Whole Wheat Banana Blueberry Pancakes

 I have wanted to make whole wheat pancakes for over a year now.  In June of 2007 we attended a friend’s wedding in Philadelphia.  After doing some sight-seeing on the morning of the wedding, husband and I went to a little breakfast place (on the recommendation of a friend of the bride who also happened to be Jennifer Weiner’s assistant) called Sabrina’s on Christian Street near the Italian market.  The whole wheat banana pancakes were DELICIOUS!  So delicious that over a year has passed and I still remember them.  Every time I thought to make them, however, I did not have the whole wheat flour, or buttermilk, or bananas.  Finally, I had all ingredients on hand and I decided to run with it.   These pancakes were so easy to make and they did not disappoint!  I have a feeling these will be a regular weekend occurrence on my comfort table, as they were fantastic.  The bananas were over ripe so they provided a nice moistness and sweetness that complemented the wheat flour.  The blueberries from the farmer’s market were plump and tart and offered a nice contrast from the sweetness of the banana.  Served with a dollop of honey on top and a cup of hot coffee, this meal made me feel like I was in a cozy little Bed and Breakfast! 

Whole Wheat Banana Blueberry Pancakes:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 ripe banana, sliced

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Set aside.  Combine egg, buttermilk, and oil.  Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir until combined.  (There will be some lumps, however, if batter is too thick, add some additional buttermilk.) Fold fruit carefully into batter.  Lightly grease a  skillet with butter or shortening.  Pour batter into hot skillet and cook pancake about 2-4 minutes on each side.  I made two large pancakes, however, you could probably make about 5 small pancakes.  Garnish with blueberries and serve with honey or maple syrup.

 

Recipe adapted from recipe found in Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, Bridal Edition available for purchase here.

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