If you love pancakes, add this healthy pancake recipe to the list! This is our favourite pancake base recipe + 6 healthy pancake recipes you can make with it. (NB! American pancakes are what we in South Africa call Flapjacks)

Pancakes were never an easy weekday morning meal because of the mess and the time it took to whip up a batch of pancakes, but times are changing! Consider doubling a batch of pancakes on the weekend and freezing them for the week ahead – get up in the morning, grab a pancake and toss it in the toaster. Your pancake is defrosted, lightly toasted, and ready for toppings in under 5 minutes.

Healthy Pancakes – Base Recipe

This is the recipe to follow when you don’t want to look up a recipe or think too hard. It is a combination of whole ingredients that can be added to make whatever pancake your heart desires.

Pancake Base Ingredients

Base Dry Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Preferred flavor* dry ingredients

Base Wet Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or canola oil or butter)
  • Preferred flavor* wet ingredients


  1. Place base dry ingredients (1.5 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, and 1/8 tsp salt) and preferred flavor* dry ingredients into a medium bowl and mix well.
  2. Then, in a separate bowl crack 2 eggs and whisk. Add 1 cup milk and then the wet ingredients from preferred flavor* into the same bowl and mix.
  3. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix making sure all ingredients are combined. Finally, add in 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil and mix again.
  4. Next, heat a large pan over low/medium heat. Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  5. Using a 1/3 cup scoop, scoop pancake batter into the pan. Let the pancake cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, flipping when bubbles start to form in the center of the pancake. when Repeat until all pancake batter is gone.
  6. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Yield: 8 medium pancakes Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes

6 Fun Pancake Recipes

1 Peanut Butter Pancakes

You can’t beat healthy peanut butter pancakes! They are packed with protein and perfect for a meal prep breakfast throughout the week!

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 large banana, mashed (1/2 cup puree)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 T coconut sugar (or brown sugar)

2 Scallion Potato Pancakes

These scallion potato pancakes are the potato pancakes of your dreams. All you have to do is shred potatoes, add some delicious savory spices, and fold it all into pancake batter!

Below are the dry and wet ingredients that you must add to the basic pancake mixture! It is as simple as 1-2-3.

Dry Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups grated potato (not squeezed)
  • 1/2 cup minced green onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt, to taste

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 T melted coconut oil

3 Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

These apple cinnamon pancakes are perfect for apple season! Shred the apples and add them to your favorite pancake batter. They are perfectly moist and delicious!

Add the ingredients below to the basic pancake batter recipe and start flipping!

Dry Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups grated apple (not squeezed)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 T coconut sugar (or brown sugar)

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 T melted coconut oil

4 Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin pancakes are the best! Mix pureed pumpkin into pancake batter and top your pancakes with a little maple an pecan. They are a great fall meal prep breakfast!

Mix the ingredients below into the basic pancake batter! If the batter seems a bit thick, add a teaspoon of almond milk to the batter at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

5 Lemon Ricotta

Fancy up your pancakes and make these lemon ricotta pancakes. They are the perfect mixture of sweet and savory!

Fancy up your pancakes and make these lemon ricotta pancakes. They are the perfect mixture of sweet and savory!

Add the wet ingredients below to the basic pancake batter! Make sure the honey is completely combined and mixed in. Honey clumps are the worst!

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 T lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 T honey

6 Chocolate Chocolate Chip

Who doesn’t love chocolate chocolate chip pancakes? A little chocolate chip in each bite makes the perfect sweet breakfast treat.

Add the ingredients below to the basic pancake batter! Sometimes cocoa powder can really thicken things up, so if the batter is too thick, add a teaspoon of almond milk at a time to the batter until it reaches the desired consistency.

Dry Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 large banana, mashed (1/2 cup puree)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Another way to change up your pancakes is with the perfect pancake toppings! Below is a list of our favourite toppings!

  • Syrups- maple syrup, honey, agave syrup.
  • Nut Butter- peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter, sunflower butter, Nutella
  • Dried + Fresh Fruit- raisins, cranberries, blueberries, apricots, strawberries, raspberries, apples, peaches, pears, figs
  • Nuts- almonds, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pecans, walnuts
  • Fun Toppings – cream cheese, coconut whip, whipped cream, chocolate chips

Substitution Tips

Below are some of the main ingredients in this recipe and potential substitutions you can make!

White whole wheat flour: White whole wheat flour definitely works the best time and time again, but if you’re hoping to swap for a different flour, we suggest the following (and only the following) at a 1:1 ratio:

  • all-purpose flour
  • whole wheat flour
  • all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
  • Unfortunately, we do not recommend substituting 1:1 for coconut flour and/or almond flour.

Coconut sugar: The only sugar we would recommend swapping for coconut sugar 1:1 is a light brown sugar.

Coconut oil: While we haven’t tested any other subs, we’re confident butter would work as well as canola oil!

Eggs: We have not tested these recipes without eggs. If you do try these recipes with a flax egg, please let us know how it goes!

Maple syrup: Honey would be a fantastic 1:1 swap for maple syrup, and potentially agave nectar.

Almond milk: Good news! Any kind of milk will work with a 1:1 swap. Try soy milk, cow milk, oat milk, or coconut milk.

Source: Fit Foodie Finds

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