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5 HEALTHY RECIPES FOR NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY

by Shanice Miranda, Cora Health. 

Have you woken up ravenous for a soft and fluffy stack of pancakes but don’t want to backtrack your fitness progress? Why not find a balance between what your body wants and what your body needs with these alluring recipes?

1. Whole Wheat Pancakes

Switching out white flour for whole wheat (or other wholesome flours) will add to your nourishing diet without compromising on taste.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups + 2 tbsp fat-free milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • cooking spray

 Cooking Instructions:

  1. To a bowl, add all dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. Add wet ingredients to this and mix until there are no dry spots. (Be careful not to over-mix)
  3. Place a large skillet on medium heat.
  4. Lightly spray the pan with oil and pour 1/4th cup of pancake batter.
  5. Flip the pancake once the bubbles subside and the edges begin to cook.
  6. Let it cook for 2-3 mins and serve. Repeat with all the batter.

2. Soy and Chia Seed Pancakes

Soy and chia seeds are enriched with healthy fats, proteins, and antioxidants that can be effective to ward off disease.

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp soy flour (switch to almond flour to make it gluten-free)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup cut-up banana

 Cooking Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl till smooth.
  2. Place a non-stick pan (or spray some oil) on medium flame.
  3. Pour some batter in the pan and let bubbles form on the surface.
  4. Once they disappear, flip the pancake and let cook for a couple of minutes.
  5. Serve with some honey on top for perfect sweetness!

3. Blueberry Banana Pancakes

Blueberries and bananas are full of nutrients and antioxidants that will keep your immune system in tip-top shape!

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 ½ cup wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp edible oil
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt to taste and add a handful of dried blueberries

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Peel and mash the bananas. Add melted butter and mix in the vanilla extract, the beaten egg, and a pinch of salt.
  2. In a bowl, mix wheat flour with the baking powder and add this to the banana mixture.
  3. Add milk to the mixture and mix well.
  4. Put the oil in a non-stick pan and place it on medium heat.
  5. Once the pan is hot, pour a ladle-full of batter and let cook
  6. Sprinkle some of the dried berries on top
  7. Once the bubbles disappear, flip the pancake and allow it to cook for 2-3 mins
  8. Serve the pancakes with your favourite toppings such as maple syrup and fruit for some extra love!

4. Quinoa Pancakes

Quinoa is a perfect ingredient for gluten-free and vegan diets and has all nine essential amino acids. This makes it a superior source of protein, vitamins, and other essential nutrients that are necessary for overall well-being.

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 3/4th cup toasted quinoa flour
  • 1 and ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 and 1/4th cup almond milk (or any other dairy product)
  • 2 flax eggs (or regular eggs)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In two mixing bowls, whisk together the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Allow it to rest for 3 min.
  2. Pour the wet mixture into the dry one and whisk gently till smooth.
  3. Preheat a pan over medium heat and grease if non-stick.
  4. Pour 1/4th cup of batter into the pan and let it cook for 1 min till the bubbles subside.
  5. Flip it and let it cook for another few mins.
  6. Serve with your desired topping and repeat for all the batter.

5. Coconut Flour Pancakes

The subtle flavour of coconut is perfect for a cold morning. Coconut flour is a viable option for those who are gluten-sensitive and are trying to manage their weight.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup 2% greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the wet ingredients.
  2. To this, add the dry ingredients and gently mix till smooth.
  3. In another bowl, using a hand or stand mixer, whisk 4 egg whites for 5 min till peaks form.
  4. Gently fold the egg whites into the mixture until it forms an even batter.
  5. Place a greased/non-stick pan on medium-low flame and evenly pour 2 tbsp of batter on it.
  6. Flip when bubbles start to form and cook for 1-2 min.
  7. Serve with butter or maple syrup

Make a nutritious breakfast with these recipes for your friends and family and have a wonderful National Pancake Day!

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