Pancakes to Satisfy a Very Picky RD

My favorite meal: breakfast. My favorite breakfast: pancakes! There isn’t even a close runner-up. There are a lot of ways to go astray with pancakes (think IHOP), but I’ve come up with a pretty good way to have my (pan)cakes and eat them too. I’ve played around with making whole and multigrain pancakes from scratch. However this takes a bit of time and often the result was a very heavy, chalky pancake.  

A few years ago, I stumbled upon Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking & Pancake Mix. This is a great-tasting pancake mix and with a few little tricks it yields a somewhat healthier batter than your standard white flour mix. This brand has some whole grains including whole wheat flour and rolled oats.  I also add about 1/4 cup of my own oats because I really like the taste/texture of more oats. Instead of butter, I put 2 tbsp canola oil in the mix.  I also use low fat milk or buttermilk instead of whole milk. Two 5-inch pancakes is approximately 230 calories and about 2 grams fiber. I always add fresh fruit as a topping and go light on the syrup (that means about 2 tbsp). Yum!

— Katherine


  1. admin says

    The Trader Joe’s Mix is a bit high unfortunately, with just over 500 mg/serving.

  2. eden says

    my mom and i use regular wheat flour ( 1/2 cup ) and 1/2 cup -3/4 cup of cut fruit – 1/2 cup of soymilk a dash of baking soda ( we tried it with out the b-soda and its a world of difference; we watch our sodium as well and since the only other thing we eat with processed sodium is wheat cereals we are not concerned with the dash of b-soda) but sometimes we add a dash of oj- its great without it too tho- oh yes and flax seeds we love our flax seeds- but they are so tastey- we dont use syrup- serve with a few almonds on the side and some egg whites…very tastey- nutritious breakfast (after our workout) 😉

  3. says

    eden I also make my own pancake recipes. I’m on a 60 day streak of pancakes for dinner every night… im addicted! I make a new recipe each night, but tonight I used 3/4 cup flour (either whole wheat, spelt, corn, buckwheat, or graham), 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder (to sweeten it up), some soymilk, (egg whites, cottage cheese or greek yogur to thicken it up), and some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice! Then smother them in a whole bunch of peanut butter and sugar free syrup. Ive never used baking powder or soda though. Does it make much of a difference in taste? On sunday Im posting something on my blog called “pancakes 101” that will include a whole bunch of different flavors and combinations you can use for pancakes. Check it out!

  4. Aaron says

    A half cup of this mix contains 38% of your sodium RDA. That’s high. It tastes salty too. I don’t get why they put so much salt in it.

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