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Thank you to Mariah for contributing today’s featured recipe: Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes! Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn where to find more of her work.
I don’t know about you, but I could eat pancakes for just about every meal. There are just so many different kinds and ways to make them unique! I have a recipe today for you that is easy to make, but also tastes extremely good!
Since we avoid eating too much sugar, we ate these with the regular old maple syrup and butter instead of making a glaze like what would be on a cinnamon bun with processed sugars, but let me tell you, they were still just as good!
You could also use yogurt, applesauce or cream cheese on the top of these if you prefer not to use butter and maple syrup.
Why we use whole wheat and white flour in this Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes Recipe
Whole wheat flour is by far a healthier option over white flours, for all foods. However, with certain recipes where there is a flour base, some people prefer to use white wheat flour since whole wheat can be very overpowering in taste.
In this case, I usually just use half white and half wheat flour instead of running to the store to buy another bag of (white wheat) flour when I already have both at home. Making sure to purchase a good brand of white flour is important, also making sure that it is ‘unbleached’ to ensure it’s the best choice.
You could also very well use all whole wheat flour if you prefer it over half white. It will simply taste more like whole wheat and will not affect the rest of the recipe.
I used olive oil, why you should too!
We recently got a new olive oil shop in town. We have never had one before, and I went in for the first time just the other day. Let me tell you, I have never thought so highly and gotten so excited about olive oil in my life!
There are infused varieties, all organic and all very healthy for you, so I picked up a few since you can use it in place of butter. I bought a butter infused olive oil and oh my goodness, it is just the best! I replaced the butter with the oil in this recipe and it was delicious! Very flavorful!
I would recommend using olive oil in place of butter anytime, especially with flavored ones, you won’t miss that butter taste! (Make sure to look at a conversion chart! You don’t use as much oil as you would butter!)
Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes Recipe
Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes
- ½ cup unbleached white flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar packed OR 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Dash of sea salt
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk regular milk will work as well
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter OR 2 ½ tsp olive oil
- You will need something that you can squirt pancake batter out of. A small squeeze bottle of sorts or a large kitchen syringe would work well. You will also need a way to get batter into it like a funnel.
- Get your griddle or pan started before mixing so that it’s heated up when your batter is ready. If using a griddle, set it to about 350 degrees F.
- Make sure that there are no clumps in the batter so that it works smoothly.
- Reserve about ¾ cup of batter in a bowl and mix in the cinnamon and nutmeg well. Making sure that there are no clumps of spices left.
- Place the spiced batter into the bottle or syringe that you are using.
- Put the regular batter onto the griddle as usual, and then take your spiced batter and swirl it into the pancakes on the griddle. I used an old vintage mustard bottle to do this and it worked well to just squeeze it and move my hand around.
- Cook the pancakes as you normally would and add your choice of toppings to them.
- I also made a few pancakes with just the spiced batter, as well as some “swirls” by themselves to put on top of the stack of pancakes.
About the Author
Mariah is a full time children’s photographer and the owner of “Spaghetti and Mashed Potatoes”, a food blog about eating healthy and unprocessed foods without crazy ingredients, and doing it all on the average person’s income. Eating healthy and avoiding chemicals and additives does not have to be complicated or expensive, see how she does it here: http://www.spaghettiandmashedpotatoes.com/.