Heart-y! Get it? ‘Cause it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and these heart-shaped pancakes are chock full of healthy ingredients and are so filling and…yeah. You get it.
I’ve been all about breakfast lately–and Fritz and I truly outdid ourselves since we decided to celebrate V-tine’s a day early on account of having a full day of classes tomorrow. We slept in a bit, and woke up to a 55 degree house again (seriously?!). We decided to make a gigantic breakfast to warm up while we waited for the heat to be fixed.
It might be illegal to have food this good when it’s not even the official holiday yet. And if this breakfast doesn’t fill your heart to overflowing with love for each other–and every other organism on the planet, I don’t know what will. Not to mention your body will thank you for all the good stuff inside: wheat germ, flaxseed, strawberries, and whole-wheat flour make this a heart-healthy breakfast.
Strawberry Whole-Wheat Pancakes (adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook)
- 1 C all-purpose flour
- 1 C whole-wheat flour
- 2 t baking powder
- 1 T ground flaxseed
- 2 T wheat germ
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 egg
- 3 T melted butter
- 2 C buttermilk (I use dried buttermilk–add the powder with the dry ingredients and the water with the wet)
- 1 C chopped strawberries
This is an easy mix. I combined the dry ingredients, made a well, and added the wet ingredients. Mix well, then add the berries.
Cook over medium heat–we used egg shapers to make hearts and perfectly round pancakes. Looks good, but they also cook evenly and don’t run into each other for easier flipping. Top with more strawberries, some cinnamon sugar, and of course, maple syrup. These pancakes have a perfect and subtle butter flavor already so you don’t need to add extra (unless you want to–it is almost a holiday!).
Just a touch of syrup.
Well, maybe a little bit more.
To celebrate, we made a really fun, delicious, and exotic Asian-inspired dinner together. You’ll see all about that in a later post. We also decided to exchange gifts early–Fritz made my present this year (and Henry helped). Here’s a little hint:
You’ll see the fruits of their labor in a day or two. Have a happy V-Day tomorrow! What are your plans?