Pancakes are a favorite breakfast food for many people and they are a great way to start the day. However, depending on how you make your pancakes, there might be some room for improvement. A few simple tricks can help you make your morning (or dinner) pancakes that much healthier for you and your family. The changes are simple, usually unnoticeable, but the end result is a tasty pancake that is much better than the white-flour version that gets slathered in syrup.
Any pancake mix you grab off the shelf at the grocery store or any recipe you find online usually will include white flour as the main ingredient. The flavor is lacking with white flour and so is the nutritional content. To make your pancakes healthier, opt for whole wheat flour. You can even go gluten free now thanks to rice flour, almond flour and other varieties. You will find that alternative flours are not only healthier but they add a nice, nutty taste to the product. If you aren’t sure about the switch or can’t quite switch over completely, then you can mix half white flour and half wheat flour for the time being.
Most pancake recipes call for whole milk in the batter. This can add a lot of extra calories and fat to your mix. If you replace that ingredient with skim milk or buttermilk, you will reduce the calorie content and fat content. That means you can maybe put a little extra butter on the top instead if you wish. Many people think buttermilk is a fattening and rich moisture option, but really, it is almost fat free and the tangy flavor can make for a tasty pancake.
Many people like to put some butter on top of their pancakes when they are finished cooking which is ok, but there are also recipes that ask for melted butter in the batter. You can make the batter healthier but adding canola oil into your mixture. This reduces the saturated fat content and leaves room for fat elsewhere like from the buttermilk.
For a healthy add-in or add-on you can add fruit to the batter or add it on top. Blueberries are a fan favorite as are strawberries. Walnuts can be added to the batter for a crunchy treat and they’re packed with tons of great nutrients not to mention they have a lot of fiber in them as well. Just stick with fresh fruit and don’t buy the canned fruits that are packed in a sweet syrup.
While you might be used to seeing those unhealthy pancakes on television commercials that are loaded with sugar, sprinkles and sweet fruit, there are some healthier alternatives that you can make at home. A healthy pancakes recipe is something that your family will love and it provides energy for the entire morning. With breakfast being the most important meal of the day, it is important to consider making healthy pancakes.