These healthy pancakes made with whole grain spelt, oat flour and buttermilk are simply delicious and full of good for you ingredients! A combination that helps keep you full much longer thanks to the fiber and protein. Extra bonus, they are kid-friendly!
Healthy pancakes starts with the flour
Whole grain spelt flour is a great alternative to whole wheat flour. It has a sweet, nutty taste, is rich in protein and minerals, and is a good source of fibre that is easily digestible.
All good reasons for incorporating it into baked goods where traditional flours are used. In this whole grain pancake recipe, I also use oat flour, which is similar to wheat flour except that it doesn’t contain any gluten. Together with whole grain spelt flour, which has a fragile gluten structure, these pancakes are a great choice for anyone who may have gluten sensitivities or is looking for a low-gluten pancake recipe.
Oat flour can be made at home
I recently discovered that you can now buy oat flour at some organic food stores. But for years I made it myself at home. It’s easy. In mere seconds, you can grind oats into a fine flour-like texture using a high-powered blender. It’s that simple. Or if you don’t have a blender, you can simply soak oats in some of the buttermilk before proceeding with the rest of the recipe. 20 minutes is fine, or even overnight. Soaking oats overnight breaks down both the starches and phytic acid, which has the added benefit of improving the absorption of all the good-for-you minerals and fibre, and also promotes good gut health by feeding your microbiome.
Speaking of gut health
There’s a bonus. Organic buttermilk with active cultures is a rich source of probiotics, which help build healthy bacteria in the digestive system. These healthy bacteria enhance digestion, aid in nutrition and immune function, and much much more. Though, be sure to look for a product that is not pasteurised to get these benefits. You should see lactic acid bacteria listed with the ingredients and it’s sold in a glass rather than plastic container (e.g. Molkerei Schrozberg Demeter or fresh from the farmer’s market). Or try making your own!
So if you are looking for a new “please-the-family” healthy pancake recipe, I think they may just like this one. They are wholesome, slightly nutty, perfectly sweet (with just a tiny bit of unrefined sugar), hearty and satisfying…a recipe worth doubling up on!
Looking for other pancake recipes?
Try one of these favourites:
Whole Grain Oatmeal Pancakes
- 3/4 cup oat flour (75 g)
- 3/4 cup whole-wheat spelt flour (85 g)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (Ceylon)
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tablespoon mascabado brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted (30 g)
- 385 ml organic buttermilk
- sliced bananas
- Maple syrup
In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and salt.
In a second bowl, whisk together the egg, melted butter and buttermilk until well combined. At it to the bowl with the dry ingredients and whisk together until just combined (do not over mix).
- Preheat electric grill plate to medium heat, or a large skillet on the stove stop. Lightly grease the surface with oil or ghee.
- Working in batches, pour one ladle full (1/4 cup, 60 ml) of the batter onto the griddle. cook until the edges look dry, bubbles appear on surface and undersides are golden-brown, about 2 minutes. Flip with a spatula and cook other side, about 1-2 minutes more. (Lightly oil griddle between batches.)
- Serve and enjoy!
- You can also make this recipe with oats if you soak them ahead of time. Soak fine-cut oats for 10 minutes, or old fashioned oats for 20 minutes. Or even overnight.
- Oat flour can be found at some organic food stores, or be made at home by blending oats in a high-powered blender for a few seconds.
- Test the heat of your grill plate or skillet by dribbling a few drops of water onto the surface. When the water sizzles, the pan is ready for the pancake batter.
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