breakfast pancakes/waffles/french toast round-up

The Ultimate Healthy Pancake Recipe Round-Up

March 4, 2019

The ultimate healthy pancake recipe round-up so you can have your favorite sweet brunch full of nutritious ingredients. Stack em’ high with this delicious round-up of 40 healthy pancake recipes from The Healthy Maven and around the web.

Forget Valentines Day, forget Fashion Week (already done), February is Pancake Month! Right? February is stacking up to be a seriously good month. In honor of this glorious holiday, I propose we celebrate with pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Concerned you might get sick of pancakes? No such thing! Thanks to pancake revolutionaries like Aunt Jamima and the founders of IHOP, pancakes are super versatile, you could go a whole month without repeating a flavor. Customize your next batch to your liking, by using any flour, milk and toppings of your choice! So whether chocolate chips are your thing, or you like to get a little bit crazier by adding spinach into the mix, it’s time to batter up and chat all things pancakes.

Simple Pancake Ingredients

Before we get into some of the best healthy pancake recipes on the web, I did want to share an easy healthy pancake recipe that you can customize yourself.

  • flour – all-purpose, whole wheat or oat flour all work!
  • baking powder – to help your pancakes rise.
  • salt – to bring all of the flavors together.
  • non-dairy mik – almond, coconut and oat milk all work great!
  • maple syrup – for a hint of sweetness.
  • egg – to help bind the wet and dry ingredients together.
  • vanilla extract – the perfect flavor base for this recipe!

Feel free to get crazy with the add-ins or toppings but you can always keep it simple and just drizzle a little maple syrup.

How to Meal Prep Pancakes

One of the best things about pancakes is how great they are for meal prep! You can make a batch on the weekend for brunch and save leftovers for healthy breakfasts all week long.

Store leftover pancakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for longer. When you’re ready to enjoy, pop them in a toaster or microwave to reheat.


Easy Healthy Pancake Recipe

This easy healthy pancake recipe is my go-to recipe. Use ingredients you have on hand to make the pancakes and then get creative with the toppings. 


  • 1 1/2 cups flour (regular, whole wheat, oat flour – just no coconut flour!)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, oat all work great)
  • 12 tbsp maple syrup (for sweetness)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of add-ins of choice (chocolate chips, blueberries, nuts etc…)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well-combined. Add more milk if batter is too thick.
  2. Heat up a skillet and add butter or coconut oil.
  3. Pour 1/3 cup of batter into skillet and let cook for about 3 minutes or until all air bubbles have popped.
  4. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes until cooked all the way through. Enjoy!


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The Best Pancake Recipes on the Web

01. Apple Chai Pancakes

These Apple Chai Pancakes combine two of my favorite fall flavors: apples and chai! They’re hearty, filling and a fun twist on classic pancakes. Easily made gluten-free if desired!

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02. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Add some spice to your regular ole’ breakfasts with these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes. They’re made with real pumpkin and sweetened with just a touch of maple syrup. You will fall head over heels for these fluffy and spicy and pancakes!

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03. Whole Wheat Pancakes

Have you ever wondered how to make whole wheat pancakes? This whole wheat pancake recipe is packed full of whole grains with dairy-free or dairy-full options for a healthier twist on traditional pancakes.

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04. Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

Spring into action with these Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes! A pancake recipe made with wholesome ingredients including oat flour, poppyseeds and maple syrup that will make you feel great about your next brunch.

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05. The Fluffiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Oatmeal meets pancakes with The Fluffiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes. These pancakes are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and high in protein but are the most delicious, fluffiest pancakes you will ever eat. They will quickly become a weekend brunch recipe staple!

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06. Banana Oatmeal Blender Pancakes

Weekend breakfasts just got so much easier with these Banana Oatmeal Pancakes! Just throw all the ingredients into your blender and then cook on a skillet for delicious and healthy pancakes that taste just like banana bread!

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07. Customizable Protein Pancakes

Kick your mornings off with an extra dose of protein with these healthy and customizable protein pancakes. I’ve got the base and you’ve got the creativity to make these pancakes exactly how you like them!

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08. Paleo Coconut Flour Pancakes

These Paleo Coconut Flour Pancakes from Fit Foodie Finds are the best you’ll ever make! They’re made with just 4 main ingredients and a little coconut oil making them grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar free. A recipe for coconut pancakes that the kids will also enjoy.

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09. Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes

Does this recipe need an introduction? I can't wait to try this recipe from Minimalist Baker for the ultimate treat!

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10. Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate Pancakes

These delicious hot chocolate pancakes are fluffy like classic pancakes and topped with my deceptively milk-free salted dulce de leche.

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11. Paleo Mocha Almond Pancakes

Another paleo pancake recipe for you! Made with almond flour and coffee, it's a delicious recipe to start your day with.

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12. Red White & Blueberry Pancakes

How fun are these? I love these red, white and blue pancakes and can see myself making these for kids some day to celebrate popular holidays.

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13. Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes

Make your mornings a little sweeter with these fluffy Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes. They’re healthy and gluten-free with the added bonus of sweet potato!

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14. Gluten Free Baked Swedish Pancakes

An easy way to make gluten free Swedish pancakes from Cotter Crunch! All you have to do is blend ingredients, pour, bake, flip, and bake again!This recipe allows you to make more pancakes at once with little mess.

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15. Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes with Wild Blueberry Syrup

Amazing coconut flour pancakes from Ambitious Kitchen served with an optional fresh wild blueberry maple syrup! These easy, banana coconut flour pancakes are delicious, paleo, dairy free, gluten free and made without baking powder!

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16. Old Fashioned Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

These old fashioned pancakes from Pinch of Yum are fluffy and satisfying, stuffed with apples and dusted with sugar.

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17. Lemon Poppy Seed Oat Pancakes

These lemon poppy seed pancakes from A Couple Cooks are a breakfast winner! They’re gluten free oatmeal pancakes using oat flour, which makes them hearty and filling.

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18. Super Simple Vegan Pancakes

This basic pancake recipe from Cookie + Kate is easy, healthy and vegan, to boot!

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19. Vegan Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Cinnamon rolls meet pancakes in this delicious recipe from Minimalist Baker. They're perfect for a fun brunch treat or an everyday breakfast.

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20. Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

Start your day off right with these grain-free, pumpkin-packed, and oh so scrumptious Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes from Fit Foodie Finds. These festive pancakes will spruce up your Fall breakfasts all season long. Whip up a batch today!

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21. Chocolate Chip Pancake Bread

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip pancake bread from Cotter Crunch. This pancake “quick bread” is super easy to make with minimal ingredients. Pancake mix, nuts, chocolate chips, greek yogurt, and eggs! Delicious, healthy, and great for desserts, breakfast, or snacking on the go!

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22. Microwave Peanut Protein Pancakes

These protein pancakes from Food Faith Fitness are made in the microwave so you can have them on busy mornings! They’re only 210 calories, 25 g of protein and are so healthy and tasty!

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23. Chocolate Chip Banana Cottage Cheese Protein Pancakes

These cottage cheese pancakes from Eating Bird Food are sweetened with banana and studded with chocolate chips. They’re absolutely delicious and packed with protein that will help to keep you full all morning long!

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24. Extra Fluffy Blueberry Almond Pancakes

These almond blueberry pancakes from Sweet Peas and Saffron are extra fluffy thanks to greek yogurt, and make for a healthier pancake choice.

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25. St. Patty’s Day Green Pancakes with Hidden Veggies

Looking for a healthy and fun breakfast idea? These Spinach Pancakes from Lexi's Clean Kitchen are kid-approved and so delicious! They’re made healthier using gluten-free flours, but nobody will know it! They’re fluffy and cook up perfectly!

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26. Superfood Chocolate Quinoa Pancakes

These pancakes from Simply Quinoa are made with quinoa flour and loaded with chocolate! The ultimate treat to start your morning with.

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27. Healthy Carrot Cake Pancakes

These Healthy Carrot Cake Pancakes from All The Healthy Things have all the delicious flavor of carrot cake in the form of a fluffy and easy to make pancake! They’re made with a few simple real food ingredients like, fresh carrots and oatmeal, and come together right in the blender. These delicious pancakes are perfect for a quick, healthy, and filling breakfast that everyone will enjoy!

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28. Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pancakes

This pancake recipe from Gimme Some Oven combines two of my favorite flavors: peanut butter and chocolate. Can't wait to lather my pancakes in melted peanut butter!

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29. Healthy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Jazz up your breakfast game with these delicious Healthy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes from Fit Foodie Finds! Made with 10 simple ingredients and flavored-packed with ricotta cheese and lemon zest, these healthy pancakes can’t be beat!

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30. Fluffy Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread Pancakes

These healthy zucchini pancakes from Ambitious Kitchen are dairy free, naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and taste just like a slice of your favorite classic zucchini bread. Add chocolate chips or pecans if you’d like!

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31. Egg Foo Young Pancakes

My gluten-free Egg Foo Young recipe is a fantastic portable savory Whole30- and keto-friendly meal that can be eaten with your hands and made with leftover meat and veggies!

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32. Green Smoothie Pancakes

These green smoothie pancakes from Nosh and Nourish and a popular breakfast in Kelly's home! They've stood the test of time and are loved by all members of the family.

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33. Vegan Cinnamon Oatmeal Quinoa Pancakes

These healthy oatmeal quinoa pancakes from Simply Quinoa are flavored with lots of cinnamon and are hearty and filing. They're also vegan and gluten-free too!

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34. Gingerbread Apple Pancakes

Whole-grain Gingerbread apple pancakes from Healthy Seasonal Pancakes for the holiday season. Perfect for when you have house guests or any leisurely Saturday or Sunday morning. They are plate-licking good.

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35. Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes

These coconut flour pancakes from Girl vs. Dough are what breakfast dreams are made of. Just a few simple ingredients come together to make fluffy and tender gluten free pancakes perfect for any morning of the week.

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36. Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

These Healthy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes from All The Healthy Things are made with a few simple real food ingredients and come together right in the blender with minimal effort. Made with whole grain oats and naturally sweetened, these delicious pancakes are perfect for a quick, healthy, and filling breakfast that everyone will love.

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37. Blueberry Protein Pancakes

This easy blueberry protein pancakes recipe from Fit Foodie Finds is made with 100% whole grains, your favorite protein powder, mashed banana, and blueberries! You’ll never use another protein powder pancakes recipe again.

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38. Almond Flour Pancakes

These almond flour pancakes from Eating Bird Food are perfectly fluffy, naturally gluten-free and so easy to make. Stack them up and top with maple syrup and fresh berries for a delicious breakfast the whole fam will love!

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39. Sweet Potato Pancakes

These pancakes from Meiko and the Dish are deliciously pillowy and packed with warm spices. And it doesn’t hurt to spread a little love (otherwise known as butter and caramelized rum glaze) in between each hearty sweet potato pancake layer.

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40. Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

These fluffy quinoa pancakes from Ambitious Kitchen are bursting with juicy blueberries and lemon flavor! These delicious, healthy quinoa pancakes are easy to make and pack plenty of fiber and protein thanks to quinoa. You’ll love these beautiful pancakes with a drizzle of maple syrup.

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  • Reply
    September 27, 2020 at 5:15 am

    Ahh thank you for consisting of my deep dish pancake in the AH-MAZING roundup! Oh my goodness I am so placing your fluffy chocolate chip pancakes on my to-make listing. I will try to make it my home. Again Thanks.

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    Anne Clark
    March 9, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    This is such an awesome list! My husband loves pancakes, but they are super unhealthy for him. I can’t wait to try out some of these on him. I think he will really like the chocolate pancakes 🙂

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    Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen
    February 3, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Ahh thank you for including my deep dish pancake in the AH-MAZING roundup! Oh my goodness I am so putting your fluffy chocolate chip pancakes on my to-make list! Perfect for cozy Sunday mornings :))

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 4, 2016 at 8:02 am

      They are our go-to for Sunday morning pancakes! Couldn’t not have you on the list 😉 Your pancakes like amaaaaaazing!

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    Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
    January 31, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Oh heeeeey, it’s me again 🙂 Checking back in to let you know I made your Oatmeal Chocolate Chip pancakes for bfast today and they totally lived up to their name – the fluffiest by far! Great recipe girl!!

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