I’m halfway to weekend mode on Fridays!  Who doesn’t love the weekend?  Sleeping in a bit, wearing pajamas and making pancakes.  Bliss.

Making these pancakes a little healthy will not spoil that bliss.  Trust me.  I just ate two stacks testing that theory!  These are not completely whole wheat.  I do use cake flour as well to keep things light.  I’ve got a few other tricks too.  With whole wheat flour you really have to work at not ending up with something dense.  That’s why I separate the eggs and whip up the whites to a soft peak.  That alone makes a huge difference.  So does the addition of a little Greek yogurt.  It keeps the pancakes tender and adds moisture the way buttermilk does

I also like to add ground flax seed for its nutritional value and its nutty flavor.  It is high in fiber, omega-3s and antioxidants.  The recipe will still work if you omit the flax, but it really is worth a try.

My family’s favorite addition to pancakes is banana!  Just slice them up and drop them right onto the pancakes as soon as they’ve been poured onto the griddle.  Once the pancakes are flipped, the banana caramelizes on the griddle…they are amazing!

Wishing you a blissful weekend ahead…

Whole Wheat Pancakes

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup cake flour
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, separated
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups milk, I like to use unsweetened almond milk for extra flavor, but regular milk is fine
1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Preheat a griddle to 350 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl, using a whisk, combine all dry ingredients up to the salt.  In a small bowl, whisk the egg whites for a minute or two until they form soft peaks.

Combine the egg yolk, oil, milk, yogurt, vanilla and sugar in a batter bowl.  Whisk well.  Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined, but do not overwork it.  Using a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula, fold in the egg whites gently, also, just until combined.

Spray or brush the griddle with canola oil.  I like to use a quarter cup measuring cup to drop the batter onto the griddle to keep them uniform.  As soon as they bubble and firm a bit on the edges, take a peek.  If they look golden, turn them over.  That second side takes much less time to cook…so get them off quickly.

Serve with your favorite maple syrup or preserves…and just a little pat of butter (it’s the weekend!)