These whole grain blueberry pancakes have NO ADDED SUGAR! They are a simple mixture of whole wheat flour, oats, mashed banana, milk, eggs and spices. Perfect to whip up for a healthy weekend brunch.
When’s the last time you baked something from scratch?
I’m not going to lie, baking isn’t really my thing but pancakes sure are! It’s really common to buy a pancake mix in a box and just add in water or milk. But let me tell you a little secret– the ingredients in the box are things you already have in your cupboard.
That’s right, most pancake mixes have flour, sugar and baking soda and you just add some water or milk to quickly whip up a yummy breakfast.
But here’s the nice part… you don’t need to buy a boxed mix with the sugar and the refined flours. Instead, you can make your own healthy whole wheat version at home!
What makes these pancakes healthy?
It’s hard to put the words “pancakes” and “healthy” into the same sentence. Considering pancakes are usually covered in butter and syrup, they aren’t really thought of as a health food.
That said, this recipe has some really good for you ingredients, like whole wheat flour, oats, bananas, milk, eggs and blueberries [Read more about the benefits of blueberries here]. Without all the added toppings, these pancakes make a well-rounded breakfast that has healthy carbs, protein and healthy fats. Not to mention that the blueberries are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
In other words, these are pancakes that you can feel good about eating and will give you long lasting energy. And did I mention…
They have no added sugar
Pancakes taste better when they have some sweetness, but no one wants to start their morning with tons of added sugar. With this recipe, you don’t have to!
By mashing a banana into the batter, you end up with a filling pancake that has just a touch of sweetness without any sugar.
The banana and blueberries make these pancakes deliciously sweet, hearty, and healthy. They are great before or after a morning workout!
Can you make substitutions?
One reader recently reached out and asked if she could use a different type of nut in the pancake because she didn’t have any pecans on hand. The answer is absolutely. The fruit and nuts are completely swappable.
If you prefer frozen strawberries, throw those in with the blueberries or swap out the blueberries completely for whatever fruit you like. And if there’s a spice you love, like ginger or lemon zest, definitely throw it in!
Any nuts or seeds make a great addition to the batter as well. The only thing you can’t change is the main ingredients, like the flours, eggs, milk and banana.
No Sugar Added Blueberry Pecan Pancakes
A healthy whole grain pancake, made with bananas instead of added sugar
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 banana
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
- ½ cup chopped unsalted pecans
- Cooking spray OR butter
In a large bowl, combine the two types of flour, oats, baking powder, and cinnamon.
In a separate bowl, mash the banana with a fork. Add the milk, egg, and vanilla to the mashed banana and stir.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon. (It is fine if the batter is chunky.) Add the blueberries and pecans to the batter and stir.
Heat a frying pan or griddle to medium high heat. Spray the pan with cooking spray or coat with butter. Pour the batter onto the hot pan in pancake circles.
Heat on one side until tiny bubbles start to form in the pancake (about 3-4 minutes). (If the pancake gets too dark, turn the heat down slightly.) Flip the pancake and cook for 3-4 minutes on the other side. Top with banana slices, a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar, or a drizzle of syrup
Tip: To keep the pancakes hot while making multiple batches, place them in a heated oven.