I don’t know anybody who doesn’t enjoy the taste of warm pancakes in the morning, made with their favorite ingredients.
Pancakes are traditionally not the healthiest of foods, but with a little thought, some ingredient substitution and the magic of wheat germ, these little beauties can actually be a nutritious, healthy treat!
I love nothing better than enjoying a Sunday breakfast that involves a morning walk, followed by fresh coffee, orange juice and some delicious, (guilt-free) wheat germ, blueberry pancakes!
Wheat Germ Pancake Recipe
This recipe is easy to follow and allows you to substitute various ingredients. It is as about as healthy as a pancake can be 😀 :
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
2 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup of toasted wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1. Mix together the eggs, oil and buttermilk in a medium bowl. Add the baking soda, wheat germ, salt and flour. Stir and mix together until thoroughly blended.
2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
3. Add any additional ingredients to the mix. I like to add 3 or 4 chopped bluberries at this point.
4. Once the batter starts to bubble on top and when edges start to cook, flip the pancake. Cook other side for about 2-3 minutes, until golden.
5. Serve immediately, topped with a few extra blueberries if desired. Mayple syrup is optional!
How to Make Your Pancakes Even Healthier
Substitute eggs for flaxseed. To replace one egg, measure one tablespoon of flax seed and grind in a blender or coffee grinder. Add 3 tablespoons of water, and stir/whisk. This will replace one egg in a recipe. Easy to do and a healthier option. And you probably won’t even notice the difference!
Substitute oil for applesauce. This may suprise many of you, but you can simply substitute oil for applesauce on a 1 to 1 ratio. So 1/4 cup of oil for 1/4 cup of applesauce.
Generally applesauce works wonderful for bread, muffins, cake, pancakes and similar recipes. By taking out the oil, you are removing any unhealthy fats. Many stores today sell natural applesauce, eliminating added sugar to your diet as well. Or you could make the sauce yourself.
If you don’t have buttermilk on hand you can make your own out of regular milk. To do so, just add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into a large measuring bowl, add enough milk to make 1 cup, and let it sit for 5 min before using. Since this pancake recipe requires 2 cups, double the amount.