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Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes

These golden fresh Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes are from PlantPure Kitchen cookbook author, Kim Campbell. They are so popular at her house that they never last very long!

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Recipe by: Kim Campbell

Who says that pancakes are only for breakfast? At my house, they are likely to be dinner any night of the week served with a side of my Smoked Tempeh Bacon.

This recipe is a little twist on traditional pancakes because it is made with a combination of cornmeal and flour. That’s why some people call these corn cakes or ‘johnnycakes.’

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What are Johnnycakes?

Traditional Johnnycakes are basically flatbread made from cornmeal and a handful of other ingredients like salt and water and served hot with butter and maple syrup. This variation of them is what we are calling cornmeal pancakes because there are a few additional ingredients included like flour and baking powder to make them lighter and fluffier.

Ingredients needed for corn cakes

  • Cornmeal- You’ll want to use finely ground cornmeal instead of the coarse variety to keep these corncakes fluffy.
  • Flour- Whole wheat flour, spelt, or other types of healthy flours can be used.
  • Baking Powder & Soda- To make the pancakes nice and fluffy, you’ll want to use a combination of both.
  • Seasonings- Including cinnamon and vanilla extract creates a warm and delicious pancake that can be eaten for breakfast or dinner.
  • Sweetener- Maple syrup is perfectly sweet and the sweetener of choice.
  • Milk- Choose the plant milk preferred. Good options are almond, soy, rice, and others.
  • Fruit- Adding fruit is completely optional, but it does add so much flavor and sweetness.

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

How to make cornbread pancakes

In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking, soda, cinnamon, and salt.

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Add the milk, maple syrup, and vanilla and stir just until combined. Fold in the blueberries and let the batter sit for 5 minutes.

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Heat a nonstick griddle or nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Pour about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake onto the hot griddle and cook until the pancakes are bubbly on top and the edges are slightly dry, about 2 to 3 minutes.

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Turn and cook until the pancakes are browned on the other side for another 2-3 minutes or so.

Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with maple syrup or fruit sauce.

Recipe from The PlantPure Kitchen cookbook and published with permission.

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Tips & variations

  • Topping ideas- Top with fruit sauce or maple syrup. Sprinkle with crushed walnuts.
  • Blueberries- Kim recommends using small frozen blueberries for the best result.
  • Fruit- Other great fruit options to sub out for the blueberries are apples, peaches, or strawberries.
  • Double the recipe- Make a double batch and freeze the leftovers for eating later.

About the Chef

Kim Campbell PlantPure Chef

Kim Campbell is the author of the PlantPure Nation and the PlantPure Kitchen cookbooks. She developed more than 250 delicious whole food plant-based recipes using no processed oils

Kim is also the Director of Culinary Education and Development at PlantPure, where she works with her husband, Nelson, building an organization that promotes a whole foods plant-based diet.  Nelson directed and produced the groundbreaking movie, PlantPure Nation.

Kim graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Human Service Studies with a concentration in Nutrition and Child Development.  Her passion has always been nutrition education for children, families, and adults.  Kim has been a plant-based cook for more than 25 years cooking for her family and friends.  Her love of culinary goes back to her early childhood growing up in a large traditional family.  Kim is gifted at creating traditional American cuisine using 100% accessible plant-based ingredients.  She builds flavors and textures that are familiar to most people, helping to make the transition to a plant-based diet easier for people.

She is also the daughter-in-law of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, considered by many as the science ‘father’ of the rapidly growing plant-based nutrition movement.

What to serve with cornmeal pancakes

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stack of cornmeal pancakes with maple syrup being poured

Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These golden Fresh Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes are from PlantPure Kitchen cookbook author, Kim Campbell. They are so popular at her house that they never last very long!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking, soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Add the milk, maple syrup, and vanilla and stir just until combined. Fold in the blueberries and let the batter sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Heat a nonstick griddle or nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  4. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake onto the hot griddle and cook until the pancakes are bubbly on top and the edges are slightly dry, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Turn and cook until the pancakes are browned on the other side for another 2-3 minutes or so.
  6. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve warm with maple syrup or fruit sauce.

Notes

Tips & variations

  • Topping ideas- Top with fruit sauce or maple syrup. Sprinkle with crushed walnuts.
  • Blueberries- Kim recommends using small frozen blueberries for the best result.
  • Fruit- Other great fruit options to sub out for the blueberries are apples, peaches, or strawberries.
  • Double the recipe- Make a double batch and freeze the leftovers for eating later.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Total Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 5gSugar: 20gProtein: 8g

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Scott Ausburn

Saturday 29th of January 2022

These turned out great . Since i was using blue berries i used Blue stoneground cornmeal from Barton Springs Mill as well as Spelt flour from the same mill . Fresh flour and fresh cornmeal make them extra yummy ; )

roberta

Tuesday 25th of January 2022

Great Recipe...I did skip adding in the Blueberries. Not a fan of fruit mix ins. I LOVE fruit otherwise of course. I will definitely be making these pancakes on a regular basis!

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