No Sunday morning would be complete without a plate of fluffy pancakes. And as much as we love how easy box mixes are, nothing beats the flavor of homemade flapjacks. You can add chocolate chips, fresh fruit or whipped cream – the possibilities are endless. There are also plenty of ways to make your pancakes healthy. Add a few tricks to get the best results each time. Check out these tips for the best flapjacks every time:
Before you begin: Turn the oven to 200 degrees F
Unless you have a griddle, you will likely have to make your pancakes in different shifts. Keep the first few warm by placing them in the oven: it’s just warm enough without continuing to cook them. Also make sure you have all of your ingredients ready before you begin – it will help you fight that last-minute panic over running out of an essential ingredient like flour or eggs.
Batter up: Get creative!
There are so many tasty recipes out there. You can experiment with two-ingredient pancakes that use bananas and egg for a gluten-free option. You can add almond flour or oats for a chewier, more filling end result. For gorgeous browned pancakes, toss a pat of butter into your pan instead of using cooking spray. It will also offer a great taste!
Lovers of super-fluffy classic pancakes can fold in whipped egg whites like the head chef of Clinton Street Bakery in New York City does. While pancakes typically also have leaveners like baking soda or baking powder, whipped egg whites can add some serious volume. The trick to these perfect pancakes is to avoid overmixing the batter, food blogger TheKitchn noted. It will cause your meringue to deflate and your batter will likely create thick strands of gluten, which can lead to tough pancakes.You can also experiment with adding protein boosters like almond butter or peanut butter into the batter to keep you fueled all day.
Folding in egg whites can create fluffy pancakes.
Pancakes for dessert
Who says pancakes are only for breakfast? Switch it up with decadent pancakes at night. If you love cinnamon rolls, you can turn your favorite pastry into cinnamon roll pancakes from Recipe Girl. Whip up a blend of cinnamon sugar to get a dose of anti-inflammatory spice mixed with melted butter and swirl it into the batter as it cooks. Then drizzle a cream cheese glaze on top. Or you can scoop some vanilla ice cream on top for an a la mode sundae!
You can make extra pancakes so you have a quick to-go breakfast during the week – or you can slather on peanut butter and top with bananas for a mid-afternoon snack that will keep your energy levels high. Or you can add a dollop of Greek yogurt with fresh fruit on top. Just make sure to keep your pancakes in your fridge tightly sealed in Fit & Fresh containers to keep moisture out. Enjoy!