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Whole Grains Recipes: Buttermilk Wheat Germ Pancakes with Yogurt and Berry Sauce

The nutty, sweet presence of wheat germ makes these pancakes special.
By Robin Asbell
February 2011 Web
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The nutty, sweet presence of wheat germ makes these pancakes special.
Photo By Caren Alpert/Courtesy Chronicle Books

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The following is an excerpt from The New Whole Grains Cookbook by Robin Asbell (Chronicle Books, 2007). The excerpt is from Chapter 1: Breakfast. 

Buttermilk Wheat Germ Pancakes with Yogurt and Berry Sauce  
Makes 12 pancakes 

The nutty, sweet presence of wheat germ makes these pancakes special. Wheat germ is rich in the essential fats that make wheat so healthy, so buy raw wheat germ and keep it in the refrigerator or freezer.


2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs, separated
2 cups sliced banana, berries, or raisins
2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt

1. For the sauce, in a medium saucepan mix the berries, sugar, and lemon juice. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it comes to a boil. The sauce will thicken as it stands.

2. For the pancakes, preheat the oven to 200°F. Mix the flour, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix the buttermilk, oil, and egg yolks in a cup. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks, using an electric mixer. Mix the yolk mixture into the dry ingredients just until moistened, then fold in the whites.

3. Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat until hot. Lightly grease the griddle with spray vegetable oil or butter, and then drop 1/3-cup portions of batter on the griddle, spreading them a bit if thick. Drop fruit onto the pancakes, and press it down. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until bubbly, turn, and cook for a couple minutes more. Transfer to an oven-safe platter and hold in the oven until all of the pancakes are done.

4. Serve the pancakes topped with yogurt and the blueberry sauce.

For more whole grains recipes, read the original article, "Cooking with Whole Grains: The New Whole Grains Cookbook."

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