This weekend I was craving one thing – pancakes! It had been entirely too long since I had last made up a batch of pancakes. Instead of my usual whole grain ones, I thought I would experiment a bit this weekend. Until spring gets here, I have been savoring as many blood oranges as I can get my hands on at Trader Joe’s. Since we had a few left in the fridge from our last grocery trip, I figured why not try them in pancakes?
I love that Will agrees to hand model for me. 🙂 I added just a bit of blood orange zest and a couple tablespoons of juice which gave the pancakes a nice citrus flavor and just a hint of pink color. Too bad I hadn’t come up with these before Valentine’s Day! Since I wanted just a bit more flavor, I went ahead and added a little blood orange juice to the maple syrup as well. Thanks to my Dad, I always have a supply of delicious, Pennsylvania tapped maple syrup tucked away in the fridge for occasions just like this one.
Blood Orange Buttermilk Pancakes
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon blood orange zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons fresh squeezed blood orange juice
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Combine the flour, oats, and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Use a whisk to stir well.
- Add the buttermilk, egg, zest, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons of the juice. Whisk just until moistened. (Try not to over-mix, some small lumps will remain.)
- Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking oil and turn on the heat. Spoon 1/4 cup of batter into pan and spread into a ~4" round circle.
- Cook until the surface of the pancake starts to bubble. Flip and cook on the other side until lightly browned.
- In a small serving pitcher, warm up the maple syrup and the other 2 tablespoons of blood orange juice in the microwave.
- Serve with additional slices of blood orange.
- Nutrition information includes the syrup and juice.
- To decrease the calories, make smaller 3" pancakes and you'll be able to stretch it into 3 servings. Serve with a side of eggs.