Why choose berries instead of any other fruit? Well, the most obvious answer is because of their taste. Strawberries are no. 1 best-tasting fruit on the planet, followed by the rest of the berry cousins: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries… Also, the color. In pancakes, it ranges from pale pink to deep blue and purple, depending on how you use them. Pure beauty.
But the key reason for choosing berries is their healthiness.
Strawberries are full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants. They contain anti-aging flavonoid antioxidants (anthocyanin and catechin), which are responsible for lowering the risk for various diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Other health benefits of strawberries include better vision, neurological health, better skin health, and ability to prevent inflammation.
Besides being full of dietary fiber, strawberries are low in calories and low in sugar. however, you can always spoil their healthiness and combine them with some (or plenty of!) Nutella? Oh, yes! Add them to the batter (chopped) or simply on top of the pancake stack. The choice is yours.
Blueberries are one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet! They are also rich in vitamins C and K, as well as manganese. Their health benefits include fighting cancer, weight loss, and younger skin.
I have tried combining blueberries with many different ingredients, and I am struggling between the chocolate/blueberry and almond/blueberry combo. But why choose one when you can have them both in one blueberry-based recipe? Almond Blueberry Pancakes with Chocolate Ganache. If there is a recipe that is healthy and decadent at the same time, this must be it.
In the botanical world, there is one golden rule: the darker the fruit, the more powerful its antioxidant properties. Blackberries are rich in bioflavonoids and Vitamin C, similar to spinach, raisins, and grapes. Besides making your skin glow and protect you from various types of cancer, blackberries are great for the stomach – they help reduce intestinal inflammation, soothe hemorrhoid problems and alleviate diarrhea.
Berries and lemon go hand in hand, so add some lemon juice and zest to the batter and top with fresh blackberries or blackberry jam.
These berries contain phytochemicals, responsible for their dark color and their numerous health benefits, which include preventing cancer, heart disease, and weight loss (did you notice that all berries include weight loss on their list of benefits?)
You can add them chopped to the batter, but I have a bit different offer – add them in the form of preserves on top of peanut butter pancakes. P & J sandwich in a pancake recipe right there!
I think that mulberries are quite underestimated berries, always in the shadow of their more widely used relatives. Mulberries are filled with nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, riboflavin, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and calcium, plus dietary fiber, phytonutrients, resveratrol, anthocyanins, lutein…
Add juiciness by suspending a handful of mulberries over the pancake batter while cooking and use some more on top of the stack, together with melted butter. They will contribute some tanginess and wake you up quickly and efficiently if you eat them for breakfast!