Easy Peasy Healthy Ricotta Pancakes

One of the first recipes that I learned to make for Lucas was ricotta pancakes. I love them, because they’re healthy. He loves them because they’re full of berries and he just loves berries.

The basic recipe structure is the same with different types of flour. I’ve tried these with white flour, oat flour, and whole wheat flour, and various mixtures of the above. My personal preference on this is that whole wheat tastes too dense, and oat doesn’t get the right consistently. I like to feed Lucas complex carbs when I can, so this mixture of oat and whole wheat flour is the easiest.  As for the honey, just a quick reminder that honey isn’t safe for children under 1, so you can substitute equal parts sugar if needed. I also sub in maple syrup if I am out of honey.

Side note: In the video, I use a KitchenAid mixer. Until September of this year (my birthday!), I didn’t realize the glory that is the stand mixer. I had a small handheld mixer, and, when I was too lazy to use that, I would make this recipe by hand. It definitely comes out fine. But let me tell you, a stand mixer is simplicity. You just dump the ingredients in, and it does everything all on its own. So, if you are registering for your wedding, or want a pretty looking kitchen accessory, please consider the stand mixer. It really does make life easier.

I hope you try the recipe, and let me know how it works out in the comments below! I’d love to hear about any variations that you’ve done, or answer any of your questions.

 

FULL RECIPE

Ingredients
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup oat flour
1/2 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup of ricotta
1 egg
1/4 cup honey*

note: honey is not safe for children under 1. I’ve substituted turbanado or brown sugar in place of honey in the same proportions.

1 cup frozen cranberries
1 cup frozen raspberries

Instructions

Mix all ingredients together. I use a stand mixer, but used to do this by hand and it’s really easy either way.

Preheat over medium heat a skillet that has been sprayed with oil (I like coconut oil spray from Trader Joes!).

Drop 1 tablespoon of pancake mixture into pan once preheated. Don’t flip the pancake until it has bubbled in the center, and has started to turn a golden brown on the edges!

Video music courtesy of: hooksounds.com

 

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