The sweet aroma of freshly made pancakes is enough to coax anyone out of bed on a lazy Sunday. For those looking to kill two birds with one stone and serve up some satiating bites that also happen to be packed with nutritious goodness to power you through the day, these healthy pancake recipes are here to transform your morning. Boasting wholesome ingredients like walnuts, hemp hearts, oatmeal, Greek yogurt, spelt flour, and chai, these flavorful, fluffy pancakes round out your healthy eating plan while still providing that cozy comfort-food flavor you crave.
We turned to four of our favorite food bloggers for their super-healthy remixes of the breakfast staple—nearly all are vegan, gluten-free, or both.
Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Pancakes
"These pancakes are easy to make, requiring just 30 minutes from start to finish," promises Dana of Minimalist Baker. Moreover, they're completely vegan and gluten-free. The recipe calls for wholesome ingredients—and the pancakes are even naturally sweetened—so you can feel good about every bite. "By the end, you'll have a mound of delicious, fluffy pancakes to devour," says Dana. "Hello, perfect lazy weekend breakfast."
Chocolate Brownie Spelt Vegan Pancakes
Sonja and Alex of A Couple Cooks use spelt flower to whip up their vegan take on chocolate pancakes. "Spelt flour is a whole grain flour that has a sweet, nutty flavor versus the bitterness of whole wheat flour," explains Sonja. "Spelt flour keeps the texture of your baked goods fluffy and soft and won't weight them down." Sonja wanted these pancakes to be something special, so she settled on a chocolate flavor. "They're lightly sweet, made with maple syrup and cocoa powder," she says. "The resulting pancakes were so chewy and fudgy that we settled on the name 'chocolate brownie,'" though she promises they're not nearly as sweet "since who wants a sugar bomb for breakfast?" To top off your pancakes, she suggests adding a drizzle of maple syrup to add a final twinge of sweetness.
Quick and Easy Blender Protein Pancakes
Stephanie of Hello Glow wasn't a fan of protein powder, especially in recipes where it didn't deliver on flavor and gave a chalky texture. But she did want to up the protein intake with her breakfast. "So instead, I like to use a combination of ingredients that are naturally high in protein and fantastic," she says for her protein-packed pancake recipe. Hemp hearts are her go-to plant-based protein, and she describes them as having a nutty flavor and a creamy composition when blended. "The hemp hearts give the oat-based batter an extra boost of protein and healthy fats," Stephanie explains.
"And then there are the eggs and the Greek yogurt. All-natural ingredients with pronounceable names that just so happen to be high in protein and create fantastic pancakes." To serve, Stephanie suggests upping the protein boost by "slathering each pancake with a little nut butter and topping them with sliced banana, berries, and another little sprinkle of hemp hearts."
Healthy Chai Banana Pancakes
Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest says these are some of the best banana pancakes she's ever made (and her usual recipes are decidedly more indulgent). She describes them as "slightly addicting and super healthy (think oatmeal, banana, and protein-packed eggs)." Not only do they deliver on flavor while also loading in wholesome ingredients, but to make them, all the ingredients can be thrown into a blender and blended and you're essentially done. "They're the perfect cozy winter weekend breakfast," assures Tieghan.
Gluten-Free Lemon Poppyseed Oat Pancakes
"So my goal with this recipe was to create a hearty pancake: filling, yet still light and fluffy, as well as gluten-free, since it is the most versatile way to cover a variety of dietary needs," says Sonja of A Couple Cooks. "These cakes would be lovely for a special brunch (especially in a mini version, if serving a crowd)."