When I was young, my Mum used to be very strict with regards to our nutrition. She precisely looked over the things we ate and made sure our diet was filled with fruits and veggies. But of course, we also had the "Let's treat ourselves good kind-of days." One recipe I would definitely put into this category, are Mum's delicious wholegrain pancakes. Topped with lots of fruits, sometimes even veggies in a more savory version, I felt like in food-heaven as a child. What my Mum didn't use back then was nut butter. But I am 100% sure, she would have offered the healthy and delicious nut cream to us, if she knew about about it back then. But enough about my childhood, let's get into making German Wholegrain Pancakes.
German pancakes are very similar to the French crepe. The only differences are: They are baked in butter (or olive oil) in my case and the pancake itself is slightly thicker than it's French brother. One secret in the recipe is sparkling water. If you let the pancake batter sit for about 30min (I sometimes even store it for an entire day in the fridge before baking it), you end up with a perfectly fluffy pancake consistency.
Also note: German pancakes are naturally "savory"/ "salty". Therefore, they also form a perfect base for a savory dish. In sweet compositions however, the mild saltiness creates a super delicious balance to sweet fruits, mild creams and hearty nutty butters.
With regards to equipment, the only thing I recommend is a good mixer. I typically use a hand mixer for smaller desserts, which I can easily whisk in one single bowl. The mixer I use is from Siemens.* It was a present from my mum when I moved out.
Last but not least and my favorite part in the kitchen - decorating food: I topped my healthy wholegrain pancakes with a delicious, homemade and sugar-free apricot compote. The sweet and fruity apricot compote combined with the pancake base, creamy yoghurt, raw cacao, nut butter and elderflowers, which by the way don't only look beautiful but also add a very unique flavor profile, is pure heaven. Especially if you like dark chocolate, don't miss out on the cacao nibs, you definitely taste them in every bite.
Enjoy your deliciously healthy wholegrain pancake and let me know what you think about it - either in the comments below or tag me in your healthy pancake food story on social .