by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Sunday, June 22, 2014
That said, pancakes in general are hard to turn down. If I have a jar of sourdough hanging out if the fridge, I'll add some to the batter. I also like to stud them with fun things like sausage and cheese or bacon, blueberries, and brown butter. Cardamom and strawberry...a handful of wheat germ...cornmeal and blackberries...or the all-out decadence of banana pancakes scented with ginger and cinnamon and smothered in a Butter Rum Banana Maple Syrup. Sigh. I could go for a plate of pancakes right now.
So really, what better vehicle is there than a family favorite for experimenting with healthier choices? I can't think of one.
A great way to start is by replacing up to half of your regular, all-purpose flour with a whole wheat or whole grain flour. The whole wheat adds a hint of nuttiness, and helps to make you feel full sooner (fiber). Pancakes are also a great place to throw in some of your favorite superfoods (or superfoods you may like to try).
What exactly are superfoods? In their most basic form, they are foods that are beneficial to your health. They are usually high in antioxidants, vitamins, or another nutrient, and other health-promoting properties. You've heard the term "eat a rainbow" before? Well, colorful foods are healthy, and many of those foods are considered superfoods - that's a great place to start. You can search the internet for other superfoods, as well. I don't have any affiliation with Food Matters, but it's a good starting place if you need one.
- 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 large eggs
- 2-1/2 to 3 cups buttermilk (or any type of milk)
- 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
- 2-1/2 to 3 cups of at least three different superfoods (I used blueberries, chia seeds, and walnuts)
Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, single malt Scotch, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.