Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Multi-grain Pancakes

I will start by saying that, in general, I do not like pancakes. I especially am not all that fond of pancakes for breakfast, because they remind me of the days when I wasn't so careful with my health, doused my pancakes with syrup, and wound up with a migraine. Not. Fun.

Of course, JunkMale is very fond of sweet things for breakfast. They don't give him a headache, and since he is very much addicted to sugar (aren't we all?), he will take his sweets at any hour of the day, thank you very much. So when we were looking for a new breakfast item for him to bring to work, pancakes came up. But not just any pancakes. We found a recipe that called for a mixture of 7 grain and bean flours. These pancakes are loaded with nutrients and proteins. Served with a dab of butter and a few drizzles of honey, they are actually quite good. And look! They're pretty, too. :-)

Super Pancakes
This is actually a great accomplishment for me. I have notoriously had problems making pancakes. They either turned out burned, underdone, or both. But joy of joys, I have apparently succeeded in learning to make pancakes. The picture above shows enough pancakes to feed JunkMale for 9 days. They freeze well (although JunkMale says they never taste quite as good as when they are fresh), and if you freeze them in divided layers of wax paper, they make for a quick, convenient breakfast.

Just in case anyone wants to know the recipe I used....

Multi-grain Pancakes:

3 cups flour mix
(In a grain mill grind: 1 1/3 cups wheat, 1/6 cup rye, 4 tsp hulled barley, 4 tsp millet, and 2 Tbs of beans - I use pinto, great northern, and kidney)
1 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup oil
4 eggs
3 to 4 cups milk

Mix together the dry ingredients, and then add the wet ingredients to them. Stir until just mixed. Cook as you would any other pancakes. I use a 1/4 cup measure to make sure all of them are about the same size, but I don't think that's very original of me.

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  • Harmony's Mom

    They are beautiful! It makes me want to go eat the pancake leftover from this weekend for a snack.

  • Laura

    They do look fantastic. Maybe we should try swapping out some wheat for barley and bean flours in our next batch... we don't have the pantry space to store too many grains, but we have some poor forgotten barley that would do nicely, and we do keep plenty of beans around.

    We've got quesadillas with whole wheat tortillas on the menu for tonight -- did I ever give you our tortilla recipe? We've also got a new bread recipe that worked very well, if you're interested.

  • Iris

    Yum, I like pancakes too. In fact, me and 2 of my friends from school had a pancake breakfast this past Friday - they are roommates and have a pancake breakfast every Friday to celebrate the end of their week, and they invited me that particular morning. =)

    Thank you for sharing the healthy recipe!

  • Alan

    They look delicious (reminds me of Saturday).

    You can make pancakes for us any time!

  • Ewokgirl

    Those look fabulous! I, too, have found pancakes difficult to make at times. I finally found a recipe in a Martha Stewart magazine that works for me, but it's nowhere near as healthy as your recipe!

  • Thehotrod5

    Those look yummy! My daughters favorite food "in the whole wide world" is pancakes. We too try to make them a bit healthier by making sourdough pancakes and real maple syrup...but maybe if we didnt eat the entire batch at one sitting it would be a bit healthier! Great job!


  • JunkMale


    I love real maple syrup too. It is t3h @we5omeness. But it is way too expensive for us, especially with the rate at which it would disappear when I'm in the house.

    Eventually we would like to buy some oat groats and mix those in too, since high cholesterol runs in my family. If we were to mix in some sources of vitamin C (blueberries, strawberries), these pancakes would almost be a complete breakfast. As they are right now, I call them "super pancakes."