Secret Ingredient Pancakes: Healthy, Delicious, and Light
May 12, 2014 20 Comments
Mmmmmmm, pancakes. Pan….cake. How can you go wrong?
Pancakes are served in my house on Sunday as a treat. Recently, I have been using my strawberry rhubarb compote as a replacement for syrup and loving it.
What about putting fruit IN the pancake? This way you decrease the amount of “cake” and increase the amount of fiber, micronutrients, and vitamins. Sound good?
Here is the “secret ingredient”:
Yes, I developed it myself using a very sophisticated technique (a tree).
First, you core the apple. If you don’t have an apple corer, you can get one at Target or even at your supermarket. Then you slice the apple into about 6 slices and dunk it into pancake batter.
The result is a soft apple interior with a crunchy crust on the outside. My kids INHALED these and then demanded more (and didn’t even ask for syrup). You could use any pancake batter that you like – but I did include a recipe here.
I tried to store the batter in my fridge for later use and it didn’t work - use this up in one go and store the apple pancakes instead.
These make a terrific breakfast, snack, or dessert (add some whipped cream).
What do you put in your pancakes to make them healthier?
Apple Ring Pancake Recipe
Makes 18 pancakes
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or whatever milk you have on hand)
1 large egg
3 apples, washed, cored, and sliced into 6 slices
Mix the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add the almond milk and egg and mix until blended.
Heat a non-stick pan on medium high heat and spray with cooking spray (or use a pat of butter to grease the pan). Dip apple slice in batter ensuring that both sides are covered. Place in pan and cook for about 3 minutes per side or until the batter is browned and cooked through.
Enjoy with Greek yogurt, maple syrup, or plain.
For one apple pancake = 47 calories, 0.5 g fat, 0.0 g saturated fat, 9.6 g carbohydrates, 3.7 g sugar, 1.1 g protein, 1.1 g fiber, 45 mg sodium, 1 Points+
Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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