Blue Breakfast

Sunday morning was our second morning in the new house. I made a big pancake breakfast with blueberry sauce, bacon, and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice to celebrate.

My daughter decided to decorate the pancakes with some little tubes of colored gel we uncovered during the move. She didn’t realize that the gel was food coloring, not icing. Then we all poured blueberry sauce on top of our decorated pancakes.

After breakfast we took turns showing off our beautiful blue tongues and teeth. It was an excellent celebration.

Whole-grain Pancakes with Vanilla Blueberry Sauce

If you don’t like cooking the blueberries inside the pancakes, try this easy variation. The sauce cooks while you make the pancakes, so you have a luscious warm sauce ready to top hot whole-grain pancakes.

1 pint of fresh blueberries
1/4 c unrefined crystallized sugar
a pinch of salt
1/2 vanilla bean, slit down the length with a sharp knife

2 c whole-wheat flour
1 c oat flour (or 1 c of rolled oats/oatmeal, whirled in a food processor until finely ground)
1 tbl baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
3 tbl melted butter
2 cups of milk

Combine the blueberries, sugar, salt, and vanilla bean in a small saucepan. Set over the cold burner and turn it on to medium heat. Cover.

Add all of the dry ingredients in a 2-quart mixing bowl. Stir together until thoroughly combined. Add eggs, butter, and 1 cup of milk. Beat together until the mixture is smooth, then add milk 1/4 c at a time until it reaches the consistency you prefer. I like thinner batter for whole-grain pancakes as the thinner batter lets them rise better.

Check the blueberry sauce. If it simmering, uncover and stir. Turn the heat to low and let simmer.

Heat a griddle or shallow saute pan over medium heat. Lightly oil the griddle and then pour 1/3 c batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Wait until bubbles come up in the middle of the batter and the edges look dry, then flip. Let cook on the other side until lightly golden brown. Lightly oil the griddle (I use a paper towel with a little sunflower or peanut oil) between pancakes. Repeat until all of the batter is gone.

Serve with plenty of butter and the warm blueberry sauce. Give a prize to whoever gets the vanilla bean. That person gets to do the dishes!

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