Monday, January 10, 2011

Deliciously Easy Cinnamon Whole-Wheat Pancakes

You guys, these pancakes are FAB. You have got to try them. I dare you to eat them and not moan a little! ;) haha They are warm, fluffy, moist, good-smelling….ahhhh. :)

Best of all, they are totally clean! (For more clean recipes and tips, click here.) Um, have we ever talked about Bisquick?

I know some of you grew up on it and I know it is convenient but seriously, it is so bad for you! (That goes for any kind of pre-made pancake mixes – store-brand or not.) I’m not judging – I just genuinely want you to eat healthier food! For years I used the Aldi’s-brand pancake mix, because, let’s face it, it’s super easy and was a quick way to satisfy my occasional hunger for pancakes. But I haven’t bought pre-made mix in years and don’t ever plan to again!

I totally encourage you to try this pancake recipe this week – CT is supposed to get 18 inches of snow Tuesday-Wednesday so I’ll most likely be making them Wednesday morning. I know most of you are also getting snow this week, so it’s a perfect week to try them!

Please DON’T get freaked about about the word buttermilk – I have made these several times with a sour milk substitute and they come out perfectly fine! (Add 1 T white vinegar plus enough milk to make 1 C of milk, and let it sit for 5 minutes for adding to your recipe.)

Whole-Wheat Cinnamon Buttermilk Pancakes
(Courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens; pages 128-129
in the pink cookbook if you have it, too)

1 C whole wheat flour
1 T brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (my own addition)

1 beaten egg* (or 1 T ground flaxseed and 3 T water – my own addition)
1 C buttermilk or sour milk (see above)
2 T cooking oil

Combine dry ingredients. Make a well in center of flour mixture and set aside. Combine wet ingredients, adding all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy).

Pour about 1/4 C batter at a time onto a heated, lightly greased skillet to make the pancakes. Cook over medium heat about 2 minutes on each side. Makes about 10 or 11.

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Serve with REAL maple syrup and REAL butter! Just say no to Aunt Jemima’s and Country Crock! lol (Maple syrup is very high in sugar, though, so I wouldn’t recommend making this every morning. Although you might want to……)


*I sub flaxseed a lot in baked goods, NOT because eggs are bad for you, but because it’s an easy way to get extra fiber and some omega-3s. Plus, I like to use flaxseed when I make pancakes for Luke, in case the edges don’t get completely and utterly dry – it just makes me feel safer.

P.S. If you love the convenience of a ready-made mix, I encourage you to look into this Homemade Bisquick Mix at A Heart for Home. I’ve never tried it, but I printed it a while ago and I’m saving it for when I have a bunch of kids who eat the pancakes faster than I can put them on the skillet. :)

Linked to these foodie parties:

Tasty Tuesday @ Beauty and Bedlam
Tuesdays at the Table @ All the Small Stuff
Tempt my Tummy Tuesday @ Blessed With Grace


  1. uh oh ... I'm of the Bisquick, country crock and Aunt Jemima tribe! hahaha ... seriously though this sounds fantastic and I really hope you continue teaching us about good food choices b/c I'm trying REALLY hard to eat better and make better choices! I just feel so overwhelmed some days and just make what's easy. Lame excuse I know. But I'm getting there!

  2. sorry friend I love Bisquick! HAHAHA but the up side is I make my own pancakes! :) But I use Bisquick for the chicken finger recipe. I can't help I love it, I need them LOL

  3. I've never tried substituting flax seed for eggs - interesting idea! Thanks!

  4. I'm not a Bisquick fan either! I grew up on it and can't stand the stuff now! You've got a great recipe though, Can't wait to try it!

  5. I make my own pancakes from scratch as well but do sometimes use Bisquick for quick rolls....however, I made the switch to real syrup last year when I cut out high fructose corn syrup. One morning my mother had my kids stay over and fed them pancakes with fake maple syrup and I swear my daughter was out of control....I will NEVER use fake maple syrup again!!

  6. YUM! Will try this FOR SURE sister!
    Good stuff!

  7. These sound delicious--bookmarking this now for the next time we fail to plan dinner ahead of time.

    Which means I'll probably make them tomorrow. :)


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