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Pecan Pancakes with Mixed Berry Compote

on January 1, 2012

It’s officially 2012, so we think it’s important to start off this New Year with a healthy and happy breakfast that will make you feel good and preform better 🙂

Combining cooked and fresh berries (good sources of vitamin C and anthocyanins) with vitamin E-filled wheat germ and pecans maximizes this dish’s antioxidant potential.

Prep Time
25 minutes
Total Time
35 minutes
Yield
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients
2 cups berries
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour, spooned and leveled
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
1 large egg
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Directions
In a small saucepan, combine berries, honey, and lemon zest. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; set aside.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Have a baking sheet ready to keep cooked pancakes warm. Whisk together flours, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a second bowl, whisk together yogurt, butter, and egg. Add dry ingredients and pecans to wet ingredients; whisk until just moistened (be sure not to overmix; a few small lumps are fine).

Heat a large nonstick skillet or cast iron griddle over medium. Lightly butter the skillet. For each pancake, spoon 1/4 cup batter into skillet, using the back of a spoon to spread batter to about 4 inches in diameter.

Cook until surface of pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, 1 to 3 minutes. Flip with a thin spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to the baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Continue with more butter and remaining batter. Serve warm, topped with berry compote.

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