Valentine’s Funfetti Pancakes with Vanilla Greek Yogurt Sauce

Light and fluffy pancakes are fun and festive thanks to sprinkles in the batter. Greek yogurt is used in both the pancakes and the vanilla sauce, giving these funfetti pancakes tons of filling protein. Such a delicious and celebratory breakfast!

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What a difference a day makes! Yesterday in NYC it was in the 50s and sunny and today it is 30 and snowing! We seriously got so lucky with the Superbowl weather.

Is everyone tired today from all the festivities last night? I know I am, and this snow is not helping things! So I need something to cheer me up today, and these pancakes are just the thing. If these don’t bring a smile to your face, I don’t know what will! Aren’t they just the cutest?  And so perfect for Valentines Day!

Valentine’s Funfetti Pancakes with Vanilla Greek Yogurt Sauce | chezcateylou.com

Valentine’s Funfetti Pancakes with Vanilla Greek Yogurt Sauce | chezcateylou.com

As you can see in this post and this post, I am really obsessed with my Valentines Day sprinkles. I seriously want to put them on EVERYTHING! So yesterday when I was craving pancakes, I thought why not add sprinkles?  Turned out to be the best idea ever. With the help of a little extra vanilla extract and the sprinkles, these funfetti pancakes really taste like funfetti cake!

Valentine’s Funfetti Pancakes with Vanilla Greek Yogurt Sauce | chezcateylou.com

Valentine’s Funfetti Pancakes with Vanilla Greek Yogurt Sauce | chezcateylou.com

But don’t worry – there is no cake mix in these pancakes. I know that cake mix is really not something that most of us want to be eating for breakfast. And in fact, I like to think that these are slightly healthy because I made them with Greek yogurt! I love putting Greek yogurt in my pancakes. It adds in protein, and helps to make them really light and fluffy. I love fluffy pancakes!

Valentine’s Funfetti Pancakes with Vanilla Greek Yogurt Sauce | chezcateylou.com

Valentine’s Funfetti Pancakes with Vanilla Greek Yogurt Sauce | chezcateylou.com

I am not a fan of maple syrup – there is just something about the smell and flavor that I don’t like. Plus it is just so…sticky. I really don’t like anything about it. When TheBetterHalf puts syrup on his pancakes or waffles, I have to sit far away from him so that I don’t smell it! I know, I’m weird.  But anyway, I’m always looking for an alternate pancake topping.  Usually I go with jelly, or even just a little butter. But I decided to get fancy with these pancakes. Since they are funfetti, I thought they deserved some icing! But to keep things a little lighter and healthier (it is breakfast after all) I make a Greek yogurt sauce.

It is so simple – just mix together some vanilla yogurt with a little vanilla extract, a splash of milk, and some honey to add a little more sweetness. This sauce tastes delicious with the funfetti pancakes!

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Now a word of advice about the sprinkles in the pancakes – use oblong sprinkles, not the little tiny dot sprinkles.

Sidenote: Are there technical terms for sprinkle types? Jimmies and nonpareils? I’ll just go with oblong and tiny dot.

Anyway, if you use the tiny dot sprinkles, the color will immediately bleed into the batter. I tried this, and ended up with a pink tie dye pancake! Which really isn’t the worst thing ever. But it looks more funfetti-ish if you use oblong sprinkles. Another tip – mix the sprinkles in just before you cook the pancakes. The longer they sit in the batter, the more time the color has to spread into the batter.

The tiny dot sprinkles however look GREAT as a decoration on top :)

Valentine’s Funfetti Pancakes with Vanilla Greek Yogurt Sauce | chezcateylou.com

Valentine’s Funfetti Pancakes with Vanilla Greek Yogurt Sauce

Valentine’s Funfetti Pancakes with Vanilla Greek Yogurt Sauce

Light and fluffy pancakes are fun and festive thanks to sprinkles in the batter. Greek yogurt is used in both the pancakes and the vanilla sauce, giving these funfetti pancakes tons of filling protein. Such a delicious and celebratory breakfast!

Ingredients

    For the Pancakes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used 0% Chobani)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles (the oblong kind, not the tiny dot kind)
  • For the Sauce
  • 1 5.3 oz container vanilla yogurt (I used 0% Chobani)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons honey (more or less to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons milk

Instructions

    For the Pancakes
  1. Preheat a griddle pan or large frying pan over medium low heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk, egg, oil, and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over mix. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Divide the batter into two bowls, and gently mix half the sprinkles into the first bowl.
  6. Lightly and carefully grease your pan.
  7. Spoon the batter into four places on the griddle pan. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes, until golden brown. Flip and cook for 1 - 2 minutes on the other side. Remove pancakes to a wire rack.
  8. Stir the rest of the sprinkles into the remaining batter, and repeat cooking process.
  9. For the Sauce
  10. In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, vanilla, honey, and milk. Add more milk until desired consistency is reached.
  11. Serve pancakes topped with yogurt sauce and extra sprinkles.
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  Looking for more pancakes?  Try these Healthy Chocolate Chip Pancakes!

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Or these Whole Wheat Pancakes made with Greek Yogurt…

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Just want more funfetti?  That’s fine too!  These sugar cookies are great!

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Comments

  1. says

    What a great idea to use Greek yoghurt in the pancakes themselves as well as in the sauce. I love how versatile Greek yoghurt is. I often use it instead of sour cream or even mayonnaise. Love the idea of making Valentine’s Day pancakes, too – it goes without saying that they look wonderful!

    • says

      Thanks, HelenI love subbing sour cream or mayo with Greek yogurt, it just keeps things a bit lighter and healthier which is always a good thing!

  2. says

    I am obsessed too with Valentine’s Day sprinkles!!! They are so cute and pretty. I don’t know what to do after next week urghhh. This pancake looks amazing. I love the greek yogurt sauce to match…I don’t use maple syrup either on my waffles or pancakes.

    • says

      Thanks, Zainab! I’m always looking for something to use in place of maple syrup. And after next week….bring on the St. Patrick’s day sprinkles!! Do they make those?!

  3. says

    I think I could just go for a plate of sprinkles! Haha, just kidding, these pancakes look absolutely incredible. They are so thick and fluffy; pancake perfection! And I love that the frosting looks so decadent and is still skinny. This is my kind of romantic breakfast! :)

    • says

      You are so smart – I should have added skinny to the title because the sauce really is! And what could be better than a plate of sprinkles!!

  4. says

    These are adorable – I love the festive sprinkles! So fun! My husband and I were just saying that the Super Bowl should be on a saturday – that way we don’t have to be tired for work the next day! haha

  5. says

    What a cute and romantic breakfast! My husband refuses to have anything but maple syrup on his pancakes. It drives me nuts. I do love maple syrup but I know what you mean about the stickiness, I never realised how much of a messy eater I was until maple syrup came along. ;)

  6. says

    These are simply the cutest thing ever!! How much fun would it be to have these for breakfast on Valentine’s day?? My kids would LOVE that!
    I can’t wait to try Greek yogurt IN the pancakes! So brilliant! I love Greek yogurt in pretty much everything … so why not pancakes?! :) And that topping? YUMMMM! I’m totally with you – I can’t stand maple syrup by itself. I can bake with it occasionally, but I cannot deal with the smell of it. Blech!

    • says

      Thanks, Gretchen! The yogurt makes these so light and fluffy! I always sub in honey or agave when recipes call for maple, I just hate the smell!!

  7. says

    What a whimsical idea, and they turned out absolutely picture-perfect! I love the little heart sprinkles – did you buy those in a regular grocery store, or some kind of specialty store?

    • says

      Thank you so much!! I found the heart sprinkles at WalMart in the Philly suburbs! They are Wilton brand. I have also seen them at State News in NYC.

  8. says

    oh my god Cate! HOW adorable and delicious are these???? I’m dying for a stack of them. Cake for breakfast — that sounds like my idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day. Love.

  9. says

    I had tons of fun celebrating the Superbowl because I live in Seattle! I would just toss Valentine’s Day Sprinkles on everything! I love them! thanks for the tips on which sprinkle type to use! I love maple syrup, but I could totally go for this Greek Yogurt sauce!

  10. says

    I think those round sprinkles have a real name, but heck if I remember it. ;) These pancakes look so fluffy and soft. Will you come by tomorrow to make for me if I promise to keep the maple syrup out of sight? ;) I actually do like it on my pancakes, but I’m weirded about by how soggy they get so it has to be in a puddle on the side for me to dunk in. Don’t judge me. ;)
    I never new pancakes could look so beautiful! :) Lovely job!!

    • says

      Hahaha, your comment made me laugh – if you hide the syrup, I will definitely make these for you!! And no judgement at all – I totally respect weird food rules, I (obviously) have so many of them!

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