Saturday, March 5, 2011

Oatmeal Pancakes


In honour of the tradition of celebrating the weekend with breakfasts that are a bit more work special than a bowl of Cheerios I found a recipe for Oatmeal Pancakes. I may have mentioned that in my (humble) opinion, regular pancakes are about as appropriate for breakfast as cupcakes - and not as tasty. They are pretty much empty of anything that resembles the nutrition one needs after the night's lengthy fast. But I like the change of pace that pancakes offer. The romantic memories of pancakes for breakfast at my Grandma B's are too persistent to ignore. And then there is the opportunity for dressing the pancakes with all sorts of yummy toppings....like Vanilla Pear Jam. I cannot resist the temptation and so I temper it with pancake recipes that offer some redemption. Like oatmeal. Initially I was just looking for another vehicle to get the Vanilla Pear Jam from jar to stomach but these pancakes delivered even with simple maple syrup as a topping. 


Oatmeal Pancakes
(adapted from Good to the Grain )


3/4 cup oat flour*
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp sea salt
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted (plus more for pan)
1 1/4 cup milk
1 cup cooked oatmeal**
1 Tbsp molasses (not blackstrap)
2 large eggs


Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients together in a smaller bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry with a light hand.


Heat a large heavy frying pan over medium heat, then lower to medium-low. Rub the pan generously with butter and drop 1/4 cup dollops onto pan. When bubbles appear, flip and cook until bottom is deep, golden brown. Re-butter pan between batches.


* 1 cup rolled oats processed in my blender yielded 3/4 cup oat flour
** Make oatmeal by adding 1/2 cup rolled oats to 1 1/4 cups water, bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.


For the topping extravaganza: 
sliced strawberries over thick yummy yogurt
Vanilla Pear Jam and thick yummy yogurt
maple syrup (with butter)
strawberries...with maple syrup.....
you get the idea.


As you can see, I am concerned about nutrition but not obsessed. Ha! Hope you enjoy these as much I did.

1 comment:

Jonathon said...

I wish I woke up to Saturday mornings like those! Dad is soooo lucky!