Every time I go out to brunch I have the same dilemma: sweet or savory. I almost always go the savory route with an omelette or other egg dish (especially if there is one involving smoked salmon), even though I regularly eat eggs at home. I know that if I order the pancakes or French toast, even if I leave the restaurant completely stuffed, I will be hungry again in 2 hours. The white bread and loads of sugar never stays with me.
But, I do really enjoy pancakes and sweet breakfasts. So, on a recent Sunday morning when I found myself with a little extra time to make breakfast, I decided to experiment with pancakes. I wanted to add oats for their belly-filling fiber. After reviewing several online oatmeal pancakes, I came up with this version of oatmeal pancakes. Two big changes I made were using some Greek yogurt instead buttermilk (partly because I didn’t have it, but also because it makes it healthier), and cutting way back on the amount of butter most recipes called for. And, since I pretty much start every day with some form of peanut butter, I topped each pancake with a teaspoon of PB – instead of maple syrup – delicious and much more nutritious! And, lots of fruit, of course. Next time I make them I might use vanilla Greek yogurt and fruit as a topping.
These hearty pancakes have a slightly grainy texture (from the oats), but are creamy and nutty at the same time from the almond milk and Greek yogurt. It was a great twist on my regular morning bowl of oatmeal. The best part? These babies kept me full and energized for over 4 hours! I credit the fiber, protein, and healthy fats for this!
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup low-fat (1%) milk
- 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (If you don’t have this, you can use all cows milk, or soy milk)
- 2 egg whites, beaten
- 2 tbsp plain non-fat Greek yogurt (optional)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- A few shakes of cinnamon
- A pinch of salt
- 1/2 tbsp melter butter
- 1 tsp vanilla (I used Trader Joe’s bourbon vanilla, so good!)
- 1 tsp brown sugar
Are you more of a sweet or savory breakfast/brunch eater?
- your food and fitness friend