Don’t we love our pancakes? Sure we do. Who doesn’t love eating pancakes? Who can turn them down when he gets that sweet tooth craving at night or on the weekend? No one I know of. But, how do you make them healthier? Of course, they are better for you than a candy bar or soft drink or some other smack or junk food.
Your usual boxed up pancake mixes have ingredients I never heard of before. Also, they have milk and eggs. No good. How would one make them without these? It’s relatively easy to do.
Just buy a five-pound bag of wheat flour and a can or small box of baking powder and you have just become your own expert pancake making chef. You are officially now in the flap jack business.
Pancakes are one of the easiest and fastest things to make at night. I don’t use white flour, I use wheat. And, instead of milk, I use water. Here’s how I do it.
- Pour an overflowing cup of wheat flour in bowl
- This makes about ten small to medium pancakes or a few extra-large ones. I like the large, my wife the small
- Add water to desired consistency (which is thinner like a gravy)
- Whip with wire whisk or fork until smooth and not lumpy
- I add a teaspoon of baking powder to each cup of flour
- Add teaspoon of vanilla if you like it
- I don’t add any butter, oil, salt, sugar, eggs or milk
- Use real maple syrup (better choice than other sweeteners because it undergoes less processing. Better yet, use a fruit spread made with 100% fruit, no added sugar or high-fructose corn syrup and no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors)
- Standard syrups have high fructose corn syrup. No good. Your pancreas doesn’t know what to do with it
- Get a big pan out
- Low heat until you make pan hot
- I don’t use oil, so I have a Teflon coated pan
- If you just have to, use cooking spray or wipe thin coat of oil on pan with paper towel
- Pour batter in
- I like making a big pancake, but you might like smaller ones
- The trick is not to burn them
- So, keep the heat on low. I changed from electric to gas oven. More control of heat with natural gas
- When they bubble and a few pop, check under for golden brown color
- Flip over for another minute or so (check to see if golden brown)
- As toppings you could add strawberries or blueberries, etc.
- My reasons for no dairy and eggs
- Haven’t found a brand that doesn’t have either milk products or eggs. This is likely because they make fluffier or better tasting pancakes. But, remember, what tastes good isn’t necessarily good for you
- You might want to check out pancake and waffle mixes like organic Arrowhead Mills® or Bob’s Red Mill® @ Sprouts®
Note- contact your doctor before you change your diet.