I waited a lot of years to finally get to pick Saskatoon berries and make these Healthy Saskatoon Berry Pancakes. These pancakes are a unique blend of Saskatoon berries, almond, cinnamon and coconut flavors and like nothing you've ever tasted before!
Fate kept us closer to home during our summer vacation this year and that gave us the opportunity to take full advantage of excellent Saskatoon berry picking! Every other year we have gone to Manitoba around the end of July and just miss their Saskatoon season. Then by the time we get home, we've missed our picking season as well. But not this year...
Saskatoon Berry Pancakes
Besides eating them straight up, Saskatoon Berry Pancakes were my very first Saskatoon berry culinary experience. When I was a kid I had many fun adventures picking wild Saskatoon berries, but the best was when we were camping and I'd get up early and go Saskatoon berry picking with my Uncle Garry. Afterwards, we'd head back to the campsite and whip up Saskatoon Berry pancakes for the entire family (you can read more about that HERE. ) And although it was a substandard boxed pancake mix, those Saskatoon berries made the pancakes the best ever! And that is what inspired me to create this pancake recipe. This truly is the most spectacular pancake recipe I've ever eaten! I only wish my Uncle Garry was here to try them...
If you love berry pancakes you're going to love Saskatoon berry pancakes. And if you've never had a Saskatoon berry, are you ever in for a treat. Saskatoon berries are like blueberries, but better! And since Saskatoon berries have a short season you'll want to take advantage of it and make this pancake recipe - it will not disappoint! These pancakes are far superior to plain old pancake mix with Saskatoons added to the batter.
Saskatoon Berry Recipes
Saskatoon berries are almost a delicacy because they are not easy to come by. You can no longer pick them wild in most places (like provincial parks) and not only is the season short, but they are very vulnerable to dry weather, hail etc.. like most crops. But we were super lucky that it was such a great crop this year because some years aren't so great. They were plump, juicy and ripe for the pickin'!
And because Saskatoon season is gone in a flash, you'll want to pick as many as you can and preserve them. I picked 4 ice cream pails with my family and it was so worth the effort! After I did quality control and washed them, I froze them in single layers on parchment covered cookie sheets before putting them in freezer bags. Now my freezer is loaded and I can make many more Saskatoon recipes throughout the year!
I have endless ideas for Saskatoon berry recipes, but unfortunately, I only have so many berries. Given that reality, I have created some of my own recipes, but also gathered the best Saskatooon recipe from other Canadian bloggers! See the bottom of this post (under recipe card) for more delicious Saskatoon Recipes.
Saskatoon berries are also known as Juneberries in the United States and Service Berries in some other parts of the world (like the UK) even though they are all the exact same delicious berry. But whatever you call them, you'll want to get your hands on them!
Like I said, Saskatoon berry season is short so if you can, take advantage of it and pick a lot and freeze them so you enjoy them all year 'round. You can also get frozen Saskatoons at Farmers Markets and even at some grocery stores (Calgary Co op was carrying them for a while). Then be sure to make these delicious Healthy Saskatoon Berry Pancakes (and see the bottom of this post for even more Saskatoon Berry recipes)!
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Healthy Saskatoon Berry Pancakes
- 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- 3 tablespoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut finely shredded
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 ¼ cups milk
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 3 whole eggs
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups Saskatoon berries * if you can't get any Saskatoon berries, you can use blueberries as a substitute
- whipped cream
- additional Saskatoon berries
- Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, coconut and sugar together in a bowl.
- Pour in milk and butter and mix well. Stir eggs and almond extract into flour mixture until batter is smooth. Fold in Saskatoon berries.
- Spray a griddle or frying pan ( I use an 8 inch non-stick frying pan) with non-stick cooking spray and preheat over medium heat.
- Drop batter in about ⅔ cupfuls onto the griddle and cook until several little bubbles form on the surface and the edges are dry (3 to 4 minutes).
- Flip and cook until browned on the other side, about 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.
- Serve with whipped cream, syrup and additional saskatoon berries, if desired.