Greek Yogurt Pancakes

On pancake-craving mornings, I find myself brainstorming ideas for new pancake recipes. One such craving-day recently had me thinking of Greek Yogurt Pancakes. I’m obsessed with doing something with Greek yogurt most every day anyways, so why not put it in pancakes? I did what I usually do… googled around to see what recipes were out there. First one I came across was on My Fitness Pal, but it was adapted from a food blog, of course: Everyday Belle. It looked like a winner and got big raves. So here goes!

They look pretty darn good, don’t they?  I made two types… this is the blueberry version.  Let me show you how I made them.

You’ll need a container of Greek yogurt- any kind, really.  I used Voskos- fat-free- blueberry flavor.  Add an egg (or 2 egg whites instead if you’re watching your calories).

Mix the egg into the yogurt.  In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup flour + 1 teaspoon baking soda.

Stir the yogurt/egg mixture into the dry ingredients.  It will be thick!

Use an ice cream scoop to scoop perfect amounts of batter into your heated skillet for the pancakes.  I love my super cool stainless ice cream spring scooper!  Spread them into even rounds.  Add a few fresh blueberries on top of each pancake.

And there they are!  They turn out to be a rather fluffy, full pancake.  They are slightly tart (much like a buttermilk pancake) due to the Greek yogurt, but with added syrup drizzled on top they are pretty darn good.  The bonus:  each pancake is only 91 calories and 2 WW Points + (if you care about that sort of thing).


Here’s a banana version I did using egg whites instead of an egg.  Same consistency.  I really saw no difference in the overall pancake.  If you need the protein, add an egg, and if you want to lower the calorie content- use egg whites instead!

Making Greek Yogurt Pancakes is a fun little experiment for a weekend morning since you can try them out using different flavors/brands of Greek yogurt and different kinds of fresh fruit!  Have fun!

P.S.  Here’s what my family thought of them:  I served these pancakes to my family without telling them that anything was different.  My son ate them, but kept asking what was different about them (while he ate bite after bite after bite).  My husband ate them without asking anything at all.  I’d say, they were a hit!

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Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Yield: Five 4-inch pancakes

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 5 min

Ingredients:

One 5.3-ounce container nonfat Greek Yogurt (any flavor- see *Tips)
1 large egg (or 2 large egg whites)
1/2 cup Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup fresh blueberries (or 1/2 large banana)

Directions:

1. Mix yogurt and egg in a medium bowl until blended and smooth. Add flour and baking soda and stir until the dry ingredients are mixed in. The batter will be thick.

2. Preheat a griddle or large pan to medium heat. Spray with nonstick spray. Use an ice cream scoop or 1/4 to 1/3 cup measuring cup to scoop the batter into the pan. Spread each of the batter scoops into an even circle. Dot blueberries or bananas on top of each pancake. Cook for about 3 minutes or until golden brown, then flip and cook the other side for about 2 minutes, until it is golden brown too. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with additional fruit and/or syrup.

Tips:

*For blueberry pancakes, use blueberry Greek yogurt and fresh blueberries.
*For banana pancakes, use vanilla or vanilla-honey yogurt and fresh banana.

*If you need assistance in figuring out calories or WW points for altering the recipe with your own flavors, try using the Spark People Recipe Calculator- or My Fitness Pal Recipe Builder.

The nutritional information listed is for the banana pancakes made with vanilla-honey yogurt (130 calories) and egg whites only: (syrup is extra)
Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 pancake
Calories per serving: 91
Fat per serving: .2g
Saturated Fat per serving: .1g
Sugar per serving: 5.1g
Sodium per serving: ,span class="sodium">283g
Fiber per serving: .7g
Protein per serving: 6g
Cholesterol per serving: 1mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 16.4g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 2 Old Points Program: 2

Source:  RecipeGirl.com (spotted on My Fitness Pal, where it was adapted from the blog- Everyday Belle

Here are some other things to do with Greek yogurt… from some of your favorite food blogs!
Greek Yogurt Banana Nut Bread from The Shiksa in the Kitchen
Yogurt Coffee Cake from Two Peas and Their Pod
How to Make Greek Yogurt from Salad in a Jar
Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins from Andrea Meyers
Greek Yogurt with Blueberries & Honey from Eating Richly
Fresh Strawberry Muffins from Confections of a Foodie Bride
Healthy Yogurt Breakfast Parfaits with Blueberries & Granola from Cookin’ Canuck