What’s better than a pancake? A fluffy pancake?! How about a healthy fluffy pancake!! This pancake is kind of similar to a dutch baby but we still call it a pancake here in Scotland. So whatever it is, it’s super YUMMY.
This is a super easy fluffy pancake recipe. In short, you add all of the batter ingredients to one bowl, whisk egg whites in another and then add those fluffy egg whites to your batter mix and bake!
Equipment-wise, you will need an ovenproof pan or skillet – I used my dutch oven. A non-stick spatula would be handy too. The first time I made this I had a really cheap spatula that broke and the head kept falling off into the batter… so do yourself a favour and invest in an all in one silicone number!
What makes this a “healthy” fluffy pancake?
I always see pancakes as a healthy breakfast option. We put honey or agave and fruit on ours which is a great alternative to sugary spreads that I’ve never been a huge fan of. The pretty fruit makes it feel special and always puts smile on my face! Happy = healthy right?!
The batter is made with ricotta cheese. I LOVE cheese for breakfast – life doesn’t get much better. Ricotta is a fantastic healthy option compared to a lot of other cheeses floating about in the cheese-verse. Basically, it contains less salt and fat (around 10% fat). It’s super creamy too and reminds me of dessert.
Put a dollop on your salads, replace with mozzarella when topping a pizza or use in cheesecakes!
What if I don’t like or can’t get apricots?
Use any fruit that is in season. For example plums, peaches and nectarines work really well. Preserved or canned fruit is a good option too. You could also forgo the fruit and just drizzle with honey or even a chocolate spread but it wouldn’t be the healthiest fluffy pancake then!
I garnish the pancakes with chopped up pistachio. If you don’t like pistachio or have it hand you can skip this or use mint, walnuts, cashews, dried fruits, anything you have at hand.
What is the secret to fluffy pancakes?
What makes pancakes fluffy is separating the eggs. The egg yolks get mixed in with the other wet ingredients and you whisk the egg whites in a very clean bowl until they are full of air and bounce. You will know when your egg whites are ready as they will be able to hold a “stiff peak”.
When the egg whites are ready, carefully fold them into your batter keeping as much air in the mix as possibly. I always fold mine until they are almost combined so I don’t lose a lot of fluffiness. The ingredients will come together a bit more in the baking process so don’t worry!
You can beat the whites separately in many recipes to create the fluffiness effect, like in chocolate mouse or omelette!
What is a stiff peak?
A stiff peak simply means that the white egg mixture will stand up firmly to form a tiny peak when you hold the whisk upright.
I always beat my eggs until the stiff peaks form and the tip is slightly lopsided – think of Doctor Seuss mountains!
Do you like this recipe?
If you make my easy fluffy pancake recipe let me know how it goes! Rate the recipe and leave a comment below with any questions you might have! And for more inspiration, explore other healthy breakfast recipes on my site.
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