Fizzy = Fluffy

by HEAB on January 29, 2010

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In case any of you missed it, yesterday was National Blueberry Pancake Day, and as promised, I celebrated at lunch with a new pancake recipe.

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I whisked together 1/2 cup blanched almond flour, 1 egg, 1/4 cup seltzer water, 1/4 tsp baking powder, a pinch of salt, and some cinnamon. I then added 3 whipped egg whites to the batter for a little more volume. My toppings were butter, a little syrup, and some frozen blueberries warmed up on the stove-top and then mashed. I read that seltzer water will make your pancakes light and fluffy, and it did. These were really good, and as much as I love my protein cakes, it was nice to eat a plate of pancakes that tasted like…well, they tasted like actual pancakes. Protein powder tends to give them a rubbery taste. No worries Jay. I still love ya! :)

Today was my last official workout with Lindsey. It was a fun month, but I won’t lie. I had no qualms when it came to packing up my dumbbells after today’s workout. I’ll write a formal wrap-up Monday as that is our last official “weigh-in”. No working out for me this weekend, but I’m hoping to fill February with lots of yoga and walking. In fact, I can’t wait.

So, to all of you pancake lovers out there, please share your best pancake tip with me, but first, I shall share one with you. I was having the hardest time with my new pancake griddle. After greasing it, my pancakes would smoke like crazy whenever I made them leaving this horrible burnt smell in our kitchen for hours afterwards. Well reader Carolyn suggested that I let my griddle warm up on low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes and then keep the heat on low when frying my pancakes. Apparently, I was using too high of a temperature, and turning the heat down has made a world of difference, and I don’t even need to grease the griddle with anything. After I’m done, I simply let it cool and wipe it off with a damp cloth. Thanks Carolyn!

Don’t forget to order your Jay Robb. This promo code expires this Sunday.

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To everyone getting snow, stay warm my friends. I wish I could bring each one of you a mug of HEABified hot chocolate. :) Even Nashville is blanketed in white, and it’s still coming down.

Speaking of chocolate, did you guys know that Marla is giving away some Scharffen Berger? Have you tried it? In my opinion, it’s some of the best chocolate out there. Click here for a chance to win.

{ 60 comments }

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I wish I could share a pancake tip, but I am SO BAD at making them. THey never turn out right for me and always burn!

Heather (Heather's Dish) January 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

good to know about the chocolate giveaway! i love that plate of pancakes…so yummy and so healthy! what a way to celebrate :)

Anna January 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Okay. That pancake picture is intense. :-)

eatmoretuna January 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

ooooh how i love me some pancakes. I could eat them for breakfast lunch and dinner. Have you ever made coconut pancakes? Using unsweetend shredded coconut, whole wheat flour (or flour of choice) coconut oil and some other stuff? They are DELISH! I’ll send you the recipe if you’re interested. I made some last week, and I keep them in the freezer for a fast snack. They warm up real nice, and when they’re warm, i spread some almond butter and just a small drizzle of maple syrup. YUMMERS. Oh I love bluebs, though too. So I’m going to try those this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

Heather Eats Almond Butter January 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Eatmoretuna, I love coconut pancakes, and I usually make them with coconut flour and smother them with coconut butter. So good! Would love to hear your recipe.

Evan Thomas January 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I looove Scharffen Berger

Abby January 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Its supposed to snow here in NC tonight.. everyone is freaking out.lol

Enjoy your weekend, Heather! :)

Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie January 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Yum the blueberry pancakes look awesome :)

Nicole January 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm

hey heather! I know you ahve a food scale..and you probably don’t eat many pretzels, lol, but I was wondering if you happen to know how many pretzel twists (the 365 Whole foods brand) are in one ounce? I dont have a food scale and that is all the nutrition facts say on the bag! Man, I need a food scale…hahah. I really appreciate it!! thanks! <3

Heather Eats Almond Butter January 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Nicole, I’m afraid I have no idea…not much of a pretzel girl. Sorry!

ilanalala January 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I would kill for some snow right about now! Today is my lazy rest day from working out but the blue sky outside is making me feel like I should be motivated to do something. Only problem is, it’s like eighteen degrees out there so I;m not leavin’ the house if I can help it.

Pancake tip … well… We make pancakes a LOT in our house using whatever we have on hand. Ok, fine, I make pancakes a lot and my roommate and I eat them. My fave is mixing up a pancake batter using coconut yogurt and apple sauce instead of egg and oil. I’ve seen Giada do it with ricotta but I like the coco yogurt! And I love to try different combos… Grated apple+carrot+cinnamon+nutmet+fresh ginger are popular around here, but our #1 favorite is raspberry+choc chip. I also like making stuffed pancakes – I put a thin layer of pancake batter on the griddle, quickly place my “filling” in the center, and then cover it with more pancake batter. It’s best if the filling is chopped up or easy to spread into a thin layer, and make sure it stays in the center so you can get an even layer of pancake all the way around the edge and so you don’t have burned fruit sugar goo all over your griddle. I really like blackberries+walnuts.

Heather Eats Almond Butter January 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm

ilanalala, Forget the tips. Can I just come over? ;)

ilanalala January 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Lol, do I over-think pancakes or what?

ilanalala January 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Heck yes! And we can have a pancake feast:)

ilanalala January 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Now I really want pancakes…Guess what I’m having for dinner.

Carolyn January 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Flaxmeal cakes for dinner tonight!! I think with Walden Farms syrup/PB Torani splash, and maybe some cocoa almond butter in there… So full from all my HEABFATS today that i am not even thinking about food yet.. Normally would be ;-)

Nicole buy a food scale it will change your life… Also compare sodium on different pretzels….it’s jaw dropping the differences, with no taste differences.. like 200 gms per vs 500 gms per ounce…

Carolyn January 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm

mgs… sorry…

eaternotarunner January 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I love pancakes! One of my favorites :-)

Ameena January 29, 2010 at 2:53 pm

My only tip is to always assume that you’ll have to discard the first pancake…my first one is always a disaster and then they come out perfect! I have tried everything but can’t make the first one edible.

Ruth January 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I have three tricks I use when making pancakes. When mixing the batter, I separate the egg yolk from the white, mix the yolk in with the rest of the ingredients, and then beat the white into soft peaks. I gently fold the white back into the batter at the end. It makes the pancakes fluffier. My second trick is to let the batter sit for 5 minutes before cooking it. I also cook pancakes on medium to medium/low heat to make sure that the inside cooks as nicely as the outside. I can’t cook on griddles – if I try, my pancakes come out doughy or seared (or BOTH).

Kristy January 29, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I love blueberry pancakes! I made your banana almond butter muffins while I watched the snow this morning…Fantastic! It was nice to have a hot brekkie, as I usually have a smoothie.

2 Questions:
1) Is it possible for you to put links back to posts on your recipe page? Say I wanted to make these pancakes in a couple of weeks. It’s really hard to find a recipe by searching, since the name of the post doesn’t often correspond to the recipe. So basically, I go to the recipe page, click on blueberry pancakes, and it takes me to this post. I had quite a time finding the time/temp for roasting kabocha the other day because all your posts talk about kabocha! Just a request from someone who tries nearly ALL your recipes :)

2) Have you tried the Wii fit yet? I haven’t been able to find the balance board, etc. yet, but I did get EA Active. It’s got no weights, but it’s a good sub for the gym on snow days I guess. Would like a review once you’ve actually used it.

Have fun watching the snow!

Heather Eats Almond Butter January 29, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Kristy, Yes, thanks for the reminder to add this recipe to my recipe page. I’m bad about that. :)

We have hooked up the Wii, but not the Wii Fit. However, I plan to do so soon now that I’m on my own for workouts. Here’s a good review from Deb: http://smoothiegirleatstoo.blogspot.com/2009/08/childs-play-not-so-much.html

Erica January 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Those are some good looking pancakes HEAB ;) Stay warm over there with all that snow! I can’t believe this storm! We’re supposed to get massive amounts of rain which means Charleston will super flood! Yikes!

Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader January 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Great tips on the pancakes – I make the same error you used to make.

I can’t believe you have snow! I’m in Canada and although it’s bitterly cold we have no snow to speak of in Toronto

marla January 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I have never heard of seltzer in pancakes….great idea. Wonder what would happen if you put in a flavored seltzer..like a citrus or berry??? hmmmmm, time to experiment!
Thanks for sharing my link on HEAB!! xxoo M

N.D. January 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I’ll have to make this on sunday – I’ve been getting complaints on the pancakes from the dear hubs.

tracey January 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm

i am a lover of pancakes… my favorite recipe is right now: 1/2 buckwheat flour, “heaping” 1/2 cup of oats (i think it is probably more like a cup), ground flax seed, lots o’ cinnamon, touch of stevia, vanilla, almond milk and last night i added a little bit of unsweetened apple sauce. to the batter… yummmm.. top with AB and/or vegan butter and maple syrup… s/t i like to drop of few bananas in the batter…

Lori January 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Hmmmm, interesting idea using the seltzer water. Sounds good though. Thanks for the recipe!

hope January 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm

A devoted reader but more of a lurker… But I wanted to say I just ordered my first jay robb protein! Can’t wait to make some protein pancakes!

Heather Eats Almond Butter January 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Joy, So exciting. Enjoy your Jay!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter January 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Oops, meant Hope, enjoy your Jay. ;)

Scott in Ohio January 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Awesome tip for letting the griddle warm first. Let’s just say we’ve had to open the windows to let the smoke-smell out after making a griddle full of cakes.

When baking soda and/or powder are involved, I always let the batter “rest” for a good hour or so to get the bubbles going.

Have a good weekend. Hope you don’t get too much ice. YIKES.

Katie January 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Several years ago I ate pancakes every single morning. I esperimented with a lot of different recipes, but the most basic recipe (1 cup self-rising flour, 1 cup almond milk, 1T oil and 1T honey) was my go-to. The only differences I ever really noticed in terms of cooking were 1. let the griddle warm up first and 2. let the batter sit. I would usually mix the batter, turn on the griddle (med-low), and by the time it was heated (test it by flicking some water on it; the droplets should bounce off the gridle), the batter was a little foamy and ready to go. I’m more into savory breakfasts these days, but maybe pancakes can become my go-to night snack!

Kristy January 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm

You know, I saw Jay Robb for the first time at my Kroger a couple of weeks ago. It was just the egg white and whey, but hey, it’s progress. They also added some Sweetleaf stevias…I got the Vanilla Creme.

Danielle January 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I’m definitely a fan on Jay Robb’s brown rice protein :)
The only pancake tip I have is that you can freeze them! I used to scale down pancake recipes so much until I realized that making them all + then freezing them is so much easier

Lara January 29, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Oh wow, never heard about seltzer in pancakes but defintely want to try. Do you think it would work with the protien pancakes?

Curious to hear your thoughts on the training program. I love lifting but recently started taking vinyasa classes and really loving that too. There is a new studio opening up here that will teach “Stroga” a combo of weights and yoga. Sounds very intriguing.

Heather Eats Almond Butter January 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Lara, YogaDownload has a yoga class with weights, and I own the Iron Yoga DVD. Same concept. Both VERY challenging!

Not sure if the seltzer water will work with the protein pancakes. If you try it, let me know.

thewhatkateateblog January 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm

yum! i need to try your hot chocolate & chocolate soup! you are so creative :) have a great weekend!

Katie January 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I can’t believe the difference in the pictures of your hands!

Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) January 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Haha, as much as I like the taste of whey and egg white Jay Robb, I detest rice protein powder with every fiber of my being.

Those pancakes look AWESOME. Um…pancake tips…gosh, I rarely make them, but my mom’s trick has always been to REALLY whip the egg whites. Like, crazy whipped. They make the fluffiest pancakes ever.

plamarie January 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Good thing you love pancakes and show them off so well. It reminds me how good they are. I forget to fix them sometimes. :)

EE January 29, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Pretty much my only pancake tip is to myself: wait a little longer to turn them. I get so impatient when they’re cooking! Glad you celebrated yesterday in style.

fartygirl January 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Nut butter. That’s my big secret. I leave the eggs out and put the nut butter in. It makes perfect pancakes. They look like Bisquick. For serious. :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter January 29, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Farty, Why have you not shared this with me before?!?

stephanie January 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Hey!! I want to order some Jay Robb. Which flavor do you prefer (both taste and versatility)?

Heather Eats Almond Butter January 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Stephanie, Jay’s whey is the best tasting if you can do dairy. Loved both the chocolate and vanilla.

Now, I used the rice protein because I’m allergic to whey. It’s kind of chalky and took some getting used to, but now I love it. Chocolate and vanilla are both good. Never know which flavor I’ll be in the mood for, and so I keep both on hand. Strawberry flavor tastes weird to me – kind of fake.

I do not like the egg white protein. Blech.

theprocessofhealing January 29, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I’m bad at making pancakes but oh how I adore them. Especially blueberry.. oh, and pumpkin.. yum!!!
Great tip!

Kristy January 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm

WOW! Recipe page looking great! Thanks!

Heather Eats Almond Butter January 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Kristy, welcome :)

tramey1 January 29, 2010 at 8:49 pm

How did I knot know about said holiday?!?!?! Ugh. Oh well, guess my pancake celebration will have to be belated. :-)

Heather January 30, 2010 at 12:28 am

I have a bottle of seltzer in my fridge that’s been calling to be using in pancakes… I must try and experiment on my husband :)

janetha January 30, 2010 at 1:01 am

mmmmm great celebration!!!!!!!!!!!!! delicious.

Jenna January 30, 2010 at 7:15 am

Mmmm yummy pancakes!!

Bekah January 30, 2010 at 8:49 am

Heather- since being in NY, I have had a cup of heabified hot chocolate (the water+stevia+cocoa version) at least once a day. If not two. In this weather? It’s adddicting. Gonna make a grocery run today (or walk) and get some special dark cocoa powder. All I have is regular, and I need both! :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter January 30, 2010 at 8:51 am

Beeks, That’s my girl. :)

Jamie January 30, 2010 at 9:59 am

oh lala, i need some HEABified hot chocolate ASAP – we have 8 inches of snow in north carolina! hope you’re staying warm

Rachel @ Working Out Wellness January 30, 2010 at 10:05 am

Oh gosh, I love pancake. I think next weekend I will make some for my Saturday morning breakfast. I always try to make SOMETHING delicious for Saturday morning, because so much of my work week is spent eating the same thing (which is also delicious, but not as delicious as the syrupy sweetness of yummy pancakes).

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) January 30, 2010 at 10:29 am

Genius with the selzer- I’ll be all over that next time. Not thrilled about the prospects of heating up a pan for 15 minutes, I wonder if 5 would be enough. Knowing me, I’d walk away and go check emails, clean the house, save the world and come back to a burned down house or fried cat :-)

Kelly January 30, 2010 at 11:08 am

Those pancakes looks awesome and great tip about adding szelter water…gonna try that for sure! :)

Brittany January 30, 2010 at 3:50 pm

National Blueberry Pancake Day… what holiday will they come up with next??

I must say that yours look fabulous!!!!

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