It was my birthday this past weekend (September 4th) and I got my surprise birthday gift today from the husband. The latest model of the fitness tracker Fitbit Charge 2. Well it was a surprise in the sense that he actually did buy one for himself also. He has been talking about getting one for himself for a while now. He is all excited about the bells and whistles this gadget has. Has been going on non stop about data and metrics and analytics and what not. It has been nice weather this week and I got back to going for my daily jogs after giving them up because of the extreme heat and humidity this past few weeks. We went for a nice evening stroll in the neighborhood talking about lawns and trees in our neighbors yards. It was nice to see some stats and heart rate metrics and all that good stuff. I hope we will be more active and meet the goals that we set up in the app. Yay…..!!
Pancakes are one of the oldest form of bread. There are thousands of variations to it. The American and Canadian version of pancakes are called flapjacks, hot cakes or griddle cakes.
Today I made fluffy, light, healthy whole wheat buttermilk blueberry pancakes topped with maple syrup. Pancakes in general can be savory or sweet. You can have it for breakfast / lunch / dinner. They can pass as an entree or as a dessert. They have the same ingredients as the waffles but they tend to be more dense and moist than waffles. Its crazy how the slightest changes in ingredients and the cooking techniques make such a difference in the final product.
The first time I made pancakes was after I got married. It was bad as they were just black pieces of batter that vaguely looked like maps of different countries. They tasted not too bad though. It was then that I decided to make a serious effort to learn this and wanted to make them as healthy as possible.
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- 2 cups Whole wheat flour
- 2 cups Buttermilk
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tbsp Jaggery powder / Regular sugar
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- A pinch of salt
- 1 cup Blueberries
- Butter as needed
- Maple syrup / Honey as needed
Serving size – 3
Cook time 15-20 min
Prep time 15 min
Passive time 0 min
- Mix the dry ingredients, whole wheat flour, baking soda, jaggery powder or sugar and salt in a bowl and set aside.
- Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl. Add buttermilk to it and mix well.
- Mix both dry and wet ingredients.
- Heat a griddle, cast iron skillet or a frying pan to medium heat.
- Fold a sheet of paper towel and moisten with oil, carefully rub onto the skillet or you could use an oil spray and make it much easier.
- Measure approximately 1/3th cup of the batter and pour onto the griddle for each pancake.
- Add blueberries on the top. When the bubbles appear on the the exposed side, flip the pancake and cook on the other side for a minute or so.
- Continue the same with the rest of the batter.
- Stack them on top of each other.
- Add butter on the top and the maple syrup as needed.
Serve hot !
A dollop of butter on the steaming hotcakes, melts around the edges and the amber sweet maple syrup drips down the stack, feels like this is what we need to match the morning pace to start a day 🙂
- To check if the temperature is right on the skillet, first I used little batter and made a baby pancake 🙂
- As the skillet gets hotter it becomes difficult to spread the batter evenly on the skillet. I would suggest to cook the first three pancakes on medium heat and the later ones on low heat.
- I love the tart blueberries in the pancakes and topped with the maple syrup. If you prefer, you could make plain pan cakes without blueberries and blend maple syrup with blueberries to make a sauce for the pancakes.
- I used fresh blue berries in this recipe.
- Butter milk and eggs are great sources of protein. I have added equal parts of yogurt and water to make the buttermilk.
- Jaggery is rich in Iron and is very good for health.
- Serve the pancakes hot, if you wish to make pancakes in advance and have them for the rest of the week , you could freeze them in a zip lock bag with parchment or baking sheets separating each pancake.
If you decide to give this recipe a try, I would love to hear some feedback .
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