Oatmeal Pancakes

Oatmeal is great. Healthy, hearty, and easy. But let’s be real, pancakes are way better.

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So when I found this recipe for oatmeal pancakes I was super excited. Gone was my guilt for wanting fluffy, syrupy pancakes every day of the week.

I can have my (pan)cake and eat it too.

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I am all for breakfasts that pull double duty, but these pancakes killed it. Flavor? Check. Healthy? Check. Keep me full-ness? Check.

And they’re super easy. I made them spur of the moment with ingredients I already had in my pantry one morning. And they taste like oatmeal cookies – bonus!

Even better when you top them with sliced banana, mini chocolate chips, and my favorite vanilla bean syrup. But really, the possibilities are endless.

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Ingredients (recipe from Cooking Light: Way to Bake):

  • 1.1 oz (about 1/4 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk*
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 large egg

* If you don’t have buttermilk on hand (who really does?) just put one tablespoon lemon juice in a 1 cup container, and fill the rest with skim milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes and you have a buttermilk substitute!

Directions:

1. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Whisk together the flour and the next 6 ingredients in a medium bowl.

2. Combine the buttermilk, butter and the egg in a smal bowl. Gently whisk to combine, then add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring just until moist.

3. Pour about 2.5 tablespoons of batter (per pancake) onto a hot, nonstick griddle or nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes, or until tops are covered with bubbles and the edges look coked. Carefully flip the pancakes, then cook for an additional 1-2 minutes on that side.

4. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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