No Added Sugar Blueberry Pecan Pancakes

These healthy blueberry pancakes have NO ADDED SUGAR! They are a simple mixture of whole wheat flour, oats, mashed banana, milk, eggs and spices. Start your morning with no sugar pancakes.

When’s the last time you made pancakes from scratch? How about healthy no sugar blueberry pancakes?

I’m not much of a baker, but I do love a good pancake breakfast. 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.

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But here’s the nice part… you don’t need to buy a boxed mix with the sugar and refined flours. Instead, you can make your own healthy whole wheat version at home!

Why are these pancakes healthy?

It’s hard to put the words “pancakes” and “healthy” into the same sentence. Since pancakes are usually covered in butter and syrup, they aren’t really thought of as a health food.

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That said, this recipe is made up of good-for-you ingredients, like whole wheat flour, oats, bananas, milk, eggs and blueberries [Read more about the benefits of blueberries here]. Every ingredient in this recipe offers a nutrition benefit. Let’s talk a look:

  • Whole wheat flout has more protein and fiber than white flour, which means it keeps you fuller longer
  • Oats are a gluten-free grain that are packed with fiber. They contain a special fiber, called beta glucan, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol
  • Bananas are a great source of potassium and offer easy to digest pre-workout fuel
  • Milk is a good source of protein and contains 9 essential vitamins and minerals
  • Eggs are full of protein and other important minerals that you don’t get from many other foods. Eggs are one of the only food sources of bone building Vitamin D and choline, which is necessary for pregnant women
  • Blueberries are packed with antioxidants (like immune boosting Vitamin C), and they help fight off inflammation

Without all the added toppings, these pancakes make a well-rounded breakfast that has healthy carbs, protein and healthy fats. In other words, these are pancakes that you can feel good about eating and will give you long lasting energy.

Do these pancakes have sugar?

First off, it’s important to remember that there are two types of sugar– natural and added. Natural sugar is found in foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legume and dairy. Added sugar is the sugar that is added into food for taste.

This pancake recipe has mashed bananas in the batter, which sweetens up the taste without any added sugar. 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.

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No Sugar Added Blueberry Pecan Pancakes

A healthy whole grain pancake, made with bananas instead of added sugar

Course Breakfast
Keyword blueberry, pecan, pancakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 336 kcal
Author Nutrition à la Natalie

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the two types of flour, oats, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  2. In a separate bowl, mash the banana with a fork. Add the milk, egg, and vanilla to the mashed banana and stir.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Recipe Notes

Tip: To keep the pancakes hot while making multiple batches, place them in a heated oven.

Nutrition Facts
No Sugar Added Blueberry Pecan Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (2 pancakes)
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 256mg11%
Potassium 383mg11%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 214IU4%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 223mg22%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil)
    May 22, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I’m all about the homemade pancakes (just made a batch this morning in fact!) I haven’t really tried them with oats – will make your batter next time 🙂

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    DrSarahBrewer
    May 24, 2015 at 7:11 am

    I’d love to put this receipe on my blog with a link back to your site if that’s possible? My blog is DrSarahBrewer.com. @DrSarahB

    • Reply
      Nutrition a la Natalie
      May 24, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Sure!

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        DrSarahBrewer
        May 26, 2015 at 9:57 am

        Thanks. Would you mind emailing the image of the finished pancakes? DrSarah@live.co.uk Appreciated, Sarah B

        • Reply
          Nutrition a la Natalie
          May 27, 2015 at 9:04 am

          The email address bounced back. Go ahead and grab the picture from my site.

          • DrSarahBrewer
            May 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm

            Thanks. My fault – i gave the wrong email! shoudl have been DrSarahB – I have taken the image from the site and will send you the link once it’s up to make sure you’re happy with the credit – may take a couple of days. Inundated here! Best wishes, Sarah B

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    Marisa Moore (@marisamoore)
    May 25, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    These look amazing! I love blueberry pancakes and love that you added oats to these. The thought of making pancakes from scratch always seems so daunting but I’m pinning this one to try soon.

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    Nutrition a la Natalie
    May 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Thanks! They are so easy to make– I promise!

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    Sarah Grace FFH
    June 2, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    YUM. Love my blueberries in pancakes. That with pecans is a great combination!
    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

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    Janine
    March 31, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    5 stars
    Great pancakes!! These were perfectly sweet and the banana was not an overwhelming flavor. I used blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. They were fluffy and dense and filling. Cooked up wonderfully and have been eating them as left overs! Thanks for another no-sugar breakfast option!

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      Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD
      March 31, 2020 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you SO much for the kind comment and leaving a rating. I love how dense and filling these pancakes are also! Glad you enjoyed them.

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