If you’re looking to try and make your mornings healthy, these deliciously fluffy Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes are where you should start!
Conversation with my seven-year-old son after school on Monday –
Xander: I have to go to bed early tonight.
Me: That sounds like a good plan, but why?
Xander: Because we have tests this week and the rules are that we go to sleep early and eat a good breakfast in the morning.
Me: Those are good rules, and I think we can do that. Any ideas on what you’d like for breakfast?
Xander: Well, my teacher said that our parents should try to get up earlier than normal so they can make us pancakes to fuel our brains.
Huh. Well thank you teacher for thinking I should get up earlier and attempt to fit pancakes into what are already busy mornings. Pancakes and waffles are for Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday mornings usually consist of oatmeal, quick scrambled eggs, cereal, etc. Definitely not a whole production. On top of that, pancakes generally are not healthy. Pancakes are super carby and can easily be turned into a dessert if you’re not careful! Definitely not what I wanted my kiddo to eat on the morning of a big test.
But as a mama who doesn’t want to disappoint, I assured my little guy that I could find a way to get down to the kitchen in time the following morning to make some pancakes. And I was determined to make them healthier than your basic pancake.
Tuesday morning comes along. I get up at my normal time (4:00 am… eek!) and take care of my normal things. I’m getting ready in my bathroom when I hear my kiddo’s alarm go off at six. I don’t need to be down to the kitchen until about 6:30 to get things going for these test-day pancakes. I hear him trot down the stairs and then hurry back up. He comes right into my room still wiping the sleep away and before a “good morning” or a “hello”, he says, “You didn’t get up early to make me pancakes for my big day!”
Oh kid. As if I would let you down. I had already found a super quick and easy, nutrient filled recipe that would be perfect for test day, even on a busy school morning. I assured him it would be taken care of, and he just had to trust me.
(Whatcha think of my very first GIF? It needs some practice, but I’ve wanted to make one for a long time and finally got around to it. So fun! Expect to see more! PS, that was my kiddo’s pouring technique. I would’ve drenched those babies!)
After all was said and done, the pancakes came together in no time at all, the kiddo had no clue they were healthy, and I even had time for a quick photo shoot. Sounds like a successful morning in my book!
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup ground flaxmeal
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk of your choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- dash or two of cinnamon
- 1 cup mixed fresh berries
Mix together the flour, flaxmeal, and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
In another bowl, beat together the egg, milk, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar until mixed well. Stir in the dry ingredients.
Place a skillet or electric griddle over medium heat and spray lightly with cooking spray.
Drop 1/4 cup of the batter on the pan per pancake. Cook until bubbly, about 1 1/2 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until golden brown.
Serve with fresh berries and syrup
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