Throughout my life I have fought the internal battle between eating what I enjoy or something that’s healthy. Rarely did the two things coincide.Pancakes existed in the enjoyment column which means I really didn’t get to enjoy them all that often! Until recently, I was determined to develop a recipe for pancakes that were both healthy and delicious. I had tried so many different recipes for healthy pancakes but they didn’t come out soft and fluffy like a good pancake should be. I was not giving up that easily, I became obsessed with making the perfect pancake and after months of trial and error I finally came up with the winning combination of healthy and delicious, in other words; life changing. I can finally make pancakes that my family and I love to eat but without the guilt. Everyone who has tried these loves them and the fact that they are healthy as well is just an added bonus. Even if you are not trying to eat healthier these are probably the best pancakes you’ll ever eat!
One of the key ingredients in this recipe is oat flour which is made by putting oats in a food processor and processing until it turns into flour. I prefer to stop it while it’s still a little grainy with tiny bits of oats still visible.If you prefer a smoother flour you simply process it longer. In addition to the oat flour I use whole wheat and unbleached flour. I have found that the combination of these three flours results in the perfect light and fluffy pancakes.
Speaking of fluffy, one of the ingredients that contributes to that is the seltzer water, do not omit that! I have used plain seltzer water or vanilla seltzer, both have yielded great results. You can choose either depending on personal preference. I buy the individual cans so I’m not opening a whole bottle just to make pancakes.
I use a small amount of turbinado sugar like Sugar in the Raw but I have also used the same amount of honey instead with equally good results. I use buttermilk in this recipe which can easily be made by mixing 11/2 cups of milk, ( 1% or 2%) your preference) with ¼ cup of white or apple cider vinegar.
I like these pancakes plain with some pure maple syrup drizzled over them but you can add whatever ingredients you like to suit your taste. My husband likes blueberries so as the bubbles are starting to form and before I flip them I sprinkle his with blueberries and finish cooking them as usual.
I am very sure you will love these pancakes as much as we do. I would love to hear from you after you’ve tried them!
Life Changing Pancakes
1 cup of oat flour
½ cup of whole wheat flour
½ cup of unbleached flour
2 tsps. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ cup turbinado sugar
3 large eggs
¼ cup salted butter melted
1 ¾ cups buttermilk (To make buttermilk mix 1 ½ cups milk ( can use 1% , 2 % or whole milk) with ¼ cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, let stand for 5 minutes
¼ cup seltzer
In a large bowl mix together the flours, sugar,baking powder and baking soda and set aside.
In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and then add the buttermilk, seltzer, and melted butter.Add this mixture to dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
If using an electric griddle set temperature to 350 degrees or if cooking on stove cook over medium heat in a well greased pan. Cook until bubbles form and then flip and cook on the other side until done.