Nix the Bisquick for banana, coconut, pumpkin, and more diet-friendly pancakes worth getting out of bed for—even if you've gone Paleo!
Rethink Your 'Cakes
1 of 11All photos
The breakfast menu is a landmine of diet downfalls: pastries, French toast, and, the most mouth-watering, off-limits one of all, pancakes. You've probably been painfully ignoring the short-stack drizzled in butter, syrup, and other delicous-yet-frowned-upon toppings for years. It's time to stop denying yourself. These 10 healthy and creative recipes are putting pancakes back on the approved list.
Photo: Corbis Images
Almond Flour Pancakes
2 of 11All photos
Paleo may mean giving up grains, but not pancakes! These pancakes from Primal Palate are made from almond flour, eggs, and a handful of spices—your basic 'cake, no muss, all flavor.
Photo: Primal Palate
Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
3 of 11All photos
Who says healthy pancakes can't taste good too? Made with whole wheat flour, ripe banana, and Greek yogurt, these 'cakes from Sally's Baking Addiction are easy to make and a treat for your morning taste buds.
Photo: Sally's Baking Addiction
Coconut Flour Pancakes
4 of 11All photos
Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes
5 of 11All photos
Leftover quinoa in the fridge? Add it to your Saturday morning breakfast with this lemon blueberry quinoa pancake recipe from Ambitious Kitchen. These 'cakes will not only serve as a complete source of protein, but also satisfy your sweet tooth.
Photo: Ambitious Kitchen
Sweet Potato Pancakes
6 of 11All photos
Full of vitamin A, fiber, and potassium, sweet potatoes add a healthy punch to any recipe—including your morning pancakes, thanks to this recipe from Canada Girl Eats Paleo. Her pancakes are not only packed with protein but are gluten-free too (they're made with coconut flour).
Photo: Canada Girl Goes Paleo
Cinnamon Roll Protein Pancakes
7 of 11All photos
Drop that morning pastry! These cinnamon roll pancakes from The Slender Student will satisfy your sweet tooth with healthier sweeteners like cinnamon and vanilla extract. And with almost 40 grams of protein, they'll give your body the fuel it needs to get through the day without the sugar crash. (Get more healthy breakfast ideas: 8 Authentic Breakfast Recipes from Around the World.)
Photo: The Slender Student
8 of 11All photos
Add a taste of fall to your morning with these delicious (and healthy!) pancakes from Love & Lemons. These cakes are light, fluffy, and moist—words not often associated with gluten-free breakfasts.
Photo: Love & Lemons
Peanut Butter Flaxseed Pancakes
9 of 11All photos
Peanut butter is not just for your toast anymore. This totally vegan recipe from Minimalist Baker is made with oat flour, which boasts 80 fewer calories and 20 fewer grams carbohydrates than the same amount of whole wheat flour. And if you're more of an almond butter gal, go ahead and switch it out (we'll be drooling either way).
Photo: Minimalist Baker
Spinach Oatmeal Pancakes
10 of 11All photos
Fitting in your daily servings of veggies just got easier with this spinach-packed pancake from Whole New Start. With only four ingredients, this nutrient-dense recipe provides a good mix of carbs, protein, and fiber. Plus, the vibrant color of these babies adds some excitement to your breakfast table!
Photo: Whole New Start
11 of 11All photos
Sweeten up your traditional pancake recipe with a giant apple pancake from Deliciously Organic. Not only is this cake grain- and gluten-free, the fact that it's baked in the oven puts a spin on the original pancake flip. (Want more a.m. meal ideas? Get inspired with 15 Brilliant Brunch Recipes for Your Best Weekend Ever.)
Photo: Deliciously Organic