Whole wheat flour is better for your health than normal all-purpose white flour. Why? Basically – whole grains are better sources of fiber and other important nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium. So if you want to make your pancakes healthier use whole wheat. I like these pancakes just the same as normal ones, they are great! Maybe even better. But if you feel that pancakes made 100% out of whole wheat flour are a little bit to dense and not so soft (it can happen) you can use a combination of both flours. For instance use 3/4 cup whole wheat and 1/2 cup all purpose flour. You will also notice that we are substituting sugar with artificial sweetener in this recipe. You could also skip the sugar in pancakes altogether. You either have to adjust your tastebuds a little bit or use a sweet topping. But I can tell you from personal experience – your taste can change. I started using less salt and less sugar in my diet. At first I felt that my meals are not salty or sweet enugh but after a while your taste adjusts and they taste fine, just healthier. And food that you used to think is normal is suddenly to salty. Well anyway.. Lets get started with the recipe! :)
Whole wheat pancake recipe ingredients
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk (you can add more if necessary)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon artificial sweetener (you can also use brown sugar, honey or no sugar at all)
This recipe serves 4.
Making pancakes and pancake batter is easy, there is no way you can make “mix everything together” hard :)! But if you want instructions then follow this…
1. Sift together flour and baking powder.
2. Take a bowl and beat together the egg, milk, salt and artificial sweetener.
3. Stir in flour/baking powder until you get a nice even batter with no flour lumps. Is the batter to thick? Add some more milk, but don’t overdo it… another 1/4 cup is max. Batter should be thin enough so you can pour it on the pan but still so thick that it is not runny.
4. For cooking you can use a griddle, a skillet, a normal pan etc… if it’s not non-stick – spray it with cooking spray. Even if it is non stick you can use some cooking spray if you want. You will notice the difference in the look of pancakes and decide for yourself which ones do you like more.
5. Wait for your pan to heat up, use medium heat. Don’t start making pancakes while the pan is still cold or your first pancake will be a throwaway. You can test it by pouring a small drop of batter on to it. If it makes “sssssss….” sound, it’s hot enough.
6. To make one pancake you pour about 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan.
7. Cook until you see bubbles on top, this usually takes about 1 1/2 minutes. Then turn the pancake around, and continue cooking until it turns golden brown.
That’s it, you have just learned how to make whole wheat pancakes.
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