Since social media and recipe round-ups have been primarily geared towards mom’s sending kids back to school; and although I am neither a mom nor going back to school (did anyone else feel like they were the only ones with an actual year round job after seeing practically every female in their life stress about going back to work after the summer? Hi Mom!) So out of fear of not being relevant, I figured, if you can’t beat em, join em. Amiright.
One of my go-to back to basics is making a batch of healthy- filling Pancakes for the week. I will cook em up on Sunday and pack them up for quick on the go breakfast and snacks. On days that I want to get my carbs in early in the day, this is a perfect breakfast along with some fresh berries. They are also ideal for before or after working out, I like to add crunchy peanut butter, I find it to be very satisfying.
Pancakes have come a LONG way from Aunt Jemima mixes. A quick Pinterest search will leave you wanting breakfast for dinner every night. I guarantee you there is a recipe for every craving. From 3 ingredients to bacon covered to red velvet flavored. Although you might have a serious stomach ache and a potential sugar addiction after indulging in some of these. And if you are not in the mixing-it-yourself mood, you can still rely on the old school package or brands like Kodiak Cakes (which I keep on hand for emergencies only if I need a quick fix), but make sure to look at the nutritional information; most of these mixes have ingredients that are near impossible to pronounce, and if you’ve never heard of one, then its probably best not to put it into your body.
The same goes for syrup. And don’t be fooled, Pancake syrup is not the same as Maple syrup. Here’s a great article on the differences. In short, Pancake syrup is full of processed ingredients and everyone’s worst enemy…ta da, high-fructose corn syrup. While Maple syrup is sap boiled down, bringing out the concentrated sugar giving it the distinct color and maple flavor. And just because you use Maple syrup, doesn’t make it the healthier choice BTW. Although Maple syrup is made from a natural source, a single serving contains more sugar than a can of Coke (talk about a sweet tooth). But lets not kid ourselves, what is a stack of pancakes with syrup. But do yourself a favor, next time you’re in the market for syrup, try a Grade A (lighter maple flavor and color) or Grade B (deeper in color and maple flavor) maple syrup and see which one you like better. Hopefully you will instantly see the difference from Pancake syrup. Also, check out this in depth taste test of the grades of Maple syrup.
Now back to the recipe…growing up, my family would visit the Jersey Shore during the summer, and stay with my Great Aunt and Uncle. My Aunt is one of my cooking inspirations (along with my mother and grandmother), because she has a way of making even the pickiest of eaters go back for a second helping of Cauliflower (what kid honestly likes Cauliflower?). But one of her specialties was Pancakes all due to a special un-assuming ingredient…Orange Juice. You would drink a glass of OJ while eating Pancakes, so why not add it to the batter? So, don’t knock it until you try it because it adds a subtle light and sweet flavor that goes so well with the rich caramel maple syrup flavor. As I began my search of a go-to pancake recipe, I combined a take of an old family recipe with a healthier “clean” version.
1 1/2 cups of quick oats or oat flour
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)
1 ripe mashed banana
1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
1/4 cup almond or skim milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
dash of cinnamon
In a blender, combine oats, protein powder, banana, yogurt, milk, OJ, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Blend until a smooth batter has formed (add a splash of OJ or Milk if looks dry). Cook on griddle until golden brown. Top with berries, walnuts or syrup as desired.
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