Fluffy ‘n light blueberry pancakes with nutty, whole wheat goodness. Positively packed with blueberries, a huge stack of these is another reason I love pancakes.
Have I told you before about my love for pancakes?
I love them. And these whole wheat blueberry beauties are no exception. They’re fluffy and light and filling and pretty and oh-so-full of juicy blueberries. And in keeping with this week’s healthy recipe trend, they’re not so bad for ya. Let’s dig right in and learn how to make them, shall we? Grab your mimosa. What? It’s Friday.
Making the swap from all-purpose flour to whole wheat flour sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? Just a simple, equal replacement. Well, it’s not always that simple. More often than not, your whole wheat baked good will taste a little heavy. Dense. Tough. Not at all the fluffy, rich, soft recipe you were expecting. Such is the case with whole wheat pizza crust. It took me two weeks to get that perfectly fluffy and flavorful whole wheat pizza crust recipe down just right, tweaking ingredients to make up for the heavy texture of whole wheat flour. And I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results! I know what you’re thinking, can’t I just use white whole wheat flour? Absolutely. But it’s not always readily available to everyone and it doesn’t provide that same nutty, wheat-y taste.
Into the kitchen I stumbled one recent Sunday morning. Determined, absolutely starving, and ready for some warm, comforting pancakes. The recipe begins with, duh, 100% whole wheat flour. I’m a total fangirl for King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour. Not a celebrity, not a singer, just a fangirl for… a flour company. I use a little baking powder and soda to give the pancakes some lift. Whole wheat flour tends to weigh things down, so I make sure to add just enough leavener to aerate the cooking batter without leaving any chemical aftertaste.
The results? Fluff city. Technical terms.
The pancakes are left moist (gasp! I typed it.) from plenty of ingredients. Heavy whole wheat flour is capable of making pancakes taste like dry hockey pucks, so let’s avoid any of that nonsense by loading the batter with just enough moisture. A mix of yogurt, milk, eggs, and coconut oil leave every bite tender. The coconut oil makes each bite taste a little rich and indulgent, exactly what we love about the taste of regular, less healthy pancakes. Canola or vegetable may be used instead of coconut oil, see notes in the recipe.
I like to use plain, nonfat Greek yogurt. Use your favorite brand. Sour cream, regular yogurt, vanilla, honey, low fat, or full fat works well here too. I’ve since made these whole wheat blueberry pancakes with nonfat blueberry flavored Greek yogurt and, as you can imagine, they are uh-mazing. Kevin goes “they’re pretty fruity.” Always so much excitement in that guy.
A kiss of cinnamon and a touch of vanilla give the pancakes brilliant flavor. Sweetening the pancakes is pure maple syrup. Yup, maple syrup isn’t just for topping! I put it inside the batter to amp up that cozy maple flavor.
As for toppings? I haven’t gotten too wild with these pancakes the few times I’ve made them. I suggest you try topping them with some melted peanut butter, a spread of almond butter, maybe some raspberry or blueberry jam? Honey, sliced banana, ricotta, or lemon curd. Wow, lemon curd. That would be fabulous. Now I need to make them again.
Mmm. A pile of healthy whole wheat carbs. The best kind of weekend fuel.
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Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes
Fluffy 'n light blueberry pancakes with nutty, whole wheat goodness. Positively packed with blueberries, a huge stack of these is another reason I love pancakes.
- 2 cups (246g) whole wheat flour (or white whole wheat flour) (measured correctly)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup (248g) plain Greek yogurt1
- 1 and 1/4 cups (300ml) milk2
- 1/4 cup (60ml) pure maple syrup3
- 2 large Eggland's Best eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 Tablespoons (45ml) melted coconut oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil (or butter)
- 1 and 3/4 cups (315g) frozen or fresh blueberries4
- If using coconut oil (or butter), microwave it until melted. Set aside to slightly cool. You absolutely do not want it piping hot.
- In a large bowl, toss the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together until combined. Set aside.
- In another large bowl, whisk the yogurt, milk, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla until combined. Whisk in the oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently whisk to combine the ingredients. The batter is thick and a few lumps may remain. Very very gently, fold in the blueberries using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Especially if you are using frozen blueberries, you want to use a light hand when mixing because they will bleed some juices and therefore, some color.
- Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Coat generously with nonstick cooking spray. Once hot, drop about 1/4 cup of batter on the griddle. Cook until the edges look dry and bubbles begin to form on the sides, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through, about 2 more minutes. Coat griddle/skillet again with cooking spray for each pancake or batch of pancakes.
- Keep pancakes warm in a preheated 200F degree oven until all pancakes are cooked. Serve pancakes immediately with toppings of choice.
- Make ahead tip: Pancakes taste best right after they are made. Pancakes freeze well, up to 2 months. Reheat to your liking.
- Sour cream, regular plain yogurt, or vanilla, blueberry, and honey yogurts and Greek yogurts all work well. Nonfat, low fat, full fat, it's your choice. I typically use nonfat.
- I use skim milk, but any milk fat works. As does almond, soy, rice, and coconut milk.
- Honey, agave, or brown sugar my be substituted for maple syrup in the batter.
- If you are a total blueberry lover, increase blueberries up to 2 cups.
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Eggland’s Best provided me with eggs to bring you this recipe.