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My family loves pancakes. So much in fact I decided to look for a better option than my traditional all-purpose flour recipe. They love these tender and fluffy pancakes made with healthy ingredients you will be glad to serve your family. The bonus is these pancakes are packed with flavor as well as nutritious ingredients.
When considering a recipe for healthy pancakes I looked at whole wheat flour but felt its heavy texture wouldn't be an acceptable substitute.
Another option is white whole wheat flour. This is a flour that is ground from soft white wheat. It has a lighter color and a milder flavor. But for the best healthy pancakes, I chose to use whole wheat pastry flour.
Pastry flour from white whole wheat is a great substitute for all-purpose flour in baked goods, including pancakes.
To learn more about the benefits of whole grains, read my post on Get the Scoop on Whole Grains.
Ingredients in Healthy Pancakes
These pancakes include just a few simple ingredients. Whole wheat pastry flour sets the base for these pancakes.
Other dry ingredients include brown sugar, salt, and baking powder.
Wet ingredients include an egg, olive oil, vanilla and almond milk.
Whole Wheat Flour Tips
While whole wheat pastry flour is similar to all-purpose flour, it is still whole wheat and a slightly heavier flour than all-purpose flour. I generally cut back 1 tablespoon per cup of flour when I convert a recipe.
Whole wheat flour also benefits from a light mix. Stir until combined, but it is ok to see a few small lumps of unmixed flour. Less mixing helps make a tender baked good.
A final tip for working with whole wheat flour is to give the batter time to rest. Wait 10-15 minutes before making your pancakes or other baked goods.
How to Make Tender and Fluffy Healthy Pancakes
This is an easy recipe.
Whisk eggs, olive oil, milk and vanilla together.
Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Add egg mixture and gently stir until well mixed. The dough may have small lumps that are not totally combined.
Let rest for 10-15 minutes.
Heat your pan over medium low heat.
Add 1/4 cup of batter to pan. Most large frying pans will fit 3-4 pancakes.
Adjust heat to low. Cook until you start to see bubbles form in the batter.
This is the point where you want to flip the pancake.
Continue to cook until the pancake springs back when you gently press it with your finger. Don't press pancakes flat.
Serve and enjoy with cooked fruit or syrup.
Healthy Breakfast Ideas
January 2021 Update: Post updated with ingredients, new images, and updated recipe directions.