Sunday, April 21, 2013

What’s for Breakfast: Oatmeal Pancakes

My husband and I really learned to like oatmeal pancakes when Quaker Oats introduced an oatmeal pancake mix at the grocery store.  The mix went away after about a year (I suspect it was part of a “test market” project) and we were sad. The oat pancake mix was available online, but the price for the mix was about double, you had to buy 12 boxes, and shipping was more than the cost of the pancake mix.

We found an oatmeal pancake recipe on the Quaker Oat website, which I modified a bit. The pancakes turned out great!  We like to serve them with hot applesauce rather than syrup (I know that applesauce topping sounds strange, but the dorms at Michigan State used to offer applesauce as a topping for pancakes and French toast, and it is yummy. Think of hot apple pie.)
Recipe: Oatmeal pancakes

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cup water (can substitute fat-free milk if desired)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1-1/2 to 2 cups applesauce
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

In large bowl, combine flours, oats, baking powder and salt; mix well.  In medium bowl, combine water (or milk), egg and oil; blend well. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients all at once; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened (do not overmix). 

Put applesauce and cinnamon in small saucepan; stir. Heat on low while pancakes are being cooked.

Heat griddle or skillet over medium-high heat (or preheat electric griddle or skillet to 375 F). Lightly oil griddle.  For each pancake, pour about 1/4 cup batter onto hot skillet. Turn when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Turn only once.

Serve with butter and warmed applesauce.

Yield: about 12 4-inch pancakes.  Serves 2-3 people.
Nutrition information per serving (including applesauce):  if 3 servings, 370 calories, 10 grams protein, 8 grams fat, 62 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams fiber, 70 milligrams cholesterol, 531 milligrams sodium.

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