These Low-Fat Vanilla Yogurt Pancakes are thick, fluffy, and delicious. I served them with fresh fruit, and just a drop of maple syrup.
Pancakes. A quintessential American delight. Fluffy and light. Perfect for brunch. These are made with low-fat vanilla yogurt and no extra sugar, giving them a healthy bend. I served them with fresh fruit, and just a drop of maple syrup.
I have always looked to the European pancake varieties with a longing eye. My mouth just waters thinking about the thin delicate crêpe filled with Nutella and strawberries.
But moving abroad has made me realise that America is so lucky to have the thick fluffy pancake! The Guardian even called Americans "Olympic-level breakfasters", and published an article dedicated to American pancakes.
This recipe for Low-Fat Vanilla Yogurt Pancake is simple to make, and requires just one bowl and one pan.
You can make this Low-Fat Vanilla Yogurt Pancake with one bowl and one pan
Since I don't even have a nonstick pan here yet, I used a stainless steel casserole dish. It was a bit awkward at first trying to flip the pancakes because of the shape of the pan. I was also a bit intimidated since stainless steel tends to stick. But thankfully, after burning and messing up only the first few, I got the hang of the pan.
Also, in this recipe, I used low-fat vanilla yogurt. If you use a full fat (or greek) yogurt, you may need to add a drop of milk to thin the batter a bit.
Get extra protein in your diet from the yogurt in this Low-Fat Vanilla Yogurt Pancake
I also used sunflower oil because it's a healthier alternative to vegetable and canola oil. But if you don't have sunflower oil handy, I think any of grapeseed, vegetable or canola oil would work fine.
Since writing this post, I have updated this original recipe to a new Vanilla Yogurt Pancakes with Poppy Seeds. The main change to the updated recipe is to replace self-rising flour with regular flour and baking powder. Based on feedback, I found that it's not that common to keep self-rising flour in the pantry. I also added poppy seeds.
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- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt (not greek yogurt because it is too thick)
- 1 medium egg
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
- In a medium bowl, beat the egg. Add in the vanilla yogurt and mix well. Mix in the baking soda. The batter will form bubbles when the baking soda reacts with the yogurt. Mix in the flour. Mix in the oil. Let batter stand for 5 minutes.
- Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Coat the pan in a very thin layer of oil.
- Drop the pancake batter by ¼ cups.
- When the pancakes start to bubble around the edges (about 2 minutes), flip and cook for about 2 more minutes.
- Serve with fresh fruit.
Stephanie Hart says
If I use regular flour, not self rising,how would I adjust this recipe?
Tina Jui says
Hi Stephane, take a look at the newer Vanilla Yogurt Pancake recipe and that one uses regular flour.
Carol Meduna says
Hi! The flavor was fantastic! The only problem I had was they were too thick and had a hard time getting done in the middle, Maybe I should have added more water and stirred them before putting on the preheated griddle at Medium.
I preheated the griddle on medium for 2 minutes, then when I went to turn them after 2 minutes, they still were not done, so I increased the griddle time by 3 minutes and increased the heat to medium/high. That was a bit much... :(
Worth experimenting with!
Tina Jui says
Hi Carol, thanks for the comment. Here's a tip to help determine if a pancake is cooked enough to flip -- There will be bubbles on the surface of the pancake, and you can then use a spatula to take a peak underneath to make sure it is browned. If not, then wait a bit more before flipping it. A low-fat non Greek yogurt should be thin enough so you don't need to add water to the batter, but of course, the consistency of different yogurt brands vary. Hope this helps for next time!
Jonathan Jui says
nommy nommy. Can't wait for some vanilla pancakes again
I had vanilla yogurt that was about to expire, so I looked for a riecepie with it. These are fantastic so fluffy and moist no syrup was needed. Absolutely love them.
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Sabrina - A Spoonful of Photography says
I was just scanning some pancake recipes to recreate my go-to recipe for them as I stumbled on these. Oh boy - just awesome and so simple! I've now adapted them a bit and created my new basic pancake recipe inspired by yours. You might want to check it out: http://aspoonfulofphotography.blogspot.de/2013/10/one-cup-pancakes-and-relaxing-time.html Thanks for the inspiration! :)
Fiona Maclean says
These look so good. American pancakes are a different recipe to the ones we make so I will have to try yours soon!!!
Tina Jui says
Yes - give the American pancakes a try :) You won't regret!
mmm very nice breakfast recipe
Next week, we also have a 3-day weekends which is a Labor day (first Monday in September) holiday. Thanks, I had a great morning ride in the weekend. I got up a little early to make some pancakes just followed your recipe. Hey! it was good and finished all 6-pancakes before heading out for a bike ride. I didn't eat any snacks between my half-way point, I just drank some water instead. Thanks for a good recipe!!!
I can't wait for the weekends to try out this pancakes before my morning bike ride :-)
Tina Jui says
How was your morning bike ride? It's a Bank Holiday here, so we have a 3 day weekend!