Pancakes have long been one of my favorite breakfasts, but now that the cold weather has rolled in, pancakes have become my go-to. I make large batches whenever I go home, and my family and I have a nice breakfast together. Then I put the leftovers in ziplock bags and freeze them. They make the perfect toaster breakfast before I have to go to my 8am chemistry class! These are made with spelt flour, skim milk, Greek yogurt, and pears for all-around health power! Pecans are totally optional, and if you want to be a little unhealthy, throw in some toffee bits! The protein and whole wheat in these pancakes keeps me going through the morning. It’s also all the justification I need to eat these all day, every day. (It happened once… Maybe twice.)
Pear & Brown Sugar Pancakes:
- 2 cups flour (I love spelt for this recipe, but white whole wheat flour is great too!)
- 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar (I used dark brown sugar.)
- 5 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/4 cup buttermilk (or 1 tbsp lemon juice, topped with skim milk)
- 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 2 eggs
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 pears, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup pecans, chopped (optional)
Preheat the griddle to a medium or medium low heat and spray with oil. Also, preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the pancakes warm.
Whisk all the dry ingredients together, and then add your eggs, vanilla, yogurt, and buttermilk. Whisk together, keep in mind that some small to medium lumps are ok- you don’t want to over mix you pancake batter! Add in your pecans if using.
Using a 1/4 measuring cup, pour your pancake batter on the griddle. I like smaller pancakes, so the 1/4 cup makes about 2 pancakes for me. Now, take your sliced pears and press them into the wet pancakes. Once the pancakes begin to bubble on one side, flip them over. Don’t worry, the pears won’t stick to the griddle. Leave them to cook until they’re golden brown and the pears are soft. Serve warm. This recipe makes extras! It’s best to reheat these in a toaster oven. Microwaves are great, but toaster ovens are better. Pro tip. Take it.