Celebrate National Pancake Day With These 8 Mouthwatering Recipes

The last thing we need is an excuse to eat pancakes. However, on National Pancake Day, March 4, it's nice to have an extra reason to indulge. The only problem? Pancakes may be delicious, but they tend to be super caloric and loaded with fat and processed carbs. Not to worry! Check out these 8 healthy pancake recipes so you can celebrate without the guilt.

March 4, 2014
Healthy Pancake Recipes
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Happy National Pancake Day!

Pancakes may as well be the dessert of breakfast foods -- topped with a bit of butter and some maple syrup, they surely satisfy a sweet tooth. The only problem? They sure can pack a calorie whallop. A classic short stack (that's three pancakes, friends) at IHOP boasts 470 calories, 15 grams of fat, 5 grams saturated fat, and 69 grams carbohydrates.

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In honor of National Pancake Day (March 4) we've gone on a hunt for healthy pancake recipes to sastisfy all your carby cravings. And with protein, fruit, and fiber thrown into the mix, these flapjacks will actually keep you full until lunchtime.

I don't want to ruin the surprise, but one of these recipes has only TWO ingredients. Yeah, get to clickin.' 

Chocolate banana pancakes
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Chocolate Banana Pancakes

From Mandy's Recipe Box

These gluten-free chocolate banana pancakes need no introduction -- chocolate and bananas, people!

Cottage Cheese Pancakes
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Cottage Cheese Pancakes

From Dramatic Pancake 

Combine pancakes and cottage cheese and something magical takes place: tender cakes with a healthy dose of protein.

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2 Ingredient Pancakes
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2 Ingredient Pancakes

From Top With Cinnamon

The basic batter for these gluten, grain, and dairy-free pancakes is simply banana and eggs. The rest, well, that's up to you. 

 

Double Chocolate Brownie Batter Pancakes
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Double Chocolate Brownie Batter Pancakes

From Chocolate-Covered Katie

There are only 130 calories in this entire recipe. I repeat: ONE HUNDRED THIRTY CALORIES. ?Hello, new best friend. 

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Quinoa Almond Pancakes
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Quinoa Almond Pancakes

From Jeanette's Healthy Living

Perfect when you’re craving comfort food but want something a little bit healthier.

 

Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Pancakes
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Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Pancakes

From How Sweet It Is

I don't think I've ever seen such a perfectly stacked dozen pancakes in my life. Then again, not too many people stack a dozen pancakes for consumption all at once. 

 

Banana Split Pancakes
8/9 Chocolate-Covered Katie
Banana Split Pancakes

From Chocolate-Covered Katie

From the photo, I'll admit these pancakes don't look all that healthy. But get this: at 190 calories this decadent stack is a breakfast-recipe repeat waiting to happen. 

Vegan Carrot Coconut Pancakes
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Vegan Carrot Coconut Pancakes

From Minimalist Baker

This husband and wife team, John and Dana, put it best:

"Carrot cake = perfection
Coconut cake = the bees knees
Carrot + coconut pancakes = pancake heaven."

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