Trail Mix Pancakes

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Trail Mix Pancakes
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Happy Earth Day! Consider this post dedicated to nature in all its glory. Growing up in the great Northwest I learned early on to appreciate the art of camping. So many of my favorite life moments have been spent hiking through the woods, sleeping under the stars, and cooking over an open flame. Now as an adult, all year long I look forward to the warmer months when we can go camping as a family and my kids can find that same wonder in the great outdoors that I did as a kid.


...when you added trail mix to pancake batter, it transforms them into the perfect protein packed breakfast...

Trail Mix Pancakes

A recent conversation with some blogger friends led to the decision to do what we can to help support our precious National Park lands. We decided to collaborate on a collection of blog posts in the hopes of encouraging you, our readers, to take more opportunities to explore these beautiful preserved areas and take in their beauty.

Trail Mix Pancakes
Trail Mix Pancakes

This wildly rainy winter and spring we've had in the northwest is sure to produce one gorgeously green summer, and when that time comes you'll find me in the woods soaking it all in and camping as many times as I can before the cold returns again. One of my favorite things to make when camping are these trail mix pancakes, which I had for the first time on a camping trip over 8 years ago. That trip was also one of the first times I had hung out with Natalie. She had invited me and my husband to a big campout with some of her closest of friends. Everyone was so welcoming and many of the people I met that weekend are dear friends today. The only food I remember from all those years ago is these pancakes, or as we affectionately call them...PMD’s. You see, our friend Zach discovered that when you added trail mix to pancake batter, it transforms them into the perfect protein packed breakfast, and from that day forward we called them Pancakes of Mass Deliciousness or P.M.D’s for short.

Trail Mix Pancakes

Maybe it's one of those things that's just funny in the moment, but one thing is for certain, these pancakes are seriously good. I still find myself giggling at the absurdity of our younger selves and marvel at how genius a concept these trail mix pancakes are. I took the liberty of making my own pancake mix this time around, but feel free to utilize this idea in any and all brands of baking mix you might have on hand. More importantly, find a National Park, forest or green space near or far and get out and explore them and support them! They truly are a treasure and something worth preserving.

For more National Park love, be sure to check out these additional blog posts and #ourwild on Instagram. 

The Bojon Gourmet - Hibiscus Berry Smoothie Bowls

Healthy Nibbles & Bits - Leek & Kohlrabi Fritters

Wholehearted Eats - Happy Trail Bars

The Year in Food - Church In The Wild

Fresh Off the Grid - Weekend Escape: Planning an Impromptu Camping Trip

Tending the Table - Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Eat Your Beets - Cheney State Park

Adventures in Cooking - Olypmic National Park

Vanilla And Bean - Lemon Tahini Cashew Granola 

With Food and Love - Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Mint + Sea Salt

Trail Mix Pancakes

Serves 8

Dry Pancake Mix

2 cups flour
3 tbsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Ingredients

2 cups milk
2 eggs
4 tbsp butter
2 cups trail mix
2 cups dry pancake mix

Method

  1. If you are planning to take these pancakes on a camping trip, you can prepare the pancake mix ahead of time by thoroughly whisking all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and placing it in an airtight container until ready to use.
  2. When you are ready to prepare the pancakes, add the milk and eggs to the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Whisk together until fully incorporated. Do not over mix.
  3. Heat a large skillet over a small fire or coals prepared for cooking over. Alternatively place the skillet over medium heat on the stove top.
  4. Melt 1 tablespoons of butter until foamy. Pour ⅓ cup batter per pancake onto to the skillet fitting 2-3 per batch.
  5. Sprinkle each pancake with 1-2 tablespoons trail mix and cook until the surface of each pancake has some bubbles on it, about 1-2 minutes. Using a spatula, carefully flip each pancake and cook until the underside is also toasty brown, 1-2 minutes longer.
  6. Repeat until all of the batter is gone. Serve pancakes with fresh fruit and maple syrup.    

This recipe has been adapted from Martha Stewart.