110 Calories…In a Pancake!

Maniacal lauuuuuuuugh, maniacal lauuuuuuuuugh!

^———– Isn’t this like the coolest movie clip ever? xD I love the Muppets.

Anyway, yep, I did it. As part of my low calorie quest, this morning, I fiddled around with my Maw Maw’s pancake recipe. I know, sacrelig to my family tradition, but I wanted to see what I could pull off for substitutes in my cooking. Since pancakes are quick and easy to throw together, and since I figured if I screwed them up I could always scramble a couple of eggs, I was very gung-ho in my attempt to change the recipe around.

If you’ll remember, my pancake recipe calls for all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, egg, oil and milk. Pretty straight-forward, pretty typical.

This morning, I changed that to whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, Truvia, egg, applesauce and milk. Compared side by side, the calorie count is as follows:

Maw Maw’s recipe:

1 cup all purpose flour (455 calories)

1 cup 2% milk (130 calories)

2 tbls oil (240 calories)

2 tbls sugar (96 calories)

1 egg (80 calories)

Bringing the grand total to 1001 calories. With 6 pancakes, you get 166.8, or 167 since I rounded, calories per pancake.

Now my changes:

1 cup whole wheat flour (440 calories)

1 cup 2% milk (130 calories)

2 & 1/2 tsp Truvia (0 calories)

2 tbls of unsweetened applesauce (30 calories)

1 egg (80 calories)

Bringing the grand total to 680 calories. With 6 pancakes, that is 113 calories per pancake.


Did we notice a difference in the taste? Of course, but it wasn’t terrible, and it didn’t taste like anything other than a whole wheat pancake. The substitutions also didn’t affect the the texture or consistency of the pancakes or the batter, which was a nice surprise. I’ve never cooked/baked with applesauce before, so I was under the impression that it might make my batter more watery. That, however, was not the case, and I’m exited to move on to more experiments.

The Ryan liked the pancakes very much and asked me, “What did you do different?” When I told him, he just said “Cool” in between bites. He was pretty impressed when I told him how many calories were in each pancake also. Coincidentally he decided to eat 4. No syrup, just pancakes. I had two of them with a couple tbls of Log Cabin Lite (which was probably like 50 calories of syrup or so), which means my two pancake breakfast was 276 calories – enough to have a nice cup of coffee and an egg alongside. πŸ™‚

One thing I did notice is that Truvia has a bit of an aftertaste, like you may experience with Aspartame. That’s nothing my cup of coffee didn’t fix, though.

So happy Saturday! Enjoy your breakfast! πŸ˜‰



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4 responses to “110 Calories…In a Pancake!

  1. We have been LOVING the muppets at my house lately too! the newest movie was soooo good, I just want to travel everywhere by map, lol. great looking pancakes πŸ™‚

    • Hahahaha, my first “official date” with the Ryan was dinner at Carraba’s and The Muppets movie..xD They are so awesome, it was amazing to see something from our childhoods come back. πŸ˜€

      Thanks for stopping by πŸ˜€

  2. Hello this looks real good. Are you using a homemade applesauce or will a shop bought one do?

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