Hello! Is anyone in the mood for pancakes? How about delicious, fluffy and healthy orange pancakes? Since pancakes are pretty much a breakfast staple, I suspect that I will get many affirmative answers to that question.
The inspiration for this recipe came from the orange-laden tree in my backyard. I kept staring at those oranges day after day, and it made me want to cook up something fabulous with them. I am happy to share this beautiful recipe with you today.
These healthy orange pancakes come in at less than 200 calories per pancake.
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🥞 Healthier Pancakes
I made a couple of modifications to make these these orange pancakes a little bit healthier. First, they get most of their sweetness from natural sugars like freshly-squeezed orange juice. Second, they are sweetened with low glycemic agave syrup. As I mentioned in my Cherry Vanilla Granola recipe, low glycemic sweeteners are absorbed slowly by the body preventing sugar spikes in the blood stream.
Consider serving these orange pancakes with a dollop of yogurt and sliced strawberries as a healthier option to pancake syrup.
You can also make them healthier by serving them with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and sliced strawberries sweetened with a light sprinkling of sugar or sugar substitute. The sugar helps the strawberries to make their own syrup. However, if you want to go all out and don't mind the extra sugar, you might want to give our strawberry compote recipe a try instead.
Many pancake recipes use buttermilk because it helps them to rise and fluff up, but did you know that you can also use yogurt or ricotta? I used ricotta in this recipe because it gave the best result.
For an eggless version of orange pancakes, omit the egg and increase the ricotta cheese by ¼ cup.
- All-purpose flour (1 cup). You can substitute whole wheat flour. I have not tried this recipe with gluten-free flour.
- Baking soda (1 teaspoon). It helps the pancakes to rise and fluff up.
- Baking powder (½ teaspoon). Helps the pancakes to rise. Use a double acting baking powder. This is what is available in most grocery stores.
- Salt (¼ teaspoon). For flavor.
- Orange zest (1 tablespoon). Adds natural orange flavor.
- Orange juice (⅓ cup). Adds natural orange flavor and liquid.
- Agave syrup (1-½ teaspoon). You can substitute 2 teaspoons of sugar.
- Ricotta cheese (¾ cup). Adds fat and assists with the rise.
- Large egg (1). Gives structure and adds rise.
- Butter, melted and cooled (2 tablespoons). Adds fat and flavor.
📋 Step-by-Step Instructions with Photos
Step 1. For topping, add 2 teaspoons sugar to sliced strawberries and set aside.
Step 2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Step 3. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients.
Step 4. Whisk wet ingredients until frothy and bubbles start to form.
Step 5. Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir until just combined.
Step 6. Batter will be thick.
Step 7. Spoon batter into skillet or onto griddle and spread to 5-in. diameter circles.
Step 8. Flip pancakes when popped bubbles leave holes.
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💭 Tips for Success
- Sift dry ingredients to help incorporate air to make pancakes light
- Before adding to dry ingredients, beat wet mixture thoroughly in order to froth egg. This will give you fluffier pancakes.
- After adding wet ingredients to dry, stir only until combined. Lumps are okay. Overmixing can lead to tough and chewy pancakes.
- Make batter immediately before cooking. The baking soda starts working immediately to give your pancakes their rise but only lasts for a short time. However cooked pancakes freeze well, so if you want to make them ahead, you can cook them then freeze them.
- While cooking, wait for bubbles to form, pop and then for holes to remain in the batter before flipping to cook the other side.
🍲 Side Dish Suggestions
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- Homemade Chicken Breakfast Sausage from The Worktop
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- 1 cup strawberries sliced
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- ¾ cup orange juice
- 1-½ teaspoon agave syrup
- ¾ cup ricotta cheese
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoon butter melted and cooled
- Sprinkle sugar over strawberries and let stand for 30 minutes to make a syrup.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine orange rind, orange juice, ricotta, egg, syrup (or sugar) and melted butter. Beat until creamy and bubbles start to form.
- Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Batter will be thick.
- Spray a small skillet or griddle with cooking spray over low-medium heat. Add 2-3 tablespoon batter, spreading to form 5-6-inch round pancakes. Cook until bubbles form over the top (about 3-4 minutes) then quickly flip and cook the other side (3-4 minutes more). Repeat with remaining batter.
- Serve with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and fresh strawberry topping. Sprinkle granola over the top if desired.
Nutritional information provided is for one serving and is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.