Most pancakes are anything but Magic, but here the weekend treats have been entirely re-imagined. We’ve slashed the white flour and added whole wheat flour and oats, plus an unexpected dash of sugar-lowering cinnamon. Wheat germ provides healthy fats, extra fiber, and deliciously nutty flavor.
Cooking time: 15 to 20 minutes
You Will Need
2 cups low-fat buttermilk
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup maple syrup, warmed
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries or blueberries
What to Do
1. Mix the buttermilk and oats in a small bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes.
2. Whisk the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
3. Whisk the eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add the buttermilk mixture. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and mix with a rubber spatula just until flour mixture is moistened.
4. To cook the pancakes: Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter for each pancake into the skillet and cook until bottoms are golden and small bubbles start to form on top, about 3 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook until browned and cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes. (Adjust the heat as necessary for even browning.) Keep the pancakes warm in a 200°F (90°C) oven while you finish cooking the remaining batter.
To cook the waffles: Coat a waffle iron with cooking spray. Heat the iron. Spoon in enough of the batter to cover three-quarters of the surface, close the iron, and cook until the waffles are crisp and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Keep the waffles warm in a 200°F (90°C) oven while you finish cooking the remaining batter.
5. Top with maple syrup and strawberries (or blueberries). One serving is 2 pancakes or waffles. Wrap any leftover pancakes or waffles individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Reheat in a toaster or toaster oven.
If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, make your own “sour milk” by mixing 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar with enough low-fat milk or plain soy milk to measure 1 cup. Alternatively, blend equal proportions of fat-free plain yogurt and low-fat milk. Shelf-stable buttermilk powder is another option; substitute according to package directions, but for added calcium and body, replace liquid with low-fat milk instead of water.
8 g protein
60 g carbohydrates
3 g fiber
3 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat
56 mg cholesterol
331 mg sodium