Low-fat Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

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My life has been moving so fast lately I feel like I’m watching it go by on a speeding train. The trees, hillsides and towns blur by me as I race onto my next stop, my next fleeting destination. As much as I love every aspect of my crazed life, I also wish it would slow down. I wish I could stop the train and stare at the beauty around me without worrying what I’m going to miss next or what/who I’m late meeting. I can’t stop time nor do I want to stop living this dream life, but I can give myself a few moments of peace. And in those moments I don’t want complicated food with fancy ingredients. I want simple. I want low-fat fluffy buttermilk pancakes. I want food that reminds me of those times I wasn’t living in the future or past, but the here and now.

The funny thing is when I made these on Saturday morning, I was feeling rushed. I had to get the recipe done and photographed, had to shower and get ready for my part time job, had to spend just a few seconds with a husband who barely knows me anymore. As I rushed to perfect the recipe and the shot, I spilled about a cup of syrup all over me. Now, after a few curse words and aggressive strokes to remove said syrup from the floor, I just started laughing. I sat down, sticky and sweet, and laughed.

Nothing like a syrup mishap to really bring you back to life. Life is weird, in the strangest, most unplanned moments do you feel the most alive. After that, I washed myself up and sat down to enjoy these pancakes. I didn’t rush through them because I knew I’d be late to work. I sat down and savored every bite. I let my mind vacation back to those uncomplicated saturday mornings of my youth when I had not a care in the world. That’s what I spent my few minutes of peace remembering.

It’s so easy in our incredibly busy lives to take these simple moments for granted, trust me, I know this. But it’s those moments that keep us grounded, keep our heads above water, keep us from crashing or fast forwarding through life. So guys, just take them. Let those moments give you the peace and tranquility you need to keep going.

Low-fat Buttermilk Pancakes


Yields about 8 pancakes. Recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Light.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Dash of oil for cooking


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda together.  Set aside. In another bowl, whisk the applesauce, buttermilk, vanilla and eggs together. Carefully add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients with a whisk (this will make the pancakes fluffy, do not stir with a spoon). Mixture will be chunky and lumpy (which is a good thing).
  2. Heat about 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add about 1/4 cup of batter into the pan. Cook pancake on one side until the batter starts to bubble. Then, using a nonstick spatula, flip the pancake. Cook another 3 – 4 minutes, or until both sides are golden brown.

Nutritional information per pancake:

Calories: 155
Fat: 4 grams
Carbohydrates: 26.5 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Protein: 3.2 grams
Weight Watchers Points:  4

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  1. Posted by Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection on
    Monday, November 12th, 2012
    Couldn't agree more. Sometimes we get so caught up in the craziness that we forget about or even get annoyed by the moments that slow us down. But we should revel in them, as you pointed out. And what better way than with these fluffy pancakes! They look delicious...I want to reach into my computer and grab the plate. Yum!
  2. Posted by Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on
    Monday, November 12th, 2012
    Amen. that is all. :)
  3. Posted by domesticfits on
    Monday, November 12th, 2012
    Gorgeous pancakes, and I totally agree with all of that. If we can't just BE, and find happiness in the small moments, what is the point in trying to reach any goal at all If we can't live in those moments, happy and grateful. AND, can't wait to hear all about your magical trip.
  4. Monday, November 12th, 2012
    Fluffy pancakes can't be beat. These look amazing!
  5. Posted by Kathryn on
    Monday, November 12th, 2012
    Oh I know that feeling - I'm glad that these pancakes gave you a moment of peace and quiet. They look so lovely and fluffy!
    • Posted by claire on
      Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
      Thank you Kathryn!
  6. Posted by Julie @ Table for Two on
    Monday, November 12th, 2012
    so as i was reading this, i was picturing you doing all this in your house. for some reason, it reminded me of a movie unfolding, about a girl, who lives a crazy busy life, just sitting down on the floor and starting to take in the small moments in life and to come back down to earth and taking in all the moments that make you - you. breathing every now and then is a good thing and i'm glad that you didn't take this mishap and let it ruin your day - instead you turned it around and discovered more of yourself with it and learned a great lesson through it. you inspire me, claire. really! now..can i have a fluffy pancake for writing a novel? :)
    • Posted by claire on
      Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
      YES!! come on over :D
  7. Posted by Tutti Dolci on
    Monday, November 12th, 2012
    I love fluffy pancakes, yum!
    • Posted by claire on
      Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
      They really are the best.
  8. Posted by justonecookbook on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    Agree, I don't know how this year passed by so quickly this year. My husband doesn't need dinner this week and I promised my kids we'll do breakfast for dinner. Sounds like these pancakes are the great choice!
    • Posted by claire on
      Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
      I know! How is it already almost thanksgiving?!
  9. Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    These fluffy pancakes look absolutely perfect!
  10. Posted by christina on
    Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    These look incredible! I agree, time is definitely flying by. I still can't grasp that the year is almost over.
  11. Posted by Bree on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    Very beautifully said. I can completely relate :)
  12. Posted by kjpugs on
    Saturday, November 17th, 2012
    This might be my Christmas morning pancakes for the fam. I always have a hard time finding recipes but if I use the "mix" it always has the same "fake" taste to it. I'd throw some chocolate chips in, though! :)
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    Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
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  14. Posted by Terry Martin on
    Thursday, June 18th, 2020
    Very good used 3 egg whites and very good. Will make again