Whole Wheat Rum Raisin Pancakes (& a Giveaway!)

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I’m having one of those long forgotten perfect Saturday mornings. I woke up with a puppy sneezing in my face (it’s cuter when he looks like this). No alarms, horns or nagging husband shrugs, just a cute little puppy eager to start his day (of sleeping). I made my favorite coffee and started on breakfast immediately in a clean kitchen. This may be a normal Saturday morning for all of you, but I can’t tell you the last time I could just do this without rushing off to work or stressing over errands. I think this quintessential perfect Saturday is what led to these whole wheat rum raisin pancakes tasting so…well…perfect.

Whole wheat rum raisin pancakes

I’m a little sad brunch week is over. I’ve had such a blast whipping up lighter brunch recipes for all of you and I’ve envisioned us chatting over the computers, clinking pretty champagne flutes as we looked at the photos. In a perfect world that would happen, don’t you think? Well, either way, I’m totally pretending all of you are sitting right across from me as I sip my coffee and type up this amazing, super fluffy, a little boozy pancake recipe.

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I thought long and hard about what kind of recipe I was going to end brunch week with. Should it be a fancy waffle with infused whipped cream? Or maybe an omelete or eggs florentine? Perhaps make some french toast casserole with some exotic spices? And then I thought why not just pancakes? I feel like pancakes are often overlooked for brunch menus and parties because of their simplicity and triviality.  But trust me y’all, this recipe may be simple, but there’s nothing boring about this stack.

Whole Wheat Rum Raisin Pancakes - nutritionfor.us

I mean, look at it! Does this look like something you’d get in one of those rusty, scratchy sounding, squeaky diners on the road somewhere? Add this to your brunch menu and watch your friends and family’s mouths drop. And, may I suggest a pairing? Serve each stack with a cup of amazing Nespresso espresso. Now that is what I envision when I picture the most perfect Saturday brunch.

Rum Raisin Pancakes - Realistic Nutritionist

Friends, I can’t tell you how much I am in love with my Nespresso U machine. I’m absolutely, 100% addicted to it. I promise it’ll change your life (and all of your brunches to follow). Lucky for one of you, the amazing folks at Nespresso are giving away a U machine! Make sure you enter to win one down below!

Whole Wheat Rum Raisin Pancakes

Stack of rum raisin pancakes

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Serves about 3 (2 pancakes each). Recipe slightly adapted from Hub Pages.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: About 4 – 5 minutes

Ingredients:

For the raisins: 

  • 3 1/2 snack size packages raisins
  • 2 tablespoons brown rum (I used Brugal)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

For the pancakes:

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Chobani nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 1/2 tablespoons nonfat milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown rum *
  • 1 egg, beaten

*If you don’t want to add rum to the pancake batter, omit the rum and add additional milk or add rum extract.

Directions: 

  1. In a shallow bowl, mix the raisins, rum and brown sugar together. Let sit for at least 15 – 20 minutes. Strain the raisins once they’ve soaked and discard the liquid.
  2. To make the pancakes: Using a wire mesh strainer, sift the flours, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Add the egg, milk, rum, yogurt and rum soaked raisins.  Mix to combine. Stir gently. Do not overmix, it’s okay if you have a few chunks or lumps.
  3. Let batter sit for 5 – 10 minutes.
  4. Liberally spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium high heat. Using an ice cream scoop, add about 2 scoops of batter into the center of the pan. Once the batter starts to bubble in the middle, flip over (about 2 minutes). Let cook an additional 2 – 3 minutes until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Serve with syrup, whipped cream and butter and enjoy!

Nutritional information per serving (2 pancakes):

Calories: 393
Fat: 3 grams
Carbohydrates:  70 grams
Fiber: 5.5 grams
Protein: 12.6 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 9

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Comments

  1. Posted by Aimee on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    Eggs!! I love eggs any time of the day
  2. Posted by Billie Jean on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    Those look delicious! I usually like to have either a big bowl of fancy rolled oats or, of course, a stack of pancakes!
  3. Posted by Darlene on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    You have some of the most unique and amazing recipes. I'm new here, so I can't wait to try them. Looking forward to that pistachio cake recipe.
  4. Posted by Jeffrey Lammers on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    Definitely Cinnamon Rolls and they have to be homemade! I finally found a recipe I love and they are full of FAT! Their great to eat as a breakfast and lunch substitute because they probably equal the calories of both combined.
  5. Posted by Heather on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    A fluffy, crumbly scone.
  6. Posted by Laurence on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    I am obsessed with pannetonne french toasts!
  7. Posted by Nelly Rodriguez on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    Love Eggs Benedict!
  8. Posted by Chelsea on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    These pancakes look amazing! My favorite thing to eat at brunch is a big batch of homemade granola over berries, greek yogurt, and a dollop of almond butter!
  9. Posted by Meghan Finley on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    eggs benedict!
  10. Posted by dana on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    banana pancakes or challah French toast with berries!
  11. Posted by Tutti Dolci on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    I love blueberry pancakes!
  12. Posted by Amy CookingAdventures on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    I love egg bakes for brunch!
  13. Posted by Kara on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    I love omelettes and pancakes!
  14. Posted by ashley on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    monte cristo is my favorite
  15. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Saturday, January 26th, 2013
    My favorite brunch item is usually an omelet with some potatoes!
  16. Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    My favorite thing to eat at brunch are pancakes :)
  17. Posted by Jennie on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    My favorite brunch is always pancakes!
  18. Posted by Christine Rosko on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    My favorite thing at brunch is honestly French Toast. I love any kind of French Toast and it's always my first choice when ordering.
    ~Christine
  19. Posted by barbara n on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    I love to have eggs benedict for brunch
  20. Posted by Kelly D on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    I like french toast & fruit, like strawberries & bananas.
    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom
  21. Posted by Debbi R on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    freshly made omelets
  22. Posted by pumpkinpie on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    These pancakes... with rum raisin ice cream!
  23. Posted by Mariah McNail on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    Fluffy pancakes, decadent waffles, mimosas.
  24. Posted by Elin Woods on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    Big fluffy waffles with strawberries and mimosas!
  25. Posted by Shelly on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    I always go for pancakes or waffles.
  26. Posted by Jessica on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    Unique pancakes! i think these would be amazing
  27. Posted by Lia Simpson on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    Crepes, any kind will do!
  28. Posted by Alice Choi on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    Crepes, eggs, pancakes, waffles . . I love it all! :)
  29. Posted by JessieC on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    Pancakes and muffin
  30. Posted by Corisa on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    belgian waffles ! topped with strawberries and syrup and whipped cream ! yum!
  31. Posted by Amanda on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    I love buffets so I can make my own creation - which usually involves guacamole, nutella, eggs and waffles. Not all together - but all equally delicious!
  32. Posted by Priscilla P on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    For brunch, I love eating: baked eggs with kale, half a baked grapefruit, coffee and a mimosa :)
  33. Posted by Dixya Bhattarai on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    love waffles or pancakes with an omelet :) and mimosa maybe!
  34. Posted by PB and Peppers on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    Favorite thing to eat for brunch would be pancakes! I love them!!
  35. Posted by Angie on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    Eggs benedict is my absolute favorite! Nothing beats the combination of english muffin, hollandaise, and a perfectly poached egg :)
  36. Posted by Kaylie on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    Western omelette and rye toast!
  37. Posted by Yana on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    Eggs with fried hot dog bits and some broccoli.
  38. Posted by Laura on
    Sunday, January 27th, 2013
    I'm going to be real honest ... My favorite part about brunch are the mimosas!
  39. Posted by MaryB on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    I really love eggs and fresh fruit at a brunch, along with good coffee.
  40. Posted by Jo Shontz on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    I'm a big fan of french toast :)
  41. Posted by ilj2397 on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    Cracker Barrel pecan pancake meal is the best brunch ever.
  42. Posted by Kelly Hunt on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    These look delicious Claire!!
  43. Posted by Colleen on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    Loving the brunch ideas!
  44. Posted by christopher sorel on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    bacon and bacon
  45. Posted by Elena on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream :)
  46. Posted by Steve Davis on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    Looks Delicious!!
  47. Monday, January 28th, 2013
    I love egg bake
  48. Posted by JARRELLE cuozzo on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    Egg and cheese on a gluten free English muffin!! And yogurt with granola! I just love brunch so ALL breakfast food is just so delicious!!!
  49. Posted by Grubarazzi on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    I guess one doesn't "eat" mimosa...but it is a must have at every brunch! Your cakes are amazing.
  50. Posted by mpink on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    nice thich french toast is the best for brunch with a side of crispy salty bacon. the slaty sweet combo is amazing!
  51. Posted by Lisa Seamon Shores on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    Breakfast casserole with eggs, bacon and cheese.
  52. Posted by Camara McLaughlin on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    biscuits and gravy! I am from West Virginia, went to college in North Carolina, and now live in Connecticut. My boyfriend and I have to make biscuits and gravy for ourselves because you can't get them anywhere around here!
  53. Posted by Rachael on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    I like a hard boiled egg with whole grain toast and salmons butter with a piece of fruit.
    • Posted by Rachael on
      Monday, January 28th, 2013
      Almond butter! Lol
  54. Monday, January 28th, 2013
    I have been wanting this ever since I tried the espresso from sur la table!
  55. Posted by Delicious Knowledge on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    I don't care what I eat for my entree as long as there are potatoes somewhere. Fried, baked, roasted, tots, patties. Ah! I can't imagine brunch without them. And lots of ketchup! Alex @ Delicious-Knowledge.com
  56. Monday, January 28th, 2013
    I love the different breads/muffins!
  57. Posted by Kelly on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    I can't help but love all the pastries.
  58. Posted by Tpow on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    Gluten free banana walnut pancakes
  59. Posted by JulieD on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    These pancakes look fantastic!!
  60. Posted by Kay B on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    Yes! Mimosas! And croissants
  61. Posted by Lynn Lovejoy on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    hmm toughie but I'd probably have to go with quiche and a lovely cup of coffee!
  62. Posted by J on
    Monday, January 28th, 2013
    Eggs benedict for me, thanks. With a think homemade hollandaise and spicy homemade 'baked' beans. A N'espresso coffee wouldn't go astray either ;)
  63. Posted by rachel on
    Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
    Quiche! Beignets, donuts....all the unhealthy carbs always tempt me, too
  64. Posted by Elena Istomina on
    Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
    I like to eat fritatta for brunch
  65. Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
    A mimosa is a must but I love a good quiche with fresh fruit!
  66. Posted by susitravl on
    Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
    Eggs Benedict or Quiche. Mimosas are good too, but you said eat.
  67. Posted by Andrea Lee on
    Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
    I love an omelette packed with lots of ingredients.
  68. Posted by Denene on
    Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
    Salmon croquettes
  69. Posted by MaryBeth on
    Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
    LOVE pancakes! And french toast. I just love anything associated with brunch.
  70. Posted by Michelle G. on
    Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
    I am a waffle fan. And coffee. Always coffee. :)
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