As an ecologist, I believe in diversity. The more species in an ecosystem, as managed by Mother Nature, the healthier the ecosystem will be. Same for food and fuel. Read the ingredients in Bisquick and it is essentially without nutrients and has chemicals that are harmful to human health. Not excepting advertising from them so consider this a consumer report. So, you ask, what should I use for pancakes? For the stack above, check out the diversity in these beauties - aka my - Power Pancakes - no trademark so feel free to steal recipe and more power to you.
All ingredients organic except water, baking soda, and salt.
Oatmeal, wheat germ, whole wheat flour, white flour, sugar, nutmeg, ginger, chile powder, salt, baking soda.
juice of 1 fresh squeezed lemon, juice of 1 fresh squeezed orange, tart cherry juice, Greek yogurt, honey, egg, water (or favorite microbrew), vanilla, oil (I use Spectrum high heat sunflower oil), blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries (I do not use bananas as it tends to taint the flavor of the whole pancake when cooked) I use fresh when I can or Cascadian Farms frozen mixed berry mix.
I make these so often that I can eyeball everything. Refer to a pancake recipe for amounts. Add small amounts of the spices so that nothing dominates the flavor but simply add to nutrition - chile powder, nutmeg, and ginger can add anti inflammatory elements as does the tart cherry juice. Everything else adds micronutrients and the diversity of ingredients adds flavor and nutrition. Mix wet together, mix dry together, add wet to dry and add water or beer for perfect cooking consistency. Cook a pile and top with organic maple syrup* - have with scrambled egg and mixed rainbow vegetables (a mix of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet - organic examples - red pepper, carrot and/or orange pepper, yellow pepper, spinach and/or broccoli, red onion, red cabbage (when cooked bleeds blue and indigo and can simmer in red wine for those colors of the spectrum). Do not forget white - mushrooms and cauliflower. Eat, digest, and go feel the power!
Take cold pancakes on run, ride or hike, smear with organic peanut butter (my favorite is Santa Cruz Crunchy - Whole Foods and other specialty markets).
*Don't trash them with Aunt Jemima or Log Cabin fake syrup!
Power pancakes fueled my 10 mile run up Hurrah Pass. This is a 4 wheel drive jeep road so if mountain biking or running, get up there early while all the fossil fuel freaks are back in Moab over eating a greasy breakfast before they hit the dusty trail. The dust can get bad when a convoy of vehicles, looking like "Mad Max - The Road Warrior vehicles are heard, seen, and spewing dust a thousand feet below on the road in Kane Springs Canyon. Plenty of places to get out of their plumes and cover your face when they eventually go by. Be careful bushwacking off piste as there are some hidden dropoffs. Trust me.