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Hearty Whole Wheat Pancakes

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After almost 10 years of making my own pancake mix, I think it is safe to say, I have finally mastered it. These pancakes are so fluffy and moist, you won’t believe they are made out of 100% whole wheat flour, no eggs, and no oil. They are “hearty” and heart-healthy!

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Since I make these at least twice per week, it’s possible for me to have the first round of hot pancakes plated and ready to eat in less than 20 minutes. One of the secrets is: mise en place. That’s a French saying for “everything in it’s place.” Seriously, gathering all the ingredients before I start mixing cuts a good 5 minutes out of the food preparation time.

My pancakes turn out best when I mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl with a wire whisk (whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda). In a separate bowl, I whisk together the wet ingredients (milk, lemon juice, applesauce, water, and flax seed).  You could make these cholesterol-free and dairy-free if you wanted to by substituting unsweetened almond milk for the cow’s milk.
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Then, I pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl of dry ingredients. Stir until just combined and let the batter sit for 60 seconds before  pouring onto a griddle. This helps the soda and powder work with the wet ingredients to start forming gas bubbles that make these babies so fluffy.

I use an electric griddle set between 300 and 350 degrees to cook my pancakes. You can also use a skillet at medium-high heat. Spoon a 1/2 cup-full of batter onto your griddle or skillet.IMG_20160603_083646831

Bake the batter for approximately 3-4 minutes or until lots of bubbles form and pop on the uncooked side of the pancake. The pancakes pictured above are not ready to flip yet. From this point, give them another minute to form and pop about 3 times as many bubbles. IMG_20160603_090621848_HDR

Then, flip and turn to bake for another 2 minutes or so.

Hearty Whole Wheat Pancakes

Viola! Now you can dress your pancakes with the toppings of your choice. My favorites are peanut butter and honey, or Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, nuts, and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy this delicious kick-start to your morning!

 

“Hearty” Whole Wheat Pancakes

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

3 teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon Salt

2 cups Milk with 1 teaspoon lemon juice or 2 Cups Almond Milk for dairy-free option

1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce

2 tablespoons ground Flax seed

1/4 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Water

 

Makes approximately 18-20 pancakes.

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About Me

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Greetings from Utah! I’m Megan. With a degree in Dietetics from Brigham Young University and a passion for helping people have healthy food relationships, I consider myself a nutritional ally. There’s no eating right vs. eating wrong in the nutrition advice I give. Simply put, there is a place for every food in a healthy diet. However, this is my mantra: “A meal is never complete without a fresh fruit or vegetable!”  That being said, a lot of how I feel about food comes from my belief in God as the Creator of all things—particularly food. I believe we, as His children, should eat the food He has provided us in its most natural form so we can have the best chance at feeling, performing, and thinking at our fullest potential.

I combine evidence-based science, a pinch of alternative medicine, and practical food preparation to teach friends how to feed themselves and their families nourishing meals with common ingredients.  I am a busy mother of four young children, so my approach to healthy eating is no-nonsense. Meals have to be planned, fresh, and FAST in order to keep up with my busy lifestyle.

In my leisure, I enjoy bike riding, jogging, dabbling in music, and game nights with family and friends.  I prefer to spend most of my time in the summer pulling weeds out of my garden and flower beds. During the school year, I am busy with carpools, piano practice, a school wellness committee and homework. I volunteer in our church’s Primary program, and I direct a neighborhood children’s choir called the “Musical Minions”.

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You Want to Be a Diah-what-A?

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As a sophomore in high school I took a health and wellness class. From that time forward I knew I wanted to study nutrition, and after discovering the field of Dietetics I found my niche. After high school, I took a de-tour before my college studies and served in the Miss America program. I spent a whole year traveling around the country and state as Miss Wyoming. In conversations, the topic of what I planned to study in college inevitably came up. When I answered, “Dietetics,” I usually got a confused expression as a reply. I was constantly explaining the three-fold purpose in Dietetics: Management, Clinical, and Community Nutrition. The lights would go on when I explained that Dietitians work in hospitals, nursing homes, and school lunch programs. The first time I realized that a Dietitian could do consulting work for individual clients was in 2005 when I was in a box suite at the Indianapolis 500. A few celebrities were there and I got to meet Ed Herrmann (you know, Grandpa Richard from Gilmore Girls?). He asked what I would study in college, and then he actually knew what a Dietitian was! He said, “Oh yes, you will help fat guys like me be more healthy.”

The wheels started turning as I formed my dream career path. I dreamed of owning a large ranch someday with multiple cabins. It would have a large lodge with a teaching kitchen. People could come and stay for weeks at a time, enjoy nature, exercise, and I would teach them about nutrition and how to prepare balanced meals. That far-fetched dream has not come to fruition yet—and it may never—but I will always have a place in my heart for helping individuals form healthy
relationships with food.

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Five years later, I graduated from BYU with a husband, an 8-month-old daughter, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics. The timing was wrong to go off and do an internship. Thus, I am still not a Registered Dietitian (RD). I actually feel like not having an RD gives me a little more liberty to venture outside of the USDA standards and explore a more holistic approach to food and medicine. It’s no secret that much of the research backing the USDA recommendations for food is funded by food manufacturers. That’s natural, because they are the ones selling the food products and need the science to ensure its quality and nutrition. However, it is enlightening to dabble in the other realms of nutrition theory and research, sometimes referred to as “alternative.” So, I call myself a Dietitian, but I make no claims to be a Registered Dietitian. What I write is not a reflection of The American Dietetic Association…but it’s pretty close.

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