I was craving pancakes the other day. My favorite pancakes are these sour cream pancakes. The sour cream helps get them so fluffy. But in sticking with trying to lighten things up, I decided to try to make a low fat version of the sour cream pancakes.

The solution was replacing the sour cream with nonfat Greek strained yogurt. I love using Greek strained yogurt in recipes to reduce fat and calories and make the recipes healthier. It doesn’t always work, but it worked fine in these pancakes.

I love how fluffy these came out, just like the sour cream version.They do taste slighter less rich than the original version, but they are still really good and satisfied my pancake cravings.

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Healthier Fluffy Pancakes


1 1/2 cups flour
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek strained yogurt
3/4 cup + 1 tbsp milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract


1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
2. In another bowl combine yogurt, milk, eggs, vanilla extract.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix only until combined.
4. Preheat pan/skillet to medium heat. Spray with PAM.
5. Pour the pancake batter into the heated skillet, to desired size. Once pancakes begin to bubble, flip the pancakes over and cook for another minute on other side. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve immediately.


10 Responses to “Healthier Fluffy Pancakes”

  1. ellie — January 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    i love your recipes! but how do you strain your greek yogurt?

    • Kirbie replied: — January 9th, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

      It should be already strained when you buy it. I think what you are calling Greek yogurt is actually Greek strained yogurt. =)

  2. Tessa — January 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I love using Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. A lot of the time, I’m sure no one would be the wiser if you didn’t tell them. These look great!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 13th, 2013 @ 8:38 am

      I love using Greek yogurt in place of sour cream too. I try to do it to all sorts of recipes.

  3. Yii-Huei — March 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    This recipe is great! The pancakes always turn out really fluffy and thick.

    I’ve made my own banana version of it, and it turned out great too. You can check it out if you’re interested :)

    • Kirbie replied: — March 10th, 2013 @ 12:10 am

      Thanks for sharing! Banana sounds great

  4. Poppy — May 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    How many calories are in a pancake?

    • Kirbie replied: — May 13th, 2013 @ 9:41 am

      I’m not sure if you are asking for these or for other ones. It all depends on the recipe and the size you make them. There is a great recipe calorie counter on this site. http://caloriecount.about.com/

  5. Sunny — July 30, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Hi I was just wondering how many servings does this make?

    • Kirbie replied: — July 30th, 2013 @ 11:56 am

      About 10 medium pancakes.

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