So, I’ve mentioned how some recipes turn out great on the first try and fist pumps ensue. Well, there are also lots of recipes that require multiple tries to get them just right. These pancakes took three tries, but I am proud to say that they finally turned out just the way I was hoping.
These pancakes are moist and fluffy, which is a feat when you are dealing with whole wheat flour. They smell and taste just like cake batter. And they are healthy, with a surprising amount of protein (17 grams for half the recipe). I’d call this pancake experiment a huge success.
The inspiration for this recipe was three-fold:
1. I love pancakes and I am always looking for new, healthy recipes.
2. I follow a LOT of healthy eating/fitness people on Instagram and I have seen lots of healthy funfetti recipes posted there, so I figured I would try out the idea in pancake form.
3. When I was home over the holidays, I found butter extract at the store, was intrigued, bought it, and then didn’t know what to use it for.
Enter Funfetti Cake Batter Pancakes…
The butter extract has a strong flavor, so a little goes a long way. If you don’t have any, you can omit it and just stick with the vanilla extract. It won’t taste exact like cake batter, but you’ll get the general idea.
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons quick oats
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 packet truvia
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/2 ripe banana, mashed completely
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon butter extract
- 3 teaspoons rainbow sprinkles (not, nonpareils)
- cooking spray
- Whisk all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk all wet ingredients together thoroughly.
- Add wed ingredients to dry and mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
- Add sprinkles and gently fold into mixture. If you mix too much, the sprinkles may bleed.
- Heat a large pan on medium heat. Lightly spray with cooking spray to coat the bottom of the pan and using a large spoon, add pancake batter to skillet.
- When the edges of the pancakes have set and the pancake batter begins to bubble, flip the pancakes.
- Repeat with the rest of the batter.
- Top with more sprinkles and serve with agave or maple syrup.
If you do not have butter extract you can omit.