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11 Best Pancake Recipes for Weight Loss

Sure, going out for the occasional stack of pancakes seems innocent enough, but doing so can actually derail even the most disciplined dieter.

Cook This!

11 Best Pancake Recipes for Weight Loss

Sure, going out for the occasional stack of pancakes seems innocent enough, but doing so can actually derail even the most disciplined dieter.

And when you consider that some restaurants pack over 1,000 calories into their recipes, it’s clear to see why. But you don’t have to give up your a.m. flapjack indulgence to trim down; just take out your spatula and frying pan and whip up some at home! Whether you’re gluten-free, Paleo, vegan, or just looking for some interesting, healthy recipes to shake up your morning, we've got you covered. Scroll down to check them out and treat your tastebuds without derailing your weight loss efforts.

1

Old Fashioned Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

whole wheat apple pancakes
Yields: 6-8 pancakes
Nutrition: (per pancake) 288 calories, 8 g fat, 4.6 g sat fat, 468 mg sodium, 49.1 g carbs, 2.6 g fiber, 17.5 g sugar, 6.6 g protein (without toppings)

Fluffy, satisfying and stuffed with apples, this breakfast creation is sure to make your taste buds tingle! While they’re a bit higher in sugar than we typically like to see, a lot of it comes from the apples, so we’re giving them the green light.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

2

Sweet Potato Pancakes with Coconut Cream

sweet potato pancakes
Yields: 16 pancakes
Nutrition: (per pancake) 192 calories, 10.5 g fat, 8.4 g sat fat, 148 mg sodium, 21.3 g carbs, 1.2 g fiber, 3.4 g sugar, 3.7 g protein

These fluffy, slightly sweet pancakes are topped with coconut cream and toasted coconut (instead of syrup), which helps keep the sugar count low without sacrificing flavor. Need another reason to whip these up? They’re made with an entire cup of mashed sweet potatoes, which are a great source of vitamin A and potassium. If these can’t convince your kids to eat their veggies, we’re not sure what will.

Get the recipe from How Sweet It Is.

3

Buckwheat Pancake with Roasted Tomato Salsa

buckwheat pancakes with salsa
Yields: 8 pancakes
Nutrition: (per pancake) 312 calories, 17.4 g fat, 5.7 g sat fat, 106 mg sodium, 35.4 g carbs, 7.8 g fiber, 5.2 g sugar, 8.9 g protein (calculated using skim milk)

If you prefer savory over sweet flavors, this pancake and salsa duo is sure to be your new a.m. go-to. The buckwheat pancakes are super thin, making them perfect for wrapping up the tomato, corn, onions and avocados. If you happen to have leftovers after breakfast is through, serve some of the veggies with grilled chicken atop brown rice for a quick, nutritious dinner. Gotta love double-duty meals!

Get the recipe from To Her Core.

4

Peanut Butter- Chocolate Pancakes

peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes
Yields: 10-12 pancakes
Nutrition: (per pancake) 221 calories, 12.5 g fat, 3.2 g sat fat, 299 mg sodium, 22.9 g carbs, 3.5 g fiber, 7.4 g sugar, 8 g protein (calculated using unsweetened almond milk, honey, and ½ cup of melted peanut butter)

When chocolate and peanut butter join forces, you know the end result is going to be mouthwatering—and these pancakes do not disappoint. This traditionally decadent dish is made healthier by choosing for whole wheat flour over white and natural peanut butter in lieu of a sugary topping.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

5

Cinnamon Power Pancakes

cinnamon power pancakes
Yields: 12 pancakes
Nutrition: (per pancake) 68 calories, 1.6 g fat, 0.6 g sat fat, 153 mg sodium, 7.7 g carbs, 0.5 g fiber, 0.7 g sugar, 5.4 g protein (without toppings)

The combination of cottage cheese, milk and eggs helps keep these decadent-looking pancakes low-cal, low-sugar and loaded with protein. Gotta love that! Plate and top with fruit, almond butter, chia seeds and a bit of maple syrup to add a boost of vitamins and antioxidants while taking the flavor to the next level.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

6

Gluten-Free Vegan Pancakes

gluten free vegan pancakes
Yields: 6 pancakes
Nutrition: (per pancake) 143 calories, 12.3 g fat, 2.7 g sat fat, 170 mg sodium, 5.2 g carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 4.3 g protein (without toppings, calculated using unsweetened almond milk)

If gluten bothers your belly, whip up a batch of these low-cal, wheat-free pancakes made with almond flour and ground flaxseed. They’re the perfect base for antioxidant-packed berries, maple syrup, nuts and whatever else you crave!

Get the recipe from One Ingredient Chef.

7

Whole-Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

whole wheat oatmeal pancakes
Yields: 8 pancakes
Nutrition: (per pancake) 122 calories, 1.9 g fat, 0.7 g saturated fat, 105 mg sodium, 21.5 g carbs, 1.6 g fiber, 4.6 g sugar, 4.6 g protein (calculated with raspberries)

These hearty, protein-packed pancakes are simple enough to serve as a base for tasty add-ons like almonds and fruit, but tasty enough to enjoy solo, too. The best part? Making them is really easy and the recipe doesn’t call for any hard-to-find ingredients.

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.

8

Pumpkin Pancakes

pumpkin paleo pancakes
Serves: 2
Nutrition: 236 calories, 6.3 g fat, 1.6 g saturated fat, 274 mg sodium, 32.0 g carbs, 7.6 g fiber, 21.0 g sugar, 14.4 g protein (calculated without protein powder)

A Paleo pancake that actually taste like a real pancake!? Sign us up! Thanks to the addition of canned pumpkin, these flapjacks pack more than a day’s worth of vitamin A and a solid hit of belly-filling fiber. Sure, they’re a little high in sugar, but most of it is the naturally occurring variety from the pumpkin puree and honey, so we still consider these to be waist-friendly.

Get the recipe from Running to the Kitchen.

9

Zucchini Pancakes

zucchini pancakes
Yields: 8-10 pancakes
Nutrition: (per pancake) 129 calories, 5 g fat, 2.4 g sat fat, 262 mg sodium, 16.8 g carbs, 1.1 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 4.6 g protein (without toppings)

Any recipe that sneaks greens into breakfast—a meal that traditionally lacks veggies—is a winner in our book. Think of these as zucchini bread in pancake form, without the high sugar count. Topped with blueberries, a drizzle of honey and cottage cheese for an extra hit of calcium and protein. This vitamin-filled breakfast will keep your energy high all morning long.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

10

Banana Pancakes

banana pancakes
Yields: 8-10 pancakes,
Nutrition: (per pancake) 135 calories, 4.6 g fat, 3.3 g sat fat, 101 mg sodium, 21.1 g carbs, 2.3 g fiber, 7.7 g sugar, 4.1 g protein (without toppings, calculated using whole wheat white flour and coconut oil)

Banana pancakes are one of America's tried and true favorite breakfast items—but, unfortunately, they aren’t always easy on the waistline. This slimmed-down take on the recipe calls for mashed bananas in the actual batter—not just piled on top—which helps to up the fiber count and keep these flapjacks low-cal.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

11

Strawberry Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

strawberry lemon poppyseed pancakes
Serves: 4
Nutrition: 292 calories, 5.9 g fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 406 mg sodium, 51.8 g carbs, 1.8 g fiber, 20.1 g sugar, 7.7 g protein (without toppings)

Fresh strawberries, juiced lemons and a few poppy seeds take these classic, fluffy buttermilk pancakes to a whole new level of delicious! Since these are more caloric than some of the other recipes that topped our list, be sure to go easy on the syrup so you don’t feel weighed down.

Get the recipe from Le Creme de la Crumb.