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Blueberry Pecan Pancakes

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It’s the 21st again, which means it’s Recipe ReDux time! May’s challenge is about do-it-yourself kitchen essentials:

“What favorite kitchen staples do you now make from scratch – but in the past you purchased? Show us your best DIY recipe for keeping cupboards, fridge or freezer stocked with healthy basics.”

This month’s challenge is my favorite one yet because it encourages taking the extra time and effort to cook something that can be bought in the store. That may sound pointless and like a waste of time, but cooking things at home is a great way to avoid unnecessary additives, like sugar and salt. My food philosophy is to cook and avoid as many processed products as possible, so I really liked this challenge and am eager to see what my fellow ReDuxers created! I decided to showcase my pancakes for this recipe because the last time I made them for my boyfriend, he said, “I didn’t know you had any pancake mix.” And I replied, “I don’t use a mix… it’s like 6 ingredients.”

Healthy no-sugar added blueberry pecan pancakes. Perfect for weekend #brunch! Click To Tweet

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Healthy Blueberry Pancake recipe. Made with bananas and no-added sugar!

Pancake mix is generally just flour, baking soda, sugar, and additives to help maintain shelf life. I’ve found that I can make a fresher, more natural pancake without any added sugar in the same amount of time as a mix! The banana and blueberries make these pancakes deliciously sweet, hearty, and healthy. And as an added bonus, these pancakes are well balanced with healthy carbs from the fruit and oats and healthy protein and fats from the nuts. They are great before or after a morning workout! Feel free to sub in any other frozen fruit for the blueberries and any other nut for the pecans. What’s your favorite healthy pancake combination?

healthy pancake recipe

Makes 8 pancakes

Ingredients:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 banana
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup frozen blueberries (you can also use fresh, but I always have frozen on hand)
½ cup chopped unsalted pecans
Cooking spray OR butter

healthy pancake recipeDirections:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the two types of flour, oats, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  2. In a separate bowl, mash the banana with a fork. Add the milk, egg, and vanilla to the mashed banana and stir.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon. (It is fine if the batter is chunky.) Add the blueberries and pecans to the batter and stir.
  4. Heat a frying pan or griddle to medium high heat. Spray the pan with cooking spray or coat with butter. Pour the batter onto the hot pan in pancake circles.
  5. Heat on one side until tiny bubbles start to form in the pancake (about 3-4 minutes). (If the pancake gets too dark, turn the heat down slightly.) Flip the pancake and cook for 3-4 minutes on the other side. Top with banana slices, a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar, or a drizzle of syrup

Tip: To keep the pancakes hot while making multiple batches, place them in a heated oven.

healthy pancake recipe

Nutrition Notes:

  • According to the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, a diet including blueberries may improve motor skills and might reverse short-term memory related to aging.
  • Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, which help prevent the risks associated with aging, such as cancer, heart disease, and Diabetes.
  • Pecans contain 19 vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc.
  • Studies have suggested that eating 1.5 ounces of nuts per day as part of a healthy diet may reduce the risk of heart disease.

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15 Comments

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    Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil)
    May 22, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I’m all about the homemade pancakes (just made a batch this morning in fact!) I haven’t really tried them with oats – will make your batter next time 🙂

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    DrSarahBrewer
    May 24, 2015 at 7:11 am

    I’d love to put this receipe on my blog with a link back to your site if that’s possible? My blog is DrSarahBrewer.com. @DrSarahB

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      Nutrition a la Natalie
      May 24, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Sure!

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        DrSarahBrewer
        May 26, 2015 at 9:57 am

        Thanks. Would you mind emailing the image of the finished pancakes? DrSarah@live.co.uk Appreciated, Sarah B

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          Nutrition a la Natalie
          May 27, 2015 at 9:04 am

          The email address bounced back. Go ahead and grab the picture from my site.

          • DrSarahBrewer
            May 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm

            Thanks. My fault – i gave the wrong email! shoudl have been DrSarahB – I have taken the image from the site and will send you the link once it’s up to make sure you’re happy with the credit – may take a couple of days. Inundated here! Best wishes, Sarah B

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    Marisa Moore (@marisamoore)
    May 25, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    These look amazing! I love blueberry pancakes and love that you added oats to these. The thought of making pancakes from scratch always seems so daunting but I’m pinning this one to try soon.

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    Nutrition a la Natalie
    May 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Thanks! They are so easy to make– I promise!

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    Sarah Grace FFH
    June 2, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    YUM. Love my blueberries in pancakes. That with pecans is a great combination!
    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

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