On Sunday mornings my daughter and I love to make pancakes or waffles, and I’m always trying to find ways to make them a little healthier. Not that I don’t love the occasional classic buttermilk pancake, but I find them overly sweet—more dessert than breakfast.
So I came up with these multigrain pancakes, and decided to serve them topped with sweet-tart fruit compote and Greek yogurt rather than pats of butter and loads of sugary maple syrup. The result is amazing. You might still feel like you are eating dessert, but you’ll probably feel an awful lot better about it.
If you like, swap out the rhubarb for whatever fruit is in season, but you might want to cut down on the sugar depending on the sweetness of the fruit you are using; there’s more sugar in the rhubarb compote because rhubarb is so tart. Whatever you do, choose fresh, ripe fruit that is in season for the best flavor. Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries or a mix of berries would all be great, as would chopped nectarines, peaches, apricots, or plums. You can even make an apple compote in the winter months with a pinch of cinnamon instead of the orange zest.
For the pancakes, experiment with more or less whole wheat flour if you like. I use a 50/50 blend, but you could try all whole wheat flour (although the result will be much more dense). You can also leave out the rolled oats and use an equivalent amount of wheat bran.
This recipe makes more than my 3-person family can eat in one sitting, so once we are done eating, I cook up rest of the batter and let the pancakes cool on a wire rack. Then I just package them up, separated by parchment paper, and freeze them. They make for quick and easy weekday breakfasts when my daughter is craving pancakes.
Recipe: Multigrain Pancakes with Rhubarb-Orange Compote
Makes about 16 pancakes and about 1 heaping cup compote