Who doesn’t love a warm, fluffy pancake? While the texture, ease, and flavor are enough to enjoy these breakfast cakes, their versatility adds another layer of enjoyment. Sure, you can top your flapjacks with butter and syrup for a delightful breakfast, but what about adding something fun to the batter? With each bite you’ll get more flavor, texture, and nutrients. It doesn’t take much effort at all to mix in some extra ingredients. Here are three ideas for adding mix-ins to your next batch of pancakes made with any of the amazing Arrowhead Mills pancakes and waffle mixes.
Chopped pecans, walnuts, and any other nuts of choice add amazing texture to pancakes. A bite of fluffy pancake with chopped nuts creates a heartier meal that is also packed with nutrients. Nuts contain healthy fats, fiber, protein, and a variety of micro nutrients that will help make your pancakes more of a balanced meal. My best tip for incorporating nuts into your next batch of pancakes is to make sure they are finely chopped. Pieces that are too large will not disperse evenly into your batter, leaving some pancakes without nuts while other may have too many. If you have large pieces left over, just sprinkle them on top after your pancakes are cooked.
Strawberries, blueberries, banana… oh my! There are so many options for adding fruit to pancakes. This mix-in adds some natural sweetness and a slew of nutrients. I recommend adding smaller bits of fruit directly into the bowl of batter. Larger pieces should be gently added to the batter once you have ladled it onto your griddle. This will keep the fruit dispersed well amongst the batter and ensure each pancakes contains some fruit. All fruits contain fiber and variety of antioxidants and micronutrients, making them a delicious and nutritious addition to your flapjacks!
This may sound like an interesting addition, but incorporating rolled oats into your batter is a great way to create more nutrient-dense and filling pancakes. Oats contain complex carbs, fiber, and some protein, helping to make your hotcakes heartier. The oats also create a denser pancake that may feel more satiating as well. Best of all, there is no prep needed before adding oats to your cakes. Simply sprinkle some oats into you batter, mix to combine, and start cooking! Simple, nutritious, and dense pancakes are as simple as that.
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