• 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil or butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey or agave nectar
  • 1.5 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract (you can use pure vanilla extract or simply omit)
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Oh, way back when the boys were little, probably about the ages of 7 and 4, we were all snuggled in bed under the covers as the snow began to fall. We were reading Little House in the Big Woods, the first of many Laura Ingalls Wilder books we would enjoy together.  I just loved reading the books Laura Ingalls Wilder so lovingly wrote which gave readers a glimpse of the pioneer life she so adored. Read-alouds have always been a part of our family’s daily life. A little later on, we went downstairs and made Pancake Men just as Laura and her mom, Caroline, had done many years ago. I came up with this buttermilk recipe and we’ve been making it ever since. Although the boys are older and Pancake Men no longer fill them up, they still enjoy a heaping pile of these pancakes made with love!

Today Alex and I created this version, and boy, was it delicious!


Combine the egg, butter, honey or sugar, and buttermilk. Add dry and wet ingredients together. Mix well. Let stand for five minutes. Heat up pan to med/hi. Coat pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Pour small amounts of batter cooking one side until little bubbles form turning over to complete the cooking process.  You may shape your pancakes into little people just a Laura did with her mom or you can make them round. Place blueberries and white chocolate chips on top of each pancake. Enjoy with a little pure maple syrup.


Tip: Heat your maple syrup with a little orange peel for a few minutes over low heat for a little more orange flavor.