stack of spelt pancakes topped with apple cinnamon topping with a drizzle of maple syrup
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Healthy Spelt Flour Pancakes

Do you need your weekday breakfast to be fast and mess-free? Try making several batches of these pancakes ahead of time. Freeze them in freezer-safe bags after they’ve totally cooled. For breakfast, pop them in the toaster to warm them up and you have a delicious, satisfying, healthy breakfast all week long.

For this recipe you’ll need: whole spelt flour, buttermilk, eggs, butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

Frequently Asked Questions About Spelt Flour

Why is spelt flour better for you?

Spelt is an ancient grain. It hasn’t undergone the level of hybridization of modern wheat. Spelt contains higher amounts of protein and fibre and provides significant amounts of important nutrients like manganese, niacin, copper and phosphorus.  Some individuals who struggle to digest common wheat find spelt to be highly digestible. One reason for that could be that the gluten in spelt is water-soluble whereas the gluten in common wheat is not.

Is spelt flour gluten free?

No, spelt is not a gluten-free flour. It is not suitable for individuals with Celiac disease. It may be tolerated by individuals with mild gluten intolerance because it contains less gluten than modern wheat. Spelt is considered to be easier to digest than modern wheat for most people.

How to Make Healthy Spelt Flour Pancakes

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.

In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg yolks (reserve egg whites in another bowl), melted and cooled butter and maple syrup.

Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Don’t overmix.

In a medium-sized bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the pancake batter.

Note: I have made this recipe by doing this folded-in egg white trick and also just adding eggs normally. Both ways are delicious. The egg white trick just makes for fluffier pancakes.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Use the oven as a warmer for the cooked pancakes.

Warm 1 tbsp. of butter or oil in a pan on medium heat and wait until the pan preheats. Using a ⅓ cup measure, pour pancake batter into the pan. Flip when you see little bubbles form on the top of the pancake and the outside edges are starting to set. Flip the pancakes and cook for about a minute on the other side.

Once cooked, place the pancakes on a sheet tray in your preheated oven to keep them warm. Continue the process until all the batter has been used. Enjoy!

4 Tips for Making Incredibly Fluffy Pancakes

  • Using fresh baking powder is very important if you want fluffy pancakes. My recommendation is to buy a small container of baking powder and use it within 3-6 months. If your baking powder or baking soda has been in your cupboard for longer than 6 months, it’s lost most of its effectiveness.
  • Don’t over mix the batter. Overmixing can cause gluten development which will make pancakes dense and chewy.
  • In this recipe you have the option of separating egg whites from the yolks and whipping them into soft peaks to fold into the pancake batter. This creates incredibly light and fluffy pancakes! It’s similar to the technique used to make soufflés.
  • Ideally, only flip the pancakes once. You can knock the air out of them by flipping them multiple times.

Delicious Pancake Toppings:

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I present to you a banana bread recipe for the chocolate lover. Satisfy those chocolate cravings and enjoy all the comfort that banana bread is famous for with Double Chocolate Banana Bread.

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Healthy Spelt Flour Pancakes

spelt flour pancakes with apple cinnamon topping and maple syrup sitting on a plate

Healthy Spelt Flour Pancakes

Spelt Flour Pancakes are a tasty and healthy way to start the day! Made with simple, wholesome ingredients, these pancakes are a delicious way to incorporate spelt flour in your recipe repertoire. I love how fluffy and tender they are.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 10 pancakes
Calories 124 kcal

Ingredients
  

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup whole spelt flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs egg whites separated from the yolks and whipped
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract optional

For The Cinnamon Apple Topping

  • 1 medium-sized apple skin left on
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup

Instructions
 

For The Pancakes:

  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  • In a separate medium sized bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg yolks (reserve egg whites in another bowl), melted and cooled butter and maple syrup.
  • Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Don’t overmix.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the pancake batter.
  • Note: I have made this recipe by doing this folded in egg white trick and also just adding eggs normally. Both ways are delicious. The egg white trick just makes for fluffier pancakes.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Use the oven as a warmer for the cooked pancakes.
  • Warm 1 tbsp. of butter or oil in a pan on medium heat and wait until the pan preheats. Using a ⅓ cup measure, pour pancake batter into the pan. Flip when you see little bubbles form on the top of the pancake and the outside edges are starting to set. Flip the pancakes and cook for about a minute on the other side.
  • Once cooked, place the pancakes on a sheet tray in your preheated oven to keep them warm. Continue the process until all the batter has been used. Enjoy!

For The Cinnamon Apple Topping

  • Leaving the skin on, chop an apple into small pieces. Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg and maple syrup until the apples are evenly coated.
  • Melt 2 tbsp of butter in a skillet. Add the apples and cook until softened and lightly caramelized.

Notes

  • If you don’t have buttermilk in your fridge you can make your own buttermilk easily at home. You just need regular milk and either lemon juice or vinegar. Check out this post for instructions.
  • Make sure your pan is properly preheated before you pour your first pancake into it.
 
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Hi! I’m Christy, a happy wife and mother to three boys, a nutritionist, a food lover and a Canadian. Creating and experimenting in the kitchen is my idea of an afternoon well spent. To me, a clean kitchen is an empty canvas of possibility and that means my kitchen never stays clean for long. My dream is that one or more of the recipes I share here will inspire you, perhaps even becoming a cherished family favourite.

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