Beat the Winter Blues Blueberry Pancakes

Friday, January 29, 2016

January. Is it just me, or does it sometimes feel like it will last foreverrrr?! Coming down from the holiday high, with the end of winter still too far for comfort, and sunlight a distant memory, who can blame us for wanting to stay in bed all day? My solution - beat the winter blues with blueberry pancakes. 

In a house of carb lovers, pancakes are a frequent Saturday morning breakfast choice. The struggle for me has been how to make this cake for breakfast meal at least a tad bit healthier so I don't feel horrible about serving it to my toddler, who is the biggest carb lover of all.

I started with the pancake recipe from one of my go-to recipe books, "Farm-Fresh Recipes from the Missing Goat Farm." I love this seasonal recipe collection and it has been fun to try new meals based on what is in season. Some of my favorites include the Kitchen Sink Muffins and No-Cook Granola Bars (yes, I am a fan of breakfast food - breakfast for breakfast, lunch and dinner is A-OK in our house!)

One thing I love about this pancake recipe is that you make enough pancake mix for several meals and then keep it in a container to use for a quick breakfast! So easy!  

Here's the Dry Mix:
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 cup plus 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Just under 1/2 cup granulated sugar

The only thing I changed about the dry mix was substituting whole wheat flour in place of white flour.

Once you have the dry mix made, you're all set to wake up on a cold winter morning and bust out some yummy blueberry pancakes!  Just add the wet ingredients: 
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • and to make them extra fluffy and delicious, I add in a 1/2 cup of vanilla greek yogurt instead of butter
Mix the wet ingredients with 1 cup of the dry mix, combine until just moist, and then toss them on the griddle. Flip 'em over when they start to bubble and add some blueberries. And there you have my beat the winter blues blueberry pancakes with whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt.

Top with maple syrup and you have a meal that can instantly warm the whole house on a cold January morning.


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