Thursday, August 23, 2012

Whole Wheat Blender Pancakes

It's time for a recipe from Rachelle's kitchen!
I'll admit that I'm a little bit of a self-proclaimed health-nut in training. Over the past three years I've tried several things to help my family be a little more healthy. We have a long ways to go, but I figure every little bit helps. Eating is the biggest problem. I feel like we put so much junk into our bodies, so many refined sugars, flours, preservatives, chemicals, hormones--it's enough to make me wish I didn't have to eat!

My ideal goal would be to prepare foods as close to their whole state as possible, since that's when they contain the most nutrients. They're still alive at that state. It's very hard to do with most things, but like I said, every little bit helps and I'm not going to stress over it. So I wanted to share one of our favorite recipes of late. It probably still isn't perfectly healthy, but I think it comes pretty close. About once a week, I make whole wheat blender pancakes.

 Don't cringe just because it says whole wheat! Try them! They are absolutely delicious. I love the nutty texture the whole wheat provides. My kids devour them. In fact, we like to have a breakfast night once a week and when I make these my  kids can almost eat as much as my husband and I. We like to eat them with fresh fruit and berries. They are so quick and easy to make. I'd love to hear your success story if you try them and about any other great healthy recipes you love.

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Blender Pancakes 
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (or can just use milk with a teaspoon of vinegar)
1 cup whole wheat
2 heaping tablespoons cornmeal
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg (Farm fresh courtesy of our backyard chickens!)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon soda

 In blender, mix buttermilk and wheat kernels on high for 3 minutes Add cornmeal, butter, egg, salt, and brown sugar. Blend for 10 seconds. Add baking powder and soda. Pulse 3 times and let mix foam up and get light ( about 3 minutes sitting). Batter will be chunky from the whole wheat kernels. Cook at once on a hot 375 degree nonstick griddle. Turn once.

I used my Blendtec this morning and started it out on the Grind Grain option--I only ran this for about 20 seconds instead of the 3 minutes required for my regular blender.

You'll see from the picture that the batter appears different than your regular ol' store bought mix. The whole wheat kernels make it seem a bit grainy and the mixture is a bit runny, but don't add anything!

Pour it on your hot griddle and watch as the pancakes plump up nicely!
 They do take a bit longer to cook, so don't be impatient. Wait until you see the bubbles popping up all over the surface of the pancake before you flip them. They will be a delicious golden brown color.

That's it! Serve them up with fresh berries and whipped cream, yogurt, or a bit of real maple syrup. We like to make homemade berry syrup in our Blendtec, guess I'll have to share that recipe next!

You tell me--do you think my baby liked his pancakes?