Soft & Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes

Soft & Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes @lovemysilk

This back-to-school season is extra special for us this year, because we are sending our first off to kindergarten! We’ve bought the crayons, notebooks, and pencil boxes. She’s got more new outfits than I can hang in her closet. And we’ve practiced the route to school in rush hour traffic.

We are so ready for this.

Actually, she is so ready for this. Honestly, I’m terrified.

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I’m not nervous for the all-day separation. And I’m not feeling overly-nostalgic about my baby growing up and leaving me (I’ve got an actual newborn on my hands keeping my busy these days). What I am worried about… is what she’s going to learn from 20 other 5 year old kids!

Just from her time at the pool this summer, my sweet baby girl has learned words like “fart” and “poopy head.” And she’s started to call other kids “cheater” and saying, “but that’s not faaaaaaaiiirrrrrrr!”

So. You know. Not so sweet.

Soft & Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes @lovemysilk

These pancakes, on the other hand, are totally sweet! And pretty good for you too. They are filled with wholesome grains, applesauce instead of oil, and low-calorie/high-calcium Silk Vanilla Cashew Milk.

The best part about these pancakes? How fluffy they are. I’ve found that whole wheat pancakes are usually tough and dense, but not these! This recipe is a healthier twist on my favorite buttermilk pancake recipe. And normally I’m a real stickler for only using buttermilk in a buttermilk pancake recipe to make sure they turn out fluffy. But this new Silk Cashew Milk is so thick and creamy, I decided to make the substitution and see how it held up in the recipe… they turned out perfect!

Soft & Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes @lovemysilk

These pancakes are so soft and fluffy, and they make a great start to the school day. My daughter is all about eating pancakes (aren’t we all?!), and I know I can feel good about making these for her. And since they’re dairy free (a recent change I’ve had to make in my diet thanks to nursing), I can enjoy them too!

Silk Cashew Milk just released two new flavors: vanilla and chocolate! Be on the look out for them to make an appearance in your grocery store, and then grab a carton of the vanilla for this recipe! I decided to amp up the vanilla in these pancakes even more by also using vanilla bean paste instead of extract, but you can certainly use normal vanilla extract and any of the Silk dairy-free alternatives.

Soft & Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes

These pancakes are so soft and fluffy, your kids won't guess that they're healthy too!

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tbsp sugar

3 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup Silk Cashew Milk*

1 large egg

2 tbsp natural applesauce

1 tsp vanilla paste

Directions:

Heat electric griddle to medium heat.

Whisk together all ingredients just until smooth batter forms.

Scoop 1/4 batter onto the griddle and cook on one side until golden brown. Flip and cook on the other side.

Serve immediately.

*any other milk may be substituted

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.