Confessions of a Pancake Queen: The Superhero Edition

Alright my pancake-lovin’ kiddos!

You’ve got your tools…

You’ve got your flowers flours…

Now it’s time to learn how to make your pancakes FLY!!

Superhero Pancakes

Bahaha! <- Sorry, tried to keep a straight face but I can’t! 😆

Ok, so mayyyyybe they won’t exactly FLY…unless you have some sort of arm spasm mid flip and end up sending one across your kitchen…but then, well, then you’ve got bigger problems…you should probably see the doctor about that.

Moving on…

First up, how to make your pancakes fat phat fluffy fluff-aaaaaaaaay!

Baking Powder…aka “the ability to cause others to quote Pixar films”

Forget all that confusing mumbo-jumbo about the trifecta of leavening…baking powder, baking soda, salt…the only thing you need is baking POWDER!

In the beginning, I used to think if I didn’t have all three, I would end up with pancake flatter than well…a pancake, I guess! 😉 Then I realized that I could use MORE of ONE with even BETTER results!

For every serving, I typically use 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. 

And if you’re concerned about the sodium content of your pancakes, you’ll be happy to know that baking POWDER has about a third less compared to baking SODA, but if that’s not enough for you, they also sell a sodium-free version that you can find at Whole Foods or order online from here. <- Great website for healthy foodstuffs! 😀

Another big contender in fluffability…

Eggs

But only if you employ one of the best superhero kitchen gadgets of all time…

Whisk

The dual-action not really-automatic whiskometer!

Allow me to demonstrate…

Springy WhiskOhhhhh…ahhhhhhh!

Sold in a bat cave kitchen supply store near you! OR you can click here!

But you don’t HAVE to have a fancy dual-action not really-automatic whiskometer to make super flufftastic pancakes. Feel free to use whatever whisk you currently have….just know that I’m going to have about a bajillion times more fun with mine than you are with yours! 😉

So yeah, take your boring ol’ whisk and beat your eggs (or egg whites) like they just stole an old lady’s purse until light and frothy before handing them over to the cops adding them to your batter.

But if you happen to have an aversion to violence eggs (or anything that has a mother) being in your pancakes, then there is another way to achieve fluffulous pancakes…

DIY ButtermilkThe Dynamic Duo: Captain Milk Me Not and Miss Vine-a-gar!

Otherwise known as homemade buttermilk.

For every 1 cup of milk (or milk substitute), add 1 tablespoon of vinegar and allow to set for 3-5 minutes.

Oh and a quick math solution for you guys, that would be 1 teaspoon of vinegar per 1/3 cup of milk! 😀

You CAN use “buttermilk” in recipes WITH eggs…it gives the cake more of a buttery taste. I just have had really good luck in the past using it in my vegan pancake batters so it’s kind of my go-to. Some say you should use baking soda to work synergistically with the acidity of the buttermilk for a full rise, but honestly, I’ve never really seen much difference.

And while we’re on the topic of milk, FYI, having LESS liquid in your pancake batter will produce a thicker/fluffier result (the more liquid, the more your batter will spread once it meets the skillet).

So once you have your cakes good and fluff-tabulous, you’re ready for the add-ins…
OR you break into a science lab, shake some beakers around, and enhance the genetic makeup to produce real…LIVE…

Protein Powder

SUPER HUMANS PANCAKES!!

Or you could just maybe go to the store and pick up some protein powder…whichever works for you! 😉

Word of caution: Not ALL protein powder is created equal!

One “scoop” for one brand may be two scoops for another! That’s why I always list the weight in grams of the protein powder I chose for my recipes. Just be sure to take a look at the nutrition label of the power POWDER you’re working with!

Also, a little note about ratios…unless you enjoy nibbling on pancakes that taste like a cross between slime and an actual superhero figurine (aka, ABC gum), try to stick to a 2ish:1ish ratio of flour to protein powder. 😀

Do you have a favorite superhero?
I always liked Rogue from X-Men!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I think I would choose to freeze time…maybe then I could catch up on my blog reading! 😉

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28 Responses to Confessions of a Pancake Queen: The Superhero Edition

  1. Hmm maybe the power to fly? Or time travel or invisibility to hear other people’s conversations :)

    Great post about fluffy pancakes, makes me want to whip up a batch now!

  2. That’s some great photo editing for the flying pancakes! Too funny. Thanks for all the baking info/science. I’m TERRIBLE at that stuff. I’m SO not a baker–I really have no idea what I’m doing. So I appreciated your succinct and easy to understand descriptions. I did not know I could make buttermilk using non-dairy milk. Awesome. Because I only buy almond milk. And the baking soda, powder and salt combo . . . I’ve never figured it out. LOVE knowing that I’ll be fine just using baking powder. I still want to try your suggestion of adding a T. of coconut flour to my smoothie to make it cake-like, because that sounds brilliant. :)

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha, thanks girlie! I’m right there with ya on the anti-baker thing…I swear it’s an act of God to get something EDIBLE to come out of my oven…at least when I’m the one behind the recipe! Ha!

      And yeah, you’ve gotta let me know what you think of the coconut flour in your smoothie when you get around to trying it! I think you’ll really like it! :)

  3. That no sodium baking powder changed my life. LOVE.

    My super powder would be to have the ability to neatly flip things – pancakes, omlettes, socca…

  4. I’ve always wanted super-speed, like dash from the Incredibles, so I could run across water! Or, if I could teleport or something so I could travel anywhere in the world in seconds and never have to pay for a flight 😉

  5. Definitely going to keep these in mind next time I go pancake experimenting!

    Favourite superhero…huh. Might have to agree with you on Rogue.

  6. broccolihut says:

    So many great tips! I’ve always wanted one of those handy dandy whisks!

  7. Madi says:

    Yummmm, I’ll have to utilize these tips the next time I try to snag a man…and by that I mean the next time I’m making pancakes for my dad…

    Also, I would be a mind reader, because, well, it’s awesome.

  8. Thanks for all these great tips! I love the idea of whipping your eggs before adding them. I wonder if I could use my milk frother… haha.

    If I could have any power it would definitely be teleporting so I could just wake up and transport myself to your house for breakfast in a jiffy. 😉

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha! I don’t know, why don’t you try it and if you don’t end up with egg whites dripping from your cabinets, I’ll give it a go myself! 😉

      Teleportation! Why didn’t I think of that? You come over for breakfast and I’ll visit you for dinner! 😀

  9. Can you make them for all of us?? :) I tweeted & forgot to copy you…. sorry!

  10. Hahaaaaa, one great thing about Switzerland: We can not buy baking soda here. So I always used powder anyway. :) Vegan Pancakes?? I would so fail on them I know. And since I am addicted to eggs for breakfast (and lunch and dinner) I can not switch. But I love all your tips and I totally agree on the Protein Pwder. Sunwarrior Blend is terrible to use in pancakes, makes them gummy and gooey, eeek!
    SPIDERMAN.
    And I would like to be able to beam myself to any place in the world (California) anytime I like to (NOW) , and for as long (all winters) as I like to (aka a very generous boss). :-) Happy Sunday girl!!

  11. You’ve seriously got me wanting to run to my kitchen and experiment with pancake making. Thanks for the tips, lady! And I kid you not, but I was just Googling the difference between baking powder and baking soda this morning, ’cause I’m honestly not sure which one to use in which kind of recipe. Interesting stuff…

    As for superpowers, I definitely wouldn’t mind teleportation… Think of all the amazing places you’d be able to go and people you’d get to visit… Not to mention all the traffic and airplanes you’d be able to avoid 😀

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      If you bust out some pancakes, I’m totally marking it down on the calendar and petitioning for it to become a national holiday! 😉 I’m still not really sure sometimes about the difference between baking soda and powder in baking…I know it depends on a lot of other factors too. And I’ve heard that if you use too much soda in a recipe, you’re goodies will end up tasting like soap! 😯 Ugh, so confusing!

  12. Jessie says:

    Ha Ha Ha, Gosh darnit girl.. you crack me up!!! I really just wanna get you a lab coat and big nerdy glasses after this post to be honest.. all this science and lab talk makes me think of Albert Einstein.

  13. Haha okay this post pretty much made my day…you and your wordplay/photo-edits/hilarious always does. :-) But seriously, I am going to try the buttermilk thing finally, it’s just time.

  14. “Look at that fluffy unicorn. It’s so flufffffyy I’m going to diieee!!” <–Possibly the best Pixar movie quote EVER!! Umm, I totally just watched the clip on YouTube, and I've decided I need to adopt Agnes. Major cuteness!

    These tips are super helpful! I feel like I'm already a pancake-making superwoman (I'd rather be a pancake-making WonderWoman, though, because she's my fave). I've never really understood the difference between baking powder and baking soda, but now I do! However, what I'm more excited about is the not-so automatic whiskometer! I have one, but I've never ever used it to make pancakes. That's so going to happen this week!

    xoxoxo

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh for sure! Best movie and best movie QUOTE ever! Lol Aww, I hope you’ve gotten a chance to try the whipped egg whites…it really is unbelievable what a difference it makes!

      xoxoxo right back atcha! 😉

  15. Jamie says:

    Loving these posts! You’re definitely my go-to blog for when I need a pancake recipe! Do you have any tips on making sure pancakes are moist? (sorry if you’re one of those people who can’t stand that word! :) ) I love coming up with recipes but sometimes I find that they come out too dense and bread-like. Thanks!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thanks sweetie! That just made my night! I actually intend to tackle the topic of add-ins next…including things that will help make your pancakes “humid” 😉 But just to throw a few things your way…Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, apple sauce, pumpkin, and fresh fruit (since they release natural juices when cooking) are all ingredients that I’ve found help to cut that bread-like consistency. You just have to be careful with banana as it tends to weigh a pancake down and can make it cook unevenly (read: makes an ugly pancake!) Lol

  16. LOVE YOU!!! Ha. When the x-men movies (the Hugh ones) came out, I watched the first one on repeat…again and again…something about Cyclops AND Wolverine being SO good looking totally had me geeking out! 😉
    Um, pancake heaven, BTW. When I was at my parents all weekend, all I wanted was pancakes!! But I didn’t want to whip out their giant food processor to make oat flour…so I will have to make some now that I’m home again :)

  17. Sydney says:

    Hey, loved this post! My question is, sometimes when I use oat flour the pancakes don’t hold together and sometimes they do. Why is this and how can I make sure they always hold together? Thank you!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thank you Sydney! It’s kinda hard to say what the problem could be only knowing the flour that you’re using, but as far as binding ingredients, you want to think of something “sticky” like eggs/egg whites, flax, chia seeds, or even mashed banana! Just be careful not to add too much banana or it will really weigh down the cake and also cause it to cook unevenly (think big brown/black ugly splotches). Hope that helps! 😀

  18. LOVE this. I swear I always have preferred just baking powder to whatever ‘science’ says. I usually don’t even have baking soda in my pantry and–not that I bake a ton–would just use that regardless. :) I LOVE using vegan buttermilk in my vegan Irish soda breads though. [OK, so maybe I DO have baking soda….] I didn’t realize it would make the pancakes fluffier, though!

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