Father’s Day Breakfast: Maple Bacon Pancakes

Maple Bacon Pancakes

It’s pretty much a given that most fathers would kill to wake up to the smell of, not only pancakes, but bacon too this Father’s Day. Sure, you could just throw together a box of pancake mix and top it with some frozen bacon but why not go all out?  Plus, those boxed mixes are filled with sugar and bad-for-you ingredients! Show Dad just how much you love him, and whip up an easy, healthy breakfast.

If you’ve been scrambling for last-minute Father’s Day ideas, then do something simple: make Dad a breakfast he’ll never forget.

Pure maple syrup provides the sweetness without added sugar and the whole wheat flour and flaxseed meal add fiber and healthy fats to keep Dad going all day. Also, using center-cut bacon reduces fat without reducing flavor.  These pancakes will have Dad begging for more, while relaxing and enjoying the delicious, healthy start to his day.
Use this Father’s Day idea to get Dad calling you his favorite!

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Maple Bacon Pancake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup of flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of non-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
  • 8 strips center-cut bacon

Directions

In a non-stick pan on medium-high heat, fry bacon strips until crispy, about 8-10 minutes.
Either set aside pan to use for frying pancakes, or pour out the extra grease, depending on preference.
Place bacon on paper towel to soak up any extra grease. Dice into small pieces, set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, maple syrup, and melted butter.
Add flours, flax seed meal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the wet ingredients and mix until mostly smooth, leaving some small lumps. Do not overmix.
Pour 3/4 of the bacon pieces into batter and mix until combined. Set aside the rest to top pancakes when serving.
Heat pan used to cook bacon on medium. Using a spoon or ladle, pour two tablespoons of batter into the pan.
Cook until small bubbles form then flip using a spatula. Cook for about another minute.
Once cooked, place on plate, top with bacon pieces, and drizzle with maple syrup.

Tip: If batter seems too thick, slowly add more liquid (buttermilk or water). If it seems too runny, add more flour.

This article was written by Shelby Morrison, a Toronto-based food blogger and freelance writer. She has a passion for living the most delicious life while enjoying every step of the way! She eats her way throughout Toronto, yet loves to travel to different cities for some unique and tasty finds. Visit  her web site at www.sweetsnmeats.tumblr.com