In the middle of December, I booked a single-night stay one weekend at a charming little hotel in the Los Angeles area to attend my close friend’s wedding reception dinner. When I arrived that afternoon and carried my suitcase up the steps of the impressive stone entryway, I paused to marvel at the festive fir garlands intertwined with twinkling white lights strung around the two-story wooden doors before walking through them to check in.
Inside looked like even more of a magical holiday fairytale. A gigantic Christmas tree sat in the lobby, red and gold glass ornaments hanging from every branch with more tiny softly glowing white lights generously interspersed between, and crimson red poinsettias adorned the grand marble staircase circling upwards to the hotel guest rooms on the second floor. As much as I wanted to simply stand and soak it all in, I headed over to the front desk to grab a key and find my room before I needed to change for the black tie gala that evening.
When I greeted the helpful person sitting behind the counter, he inquired whether I was there for the private event. When I responded no, he politely shared that the event would last late into the evening and start again with breakfast in the morning, so I might hear a bit more noise compared to their usual quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
Smiling, I reassured him that wouldn’t bother me one bit, and he looked a little more relaxed as he handed me the key and pointed out the elevator. Even so, I hoisted my suitcase and climbed the marble stairs, fully intent on using every moment I could to admire the magical Christmas decorations throughout the hotel.
The following morning, after repacking my suitcase and closing my room’s door behind me, I walked back downstairs to return the key and drive home. As I reached the final flight of steps, my eyes lit up as I smelled a familiar cozy aroma…
Freshly cooked pancakes!
The entry to the private event’s dining room sat directly in front of the marble staircase, and I spotted a few people standing in a buffet line holding white plates and peeking underneath each chafing dish’s lid. A few of them had loaded scrambled eggs, hash browns, and bacon onto their plates… But far more people had stacks of fluffy blueberry pancakes generously doused in maple syrup sitting on theirs.
As tempting as it was to stop by the hotel’s main dining room and see if I could order the same pancakes there, I realized it’d be a better idea to drive back home before traffic picked up on the freeway… So with a little internal sigh, I wheeled my suitcase past the stunning Christmas tree and out of the grand entryway, loaded it into my car’s trunk, and pulled out of the parking lot.
But since I was still recalling (and therefore craving!) the hotel’s pancakes a few days later, I whipped up a batch of these Healthy Blueberry Pancakes for myself back at home. They’re incredibly easy to make, supremely fluffy, and packed full of sweet juicy berries — exactly the way I love my pancakes!
However, unlike the hotel’s recipe… This one contains no heavy cream, buttermilk, refined flour or sugar — yet they’re still thick, soft, and supremely satisfying!
I may have even eaten some of the leftover pancakes for dinner that same night… They’re just that good! 😉
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST HEALTHY BLUEBERRY PANCAKES
Let’s go over how to make these healthy one-bowl blueberry pancakes!
You’ll start off with — you guessed it! — one large mixing bowl. In that bowl, you’ll whisk together a teensy bit of oil or melted butter, an egg white, and a generous splash of vanilla.
That last bit is actually key to this healthy one-bowl blueberry pancakes recipe! Vanilla extract can imitate and enhances butter’s rich flavor, so by adding a bit more than you typically would in traditional pancake recipes, it makes these healthy ones taste just as rich and buttery!
You’ll also stir in a teensy bit of pure maple syrup. Remember to use the real kind that comes directly from maple trees! The only ingredient on the label should be “maple syrup,” and it generally comes in thin glass bottles or squat plastic jugs (like this!).
However… Since my family always douses their stacks of pancakes with a heavy drizzle of more pure maple syrup… I only add a teensy tiny bit to the batter. Too much more just seems like sweetness overkill! But if you prefer, you can definitely add more maple syrup to your pancake batter. I won’t judge one bit! 😉
Next comes the second key ingredient… Greek yogurt! If you’ve browsed through my recipes before, then you already know how much I love using it. In this recipe, Greek yogurt adds the same moisture to your batter as extra oil or butter but for a fraction of the calories. It also gives your healthy one-bowl blueberry pancakes a protein boost!
Once you’ve stirred that in, you’ll add the third key ingredient. It might sound a little strange to add this particular thing to pancake batter, so bear with me for a second, okay? That third key ingredient is…
Plain white vinegar! Vinegar (an acid) reacts with baking soda (a base — you’ll add that in a bit!). When these two ingredients react, it creates air bubbles. Those air bubbles help your healthy one-bowl blueberry pancakes rise, which gives them a really moist and fluffy texture. And I promise you cannot taste any vinegar in your fully cooked pancakes!
After stirring in some milk and water to thin out your batter, you’ll add the three remaining dry ingredients: white whole wheat flour, baking powder, and baking soda. As crazy as it sounds, white whole wheat flour actually exists, and it’s not a combination of white (aka all-purpose) flour and regular whole wheat flour! Instead, it’s made by finely grinding a special type of soft white wheat (hence the name!), whereas regular whole wheat flour comes from a heartier variety of red wheat. They have the same health benefits (like extra fiber!), but white whole wheat flour has a lighter taste and texture… Which lets the extra fluffy texture of your healthy one-bowl blueberry pancakes shine!
As for the baking powder and baking soda, don’t dump them into the bowl! Instead, pour the flour in first, and then sprinkle them over the top of the flour. Sprinkling helps prevent clumps, which means your healthy one-bowl blueberry pancakes will rise properly and have the perfect moist and fluffy texture.
Just one more ingredient to go… The blueberries! I always try to use fresh blueberries, but frozen ones will also work. Just remember that frozen blueberries will often dye your batter a grayish color, and your pancakes may take an extra minute or two to cook on each side.
Hint: Add all of the blueberries to the bowl of batter! Some people wait until the pancake batter is on the griddle or in the pan and then press individual blueberries into each dollop of batter. When doing it this way, I’ve found that the batter can’t “climb” up the sides of the blueberries to completely cover them, so the blueberries stick out like little mountains and the second side doesn’t cook properly.
HOW TO COOK PERFECT HEALTHY BLUEBERRY PANCAKES
With your bowl of batter ready, let’s go over how to cook your healthy pancakes. Here are my tips for making the best ever blueberry pancakes!
Use nonstick pans. Definitely not metal ones! As you can see in my photos over here, metal pans tend to burn your pancakes… But whenever I use nonstick pans, I always end up with perfectly golden pancakes. Oh! Before I forget… I also use two pans so the cooking process goes twice as fast! (I don’t own a pancake griddle, but that should also work!)
Use cooking spray. While some people prefer to drop a pat of butter into their frying pans, I prefer using cooking spray because it creates a much more even coating… Which means your pancakes won’t stick to the pan! Also, remember to wipe off any leftover cooking spray and reapply in between rounds of cooking pancakes!
Use really low heat. I turn my burner down almost as low as it can go! If you use medium or high heat, you’ll burn the outsides of your pancakes, and the centers can often still be raw or underdone. Low and slow is the way to go for perfect blueberry pancakes!
Use a scant 2 tablespoons of batter. I have this super handy 2-tablespoon measuring spoon that I always use for cooking pancakes! Then I use this mini spatula to get all of the batter out and then spread it into a circle in the pan. (Well… I try to, anyway. Most of my pancakes end up looking like ovals or blobs, not circles! 😉 ) With these healthy one-bowl blueberry pancakes, I’ll also use the spatula to move the berries around a bit in the batter once it’s in my frying pan.
Use your wrist to flip. When the edges of your pancakes look firm and the tops start to bubble, it’s time to flip your pancakes! I use a small, really thin spatula (like this!) to flip my pancakes. If you use your whole arm to flip each pancake, you’ll often end up with a pancake “skirt,” as I call it, which looks like a lacey bit of batter around the edges of your pancake. (You can see what I mean here!) It won’t affect the taste though — only the appearance!
Whew! I think that just about covers everything. And now that you’re a batter-making, pancake-flipping pro…
Serve yourself a big tall stack of fluffy pancakes, and dig in! And when you make your own, remember to snap a picture and share it on Instagram using #amyshealthybaking and tagging @amyshealthybaking IN the photo itself! (That guarantees I’ll see your picture! 🙂 ) I’d love to see your healthy blueberry pancakes!
Healthy Blueberry Pancakes (One-Bowl Recipe!)
- 1 tsp unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted
- 1 large egg white, room temperature
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp pure maple syrup
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup (60g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp (30mL) distilled white vinegar (see Notes!)
- ½ cup (120mL) nonfat milk
- ¼ cup (60mL) water
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp (135g) white whole wheat flour or gluten free* flour (measured like this)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup (140g) fresh blueberries (see Notes!)
- In a medium bowl bowl, whisk together the butter, egg white, vanilla, maple syrup, and salt. Stir in the Greek yogurt, stirring until no lumps remain. Stir in the vinegar until fully incorporated. Stir in the milk and water. Pour the flour evenly over the top of the batter, and evenly sprinkle the baking soda and baking powder on top of the flour. Stir until the flour is just incorporated. Gently fold in the blueberries.
- Lightly coat a large nonstick pan or griddle with nonstick cooking spray, and briefly preheat over low heat.
- Using a scant 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake, dollop the batter onto the hot pan, and spread into a circular shape using a spatula or back of a spoon (if desired). Let the pancakes cook for 2-3 minutes, or until a slight skin starts to form around the edges. Slide a spatula underneath, and flip. Continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes or until cooked through. Re-coat the pan with nonstick cooking spray, and repeat with the remaining batter.
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