Excitement (and pancakes) will be in the air with Shrove Tuesday around the corner, and if you are on a diet, there's no reason why you can't get stuck into some delicious pancakes. Sure they may not be loaded with gallons of maple syrup or covered in sugar, but they can certainly taste just as good - and be healthy!
Today, we're going to share some pancake recipes that are perfect for any dieters, fitness freaks and healthy living enthusiasts. So sit back, grab your healthy snack and read our guide so you can be fully prepared for Pancake Day.
Pancake Day Essentials
Now you can't make pancakes if you haven't got the essentials - just imagine the frustration of having no flour or eggs on the day. So before we get stuck into some tasty recipes, make sure you've got all these pancake making essentials:
- A non-stick pan
- Cooking oil
- Milk (any plant based alternatives work)
- Eggs (bananas make a great replacement for eggs)
- A whisk and two mixing bowls OR a blender
- A spatula to flip those pancakes
Those are all the ingredients you'll need to make a simple pancake batter but of course you can add other ingredients to your batter such as bananas, oats, superfood powders and more. You'll need to stock up on your favourite toppings too with things like agave syrup, peanut butter, fruits, nuts, or even some dark chocolate as a cheeky treat.
Now with your essentials covered, let's get stuck into some great tasting recipes.
Traditional Pancakes With a Twist
Nothing beats a traditional pancake, but we're taking it up a level to load it with some healthy ingredients from Naturya. We'll be using their chia seeds which are high in fibre, healthy fats like omega-3 and antioxidants, and also their Breakfast Boost Superberries which is a perfect nutritious mixture of delicious seeds and berries to provide some natural sweetness. These will be thinner pancakes, almost like a crepe rather the American style fluffy pancakes.
This recipe will yield around 10-12 pancakes, so adjust the measurements accordingly. Here are all the ingredients you're going to need:
- 100g plain flour
- 2 large eggs or 2 ripe bananas
- 250ml milk of your choice (if you're going plant based, we find oat milk works best)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cooking oil of your choice
- 2 tablespoons Naturya Chia Seeds
- Toppings: Agave syrup and 20g Naturya Breakfast Boost Superberries
- In one medium bowl, add your dry ingredients: sift in the plain flour and mix together with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients and whisk them together: the eggs, milk and vanilla extract. If you're using ripe bananas as an egg replacement, simply mash them up then add in your milk and vanilla extract.
- Pour the wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and mix them together until you form a smooth batter. At this stage, you can add in some chocolate chips if you'd like to.
- Heat your non-stick pan on a medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil to coat your pan. Once the pan is hot, add enough batter to coat the base of your pan.
- The pancakes usually need 2-3 minutes per side to cook. You can check when it's ready to flip by gently lifting the underside of the pancake with a spatula, it should be a nice golden brown colour. Once it's ready give it a flip and cook for a further 1-2 minutes until the pancake is golden brown on both sides. Repeat this process using the rest of your batter.
- Plate up your pancakes and top them with whatever you like. We're keeping it healthy so a great option is something like a dash of agave syrup and 15g of Naturya's Breakfast Boost Superberries which is made with a delicious blend of seeds and berries that are packed with nutrition.
- Here's our favourite part of the method - get stuck in and scoff down those pancakes.
Protein Rich Pancakes
If there's ever a healthy pancake to try, this is the one. We're going all out Naturya with this one to make protein rich pancakes that are packed with nutrition. We'll be using the Naturya Super Protein Acai Strawberry which contains organic hemp protein powder and has been flavoured with organic coconut sugar, organic strawberry powder and organic açai powder so it has a delicious fruity taste. We'll also be using Naturya's Maca Powder which has a slightly butterscotch like taste and is known to help increase energy levels which is vital for those tough workouts.
This recipe is going to be great for gluten-free diets too because we won't be using any flour, and instead will be using gluten-free oats.
We're going to use a blender for this recipe so we can combine everything quickly and easily, but if you don't have a blender the follow the process of using one bowl for dry ingredients, one bowl for wet ingredients, then mix to make your batter. This will serve around 8-10 pancakes so adjust your measurements accordingly. Here's a list of everything we're going to use for this recipe:
- 2 eggs or 2 ripe bananas
- 60g gluten free oats
- 50ml milk of your choice (we like to use unsweetened almond milk)
- 10g Naturya Maca Powder
- 30g Naturya Super Protein Acai Strawberry
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cooking oil of your choice
- Toppings: Agave syrup, a dash of cinnamon and 30g mixed berries or any other fresh fruit
- It's as easy as it gets with this recipe, add everything into your blender except your toppings. Blend until you have a smooth and slightly thick batter. These pancakes will be slighter thicker than normal.
- Heat your non-stick pan on a medium heat and a tablespoon of cooking oil. Whilst your pan heats up, you can cut up your favourite berries so they're ready to use when topping.
- Once your pan is hot and ready to use, spoon 3 tablespoons of the mixture onto your pan. If you want larger sized pancakes then use 5 tablespoons instead.
- Let the pancake sit and look out for the surface bubbles to form, check the underside of the pancake. Once it's cooked on one side, flip the pancake to cook the other side. Give it 2-3 minutes per side to cook.
- Plate those gorgeous pancakes up and get topping with some agave syrup, a dash of cinnamon and the berries you prepared earlier. And finally, enjoy.
Healthy(ish) Chocolate Pancakes
We've saved our favourite pancake recipe till the end and whilst we've kept it as healthy as possible, we think everyone deserves a cheeky treat now and again and what's better than rich, chocolatey pancakes. We're using Naturya's Cacao Powder in this recipe because it will give your pancakes that moreish chocolatey flavour that we all love, without any added sugar or any other additives. Plus cacao powder has been linked to health benefits such as reducing blood pressure, improving brain function, support with weight control and much more.
We'll be adding bananas to this recipe for some added flavour that complements chocolate really well, and topping the pancakes with a selection of berries and a drizzle of melted dark chocolate. Here's what you'll need to make these healthy pancakes:
- 2 eggs
- 2 bananas
- 60g oats (gluten-free oats work too)
- 2 tablespoons Naturya Cacao Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Cooking oil of your choice
- Toppings: 30g mixed berries and 30g dark chocolate (we're going to use Montezuma 74% Dark Chocolate Giant Buttons)
- In a medium bowl, mash up 2 bananas and then add and whisk in 2 eggs. You should have a gooey texture.
- Next, add in your dry ingredients: oats, cacao powder and baking powder. Give this a good mix until you're left with a thick, dark brown batter.
- Prepare a bowl of your favourite berries, you can either leave them whole or chop them up. Get a microwave safe bowl and add your dark chocolate. Heat it for 20-30 seconds at a time and give it stir until you're happy with the consistency. It should ideally be runny so you can drizzle it over your pancakes.
- Heat a non-stick on a medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of your desired cooking oil.
- Once your pan is hot, it's ready to use so add 3 tablespoons of your batter to the pan. For a larger pancake use 5 tablespoons. Allow the pancake to cook for around 2-3 minutes per side. Look out for bubbles rising to the surface, when you see those give the pancake a flip.
- Plate your pancakes up, drizzle your dark chocolate and top with your selection of mixed berries.
Pancakes Made Healthy
So there you have 3 delicious recipes to make tasty pancakes this Pancake Day (or any other day you're craving pancakes too!). It's easy to stay healthy, just avoid coating your pancakes in rich syrups and sauces, avoid the sugar and get your sweet fix from healthier sources like fruit, cacao powder and dark chocolate. Naturya have a fantastic range of powders that you can experiment with to make delicious pancakes that are filled with nutrition and goodness. Just make sure you've stocked up on your pancake essentials so there's no disappointment on the day.