How to Make Your Pancakes Healthier

By: Bob's Red Mill | November 27 2019

Whether you use pancake mix or make your batter from scratch, if you’re looking for a healthy pancake recipe that doesn’t sacrifice on flavor, you’ve come to the right spot!

As it turns out, the healthiest pancake recipes can also be the most delicious! With a few simple swaps and an attention to nutrient-dense mixes, pancakes can become part of your morning wellness routine. 

Put on a pot of coffee, heat the maple syrup and let’s take a deeper dive into how to make healthy pancakes

Healthy Ingredient Swaps for Pancakes 

Most pancakes are made from the same staple ingredients, so it’s super easy to make healthy swaps! Here are some classic swaps for nutritious pancakes. 


If you’re used to using traditional dairy milk, get creative with coconut milk or almond milk instead. Not only will these alternative kinds of milk add a boost of dairy-free nutrition, but they’ll fill your pancakes with flavor, too!


Try using coconut oil in your batter in place of butter. This trick for how to make healthy pancakes adds good fats and a hint of tropical flavor!


If you’re following a vegan diet or staying away from eggs, try using flax eggs or egg replacer instead.


Opt for real maple syrup or create your berry syrup with fresh berries and honey on the stovetop. 


Stick to whole ingredients for your toppings, like fresh blueberries and raspberries, unsweetened coconut shreds, nut butters and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg.


Add wholesome ingredients like chia seeds or pumpkin seeds to your batter. These will give your pancakes some texture and ensure that they’re chock full of goodness!


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Flours are the base of all pancakes. At Bob’s Red Mill, we’ve fine-tuned our pancake making skills with a variety of hearty, wholesome, organic pancake mixes

Protein Pancake & Waffle Mix

Our Protein Pancake & Waffle Mix is a protein-packed pancake mix that’s easy to use. It features a hearty 15 grams of protein per serving and is made with our own stone-ground whole wheat pastry flour, whey and pea proteins, and sweet cream buttermilk. For one of the healthiest pancake recipes out there, just use this mix and add water. It’s the perfect recipe for a satisfying breakfast or snack that will fuel you up and keep you energized. Follow our Protein Pancake & Waffle Mix Preparation Instructions then decorate your flapjacks however you please. We think they taste pretty good with a spread of almond butter and a drizzle of raw honey. A handful of fresh blueberries seal the deal and add a hint of sweetness. You can also try this recipe for Semi Homemade High Protein Pancakes from Dani of Clean & Delicious. She uses this mix alongside water and fresh berries to create a simple, yet delightful, pancake!

Paleo Pancake & Waffle Mix 

If you’re wondering how to make healthy pancakes using paleo products, you’re in luck! Our Paleo Pancake & Waffle Mix is a gluten free, grain free mix that’s delicious, nutritious and easy to use.

It features nourishing almond flour, coconut flour, simple root starches, organic coconut sugar and baking soda. All you need to whip up a versatile batter for a healthy pancake recipe is eggs, water and coconut oil. You’ll get delicious tender, fluffy, golden, grain free pancakes with a fantastic texture and flavor. Serve them with a bit of grass-fed butter and pure maple syrup for a wholesome and easy breakfast. Real Food with Jessica uses this mix for her incredible Paleo Cinnamon Roll Pancakes! These gluten free, dairy free pancakes call for a cinnamon mix to make them their signature crispy texture and slightly sweet flavor. Pair these cinnamon pancakes with a warm latte for a special weekend brunch. 

Gluten Free Pancake Mix 

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Our Gluten Free Pancake mix makes light and fluffy flapjacks! It’s made with a unique blend of gluten free ingredients, including whole grain stone ground sorghum flour and brown rice flour. We’ve refreshed this classic pancake mix with a brand new recipe formula based on feedback from our loyal customers. For healthy pancake mix recipes that are fluffier, lighter and more delicious than ever before, use this magical mix! Just add milk, butter or oil and eggs. Whisk, cook, flip and eat! You can add fresh berries, chocolate chips or special spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Try this recipe for Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes from Jenuine Home, which is naturally dairy free and soy free. Jennie uses our mix to make her golden and fluffy pancakes. As she mentions, for those with smaller families, this recipe makes it easy to cook a bunch of pancakes all at the same time to meal prep and refrigerate or freeze for breakfasts later in the week.

We also love this recipe for Honey Oat Granola Pancakes that was developed in partnership with Pacific Foods and is perfect for a gluten free pancake brunch or post workout treat. It’s made with just five ingredients, including our Gluten Free Pancake Mix, almond milk, eggs, oil and Gluten Free Honey Oat Granola. Our pancake mix makes these flapjacks light and fluffy and is made with a unique blend of gluten free ingredients like whole grain stone ground sorghum flour and brown rice flour. The granola is a high-fiber whole grain cereal made with gluten free old-fashioned oats and is an ideal addition for this healthy pancake recipe. Not only are these pancakes packed with wholesome goodness, but they’re also completely delicious! Pair them with a spread of your favorite nut butter and a mug of hot tea.

Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix

Bob’s Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix is our most popular pancake mix. It features our stone ground whole wheat pastry flour, buttermilk powder and baking powder and is perfect for buttermilk pancakes. It’s an excellent source of dietary fiber and a good source of calcium and iron. With this mix, making healthy pancakes you feel good about eating is easier than ever. Simply combine our mix with an egg, oil or butter and milk. After you’ve poured the batter and flipped your pancakes, top your treat with anything from whipped cream to sour cream. Follow these Basic Instructions for Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix, which are listed on the back of the package. This pancake mix is perfect for a lazy Sunday morning or a quick weekday meal with the kids. 

7 Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix

Our 7 Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix is another customer favorite to use in the healthiest pancake recipes. This wholesome mix features our fantastic multi-grain organic flour blend, which includes whole-grain wheat, rye, spelt, corn, oat, Kamut®, quinoa and brown rice flours, and flaxseed meal for an extra boost of nutrition. Not only will this mix brighten your morning, but it will pack your day with fiber, protein, iron, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. For an extra fancy start to the day, top this healthy pancake recipe with a spread of almond butter, a drizzle of berry syrup and a sprinkle of slivered almonds. 

Buckwheat Pancake & Waffle Mix

If you’re wondering how to make healthy pancakes, look no further than our Buckwheat Pancake & Waffle Mix! This irresistible mix is made with organic whole grain buckwheat flour, organic stone-ground whole wheat pastry flour and a touch of cane sugar. You can use it for a big batch of traditional buckwheat pancakes or try your hand at blinis, the classic mini buckwheat pancake. Go savory and serve your buckwheat beauties with bacon and a fried egg, or go indulgent with chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Here are the Basic Preparation Instructions for Buckwheat Pancake and Waffle Mix, which you’ll find on the back of the bag.

10 Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix

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Our 10 Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix makes fluffy pancakes packed with whole-grain flavor and nutrition. The base of this mix is our 10 grain flour blend, made with stone-ground whole wheat flour, whole grain corn flour, rye flour, triticale flour, oat flour, millet flour, barley flour, brown rice flour, soy flour, flaxseed meal and baking soda. When you use this healthy pancake mix, recipes will be packed with dietary fiber, protein, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. The delectable flavor of this mix works well with simple butter and maple syrup, and it also tastes great with fresh fruit or chocolate chips. Follow the 10 Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix Instructions printed on the label of this mix for an exciting morning meal that doesn’t require too much time in the kitchen. During the fall season, this healthy pancake recipe tastes wonderful with baked apples, cinnamon and some chopped nuts or granola. 

Have any tips and tricks of your own for how to make healthy pancakes? Perhaps a beloved healthy pancake recipe or two? Feel free to share them with us in the comments below!

At Bob’s Red Mill, we’re always inspired by our community of pancake-loving enthusiasts. Whether you’re a sweet or savory type, we hope this article has inspired you to believe in the power of wholesome pancakes!

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