Lower-fat pancakes recipe

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Cut down on the calories this Pancake Day with this recipe for lower-fat pancakes. Made with oats, natural yogurt and topped with a berry sauce, these pancakes are also perfect as a healthy breakfast

Lower-fat pancakes
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  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories128 Kcal6%
Fat3.6 g5%
Saturated Fat0.7 g4%

Low calorie pancakes are a great way to enjoy your favourite breakfast treat if you're looking to eat healthier. 

Our lower fat pancake recipe (opens in new tab) uses fat-free plain yogurt and sweetener instead of normal sugar, all served up with a homemade, healthy berry compote. At just 128 calories per pancake, this is definitely a lighter way to enjoy a wholesome weekend brunch. They're also so easy to make and take just 15 minutes to prepare, so whether it's a friend-filled occasion or a post-workout meal, we've got you covered with a dish that will keep you full for many hours after you've eaten.


For the berry sauce:

  • 250g mixed berries, thaw if frozen
  • 1tsp corn flour
  • 4tbsp granular natural sweetener

For the pancakes:

  • 100g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • ½tsp ground cinnamon
  • 40g porridge oats
  • 4tbsp granular natural sweetener
  • 120ml fat-free plain yogurt
  • 5tbsp skimmed milk
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2tsp sunflower oil




  1. Put the berries into a pan with 2 tbsp water, slowly bring to simmer. Blend the corn flour with a tablespoon of water, add to the berries with the sweetener and stir over a medium heat until the juices thicken. Remove from the heat.
  2. To make the pancakes, put the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, oats and sweetener into a bowl.
  3. Whisk the yogurt, milk, eggs and vanilla extract together then add to the dry ingredients and beat together to make a smooth batter.
  4. To cook the pancakes, heat a large non-stick frying pan on medium high, brush the base of the pan with oil. Drop 3 tablespoons of the batter into the pan, leaving a little space between each one. Cook for about 2 minutes, bubbles will come to the surface. When the underside is golden, flip the pancakes over and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from the pan, brush the pan with oil and continue to cook the pancakes. Serve topped with the berry sauce.

Tips for making low calorie pancakes:

Want to lower the calories in these pancakes even more? Swap out the vegetable oil, which is used in the frying process, for a lower-calorie frying spray like Frylight - which works out to be just one calorie per spray.

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Jessica Dady
Jessica Dady

Jessica Dady is Senior Content Editor at Goodto.com and has over 10 years of experience as a digital journalist, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to baking sets, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends much of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family - particularly for her two lucky children.