Monday, October 24, 2011

Whole Grain Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

Last year for Christmas my dad bought me the cookbook Baby Love - I was so excited to start cooking for our daughter! It's a great book in that it has purees, meals, and even a few things for mom and dad too.

One recipe I tried a few months ago was for Whole Grain Blueberry Pancakes with Flax. Making your own pancake mix is so easy that there is no reason to buy the boxed stuff. Plus, you can control what is going in to your pancakes. I loved that this one used both whole wheat flour and ground flaxseed - after eating them we all felt nicely full for a while, something that never happens eating regular pancakes (you may feel full at first, but soon after you get that shaky feeling, right?).

This past weekend I used the pancake mix I already made, but changed it up by adding apples and cinnamon - delicious!!

Ingredients for the Pancake Mix - makes enough for 3 full batches
Mix and store in an airtight container

  • 3 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 c pancake mix (from above)
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed (flax meal)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pint buttermilk
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 apple, shredded (I cooked the apples in a tiny bit of water in the microwave for 30 seconds just to soften them a bit)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • Preheat a griddle to 350 degrees
  • Pour the pancake mix and flaxseed into a large bowl
  • Whisk eggs in a separate bowl; add buttermilk and melted butter. Whisk again.
  • Add the egg/buttermilk/butter mixture to the bowl with the pancake mix and flaxseed
  • Add cinnamon and apples
  • Slowly whisk together to barely combine the wet and dry ingredients. You don't want it to be smooth!
  • Ladle mixture onto the griddle and cook until golden brown on both sides. When I ladle the mixture onto the griddle, I also flatten it out just a bit by swirling the mixture as the pancakes are very heavy and need to cook through without burning on the outside.
I just finished using up my last batch of the dry mix, but will definitely be making more to keep around. Another great thing - these pancakes freeze very well. I wrap them individually in plastic, foil, and then store in a freezer bag and then can quickly pull one out for a nice breakfast for my daughter. Enjoy!!

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