In my house we have breakfast for dinner at least once a week. I absolutely love breakfast foods but none of my family are huge breakfast eaters. Instead our mornings usually consist of cereal, toast and yogurt… boring I know. So instead of fight my kids on it we just move breakfast foods to dinner time and everyone loves it. Classic pancakes are always a hit and we rotate through a variety of different recipes. My personal favorite though are these blender whole wheat pancakes.
It is so fun that the entire batter is made in my Blendtec (you could always use another type of blender, but if you are the fence about buying a Blendtec I can’t recommend it enough.) Using a blender gets rid of the need for a mixing bowl. spatula and whisk. Then once it is mixed it is super easy to pour the pancakes directly onto the griddle from the blender pitcher. Using whole wheat berries, which are just kernels of wheat that haven’t been ground yet, instead of whole wheat flour gives you a really depth of flavor because you are grinding the wheat as you mix the batter. And it is a great way to use in raw wheat you have stored in your food storage.
Perhaps the most difficult part of cooking a good pancake is knowing when to flip it, because if you flip the hot cake too early or even peek at the underside too early you break the seal the batter has with the hot griddle and it is difficult to get that even golden brown coloring across the top. So here is a trick, once your pour the batter onto the hot griddle you will start to notice tiny bubbles rising to the top of the batter and then popping. Once all the bubbles have popped it is time to flip the pancake. If you flip the pancake after the bubbles have all popped and it is a dark crispy brown that is a sign you have your griddle heat too high and should turn it down a little for the next batch. See such an easy trick you will be a pancake pro in not time.
But what about cooking the second side you ask, when do I know it is done? Well don’t worry I have a trick for that side too. When you think your pancake is about done press lightly on the top of the pancake directly in the center. If the center springs back quickly then your pancake is done, if however it is slow to rise back up or stays indented then you pancake needs more time to cook. Again if the second side is crispy and dark brown when the center finally springs back up then your griddle is too hot.
Hope you enjoy these pancakes! No matter what time of day it is.
(recipe adapted from Blendtec Recipe Booklet)
- 1 C Milk
- 1 C Whole Wheat Berries (or Kernels)
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1½ tsp Salt
- 2 TBS Vegetable Oil
- 2 TBS Honey
- Heat griddle to medium high heat
- Blend milk and wheat kernels in a blender on high speed 4-5 minutes, or until smooth
- Add remaining ingredients and blend on low until smooth
- Add more milk for thinner pancakes
- Pour onto hot griddle in 3 to 4 inch circles.
- Allow them to cook until the bubbles in the batter rise and pop, then flip the pancake over and cook another 1 to 2 minutes. Should look golden brown.
- Serve hot with butter, maple syrup, fresh sliced berries, and whipping cream