Heart-Healthy Granola Power Pancakes with Super Fruit Salsa


  • 1 cup dried tart cherries, chopped
  • 1/3 cup tart cherry juice
  • 2 cups low-fat pancake mix
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1 cup granola
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 2 cups 1% low-fat milk (or light plain or vanilla soymilk)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds

Salsa Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried wild blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup tart cherry juice
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3 (2 inch) pieces stick cinnamon
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Heat griddle.
  2. In a small sauce pan over medium-high heat, stir cherries and juice until cherries are plump and juice is absorbed. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix pancake mix, wheat germ, granola, egg, egg substitute and milk until blended. Add cherries and almond extract and blend.
  4. Spray heated griddle with cooking spray. Portion 1/3 cup batter onto surface, cook until bottom is golden brown, then turn and cook until golden. Top with favorite syrup and sprinkle with almonds.
  5. For Salsa: Combine cherries, cranberries, blueberries, 1 1/2 cups water, the cherry juice, brown sugar, stick cinnamon and cloves in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; gently simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  6. Stir together 1/3 cup water and the cornstarch. Add cornstarch mixture to cherry mixture. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; gently simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; remove stick cinnamon.
  7. Serve mixture warm over pancakes, waffles, French toast, hot cereal or ice cream.

Courtesy of The Cherry Marketing Institute

“Dried cherries are a great heart-healthy addition to your favorite pancake or breakfast bread batter. Top with a warmed Super Fruit salsa of dried cherries, cranberries and blueberries for an added antioxidant boost.”

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