Who says pancakes have to be off limits when you’re trying to lose weight? Fluffy, sweet and warm pancakes topped with maple syrup are a menu item that might seem like a no no for those trying to lose weight. But we have great news for fans of this classic comfort food: You don’t have to swear off pancakes! You just have to find healthy pancake recipes, make smart ingredient swaps and be mindful of your portions.
Many traditional flapjack recipes call for large amounts of all-purpose flour, sugar, milk and butter, which aren’t exactly conducive to weight loss. That’s why we gave pancakes a nutritional flip with lighter, healthier recipes that are delicious and easy to whip up, providing the perfect reason to jump right out of bed.
Healthy Hacks: If you love the flavor of maple syrup, try to find a low-calorie or sugar-free syrup instead! Butter lover? Use a zero-calorie butter spray for the buttery flavor your craving.
Here are the healthy pancake recipes you’ll skip “snooze” for:
1. Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes >
Wake up with these cheery, lemony pancakes to brighten your morning and help to get you moving. Poppy seeds add a fun and fancy touch that will make you feel like you are dining at your favorite brunch spot!
2. Spinach Banana Pancakes >
Our lean, green spinach are packed nutritious and delicious, featuring fiber-rich ingredients like whole wheat flour, banana and fresh spinach. Get creative with the toppings! We love them with blueberries but other fruits, nuts or even Greek yogurt would be super tasty.
3. Mini Pancake Bites >
Take your pancakes with you on the go with these mini pancake bites! Made in a muffin tin, they are a creative take on a classic that allows you to bring your flapjacks on the road. Sprinkle them with blueberries, strawberries or chocolate chips for a unique taste in every bite.
4. Coconut Mango Pancakes >
Bring the taste of the tropics to your morning meal with a sweet, vegan pancake recipe that’s filled with the flavors of fresh mangoes and coconut milk. Topped with unsweetened shredded coconut, it’s the perfect plant-based pancake!
5. Pancake Breakfast Sandwich >
Turn your flapjacks into a hearty and healthy sandwich! Stuffed between two homemade pancakes is a delicious layer of cheese eggs. It’s another unique twist on your favorite breakfast flavors!
6. 3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes >
If you wake up in the morning thinking about pancakes but don’t want to go to too much fuss, keep this simple, yet mouthwatering, recipe on hand. Stir eggs, banana and cinnamon together for an easy, healthy batter that is ready to cook on a griddle in no time.
7. Easy Sweet Potato Pancakes >
Savor these delicious pancakes and enjoy the holiday feel of eating sweet potato pie all year. Made with nutritious sweet potatoes, egg whites, cinnamon and nutmeg, then served with sugar-free maple syrup, these indulgent-tasting pancakes are kind to your waistline and thoroughly enjoyable.
8. Red, White & Blueberry Pancakes >
Celebrate your independence from unhealthy breakfasts! Our protein-packed Red, White & Blueberry Pancakes feature Nutrisystem Vanilla Nutrisystem Shake. We top them with blueberries, strawberries and bananas for a patriotic pancake that’s filled with fresh flavor.
9. Mashed Potato Pancakes >
Nutrisystem’s Loaded Mashed Potatoes are the base of these savory and simple pancakes. Combined with egg whites, baby spinach, chives, garlic and black pepper, they’re perfect topped with low-fat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.
10. Easy Oatmeal Pancakes >
Keep this staple pancake recipe on hand for mornings when you are seeking a little a.m. comfort food. Using a few basic ingredients, such as Nutrisystem’s Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal, vanilla, baking soda, egg white and water, you can enjoy the coziness of fluffy pancakes and taste of warm, hearty oats in no time.
11. Irish “Potato” Pancakes >
Another unique potato pancake recipe that’s Nutrisystem-approved! Featuring vanilla, cinnamon, shredded coconut and topped with a cream cheese drizzle, the family will be asking for these perfect pancakes every morning.
Too busy to cook these healthy pancake recipes? We’ve got you covered with Nutrisystem’s own Homestyle Pancakes. They’re one of our customer’s favorite morning meals because they go heavy on flavor, not on guilt.
Do you have your own delicious pancake recipe that’s too good to share? Submit your creative creations on our Recipe Submission page! Your recipe could be featured right here on The Leaf Weight Loss Blog for others to enjoy. Click here to submit your recipes! >
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