If you don’t have unsweetened applesauce on hand, you could use yogurt instead.