From now on, when I post recipes I am going to tell you at the bottom why I used certain ingredients that you may not be used to using, or may not know what the benefits are. Remember, just because you using “healthier” versions of sugar, flour, milk, etc., doesn’t mean that you can eat 3 servings at once!
Hot and Healthy Pancakes… (approved by 3 picky munchkins!)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup unbleached flour
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon raw turbinado sugar
- 1 1/4 cup almond, soy, or rice milk
- 1 organic, cage-free egg
- 3 teaspoons butter or Earth Balance, melted
Nothing Moody About Making These:
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
- Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, melted butter, and egg. Mix the batter until smooth.
- Heat a medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Yes, you can use butter if you wish! Pour the batter onto the pan. If you want traditional sized pancakes, use about 1/3 cup per individual pancake. For silver dollar sized use less.
- When you see bubbles beginning to break on top of your batter—flip the pancake over and grill till golden brown!
- Top with organic, 100% pure maple syrup.
Why I use these ingredients (in everyday language)
Whole Wheat Flour: Whole wheat flour is not bleached and processed to the degree of white flour, therefor It contains more nutrients. I used a combination of white flour and whole wheat flour because my kids are a little bit picky. It does you no good to make a healthy breakfast if they won’t eat it. The little bit of white flour keeps a bit of the traditional taste and flavor they are used to. But remember, you can eat too much flour, regardless of white or wheat. There are also several other flour options available (rice, quinoa, etc)… experiment with them.
Raw Turbinado Sugar: Again, it’s the processing. It doesn’t mean you should pour it down your throat, it just means it contains slightly more of the original nutrients, and is less taxing on your body because it is not so heavily processed. Other good options are agave, pure maple syrup, honey, and stevia. But sugar is sugar is sugar, and it’s not good for you, so that’s why only 1 tbsp. in this recipe. I always top with 100% pure maple syrup, and organic if I can. Way better for you than whatever is in Aunt Jemima!
Cage Free Eggs: Look, there is controversy about this. People will argue that it makes no difference, and that there are no guarantees anyway; and on the other end of the spectrum vegans will say not to eat eggs at all (Stacie, the other half of Hot Moody Mess, is vegan). I eat eggs occasionally and could probably take them or leave them, but every step I can take to help assure that I am not supporting inhumane factory farms is a step in the right direction. I like the thought of roaming chickens, versus chickens stuck in cages their entire lives. And I choose organic to help cut back on hormones and chemicals.
Rice or Almond Milk: I just don’t drink dairy milk. I think it robs your bones of calcium at the same time it’s giving you calcium, due to the acidic form it takes inside your body. It is highly processed and pasteurized, taking away all the benefits it could give us. I have experimented with every alternative, and I find rice milk to taste the most neutral, and I like that it’s not super thick, compared to almond milk. Here is a very neutral article about milk that gives the pros and cons from different studies and sources. You decide. http://milk.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000656
Butter or Earth Balance? If you use butter, use real butter. Yes, it’s higher in fat, but at least it’s “food” and not some chemically engineered fat free version. And everyone needs some fat. And again, it’s a dairy product, so use in moderation. If you are vegan or prefer to stay away from dairy, give Earth Balance a try. It is really good, and is getting easier to find.