Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Healthy Pancaks & Syrup

Cinnamon-Oat Pancakes

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups old-fashion rolled oats

2 cups milk

2 large eggs

1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more for skillet

1. In food processor, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and 1 cup oats and pulse a few times to coarsely grind oats. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and oil. Add dry ingredients and 1 cup oats and whisk jut until moistened.

2. Heat a large skillet (nonstick or cast-iron) or griddle over medium. Lightly oil skillet. Using 2 to 3 tablespoons for each pancake, drop batter in skillet and cook until a few bubbles have burst, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook until browned on undersides, 1 to 2 minutes more. Repeat with more oil and batter.

Nutrition Information (per 4 pancakes) 296 cal; 10.8g fat(5.9g sat fat); 21.1g protein; 27.8g carb; 1.7g fiber.

To Freeze: coll pancakes on a wire rack, then arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze until firm, about 30 min. Transfer pancakes to a resealable plastic bag and store in the freezer up to 3 months.

To Heat from Frozen: for a single serving, warm pancakes in the toaster or toaster oven. For larger batches, arrange pancakes in a single layer on a backing sheet. Cover with foil and heat at 350 degrees until warm, 10 minutes.

***What is a healthier option to Maple Syrup? Believe it or not you may want to stick with maple syrup! Maple Syrup is packed full of great nutrients such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, and manganese - all of which our body needs. Too make sure you are getting the most wholesome syrup you want to look for 100% maple syrup and the darker the better; make sure you read the ingredient list because there are bottles of corn syrup pretending to be maple syrup on store shelves. Maple Syrup has about 52 calories per tablespoon so you will want to measure out how much you use and avoid the urge to drowned your pancake.
For more info on Maple Syrup click HERE and HERE!

Other ideas to try with your pancakes:
-all natural peanut butter
-fresh berries or other fruit
-fat free cool wip, chopped nuts, and fruit
-or try the topping recipe below
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon strawberry preserves or raspberry preserves
1/2-1 tablespoon natural-style peanut butter
1. Mix all ingredients together until creamy.
2. If you would like to warm it, warm on low in the microwave until to desired temperature. It will be a little runnier that way.

1 comment :

  1. Any suggestions on what to put on the pancakes?? I am used to drowning them in syrup--what are some healthier options? These look great by the way.