No butter, no oil, healthy yummy pancakes. Yes, really.

healthy pancakes with no oil no butter
I have never created my own recipe but today I was motived to try something new. The kids have a snow day and I wanted to make pancakes. But I wanted them to be healthy and not loaded with butter and/or oil.

So – voila! I have created my very first recipe, all by myself! Yes, I am very excited about this. And I’m even more excited that Anne declared them “THE BEST PANCAKES EVER!!!!”

These pancakes have no oil and no butter in them. They are thick and filling. And since they are not sweet, they are perfect for a good dousing of real maple syrup. I put blueberries in mine to naturally add sweetness, and I bet bananas would be equally as delicious!


Healthy Yummy Pancakes – No Oil, No Butter, and Totally Delicious

Whisk together in a big bowl:

1 cup white whole wheat flour

1/2 cup regular flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon wheat germ (optional – add more if you’d like or leave it out)

Then whisk together in a small bowl:

1 egg

1/2 cup natural, unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt (I use Chobani)

4 teaspoons sugar

1 1/2 cup skim milk (8/2013 note: I now use a bit more milk – just under 1 3/4 cup)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla (omit if you are using vanilla yogurt)

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together until blended. The batter will be a little lumpy.

Heat a nonstick skillet to medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Pour about 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake. The pancakes will look thick – that is fine.

NOTE: Normally when making pancakes, you wait until you see little bubbles on the surface to flip them. These pancakes will not make lots of those bubbles – they are too thick. You may see a few, you may see none. Keep an eye on your pancakes and check them to figure out when to flip – mine took about three minutes to brown on one side, then three more on the other. The ones I added blueberries to took a little longer.

Because there is no butter or oil in these pancakes, I spritzed some more spray oil on the griddle to cook the other side of the pancake. So when your pancake is ready to flip, use your flat spatula to lift your pancake, spritz the griddle, then flip the pancake over.

I’d love to hear what you think if you make these – if you adjust the recipe or not. Enjoy!


Have you seen these other recipes on the blog?

Delicious, healthy, pumpkin chocolate chip bread (no butter, no oil)

Pumpkin chocolate chip bars (no butter, no oil)

Sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin pancakes


photo credit: TheCulinaryGeek via photopin cc

My last-minute Super Bowl food ideas

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With the typical last-minute aplomb I’m famous for in this house, I’ve decided to make some fun Super Bowl-themed food for the Big Game so we can properly cheer on our Patriots while we watch Tom and company kick some Giant butt.

Well, I guess we’re actually having a pre-party for the Super Bowl. You see, we have to start the festivities way before the game because the girls are too young to actually stay up and watch it.

And also? They are hungry at 5pm for dinner. Their tummies won’t wait for a 6:30 kickoff.

And come to think of it, we’ll also have to DVR the game because we’ll have to pause it and put the girls to bed.

And after that, I’m guessing we’ll collapse onto the couches and watch the game on delay as we shovel Doritos in our mouths and have just one beer because if we have more than that we’ll fall asleep and miss the whole thing.

Yeah, we know how to PAR-TAY.

So given all this, it might seem silly that I’m actually going to the effort of making Super Bowl party food. But the food ideas I found on Pinterest were way too cute freakin cute to not try out. And I had all the ingredients on-hand!

And besides, how could we not have fun Super Bowl food when our beloved Patriots are playing in the Big Game, right?

My Last-Minute Super Bowl Party Menu

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Football meatball subs: My family loves meatballs. I was planning on making them anyway. Group a few meatballs, add some “laces,” and voila! Cute idea, huh?





Football grilled cheese: My kids SAY they like meatballs but sometimes they change their minds. Fickle little punks punkins. So I am planning to whip up a couple of these babies. Recipe at






Veggies and dip: Not super exciting or anything, but it’s all in the presentation. I find my kids eat more veggies when they’re set up all fancy looking.




Doritos: Maybe it’s the artificial cheese. Maybe it’s the partially-hydrogenated muck. But they are addictive. And a party isn’t a party in my house without Doritos. What’s better than bright orange mustaches on our faces and bright orange smears on my couches? Nothing, I tell you. Nothing.



From Love and Butter at

Football cake pops:  I have been dying to make cake pops. And what better reason than these adorable babies to try now? The girls will love helping me sculpt these on Sunday morning and I bet half of them will be gone before kickoff. You can get the football cake pop recipe here.

I have already make the cake for the cake pops and found flower-arranging foam to stick the pops in at the dollar store today. So excited to eat these. I mean, make these.




Sam Adams Boston Lager: We live in New England. We’re Pats fans. We have good taste in beer. This is what we’ll be drinking.








Enjoy watching the Super Bowl on Sunday!

P-A-T-S Pats, Pats, Pats! Gooooo Patriots!