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Skyr (Icelandic Yogurt) Pancakes

Welcome to 2021 everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday and spent it relaxing (what else would we be doing while we are still in a pandemic?!) and preparing for the new year. I head back to work tomorrow so I figured I’d make a great breakfast today to carry me through what I’m sure will be a hard week. (Isn’t it always hard to go back to work after a holiday?!)

Today I made pancakes, but not traditional pancakes. I was sent Icelandic Provisions newest Fruit and Nut line so I decided to marry the two and make a Skyr Pancake. I’m sure you’ve heard of yogurt pancakes and this recipe is a take on that. I think these are the lightest and fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever made! 

Before getting into the recipe, a bit more about the new Fruit and Nut line. It is available exclusively at Whole Foods and is available in three flavors–Peach Apricot with Almonds, Coconut with Almonds and Apple Cinnamon with Almonds. Icelandic Provisions is a line of Skyr and if you are unfamiliar with Skyr, it is a cultured dairy product from Iceland. I would say it is similar to Greek yogurt but much thicker and creamier. Icelandic Provisions began in 2013, partnered with Iceland’s oldest farmer-owned dairy and is the only Skyr made in the United States using the original Icelandic recipe with heirloom Icelandic Skyr cultures. 

As I mentioned, it’s similar to Greek yogurt but there are three major differences between the two:

  • The Cultures
    • Yogurt and Skyr are both cultured dairy products, but the cultures that make them are different. The original cultures we use to make our Skyr impart a rich, creamy flavor, whereas yogurt cultures may provide a sour, tart taste.
  • The Recipe
    • Icelandic Provisions Skyr is much thicker and more densely concentrated than other yogurts. In fact, it takes nearly four cups of milk to make just one cup of Skyr. (regular yogurt is made with 1 cup of milk)
  • The Nutrition
    • On average, Icelandic Provisions Skyr contains more protein and 1/3 less sugar than regular yogurts. It’s a not-so-secret secret Icelanders have known for generations.

I would eat any of these yogurts by themselves (my weekday breakfasts usually alternate between hard boiled eggs and yogurt). I typically don’t like peach-flavored anything so I was surprised that I liked the flavor, but I especially liked the Apple Cinnamon. By the Fruit and Nut name, I was expecting that the Skyr would have larger chunks of nuts, but they seemed to be finely chopped and mixed throughout. I’d probably add some walnuts and/or almonds and some fruit and eat as a breakfast during the week.

Now, follow the recipe below for my Skyr pancakes!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup or 1 4.4 oz container of Icelandic Provisions Apple Cinnamon with Almonds Fruit & Nuts Skyr (or other Skyr of choice)
  • Maple syrup, for serving
  • Baked apples (or fruit of choice), for serving
 
Instructions:
 
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the  dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon)
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (milk, eggs and vanilla extract)

  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir just until combined

  • Add the Skyr and stir
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (this allows the gluten in the flour to relax which results in the batter coming together. this will give you lighter and fluffier pancakes!)
  • While the batter is chilling, peel skin of 2 apples using a pairing knife or vegetable peeler (cut apples in fourths, cut seeds away, then peel)
  • Cut apple quarters into 1/4 inch slices and place in a microwave safe dish that has a lid
  • Add 1/2 TSP cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla, a pinch of salt and 1 TBSP water
  • Stir to combine and place in microwave
  • Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat and spray it well with nonstick cooking spray
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  • In 1/4 cup increments, spoon the batter onto the pan for each pancake and cook just until bubbles form around the edges of each pancake, about 3 minutes
  • Flip and cook for 90 seconds more

  • Transfer the pancakes to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (in a single layer) and put in preheated oven

  • Repeat with the remaining batter 
  • When adding last pancakes to pan or griddle, cook apples in microwave for 5 minutes on high
  • Plate pancakes and top with maple syrup and baked apples

Skyr (Icelandic Yogurt) Pancakes

Fluffy and light pancakes made with yogurt
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup or 1 4/4 oz container of Icelandic Provisions Apple Cinnamon with Almonds Fruit & Nuts Skyr (or other Skyr of choice)
  • Maple syrup, for serving
  • Baked apples (or fruit of choice), for serving

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the  dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon)
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (milk, eggs and vanilla extract)
  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir just until combined
  • Add the Skyr and stir
  • Cover the batter and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (this allows the gluten in the flour to relax which results in the batter coming together. this will give you lighter and fluffier pancakes!)
  • While the batter is chilling, peel skin of 2 apples using a pairing knife or vegetable peeler (cut apples in fourths, cut seeds away, then peel)
  • Cut apple quarters into 1/4 inch slices and place in a microwave safe dish that has a lid
  • Add 1/2 TSP cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla, a pinch of salt and 1 TBSP water
  • Stir to combine and place in microwave
  • Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat and spray it well with nonstick cooking spray
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  • In 1/4 cup increments, spoon the batter onto the pan for each pancake and cook just until bubbles form around the edges of each pancake, about 3 minutes
  • Flip and cook for 90 seconds more
  • Transfer the pancakes to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (in a single layer) and put in preheated oven
  • Repeat with the remaining batter 
  • When adding last pancakes to pan or griddle, cook apples in microwave for 5 minutes on high
  • Plate pancakes and top with maple syrup and baked apples

Stay hungry…

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