Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Buttermilk pancakes that taste good AND are good for you!

 I have been trying to eat very healthy. I go through this, I think we all do. Where we are in a good groove. We are taking care of ourselves and we feel great. Other times we slowly slip because we have some fun junk food at a party or during the Holidays. I think balance is key in life, and I will leave it at that. 

However, what I do want to expound on is my new favorite AND good for you pancake recipe. This is my own recipe. And, I LOVE it! Of course I don't want to talk it up too much because you need to have realistic expectations. (So, important in life.) But, I will say, my kids and husband all loved them.

This is not as simple as the pancake mix you have sitting in your cupboard, but in my opinion, well worth the bit of extra effort.

Buttermilk Power Pancakes
(Yes, I made up that cheesy name.)

1/2 cup oats soaked in 1 cup fresh buttermilk for about 30 minutes

1/2 cup whole wheat
1/4 cup almond meal/flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp brown sugar (I actually used more like 1 tsp)

1/2 cup whole milk
3 eggs
1 tsp Mexican vanilla extract
3 tbsps softened butter

Combine the dry, beat the wet, add in the soaked oats and buttermilk. Combine well, but do not over mix!
Melt butter in a skillet/pan and cook on medium heat until the pancake starts to bubble up a bit, flip, cook and repeat.

EASY, right? Worth the tiny bit of extra effort? YES!
A couple of extra tips:
  • I began soaking the oats as soon as I woke up. You could also soak them the night before. 
  • I like pulling the eggs and butter out so they are room temp.
  • I used about about 1/3 to 1/2 cup batter per pancake. A hearty, and yes, fluffy pancake even with the seemingly dense and nutritious ingredients.
  • I served these with 100% pure maple syrup. It is so much better for you. Don't buy that other stuff! :)
  • I also whipped some fresh cream and I did not add ANY sugar or sweetener to the cream. It was so good! The whole family ate them up the way I served them. 
  • The pancakes were fab cooked in butter and served with additional butter. Don't worry, butter fat is not too bad for you. Your body needs some healthy fat! :)
  • I bought some fresh buttermilk, like, uber fresh from a farm here in Germany. I would recommend at least using buttermilk and not the homemade substitution. However, I think they would still be awesome with the homemade version in a pinch! (Milk and vinegar. Google it!)
  • Mexican Vanilla is so good! Try it if you aren't using it already! You can order it on Amazon.
  • You can always add additional buttermilk or milk if you love really thin pancakes! 
  • ONE more thing! This batter saves surprisingly well. I saved my leftovers and had ready to use batter two days later. They were just as awesome! 

If you try these I would loved to know how they turn out. I know these will be a staple around here because my kids love pancakes and I feel good about serving these to them.

On another note. We survived the 2 1/2 weeks Sam was gone. But, let me tell you how happy we were when we saw these bad boys flying over the house. He is in the chinook on the left. We rushed over to post to greet him as soon as we saw them fly over.
 Unpacking the luggage.
 Lil Trip running around after we greeted Sam.
 Trippy fell asleep on the couch Monday cause I never put him down for a nap! Oops! :)
 Trip is having too much fun with his Dad. He fed Sam so many cucumbers that Sam couldn't chew or even close his mouth! 
 Trip has been into his swim cap lately. He is a silly little character. We are so blessed to have him in our family.


  1. Those look great. Do you use old fashioned oats?

    1. Jess! I just used the quick oats that I had on hand. I would use any type of oats though. Maybe soak them a bit longer if you use regular!

  2. YUM! Thanks for the recipe! Do you think you could make something similar for french toast? :)

    1. Court! Use a really good bread (I currently do not make my own bread)! But I have found a really good brand that does not use any weird additives and all the loaves I have bought to do not have any sugar. It's called Rudi's Organic Bakery. I would use their bread, dip it in the egg, milk, cinnamon and vanilla mixture and serve with 100% maple syrup and fresh, unsweetened cream! I am going to try this pancake batter for waffles at some point and see how they turn out! :) Miss you!

  3. I'm going to try those! Yum. Balance is key....I want to hear more about your healthy eating choices! I'm such a nerd for nutrition. Love the pic of Tripp feeding Sam cucumbers..I love how Dad's will pretty much do anything their kids want them to when it makes them smile:)

    1. You and me.. were both nerds for nutrition! xxi