Happy Monday, friends! I am *really* excited about this recipe I’m sharing today. Pancake Sunday is a tradition Parker and I have been keeping for a long time, but now that we’re eating a lot healthier, we’ve had to make a couple of adjustments. Believe it or not though, these pancakes taste pretty darn close to the real thing so we’ve really enjoyed continuing our Sunday tradition without sacrificing too much.
I’m using my trusty oat flour again on this recipe, which is essentially ground up oatmeal you can grind yourself in a food processor or buy in the store. If you are allergic to oats or trying to go Paleo, use whatever flour you like – coconut, almond, buckwheat – but do know the consistency may change.
You know I’m trying to cut back on sugar, so I’ve found that the perfect sweetener for this is 1 tablespoon xylitol and 1 tablespoon stevia in the raw. You can use splenda or regular sugar if you’re not quite with me on the sugar free thing :) . I buy my xylitol online and get Stevia in the Raw in the baking section at the grocery store. Whole Foods or some really good health food sections might have them both though.
Also! I use greek yogurt here to give it some consistency, but if you’re dairy-free, you can used mashed up bananas or pumpkin puree as a substitute.
This comes together really easily, just like any other pancake recipe. There’s lots of great protein in here from the egg whites and greek yogurt, but you could also add some vanilla protein powder to the dry ingredients if you wanted to make these power pancakes to eat after a workout.
You can drizzle these in maple syrup or top with peanut butter or fresh fruit, but my favorite way to eat these is to make a SUPER EASY berry syrup. I always have frozen berries in the freezer, so I just defrost 2 cups in the microwave and add 3 tablespoons of water and a dash of stevia and put in a blender on high for a few seconds. I find it to be a really satisfying alternative to the calorie and sugar dense maple syrup (that is SO good). Only natural sugars here and I don’t find this to spike my blood sugar. I’m able to have a few and feel really, really good – no guilt :).
Clean Eating Pancakes with Berry Syrup Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour (or flour of your choice)
- 1 Tbsp. xylitol + 1 Tbsp. Stevia in the Raw (or 2 Tbsp. Splenda)
- 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 cup 0% fat greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- Preheat griddle to medium heat.
- Mix oat flour, sweetener, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Whisk together egg whites, greek yogurt and milk.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
- Spray griddle with non-stick butter spray.
- Scoop batter with a 1/4 cup measuring cup onto griddle. Cook 3-5 minutes on a side.
Makes 12-14 pancakes.
Tip: These freeze well too, so if you have leftovers, just lay them on a plate – not touching – and place in the freezer for about an hour, then you can stack in a plastic container or bag for storage. To reheat, just pop in the microwave for 2 minutes on 50% power.
- Combine 2 cups berries (if using frozen, thaw first) with 3 Tbsp water and a dash of stevia (optional).
- Blend on high for 10-15 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
- Add more water for a thinner syrup, less for a thicker jam-type consistency.
What do you think? Would you try these pancakes or is the real thing just too good to try to make healthy? I’ll be honest – I think the very best pancakes in the world come from (wait for it) Cracker Barrel. There are none that taste better in my opinion, but all that butter (I don’t even want to know how much!) is best saved for rare occasions. :)