I want my family to get good nutrition at every meal, but it’s a struggle to feed everyone healthily when breakfast comes so early every day. This Homemade Whole Grain Pancake Squares recipe delivers a hearty meal packed with good fats and great nutrition in under 30 minutes.
- 2 tablespoons organic sucanat or coconut palm sugar
- 1 cup organic whole wheat flour
- 1 cup organic brown rice flour
- 1/4 cup organic ground flax seed
- 4 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons organic ground cinnamon
- 1-1/2 cups organic milk (or milk substitute)
- 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
- 2 organic eggs
- 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
- 1 large organic Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
- 1 cup organic nuts (pecans or walnuts are best)
- 1/2 cup organic maple syrup (any grade will work)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease 9X13 pan with coconut oil.
- Combine sugar, flour, flax seed, baking powder salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Warm milk and coconut oil in a small pan or microwaveable cup until coconut oil is just melted.
- Combine milk mixture, eggs, and vanilla into the flour mixture. Stir just until moistened.
- Add apple and stir a few times to integrate.
- Pour mixture into prepared 9X13 pan.
- Sprinkle nuts over the top.
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
- Pour maple syrup over the entire pan.
- Serve warm.
This recipe is a family favorite and the leftovers are scrumptious. It would be a perfect solution for holiday guests or a Sunday brunch.
Some interesting variations on this recipe would be:
- Replace apples with banana slices and use walnuts.
- Soak 1/2 cup raisins and 1/2 cup cranberries in warm apple juice for 15 minutes. Use these in place of the apples.
- Substitute sunflower or pumpkin seeds for 1/2 of the nuts.
- Substitute almond extract for the vanilla and use sliced almonds for the nuts on top.
- Half of the cinnamon could be replaced with ginger, cloves, or nutmeg for a spicier cake.
- Replace all or some of the maple syrup with molasses or honey.
The brown rice flour in this recipe helps to keep the crumb from being so heavy. You could use all-purpose or another flour and find a consistency you like.
You can also cut this recipe in half and bake in a 8X8 pan at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes. This version would serve 5 – 6 people.