There is no video for this pancake recipe, but you will start seeing videos for the healthy breakfast’s theme later this month. These pancakes are fluffy, cake-like, and lightly spiced. So now to that compote secret method that I mentioned. Normal compotes take a while to make, so I turned to the best shortcut I could find…the microwave! After combining chopped apple with cinnamon, toasted pecans, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup I stuck it in the appliance for about 2 minutes. The compote really put a finishing touch on the pancakes and I highly recommend you whip up a batch for yours, or just make the compote for an after dinner treat-like an apple pie without the crust. So, without further ado...the recipe!
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1/4 cup rolled or quick oats
1 ripe banana (or about 1/2 cup plain yogurt, just increase the maple syrup by 1 tablespoon)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cardamom
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 cup buttermilk (make it yourself-1/2 cup milk plus 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice/vinegar)
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (coconut oil is one of the healthier options, but you can substitute melted butter or any other oil)
- Combine all the wet ingredients, the banana, egg, and milk in a blender and blend until fully combined. Add all the other ingredients and blend once more until fully combined. (Yes, that's all. I used a blender to make the batter silky smooth, and I recommend doing this. If you don't have a blender, mix the ingredients by hand but make sure the batter is smooth).
- Heat a skillet/griddle to medium heat. Grease the pan. I sprayed mine with a little coconut oil spray from Trader Joe's, but you can use any other oil or butter.
- Add 1/4 cupful's of batter onto the pan. Cook until bubbles begin to appear on the surface of the pancake, about 3 minutes. Flip. Cook about 2 minutes, transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter. Transfer to a plate.
1 apple, diced
Handful of pecans, toasted (I put them in a dry skillet for a few minutes before I cooked the pancakes, but you could use a separate pan, I happen to be on dish duty this week at the Weber household so I tried to use as little dishes as possible) ☺
Dash of cinnamon
Drizzle of maple syrup
Place all of the ingredients above in a small bowl and microwave on high for about 2 minutes, stirring halfway through. Use the compote to top the pancakes, followed by another drizzle of maple syrup.
Then, have a pancake photo shoot! (Completely optional) Post a #selfie! Show off your amazing, healthy, chai pancakes!