Friday, November 13, 2009

Whole Wheat Blender Pancakes

I'll admit that I'm a little bit of a self-proclaimed health-nut in training. Over the past three years I've tried several things to help my family be a little more healthy. We have a long ways to go, but I figure every little bit helps.
Eating is the biggest problem. I feel like we put so much junk into our bodies, so many refined sugars, flours, preservatives, chemicals, hormones--it's enough to make me wish I didn't have to eat!

My ideal goal would be to prepare foods as close to their whole state as possible, since that's when they contain the most nutrients. They're still alive at that state. It's very hard to do with most things, but like I said, every little bit helps and I'm not going to stress over it.

So I wanted to share one of our favorite recipes of late. It probably still isn't perfectly healthy, but I think it comes pretty close.
About once a week, I make whole wheat blender pancakes.

Don't cringe just because it says whole wheat! Try them! They are absolutely delicious. I love the nutty texture the whole wheat provides. My kids devour them. In fact, we like to have a breakfast night once a week and when I make these my girls--age 4 and 6--can almost eat as much as my husband and I. We like to eat them with fresh fruit and berries.

They are so quick and easy to make. I'd love to hear your success story if you try them and about any other great healthy recipes you love.

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Blender Pancakes

1 1/2 cups buttermilk (or can just use milk)
1 cup whole wheat
2 heaping tablespoons cornmeal
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon soda

In blender, mix buttermilk and wheat kernels on high for 3 minutes Add cornmeal, butter, egg, salt, and brown sugar. Blend for 10 seconds. Add baking powder and soda. Pulse 3 times and let mix foam up and get light ( about 3 minutes sitting). Batter will be chunky from the whole wheat kernels.
Cook at once on a hot 375 degree nonstick griddle. Turn once.

This recipe is from my old Set For Life cookbook (I make only a couple changes). The cookbook is full of great recipes and health tips. It's available at Amazon.
Set for Life: Eat More...Weigh Less... Feel Terrific!

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