Whole Wheat Sour Cream Blueberry Pancakes

This Saturday I took a mini vacation from baked doughnuts and spoiled myself with these Whole Wheat Sour Cream Blueberry Pancakes. Admittedly, I was also 1) trying to use up sour cream before it went bad and 2) intrigued by the whole sour cream ordeal to begin with.

Since they were incredible, I’m planning to make them again and try Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. Bump up the protein, right? 😉

I’m not very wise when it comes to the chemistry of recipes (so what if I have a minor in chemistry?!), so while the purpose of the sour cream is unbeknown to me, I do know that these pancakes were really, really fluffy and light.

Sometimes, especially after reheating, pancakes are so dense and heavy they get caught in the back of your throat and only a big’ol gulp of milk makes the movement from mouth to stomach a possibility (please tell me I’m not alone here…). But not these. They were perrrfect and reheated very nicely so I could spoil myself for a few mornings to follow 😀

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Whole Wheat Sour Cream Blueberry Pancakes adapted from So Tasty, So Yummy

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour + 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
3/4 cup fat-free milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In another bowl combine sour cream, milk, eggs, vanilla extract.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix only until combined. Gently fold in the blueberries.

Pre-heat a skillet over medium heat (don’t get the skillet too hot, but it needs to be hot enough). Pour the pancake batter into the skillet and cook until bubbles appear on top and the bottom is nicely browned. Flip the pancakes over and cook for another minute or so until its browned. Serve warm with toppings of choice (I used fat-free Reddi Whip)! Yield: 16 pancakes (4 servings, 4 pancakes each).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 298 calories; 5.3 g. fat; 119 mg. cholesterol; 607 mg. sodium; 50.3 g. carbohydrate; 3.8 g. fiber; 8.3 g. protein

Result: These were awesome! So thick and fluffy and the berries explode in your mouth as you take bites. The batter came together in 5 minutes and the pancakes cooked quickly in batches of 4. I will definitely be making these again!

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I was a week ahead of the game – my hockey drills and skills wasn’t until NEXT Tuesday so last night ended up being a run outside. After an effortless 5-miler on Saturday and a great 4-miler on Monday, I was pumped to hit the road with my iPod yesterday. Alas, my running streak ended and the 90 degree heat and blaring sun made for a very difficult endeavor.

I made it 2 miles before pausing to walk. At which point I ran into Mr. Prevention who had gotten home from work and started his run. As I kissed him farewell and continued on my way, I was relying on my music 100% to just get me home. You know a run BLOWS when the slight incline in the sidewalk crossings makes your thighs feel as if they’re climbing Mount Everest. 3 miles…35 minutes. Ugh.

Katie shared her workout playlist yesterday and I loved reading her go-to motivation songs, so here’s a few on my list that just may inspire you!

Nicole’s July 2011 Workout Playlist

  1. Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow (all-time favorite)
  2. Chris Brown – Yeah 3x
  3. Darius Rucker – Alright
  4. Enrique Iglesias – Dirty Dancer
  5. Far East Movement – Like A G6
  6. Jason Derulo – Whatcha Say
  7. Jennifer Lopez – Get Right
  8. Jennifer Lopez feat Pitbull – Get on the Floor
  9. LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
  10. Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On
  11. MIA – Paper Planes
  12. Pitbull feat Ne-Yo – Give Me Everything
  13. Sugarland – Stuck Like Glue
  14. Usher – DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again

I like a lot of genres but I definitely need the good beats for workouts!

Question: What’s your #1 workout/dance song of July?

Be well,

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29 Comments

  1. July 27, 2011 / 7:13 am

    You have a minor in chemistry?! MY goodness. Well, to make you feel better I doubt that knowing the purpose of sour cream would be a chemistry thing, maybe a food chemistry thing though…right?! I know they are similar, but at the same time, very different. I think the sour cream probably took place of the buttermilk and was meant to mimic the flavors of buttermilk, just in a creamier way, perhaps. But of course the Greek yogurt sounds much better to me!

    Biathalon on Sunday. Are you going to do it?? It’s the Giant Eagle Multisports festival.

    • Nicole
      Author
      July 27, 2011 / 2:33 pm

      Ah! No! It’s LONG!! I did look it up right after we talked about it and I got scared! I would do the relay and do either the bike or the run, though!

  2. July 27, 2011 / 7:17 am

    I laughed because I used sour cream in baking this week and am clueless as to what I’ll do with the rest of it- as good as it is, it doesn’t go fast around here…

    My favorite upbeat song of the moment is the new Britney. Sigh… I’ll admit it! lol

    • Nicole
      Author
      July 27, 2011 / 2:33 pm

      No shame…me too.

  3. July 27, 2011 / 7:36 am

    Pancakes are one of my new favorite weekend breakfasts – I used to be a waffle girl.

    I have some sour cream in my fridge that I didn’t use for a recipe this week – I may make these!

    Thanks for posting – they look delicious.

  4. July 27, 2011 / 8:57 am

    So fluffy! I love it…and I bet they’d be just as good with Greek yogurt. 🙂 I withdrew from Chemistry in college….I’m a math girl, so I took Physics instead. Chemistry person or not, these look so delicious! 😉

    • Nicole
      Author
      July 27, 2011 / 2:34 pm

      The irony is…I hated chemistry 🙂 I have always much preferred physics! And I will for sure be trying them with Greek yogurt…the gorgeous blueberries are still popping up everywhere!

      • July 27, 2011 / 3:25 pm

        Haha…that’s funny. 🙂 I’m sure glad I don’t have to study chemistry or physics anymore. Yay for graduating. I’m loving the blueberries everywhere…and especially love that they are still on sale at my grocery store. Woohoo!

  5. Liz
    July 27, 2011 / 10:09 am

    I believe the sour cream reacts with the baking powder and that is what makes the pancakes so fluffy. I think yogurt would work too. I might give this a try over the weekend with some strawberries (if they last that long!).

  6. July 27, 2011 / 11:05 am

    I’m impressed you run outside in this weather! Your pancakes look delicious, by the way. As you said, it would be interesting to see if Greek yogurt would make them as tasty.

    My current workout playlist favorite is “300 Violin Orchestra” by Jorge Quintero. It’s a great song to get you psyched up 🙂

    • Nicole
      Author
      July 27, 2011 / 2:35 pm

      There was nothing impressive about that run, don’t let me fool you 😉

      I must look up that song 🙂

  7. July 27, 2011 / 11:43 am

    I dont know why, but sour cream just makes things better. Sour cream donuts from Tim Hortons are my all time favorite. Sour cream pancakes would be incredible.

    • Nicole
      Author
      July 27, 2011 / 2:36 pm

      I know, you keep mentioning that sour cream doughnuts from Timmy’s and I keep ignoring the fact that I really want to try it when I swing by many a mornings for my coffee! I’m scared to try it…I’m afraid it’s going to be THAT good!

    • Nicole
      Author
      July 27, 2011 / 2:36 pm

      …Barely. Just barely. Lots of tears went into that minor, lol!

  8. July 27, 2011 / 12:00 pm

    Yum! The fluffiness of these totally draws me in. Plus, I’m a sucker for blueberries!

  9. July 27, 2011 / 2:28 pm

    I just pinned these on Pinterest and then realized it was adapted from my blog…I am sure on top of things! They are the fluffiest pancakes ever.

    • Nicole
      Author
      July 27, 2011 / 2:37 pm

      Now THAT is funny! I loved them 🙂

  10. July 27, 2011 / 2:39 pm

    I will try them with whole wheat flour, that way, I don’t feel so silly.

  11. July 27, 2011 / 4:40 pm

    Hi Nicole. Way to go powering through that run!!!!! The pancakes look fantastic. Love your playlist!!!!!

  12. July 27, 2011 / 4:59 pm

    Those pancakes look AMAZING!! My guess on the sour cream would be adding moisture and texture? I am in love with Beyonce’s new song, Best Thing I Never Had!

  13. July 27, 2011 / 5:00 pm

    Those look SO fluffy! I want pancakes for dinner!

    I love checking out peoples playlists too. Variety is good! My recent favorites is jump by Girls Aloud.. It’s so much fun!

  14. July 27, 2011 / 9:40 pm

    I love the twinge of tanginess that sour cream lends to things. And blueberries in pancakes, that’s the way to eat them!

    Glad you got a chance to try the Asian slaw. I’ve been loving purple cabbage lately!

    • Nicole
      Author
      July 28, 2011 / 6:21 am

      I actually used green cabbage because that’s all the farmer’s market had, but it was delicious! Red next time 🙂

  15. July 28, 2011 / 5:31 am

    Mmm these pancakes look great! I almost always substitute greek yogurt in for sour cream since I always have yogurt and never have sour cream…and everything always turns out well!

  16. July 28, 2011 / 9:47 am

    Whole wheat pancakes rock. We ditched the pancake mixes a few years ago, and started making them from scratch (really, it’s not as freakin’ difficult as I had thought). Blueberries just make them even better. 🙂

    I like the idea of adding in the Greek yogurt in the mix to help make them fluffy, and less dense.

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