Recipe: Brancakes (Pancakes)

This recipe is based off of my dad’s buttermilk pancakes recipe. (Dad, you should try these! They might be too bran-ey for you though.) I loved taking these pictures with my new camera.

Brancakes (Healthy Pancakes)

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Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 1/4 cup mix: oat bran & wheat germ (I did half and half)
  • dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon stevia
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • wet: 2 egg whites, 1/3 cup kefir, 1/3 cup water (more or less water as needed)
  • toppings: butter, real maple syrup

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  1. Sift together (or just mix well) all the dry ingredients (wheat bran, oat bran, wheat germ, salt, stevia, baking powder, baking soda).
  2. Add the egg whites, kefir, and water. Add the water gradually until the batter is thin enough. It should be about the same consistency as kefir, but obviously more bran-ey. Sometimes I have to add a lot of water, other times I don’t. Experiment.
  3. Heat a pan to high heat and spray with cooking oil or butter. Scoop portions of the batter (I divided mine into 3 cakes total). Reduce heat to medium. Cook on the first side until bubbles start to come through and they stay open (about 5-6 minutes).
  4. Flip the cakes. Cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  5. Serve topped with real maple syrup and butter.

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These were fantastic. They are filling, fairly low calorie, and delicious. I like to add a fair amount of butter and syrup which is why I like my base to be lower in calories. You could use 1 whole egg instead of 2 egg whites and it would come out just as well.

Yesterday’s blogger meetup was so fun! Check out Kath’s post for the details. Kath and Jenna (who I met once before) are so down-to-earth and fun. I hope I can see them both again. I also met some readers and another local blogger that I hope to meet up with again soon. When I get my pictures uploaded I’ll post about the day more.

Bobby and I ended up skipping out on the free concert (Train, Howie Day, Dashboard Confessional, Colbie Caillat) because we started walking there – and after almost 2 hours of walking (okay, very slow walking with shopping stops) we were still almost 4 miles away. We ditched it, took BART back to the Ferry Building, picked up lunch, and met up with some of Bobby’s high school friends. The we came home, exhausted, and totally zoned out all night.

What did you do this weekend?

29 Comments on Recipe: Brancakes (Pancakes)

  1. Mara @ What's for Dinner?
    28 September, 2009 at 5:59 am (7 years ago)

    Maggie, these look and sound JUST like the healthy pancakes I grew up on!! My mom always made pancakes with wheat germ, and hers had blended cottage cheese instead of kefir!

  2. Lindsay
    28 September, 2009 at 7:14 am (7 years ago)

    Those look really good!

  3. Amber
    28 September, 2009 at 7:24 am (7 years ago)

    Too bad about the concert but sounded like a nice day anyways! Did you get to try out your new camera in the City? Nice meeting seeing you yesterday!

  4. coco
    28 September, 2009 at 7:25 am (7 years ago)

    I’m in love with your new pictures!!!! So professional!!!
    and these pancakes look good too! I got lazy yesterday and didn’t make pancakes 🙁

  5. Anne K.
    28 September, 2009 at 7:27 am (7 years ago)

    These look incredible, and I love the ingredient list! I saved this recipe to give it a go soon. Thanks!

  6. Rebecca
    28 September, 2009 at 7:38 am (7 years ago)

    I want some!!

  7. VeggieGirl
    28 September, 2009 at 7:54 am (7 years ago)

    Despite missing the concert, you STILL had a blast at the conference and are enjoying delish pancakes. Fabulous 🙂

  8. brandi
    28 September, 2009 at 10:10 am (7 years ago)

    that stinks that the concert was that far away!

    those bran cakes look great.

  9. Linda
    28 September, 2009 at 10:31 am (7 years ago)

    It was so nice to meet you yesterday and thank you for the tea packages. I’m kicking myself for forgetting to bring them to work, but I can enjoy it tonight after dinner. (Tea is about the only type of caffeine that I can have in the evenings.)

  10. Justine
    28 September, 2009 at 11:04 am (7 years ago)

    Mag. the cakes look yum!! How have you been?


  11. Justine
    28 September, 2009 at 11:05 am (7 years ago)

    🙁 🙁 I am not on your blog roll???


  12. Natalie
    28 September, 2009 at 11:07 am (7 years ago)

    what a great reciepe!! thanks for sharing! we had a fun relaxing weekend! shopped, ate out, watched fav tv shows and movies, worked out, relaxed, church. Hung out with the honey! 🙂

  13. Naomi(onefitfoodie)
    28 September, 2009 at 11:28 am (7 years ago)

    great recipe!! thanks for sharing it! I am always on the hunt for new healthy pancake recipes!!

    this weekend, had some great eats and lots of relaxing!!

  14. Alison
    28 September, 2009 at 12:37 pm (7 years ago)

    Pancakes look great!
    Have you heard of Truvia? I think it’s related to Stevia.

  15. Tina
    28 September, 2009 at 1:20 pm (7 years ago)

    Woah, I thought I was on the wrong blog for a minute 😛 Like the new lay out though!

    I’m glad to hear the stevia worked well; I have it laying around here but I’m afraid to use it in anything other than coffee.

  16. Shelby
    28 September, 2009 at 1:47 pm (7 years ago)

    Fabulous pancake recipe!

  17. Tyler (Raspberry Runner)
    28 September, 2009 at 1:55 pm (7 years ago)

    oooh, thanks for the recipe! those look delicious!!

  18. Peanut Butter Bliss
    28 September, 2009 at 3:11 pm (7 years ago)

    wow those pancakes look SO good 🙂 Anything in pancake form is a winner!! try adding raspberries – I swear its amazing.

  19. glidingcalm
    28 September, 2009 at 3:23 pm (7 years ago)

    those brancakes are beautiful!!

  20. Kath
    28 September, 2009 at 3:58 pm (7 years ago)

    Lovely to meet you Maggie!!

  21. Maria
    28 September, 2009 at 4:54 pm (7 years ago)

    I love your new camera too! The pictures are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing those brancakes recipe– they look awesome!

  22. Jess
    28 September, 2009 at 5:28 pm (7 years ago)

    Love the new header! Mmm, pancakes sounds great right now–esp. yours!!
    <3 jess

  23. carolinebee
    28 September, 2009 at 7:13 pm (7 years ago)

    OMG those look delish and your new camera pics are gorgeous! I actually don’t like pancakes that much, mostly bc they are too thick and doughy- so those look goooood 😀

  24. Krista
    28 September, 2009 at 9:10 pm (7 years ago)

    Maggie, we met yesterday at the blogger meet-up. Just wanted to say thank you so much for the tea! I’m enjoying a nice big mug of it tonight! It was nice meeting you-nice blog!

  25. Cindy
    29 September, 2009 at 8:26 am (7 years ago)

    ohhhh pancakes sound good right now!

    it was a weekend of fun and drama… not bad…tiring though!

  26. Lori
    3 October, 2009 at 5:31 am (7 years ago)

    These look yummy!
    I love your photography, too 😀

  27. GiGi
    30 May, 2011 at 11:35 pm (6 years ago)

    I use rice bran to make pancakes – so delish! 🙂

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