Who doesn’t enjoy a big batch of pancakes? Well, as you might expect from the title of this article there is a slight twist on how you can prepare a stack! Now that I think about it – there is actually no stacking involved when it comes to using your grill or oven to make this version of a flapjack.
Are you ready for Grilled “Oven-Baked” Pancakes?
A Healthier Pancake
As delicious as they are, a lot of pancake recipes are chocked full of oil and butter and can be downright unhealthy to consume. When a friend asked me how to make a healthier version I jumped at the chance to find a way to reduce the grease and fat while maintaining that classic pancake flavor.
What followed was quite a bit of research and I was able to find some great resources from places that focused on healthy eating, diabetic diets, and heart-healthy meals.
The End Result
I ended up taking a few key aspects from different recipes and tweaking them for my version, though I have to give credit to the USDA as they did most of the heavy lifting. The result is a pancake that retains a lot of the same ingredients but is cooked in a much healthier way.
Whereas traditional stacks are cooked in a skillet, I was able to remove the oil and butter needed by opting for a non-stick cookie sheet or baking dish – simple, right? The result is still delicious, it’s just prepared in an unorthodox fashion (laid out like a cake, not stacked). You can even opt to use a closed grill to mimic an oven!
Pro tip: For best results, after pouring the batter in the pan spray the top with vegetable oil to obtain a golden brown color.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (15 oz)
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1/4 cup sugar substitute suitable for baking
(read directions for portions needed to match 1/4 cup regular sugar.)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 large eggs, or equal amount of egg substitute
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 cups milk, low-fat
Combine everything in a mixing bowl and mix until batter is smooth. Pour into a non-stick cookie sheet with sides or a glass baking dish coated with non-stick spray. Bake in an oven preheated to 450 degrees for about ten minutes or on a covered grill. Test with a toothpick for doneness, cut into servable portions and enjoy!
For an extra kick, follow the USDA’s advice and serve with low or sugar-free syrup and even vitamin-packed berries.