The issue with most pancakes is that they are typically devoid of solid nutrition. Made from mostly bleached white flour, they throw in a few B vitamins for good measure along with a pinch of salt and sugar.
For example, here is the ingredient list on the Bisquick original mix: Enriched Flour Bleached (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate), Dextrose, Salt.
Think you are doing better with a whole wheat variety? Take a peek at Aunt Jemima’s whole wheat blend: INGREDIENTS: WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, ENRICHED BLEACHED FLOUR (BLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), LEAVENING (SODIUM BICARBONATE, SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), BROWN SUGAR, SUGAR, DRIED MOLASSES, SALT, WHEAT GERM, HYDROXYLATED SOY LECITHIN, SOY FLOUR.
> With a drizzle of maple syrup (1 teaspoon per serving)
> Add some berries right to the batter (after blending) and cook into the pancake
> Pick up pancake like a tortilla/taco, fill with berries, fold and eat
> Spread pancake with thin layer of almond/cashew butter (and a layer of berries if you like); top with another pancake, and eat like breakfast sandwich!
> Topped with fresh berries and/or sliced banana or peaches and chopped nuts like pecans, walnuts or slivered almonds
> Use a pancake like a piece of bread to scoop up some scrambled eggs
So give these a try – we would love to hear from you!