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Greek yogurt pancakes

Greek yogurt pancakes

Have you ever been obsessed over a recipe? Do you have a favorite food you really liked when you were a child, only to never really taste anything like that in adulthood? You might think I am talking about some rare food or unusual recipe, but I am really only talking about pancakes. Pancakes are really important when you are a kid, and pancakes were one of main reasons why my sister and I loved to visit our friend’s house when we were kids. My friend’s German grandmother (named Elvira) used to make these amazing pancakes that were thick, soft, sweetened just right, and, most importantly, they had that undefinable, most amazing flavor that I was unable to (or didn’t have time to) reproduce ever since. Most pancakes I’ve tasted since grandma Elvira’s times have been, well, just bland in comparison.

Greek yogurt pancakes

That is, until I decided to make these Greek yogurt pancakes. They tasted suspiciously like Grandma Elvira’s pancakes, and I wasn’t even trying to reproduce the flavor!

Greek yogurt pancakes

There is no way for me to know if my friend’s grandmother used Greek yogurt to make those memorable pancakes, but to me Greek yogurt is an answer in this quest. This is truly my new favorite pancake recipe that I use each time I am making pancakes. Have you ever tried sourdough pancakes? I’ve had, thanks to my father-in-law, and if you’ve tried those you know that there is some great chemistry going on when you combine something sour with something sweet in a pancake. That’s exactly the reason why THESE pancakes made with Greek yogurt are so flavorful, and you don’t need a ton of Maple syrup for them to taste right – they can hold their own in the flavor department!

Greek yogurt pancakes

In fact, my favorite way to eat pancakes for breakfast is to smother them with even more Greek Yogurt and then top that stack with fresh mixed berries! If you’re trying to find more ways to incorporate Greek yogurt in your diet, this is one of the most pleasurable ways to do it. Look closely at these photos, and you’ll see that I’ve also added blueberries into some of the pancake batter, and that half of them are blueberry Greek yogurt pancakes. Adding blueberries to pancake batter is totally optional though, and I only do it to half the batter: I like my Greek yogurt pancakes plain and simple the best! Grandma Elvira would have been proud!

Greek yogurt pancakes

Greek yogurt pancakes

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups plain, non-fat Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • some blueberries to be added to the pancake batter (optional)

Makes 6 servings

1) In a large bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

2) In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, butter, eggs, Greek yogurt, and milk until smooth.

3) Add Greek yogurt mixture from step to to the flour mixture in step 1 and mix to combine. I like to let batter sit for 20 minutes to get really smooth textured. (optional: fold in blueberries in pancake batter or in half of pancake batter)

4) Heat pancake griddle, spray with non-stick butter spray or just brush the griddle with real butter. Pour batter, in 1/4 cupful’s, onto the griddle. Cook until the bubbles on top burst and create small holes. Lift up the corners of each pancake to check that it’s golden browned on the bottom. Using a wide spatula, flip the pancake and cook it on the other side until lightly browned. Remove pancakes from the griddle onto the warming plate until ready to serve.

5) To serve, top each portion of pancakes with a scoop of Greek yogurt and mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries).



Disclosure:
Chobani sent me several kinds of Greek Yogurt to play around with in the kitchen. The recipe, photos, and thoughts in this post are all my own. Aside from receiving a free product from Chobani, I was NOT compensated to write this post. I only write about things I love, and Chobani is one of my most favorite products.

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  • Angie@Angie's Recipes August 7, 2013, 5:07 am

    These pancakes look stunning, Julia. I usually eat my pancakes plain, but don’t mind with extra portion of Greek yogurt.

  • Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com August 7, 2013, 9:20 am

    I luv pancakes and these look so so good! Luv the use of Chobani in them!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) August 7, 2013, 10:38 am

    I looove using Greek yogurt in pancakes-it really is so amazing!

  • marcie@flavorthemoments August 7, 2013, 11:05 am

    These pancakes look amazing! I love Greek yogurt in pancakes.

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen August 7, 2013, 11:46 am

    Yum! I almost never make pancakes because I don’t have a non-stick pan, so things tend to burn and/or cook unevenly. But these look incredible. I love the colors you used in your shots!

  • Rachel Cotterill August 7, 2013, 1:13 pm

    Blueberry pancakes are one of my favourite American discoveries :) The cafe where I first had them also did raspberry, and one with caramelized walnuts. Yours look gorgeous!

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 7, 2013, 1:35 pm

    I’ve never used Greek yogurt in pancakes before…bet these are awesome!

  • john@kitchenriffs August 7, 2013, 1:42 pm

    I’m guessing your friend’s mom used sour cream in her pancakes – Greek yogurt has become big only in the last few years in most of the US (it’s always been around, of course, just not that heavily promoted). Anyway, these look terrific! Great pictures, super recipe. Thanks.

    • Julia August 7, 2013, 6:53 pm

      Grandma Elvira did have access to kefir back then and all different kinds of sour cream. :)

  • Ashley August 7, 2013, 2:32 pm

    I love using greek yogurt in pancakes – and I love how you added even more on top to serve! So good!

  • Jacqueline August 7, 2013, 6:06 pm

    They look wonderful with all the greek yoghurt and berries. Greek yoghurt makes everything special.

  • Juliana Walters August 7, 2013, 6:09 pm

    I love your photos so much I want to marry them! Just Beautiful!!!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen August 7, 2013, 6:29 pm

    Julia, your Greek yogurt pancakes ROCK! And, so does your photography. Just stunningly beautiful. Cannot wait to try your recipe and, you’re right, I think Grandma Elvira would approve!

  • The Café Sucre Farine August 7, 2013, 6:54 pm

    These look amazing Julia! I’m a huge sucker for pancakes and very intrigued by these! Can’t wait to give them a try! Pinned!

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You August 7, 2013, 7:25 pm

    Great pancakes, Julia! I love to make moist cakes using yogurts…I’ll have to try it in pancakes.

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 7, 2013, 7:44 pm

    Yes please!

  • Alla August 8, 2013, 12:57 am

    beautiful! and doable
    My ukrainian grandma used kefir (as you guys mentioned) and of course a mix of kefir and sour cream to pour over… Back in the day everyone was so — competent! and what can we do? tool around with the internets …. well clearly you can do the internets AND yummy pancakes :)

    • Julia August 8, 2013, 12:21 pm

      Yes! I want to try these pancakes with kefir too!

  • laurasmess August 8, 2013, 4:03 am

    These look so, so delicious! Amazing photos, gorgeous recipe… ah, I think I want to make pancakes right about now! xx

  • Natasha @ The Cake Merchant August 8, 2013, 11:12 am

    I love pancakes with berries, and I especially love that you used greek yogurt!

  • Deb August 8, 2013, 1:51 pm

    Your tasty photos are motivating me to make pancakes soon! With the weekend approaching my family would love these berry topped pancakes!

  • Tash August 8, 2013, 3:04 pm

    Hi Julia,

    It’s funny that you mention Greek yogurt because due to my illness over the last couple of months, I have had to give up all but the tiniest amounts of fat. This has been a nightmare as the stuff is everywhere and avoiding it completely has not only been practically difficult but a nightmare for my skin (but I’m sure very good for my body in other ways!). Greek yogurt, because it is strained and has no fat, has been a life-saver in so many ways. Since the surgery, I am now able to eat fat again and whilst it is good to not be so constrained, I find that I don’t want it half as much as I imagined I would – typical! But I can report that cookies (all of the wonderful things you’ve been putting on your site!) and pancakes are still highly desirable and once I am fully well again, I hope to be able to give some a go! :)

    • Julia August 9, 2013, 2:44 pm

      Oh yes, I love that Greek yogurt is strained and comes in a non-fat version (or only 2% fat). I also like that it’s just plain yogurt, without any additions, and I can choose to eat it plain or add my own ingredients if I want to, such as berries or maybe even berry preserves or jam.

  • Laura Dembowski August 8, 2013, 3:49 pm

    Those definitely look like awesome pancakes. I find that when I try foods from my youth, mostly store bought things, they aren’t nearly as good as I remember. Most of my good food memories are rather recent, which is a bummer in some ways.

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker August 8, 2013, 5:44 pm

    Stunning looking pancakes, Julia! I just want to dig right in. Delicious!

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen August 8, 2013, 6:18 pm

    Love your greek yogurt pancakes Julia! You always make your food looks so irresistible!

  • Hannah August 8, 2013, 9:08 pm

    I don’t blame you for obsessing over such a nostalgic treat, especially if they’re half as luscious as your interpretation here! I can’t think of anything else I’d rather wake up to in the morning. :)

  • Reeni August 8, 2013, 10:19 pm

    That is the most gorgeous stack of pancakes I ever laid eyes on! Who knew Greek yogurt could do such wonderful things for pancakes? I’m sold!

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 8, 2013, 11:06 pm

    greek yogurt pancakes are my fave! a year ago i was making them pretty much nonstop. this recipe is pretty similar to mine but i can’t wait to try it out anyways. and those gorgeous berries! mmm!

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu August 9, 2013, 8:46 am

    Julia, these pancakes are BEAUTIFUL!! And I love the Greek yogurt and berries!

  • Patty August 9, 2013, 8:08 pm

    Love your photos! I wish I was having pancakes for dinner..covered in fresh berries!
    Next time I make pancakes I’m adding Greek Yogurt-sounds just wonderfully delicious;)

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 10, 2013, 3:42 am

    What beautiful pancakes – they certainly pop out of those photos! Sadly, not all the way to my plate. :)

  • Serena @Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch August 10, 2013, 5:04 pm

    I love the flavor of Greek Yogurt in pancakes! These look amazing and topped with berries is always my favorite choice! Deliciousness!

  • Lisa H. August 10, 2013, 7:48 pm

    nice breakfast to wake up to :D
    dont mind having this, even better if someone make it for me ;P

  • Kumar's Kitchen August 10, 2013, 9:36 pm

    pancakes look irresistibly tempting, will make for a jump start breakfast with blueberries and Greek yogurt in the recipe, scrumptious :-)

  • Kari@Loaves n Dishes August 10, 2013, 11:59 pm

    Yogurt gives pancakes such a great texture. I’m totally digging the giant dollop of extra yogurt and the abundance of berries!

  • Barb August 11, 2013, 10:31 am

    Oh my… these sound so delish!! wish I had some right now!! beautiful too! Pinning…

  • Daniela August 11, 2013, 12:13 pm

    The pancakes look so beautiful and I’m sure the taste as good as they look!
    love the presentation as well, such gorgeous colors!

  • zerrin August 11, 2013, 2:36 pm

    Julia, these look adorable! Love the colorful topping! Enough for waking me up in the morning and for satisfying my sweet tooth during day! Adding greek yogurt is a great idea!

  • Ilan August 11, 2013, 7:21 pm

    I love blueberry pancakes SO MUCH.
    The yummy warm blueberry juices are just oh so good!

  • Yelena August 12, 2013, 12:08 pm

    I love yogurt pancakes, they are so soft, sometimes I use kefir, also delicious. Beautiful!

  • Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner August 13, 2013, 5:52 pm

    This stack of pancakes is one of the prettiest I’ve seen! Not to mention they look delicious! I love the yogurt addition. Great way to get some protein into breakfast time. :)

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen August 14, 2013, 7:30 am

    Oh gosh! I am bookmarking this now! Greek Yogurt sounds really delicious with pancakes!

  • Asmita August 14, 2013, 9:11 am

    Hi,
    Your pancakes look stunning! Love the chobani on it!

  • Baltic Maid August 14, 2013, 1:44 pm

    I have been wanting to try pancakes with Greek yoghurt for a while now. Your pictures are mouthwatering… I finally need to give them a try. Your pictures convinced me :-)

  • Diane {Created by Diane} August 15, 2013, 12:28 am

    I’m a Greek Yogurt freak, in a good way of course and these look amazing….gorgeous photos. I can’t wait to try them!

  • Erin September 2, 2013, 10:11 am

    So in love! These were awesome. Went hunting on Pinterest specifically for a Greek yogurt pancake and your pics were irresistible. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Julia September 6, 2013, 4:56 am

      Erin, you’re so sweet! Thank you! :)

  • L September 15, 2013, 11:15 am

    These pancakes were awesome! Really fluffy and they actually taste healthy

  • Laura October 2, 2013, 8:48 am

    A.Maze.Ing!!!! These were absolutely delicious!! It makes more than 6 pancakes, thank goodness. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

    • Julia October 3, 2013, 2:38 am

      Thank you, Laura. :) I am glad you liked them. And, yes, this recipe makes 6 servings (and by a single serving I don’t mean just 1 pancake :)).

  • Lauren November 11, 2013, 12:47 am

    Yum! Would have never thought to add yogurt to a pancake recipe. Then again, I have not experimented much with Greek Yogurt. Thank you for opening my mind with your delicious recipe and thoughtful story!

    • Julia November 12, 2013, 1:58 am

      Lauren, glad you stopped by and left this very sweet comment! :) I cook and bake with Greek yogurt all the time – it’s an amazing ingredient to work with! I actually have quite a few recipes here with Greek yogurt: from banana bread to muffins to everyday cakes. :)

  • Lyna Yeo December 13, 2013, 9:34 pm

    Your site has been my go-to for breakfast recipes! Tx u for sharing Julia

    1st tym in e kitchen making pancakes…huge success!

    Love how its done from scratch allowing me to know what exactly goes into my food… :)

    • Julia December 19, 2013, 2:42 pm

      Lyna, thank you for such a sweet comment! I am flattered that I am your go-to site for breakfast recipes! :) Breakfast is a very important meal of the day for me! Pancakes made from scratch taste so much better, especially with Greek yogurt!

  • Annette Kim February 10, 2014, 4:21 pm

    Hi from Hong Kong, omg these pancakes were amazing!!!! :D I usually end up wasting all my pancakes because they were just unedible but these were light, fluffy and could hold their own in the flavor department! Thank you so much for the recipe :)

    • Julia February 11, 2014, 2:33 pm

      Annette, so glad you liked these! I love them too! :)

  • marla April 29, 2014, 10:46 pm

    LOVE these pretty pancakes!

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