A few weekends ago, my sister and niece came to visit. Trying to figure out what to have for breakfast on Saturday, my boyfriend suggested pancakes. Always looking for a way to make meals a little heartier and healthier, I opted for whole wheat, healthy cinnamon pancakes.
When my boyfriend and I first moved in together, we made pancakes pretty often. And when my mom learned about fried chicken and waffles (and my boyfriend’s love of it), she bought us a waffle iron. So then we spiced things up by alternating between pancakes and waffles. My boyfriend’s former roommates taught us the magic of adding cinnamon to the batter. I made a few more changes over time and now love our homemade whole wheat cinnamon pancakes…
The whole wheat flour adds a good texture though obviously all purpose flour is just as delicious. The combination of cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar makes these whole wheat pancakes delectable. I eat them plain…
My boyfriend, however, likes tons of syrup. And when my family was here, he invented a new method for maximizing syrup absorption. He cut a hole in the center of the hot pancake and poked holes with his fork around the rest of it. Then he poured as much syrup as possible in the center while it diffused throughout the whole thing. If you like syrup, this is definitely a good method for enjoying breakfast! I’ll just stick to tasty butter and a drizzle of syrup!
What can you add to pancake batter?
What can’t you add to pancake batter? I think vanilla is a must to pretty much anything baked. This recipe is really for brown sugar cinnamon pancakes because I just love all those flavors.
You can certainly add more cinnamon and brown sugar. I think ginger, cloves, or cardamom would be a delicious addition. And I’ve been known to add dried fruit into pancake batter as well. I love raisins and dried cranberries most. If you want some crunch, add some chopped nuts. Really, you can add almost anything to your pancake batter!
How do you make Apple Cinnamon Pancakes?
These brown sugar cinnamon pancakes are also the perfect base for apple cinnamon pancakes. Cooking fruit into the pancakes can get tricky, so it’s best to top the pancakes instead! You can use a store-bought apple pie filling you’re filling indulgent, but I love topping pancakes with homemade sauteed apples. You can try this recipe (sans the pears)!
When we started dating, my husband's roommates imparted on me the tasty habit of adding cinnamon to my waffle and pancake batters. I took their idea one step further in my homemade whole wheat pancake recipe! My husband and I aren't sure that you can every add too much cinnamon to the pancakes, but I'm sure there is a limit we just haven't hit yet.
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 cup whole wheat or AP flour
- 3/4 Cup buttermilk OR 3/4 Cup milk with 2 teaspoons vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon plus more to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Beat egg in medium bowl. Mix in remaining ingredients until smooth.
- Heat griddle or large pan over medium heat. Pour batter in 1/4 cup spoonfuls onto griddle about 1 inch apart.
- When pancake is puffed around the edges, flip. Cook for about 1 minute and remove to serving plate.
- To add in dried fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips in a shape, make a small design as the pancake will spread during cooking.