Is there anything better than rolling out of bed on a Sunday, leaving your pajamas on, turning on your favorite playlist, and fixing yourself a cup of coffee with some pancakes? We think not. For us, “nesting is the new going out” is more than just a buzzy phrase—we live by it. And when it comes to the ultimate comfort food, pancakes are where it’s at. Luckily for you, we found the most mouthwatering recipes (that are good for you) to add to your Sunday brunch menu. Because you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health to eat something insanely delicious and satisfy your sweet tooth.
At first bite, memories of your childhood, as well as joy-filled brunches spent with friends on lazy, sunny days, will come flooding back—we guarantee it. If this is your idea of heaven, too, then it’s time to get out the frying pan and whip these up today. So put on your robe and slippers, light the stove, and let these nutritious pancakes warm you up.
Easy Whole Grain Vegan Pancakes
The Hero Ingredient: With spelt flour in the mix, these whole grain pancakes have a delicious nutty flavor. But flavor aside, spelt also promotes healthy digestion and is more protein-rich than regular whole-wheat flour.
The Recipe: These amazing vegan pancakes by The Minimalist Baker are simple to whip up for your entire family. What’s more, the rolled oats, chopped nuts, and seeds (as well as the spelt flour) give them a perfectly fluffy texture, unique heartiness, and flavor that is just the right amount of sweet. Having these for breakfast will start your day off on a positive note and boost your mood and energy for the rest of the day.
The Clincher: You can easily personalize your pancakes with optional add-ins and toppings like fruit, spices, syrup, and chocolate to make your taste buds happy.
Healthy Chai Banana Pancakes
The Hero Ingredient: Chai spices add a rich, complex flavor to these banana pancakes that is soothing and cozy.
The Recipe: Do you need to add a little spice to your life? Well, these chai pancakes from Half Baked Harvest will do the trick. Not to mention that chai is high in antioxidants, reduces inflammation, and has promising chemopreventive properties that combat the risk of cancer. Also, this recipe takes only 10 minutes to prep, and it contains bananas, eggs, and oats that will help you ditch sugary sweets while keeping you full without feeling bloated or heavy. Let’s be real—these pancakes are the epitome of delicious, satisfying clean eats.
The Clincher: All of the ingredients can be magically tossed together in the blender. Buh-bye, giant mixing bowls and whisks. No mess, no fuss—just press a button and voilà: pancake mix.
Chia Seed and Chestnut Pancakes
The Hero Ingredient: The chia seeds added to these chestnut pancakes are one of the most nutritious foods in the world. They are chock-full of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and tons of other micronutrients.
The Recipe: Do you miss holiday flavors? Well these pancakes featured on Camille Styles will bring you back a couple months to those festive times. A delicious blend of chestnuts, vanilla, and spices will rekindle the holiday spirit and give you an excuse to invite the whole family over too. Why not top them with your favorite fruit and maple syrup to seal the deal?
The Clincher: Are you sensitive to dairy or lactose intolerant? These pancakes are dairy-free and incorporate healthy alternatives like coconut oil and almond milk that are gentle on the stomach.
Vegan + Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes
The Hero Ingredient: One dark-chocolate peanut butter cup is the perfect topping for this pancake Melt it over the pancakes like frosting to instantly elevate your meal. The salty peanut butter complemented by rich, sweet chocolate will satisfy your every desire.
The Recipe: Do you have insane chocolate cravings all the time that threaten to throw off your healthy lifestyle? Fear not, health-conscious chocolate lovers, because this recipe is made just for you. These pancakes by Minimalist Baker might look like a cheat meal, but they’re vegan and gluten-free. They also contain cacao, which has 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries and is full of magnesium, calcium, and iron. It’s also a natural mood-elevator and antidepressant. So you can put down the candy bar full of artificial sugar and make these warm, gooey, thick PB-cup pancakes that provide instant vitality and a healthy dose of cheer.
The Clincher: Make sure your phone is charged because these pancakes are so aesthetically pleasing you won’t be able to resist posting a pic of them on Instagram. The peanut butter center and chocolate rim make them look like giant peanut butter cups.
What are your healthy breakfast favorites?