Have you ever eaten an entire plate of pancakes and then not felt so great? I can relate. And that’s exactly the inspiration that led to the creation of this recipe. These easy Greek yogurt pancakes are fluffy and delicious and leave you feeling great after eating as well. And with only 4 ingredients, it’s the easiest pancake recipe you can make. Whole grains, whole ingredients, and a whole lot of flavor that your entire family will love.
How to Make Greek Yogurt Pancakes (easily!)
Pancakes around here are a family favorite, but traditional pancakes are made with lots of refined carbohydrates which can leave you feeling bloated and sluggish while sending blood sugar soaring. Instead, this super easy four ingredient Greek yogurt pancake recipe is made with only whole grains and lean proteins from the added eggs and Greek yogurt. It cooks up in minutes and leaves you feel satisfied and comfortable.
The best Greek yogurt pancake recipe for diabetes management
Breakfast is an incredibly important meal for everyone, but if you have diabetes you know that eating a balanced breakfast is essential to keeping blood sugar levels in check the rest of the day. But mornings can also be incredibly stressful….running around with the kids, work, school…you name it. Which is why it can be so easy to just grab ‘something’ on the go, but usually that ‘something’ doesn’t fuel your body in the way you need. And that’s why I created these easy whole grain pancakes. You can still have a nutritious breakfast without having to create a fancy meal or something that is super complicated. And you can make them in advance and keep them in the refrigerator or freezer for an even faster option whenever you want.
Once you make this Greek yogurt pancake recipe, you will never go back to the traditional recipe again. They are that good!
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4 Ingredients for the Perfect Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Greek Yogurt – The superstar ingredient in this whole grain pancake recipe. Swapping Greek yogurt in replacement for added fat or sugar can be a great way to maintain the texture of the recipe with less saturated fat, fewer calories, and no added sugar.
Egg – Egg provides the texture to the recipe while also providing a good source of protein and all essential amino acids
Water – A small amount of water adds moisture to the recipe and makes the batter just the right consistency for pouring onto the pan.
Baking soda- Baking soda provides a leveling agent to the pancakes so they rise just enough to give them the light, fluffy texture we all love.
Whole wheat pastry flour – This flour provides a soft, light texture made from whole grains serving as a higher fiber alternative to refined flour options.
Dark chocolate chips – these are optional, but come on who doesn’t love a little chocolate! If you are looking for a healthier chocolate, check out Lily’s. They have tons of chocolate that is non-gmo and less processed than other brands including very low sugar options which are perfect for making chocolate chip pancakes while staying within your carbohydrate goals.
What Are The Health Benefits of Whole Wheat Pastry Flour?
Whole wheat pastry flour (aka cake flour) is a lower protein flour that gives you baking results similar to all purpose flour.
The difference between whole wheat flour and whole wheat pastry flour is that they are milled from different wheats. All purpose is also much more refined and processed.
Whole wheat pastry flour is full of health benefits although it is lower in protein. It has much more fiber and a lower glycemic index when compared to all purpose. Fiber supports healthy digestion and including whole grains in your diet has been shown to reduce risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and chronic inflammation.
It also has less gluten than other flours, which may benefit individuals with a gluten sensitivity.
Can You Swap Our Whole Wheat Pastry Flour for Something Else?
Yes, but just remember the nutritional values will not be the same. You can swap pastry flour for a half and half mix of all purpose and whole wheat, but keep in mind this combination won’t have quite as much fiber and may cause blood sugar levels to rise faster.
Nutritious Toppings for Greek Yogurt Pancakes
These pancakes can be jazzed up with different toppings, so breakfast never has to be boring again!
- Top with berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
- Drizzle with nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter)
- Apple Butter
- Toasted Coconut
- Other Fruit (peaches, pineapple, or even baked apple)
What is the healthiest pancake syrup to use?
To be honest, these pancakes are so good they really don’t need the syrup (especially if you are adding chocolate chips). But if you do want to add a bit, opt for pure organic maple syrup as the best option. While it is super sweet, you don’t need much and it has a glycemic index around 54. To give you an idea, table sugar has a GI of 65 and a fully ripened banana has a GI of 62.
I can’t wait to see what you think about these healthy greek yogurt pancakes. I posted this on Instagram for National Pancake Day and everyone loved them!
Other Healthy Breakfast Recipes You Will Love:
- Banana Breakfast Cookies with Chocolate Chips + Protein!
- Raspberry Yogurt Breakfast Cookies
- Cheesy Flatout Breakfast Quesadilla
- Veggie Egg Muffins for Breakfast On the Go!
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Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes
- A couple of mixing bowls
- A pan
- 3/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 TBS water
- 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips optional
- Whisk your yogurt until it’s smooth and then add egg.
- Beat mixture until fully mixed with no lumps.
- In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients then add into yogurt mixture to form the dough.
- Add water as necessary to thin batter slightly.
- Spoon into a pan (over medium heat) to cook.