Quinoa Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Pancakes {The Healthiest Pancakes I’ve Ever Made}

03.26.2013

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I know I’ve been slacking in the healthy foods posts lately, so hence this nutritious yet delicious post. I always try to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch and I usually count calories of those meals then for dinner I’m more lax and don’t keep track and I always have dessert. It seems like a waste of time probably to keep track half the day then not the other but it’s what works for me. I admire those of you that can eat really healthy all day long every day, maybe someday I will get there but most likely not =). My favorite pancakes will likely always be the oat flour pancakes I have posted, but I wanted something even healthier than those. Something with more fiber, protein, vitamins and nutrition. I’ve also been trying to find more ways to incorporate quinoa into my diet and I thought these would be a great option. These are not only packed with nutrition but they are also pleasantly tasty and completely satisfying. You know when things are super healthy, how they can sometimes be pretty gross? Not the case with these. I love these pancakes and when they are topped with yogurt and blueberry sauce, oh yum. Nutritious food has just been given a whole new outlook.

If you are more into a sweeter topped stack of pancakes you can use vanilla yogurt along with the blueberry sauce to top these pancakes or just use more blueberry sauce. I tried these both with the maple syrup and the blueberry and it was definitely the blueberry syrup for me. It was also great to see how much my kids loved these healthy pancakes, they devoured them in no time. I love when I can feed my family such a nutritious meal they thoroughly enjoy.

If you are looking for a high protein breakfast I would definitely go the Greek yogurt topping route as that will increase the amount of protein, and add luscious creaminess. It will come to about 20 grams of protein per two pancakes when topped with about 3 1/2 Tbsp of the Chobani Greek yogurt (it had the highest protein content from the selection at the grocery store, at 18g per 6 oz so that’s why I chose Chobani. Also, it’s one of my favorites). Serve it with a side of 3 cooked egg whites and you have wonderful, high protein meal. Enjoy!

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Quinoa Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Pancakes {The Healthiest Pancakes I’ve Ever Made}

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 14 5-inch pancakes

Quinoa Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Pancakes {The Healthiest Pancakes I’ve Ever Made}

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa (prepared according to directions on package)
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 12 oz. fat-free plain Greek yogurt (1 1/3 cups, I used Chobani)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk or almond milk
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3 Tbsp applesauce
  • 3 Tbsp agave nectar
  • butter, for griddle
  • 14 oz. fat-free plain or vanilla Greek yogurt, for topping
  • Blueberry Sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 4 1/2 Tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp cornstarch

Directions

  • Preheat an electric griddle to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together white whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside. In a separate mixing bowl whisk together 12 oz. Greek yogurt, milk, egg whites, applesauce and agave nectar until well combine, stir in cooked quinoa. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and whisk just until combine. Lightly butter preheated griddle and pour a slightly heaping 1/4 cup batter onto griddle at a time, spread batter into an even layer in a circular round, about 5-inch wide (I just did this using the back of the measuring cup). Cook until bottom is golden brown, then flip and cook opposite side until golden brown. Serve warm with Greek yogurt and blueberry sauce or maple syrup.
  • For the blueberry sauce:
  • Whisk together blueberries, agave nectar, lemon juice and cornstarch in a small saucepan until cornstarch is well blended. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Allow to boil until thickened, about 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/03/quinoa-whole-wheat-greek-yogurt-pancakes-the-healthiest-pancakes-ive-ever-made/

19 comments

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: i’ve never added quinoa to my pancakes before Jaclyn! I’ve really only played around with it for dinners and the like. I have to try these! They are going in my “healthy breakfast” file ;) March 26, 2013 at 9:59am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: These are so impressive…healthy, beautiful, and the Blueberry Sauce to go with, mmm, so good! Such pretty pancakes! March 26, 2013 at 10:04am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie!! March 30, 2013 at 10:38pm Reply

  • Curry and Comfort: Sensational guilt free pancakes. :) March 26, 2013 at 2:08pm Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): I need these pancakes in my life! March 26, 2013 at 2:30pm Reply

  • Michelle: What’s the texture like- can you tell there’s quinoa? My kids are weird about quinoa. March 27, 2013 at 10:03am Reply

    • Jaclyn: The texture is definitely not like eating quinoa on it’s own. I was actually surprised by the texture of these pancakes, I didn’t really notice the quinoa in them. My kids loved them! March 30, 2013 at 10:54pm Reply

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking: We are pancake lovers in this house, but I don’t love all the calories and carbs they pack. This is a great alternative to our usual! Thanks so much, Jaclyn! March 27, 2013 at 10:09am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Georgia =)! April 2, 2013 at 7:44pm Reply

  • Jess S. @ Floptimism: Hello! I stumbled upon your blog as I was exploring some of the blogs my own blog’s readers follow, and I just loved this post. I’m a sucker for pancakes and am still trying to find a truly healthy recipe that tastes amazing, too, and this looks like a winner. I think my readers would really love this recipe, too! I’d like to invite you to participate in my blog’s link-up party to celebrate the end of National Nutrition Month – feel free to check it out and share one of the delicious, healthy recipes you’ve been enjoying this past month! http://bit.ly/YCpeHq March 28, 2013 at 9:13am Reply

  • Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen: I make pancakes very similar to these and add banana for a little bit of sweetness. LOVE! April 3, 2013 at 10:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: MMMM yum I’m going to have to try the banana addition, sounds perfect! Thanks Monique! April 4, 2013 at 5:08pm Reply

  • Tiffany: LOVE THESE!! I recent tried another healthy pancake recipe that was a complete disaster so I was skeptical about these. I’m so glad I made them though. They are fantastic. Thank you for providing this recipe. Whenever I find really GOOD healthy recipes it renews my hope that I really can attain my fitness goals :-) April 4, 2013 at 6:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you loved these pancakes Tiffany and that they were able to help renew your hopes in attaining your fitness goals =)! Thanks for your comment! April 4, 2013 at 8:53pm Reply

  • Susan: I just made these again, and this time substituted mesquite flour for half the white whole wheat flour: DELICIOUS!! Since I’ve been using evaporated cane juice, and less of it than the recipe called for with agave syrup, the mesquite adds back in just the right amount of sweetness. Mesquite flour tends to be expensive if you have to buy it (I make mine from the pods of the honey mesquite trees in our front yard), but it definitely adds a nice touch to these pancakes. April 8, 2013 at 2:54pm Reply

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  • Gail Boyes: This looks like a very nutritious way to have pancakes. July 16, 2013 at 11:02am Reply

  • Tammy: I just made these for my me and my son! We love them…we have been trying to eat healthier and this is a great morning start. I was wondering, how many calories are in one pancake? and the blueberry sauce? August 7, 2013 at 11:22am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear you and your son enjoyed these healthy pancakes Tammy! As far as the calories go I did calculate them at the time and have since lost that, I should have posted it along with the recipe. Anyway you can get the calorie count from myfitnesspal.com. Hope that helps! August 14, 2013 at 8:33pm Reply

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