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Orange-Vanilla Greek Yogurt Pancakes (Whole Grain)

by Aggies Kitchen on January 22, 2013

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Pancakes are such a treat in my house. My kids get so excited when I tell them I’m making pancakes for breakfast, so excited that I wish I made them more often (their pancake excitement definitely puts a smile on my face!). I usually stick to a whole grain variety, knowing the extra nutrients and fiber are a great way to fill their bellies for the day ahead. They don’t mind.

I haven’t always made my own pancake mix from scratch, and I still don’t always, though after putting these together on a whim this past Saturday morning I really don’t know why I wouldn’t. I followed Skinnytaste’s recipe for whole wheat pancakes, and added a few of my own extras – Greek yogurt and fresh squeezed orange juice – to make them even more bright and delicious.

Everyone loved these and I’ll be making them again soon for sure. I froze the leftovers and have been heating them up in the microwave for quick breakfasts the last couple of days. My daughter finished off the last one just this morning so I think I’ll have to double the batch for next time. Pancakes never last very long around here.

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Orange-Vanilla Greek Yogurt Pancakes (Whole Grain)

Yield: makes approximately 16-18 pancakes

White whole wheat flour, fresh squeezed citrus and protein packed Greek yogurt help make these pancakes extra healthy and delicious. Your whole family will love them! Recipe adapted from Skinnytaste

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup 0% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fat free milk (add a few tablespoons more if batter too thick)
  • zest and juice from 2 whole oranges
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Add eggs, Greek yogurt, milk, orange zest and juice. Mix together well until combined. Let sit for a few minutes.
  2. Heat a large nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat (I use my electric nonstick skillet for pancakes). Spray with nonstick spray, or lightly spread a little butter around pan (I stick a tablespoon or two on a fork and spread this way, it helps to not use more than you need). Using a 1/4 cup scoop, gently pour pancake batter into pan. Let cook until the middle starts to bubble slightly. Carefully flip and cook for a minute or two longer until pancakes are set.

Notes

You can use vanilla Greek yogurt in place of plain by omitting the 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract in this recipe. Depending on how much juice you get from your oranges, you may have to add additional milk if batter is too thick.

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Cookin Canuck January 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

These look fantastic, Aggie! We always make whole wheat pancakes here, too and I’m going to add this version to our weekend rotation.

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Thanks Dara! My kids never question the “whole wheat”ness of them so that is incentive to keep making them! :)

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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Pancakes are the most requested breakfast around here and I’m definitely trying these soon!

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I honestly think my kids could live off pancakes alone Milisa :)

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Liz @ The Lemon Bowl January 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I love this!! I recently started making big batches and freezing them for weekday breakfasts with my little guy and it has made the mornings so much easier. Love the citrus in these!!

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Kim | At Home With Kim January 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I love to cook. But I especially LOVE to cook when it’s something my family LOVES. The pancakes you linked to is my go-to recipe to make my girl’s favorite food. I love that they are light and healthy. And she… just LOVES pancakes. So making these is one of my favorite Saturday morning things to do for my family. What I love is that you took it a step further and I’m so anxious to try them your way!!! And you’re right: making a big batch and freezing makes weekday mornings… better. PS ~ Great pics my Friend.

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Yes!! I agree Kim, my kids loving something I cook makes it SOOOO much more enjoyable. It makes me happy!! I didn’t know that this was the pancake recipe you always use, I feel like I should have known that! My kids loved these, can’t wait to play around with other flavors.

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Erica January 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm

YES! These look fabulous. Pancakes are actually my favorite breakfast for dinner food. I’ve actually never used a mix…that I can think of? Your pancakes look fluffy and fantastic

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm

You are smart to never use a mix! It is much to easy to make your own. Thanks Erica!

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Nicole, RD January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I love the extras in there. Greek yogurt in pancakes makes them so much richer, I think =)

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I agree! Gives them more substance – thanks!

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean January 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm

yum!!! can we have breakfast together?! love the addition of the orange!

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Aggies Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Anytime…would love to have breakfast with you :)

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm

These sound so fantastic!I love the added orange zest – what a treat!

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bellini January 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm

They do sound delicious Aggie for these cold winter mornings. They’ll bring a little sunshine into the kitchen.

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Sheila January 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm

My kiddos love pancakes too. These look delicious. I should healthy mine up a bit.

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wholesome kids January 23, 2013 at 12:51 am

Pancakes are a favorite here, and I love the citrus idea- so refreshing!

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kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts January 23, 2013 at 6:50 am

Aggie, I’m feeling the urge to use my few remaining Band Fruit Fundraiser oranges to turn this recipe into waffles for my family. I LOVE the addition of orange zest–I bet that totally makes the pancakes.
Your photos are wonderful–thanks!

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Caroline @ chocolate & carrots January 23, 2013 at 7:21 am

How perfectly fantastic! I have oodles of oranges from my neighbor’s backyard and tons of greek yogurt in my fridge. These are going to happen. :D

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Jessie January 23, 2013 at 9:06 am

So this is how my morning goes – I scan the recipes from about 40 food blogs I subscribe to. Pin the recipes, and put them on an endless queue of things I’d want to make. Sometimes it gets done the following week, some take months. A lot of them – never (sadly). This one had me getting out of bed straight into the kitchen. The thought of making healthy pancakes (no butter?!) just screams “Make it now!!!”. I cut the recipe in half and got about 5-6 medium pancakes. Used a packet of Stevia instead of sugar. They were so good! This will totally replace my go-to pancake recipe. Thank you!

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Aggies Kitchen January 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

Wow, what a HUGE compliment Jessie! Can’t thank you enough. So glad you enjoyed them!

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Jen @ Savory Simple January 23, 2013 at 9:35 am

I don’t know why I don’t make pancakes more often. They’re always such a treat here. I can’t always do sweet for breakfast but I think they make an awesome dinner. These look great!

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Aggies Kitchen January 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

I don’t do overly sweet for breakfast either. They would be an awesome treat for dinner! Thanks Jen. :)

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Bree January 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

Do you know I have never made pancakes? Nope. Not even from a box. I must start! These look great. Thanks Aggie!

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Aggies Kitchen January 23, 2013 at 10:03 am

oh yes, you need to get on that Bree! :) Your kiddo will love them!

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claire @ the realistic nutritionist January 23, 2013 at 10:08 am

Oh these are beautiful!! perfect guilt-free breakfast.

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kelley January 23, 2013 at 11:26 am

These sound amazing. We, too, love pancakes and my kids especially love them when I make them for dinner! I’m a huge citrus kick right now and these are speaking my language!!

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Liane January 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Oh! Those look fantastic!!! I’ve recently made some “protein pancakes” but these look like they would be so much better!

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orly @yumivore January 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm

LOVE pancakes, I’ve got to give these (dare I say they look YUM!)

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Nicki January 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Made half a batch this morning while waiting for the delivery of my new washing machine! Oh, they were soooooooooo goooooooooood, and being a diabetic, I was able to enjoy pancakes that were not going to throw my blood sugar through the roof. Thank you for posting this great recipe! You are the best!

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RaZella January 28, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Hi, I found your website through Kim’s WIW link up. What a FANTASTIC recipe! I have totally pinned this one for future reference, it sounds AMAZING!

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Aggies Kitchen January 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Welcome!!Thank you!:)

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teresa g January 28, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Made these for dinner tonight. They were declared a hit! In half of them, we put fresh blueberries. The plain ones were good, but the blueberry ones just took the recipe up a whole different level. My son ate 7 or 8 pancakes and thought about having more!

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Suzan @ The Lazy Suzan February 4, 2013 at 12:22 am

I can’t wait to try these!

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Mary Ann February 4, 2013 at 10:30 am

Aggie- these were fabulous! I mixed up the dry and wet ingredients last night and then made these this morning for breakfast. My kids loved them!

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Aggies Kitchen February 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Awesome Mary Ann! I’m going to try that next time and prepare the night before for a GREAT quick breakfast :) Hope you are well!

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JB February 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

These look delicious! But I just wanted to check the amount of baking powder with you before I hit the kitchen – is it really four and a half tsps.? That’s a lot more than I’ve used before, but maybe they are extra fluffy?

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Aggies Kitchen February 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Hi there! Yes, 4 1/2 tsp is what I used, I followed that part of recipe from Skinnytaste’s pancakes that I’ve made before & it worked well! Hope you enjoy!

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Karen February 18, 2013 at 11:30 pm

I have changed around my diet a lot and these are the best whole wheat pancakes I’ve found. When I had to go gluten-free for some visitors, the best gluten free pancakes I found are here. http://www.funnytummycafe.com/2013/01/26/the-best-gluten-free-pancakes-ever/

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Aggies Kitchen February 19, 2013 at 11:24 am

so good to know, thank you!!

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