Beer Pancakes

Beer PancakesGrowing up I loved having my buddies sleep over on weekends because it meant waking up to mom’s fresh buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup. It would seem my pancake days are long behind me but I do enjoy them from time to time.

The trouble with pancakes is they are typically loaded with extremely non-nutritious white refined flour and then we go and top them off with sugar laden maple syrup.

As a kid they represent a delicious treat but to most adults they’re the equivalent of serving up diabetes on a plate.

However, if you are eating well 90 percent of the time and following the eating for life principles outlined in the 3BG System you can enjoy the occasional cheat meal. Your body can handle the crazy spike in blood sugar you get from a meal like this.

In today’s Cooking with Beer we’ll whip up our first ever “Cheat Meal”. We’re going to take a classic buttermilk pancake recipe and tweak it a little by adding Beer to it.

Mmmm… Beer Pancakes- so good. Let’s get started.

Beer Pancakes



Wheat Beer Pancakes

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup of Wheat Beer (or any beer)
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour (I’m using Spelt Flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 cup of Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of melted Butter

What to do:

In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients; flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Once mixed whisk in the cup of beer, melted butter and egg. Whisk away until the consistency is smooth or just a few clumps remain.

Heat a griddle or frying pan to medium and add a dab of butter to the surface. Using a quarter cup, spoon your beer pancake batter onto the pan. Wait until tiny bubbles appear throughout the pancake (the bubbles tell you when it is ready to flip). Flip and allow just enough time for the center of the pancake to cook. The pancakes should be fluffy and lightly golden brown in colour.

Serve with a dab of butter and top with real maple syrup (not the fake Aunt Jamima kind).

Quick tip:

If doubling the recipe and cooking a large batch of Beer Pancakes place a plate in the oven at 150-200 degrees fahrenheit to keep the pancakes warm until you’re finished with all the batter.

If eating well throughout the week and following the healthy eating rules outlined in the 3BG System- Beer Pancakes can be a fun and rewarding weekend meal.

A cheat meal or reward… not a staple dish in your weekly diet.

Yours in health,


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