The Perfect Whole-Wheat Pancake Mix

Simplicity is the theme this year.  No other time of the day can be more stressful than morning, especially if you have to be out the door at a certain time.  I’m usually grabbing for something quick, like toast or cereal, when I’m in a hurry.  I may even grab a piece of fruit and stash it in my bag.  But my kids aren’t that forgiving.  They seem to think that this will be the last meal they will ever receive. Lunch is just too far away… will she even remember to feed us?   Yes, I’ll remember… maybe… but they actually want a MEAL!!  So here’s where I have a solution.  Pancakes!

So since the theme is simplicity, you would assume I use a store-bought boxed brand of pancake mix, right? Nope.. not at all!  Have you ever looked on the back of one of those boxes?  You tell me what all those ingredients are.  It’s absolutely insane!  There has to be a better way.  So here we go!  Perfect pancakes (all whole wheat), easy.

Dry Mix
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Wet Mix
2 eggs
1 cup fat-free buttermilk
1/2 cup low-fat milk
Vanilla flavoring (optional)

When I have some extra time I’ll double, or even triple, the dry mix ingredients and store in an air-tight container for later use.  Two cups of the dry mix makes one batch of pancakes.  I usually make 2-3 small pancakes per person… I can get 6-8 servings out of this recipe.

Here’s another idea:  Instead of thinking of these as traditional pancakes (adding berries and maple syrup), allow to cool and spread with peanut butter for a perfect snack.  Because they are made with whole wheat, they stand up well and don’t fall apart easily.

If texture is an issue for you or maybe you are just now making a transition to all whole-wheat or whole-grain products, feel free to mix the flours.  I would do 1 cup whole wheat and 1 cup all purpose.

When you are adding in your wet mixture (buttermilk, milk and eggs), you can also fold in your “add-ins” (chocolate chips, cinnamon, blueberries, flax seed, etc).  Of course you know what my kids want…. chocolate chips!  I really don’t mind.  These pancakes are super healthy, super delicious, and super easy to make!

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