He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young
. {Isaiah 40:11}

09 March 2011

{Super Healthy Pancakes}

Yes, I've been baking like it's my job and yes, it has all been delicious. But we're counteracting all the yummy sweets that seem to be a product of my baby-girl cravings with lots of fresh fruit and other yummy recipes like this one... {Kelly... this one's for you!}

Oatmeal Pancakes
{Cook This, Not That}
What You'll Need: 
1 1/2 c buttermilk {I substituted Kefir 1:1}
3/4 instant rolled oats
3/4 c whole wheat flour
2 T milk
1 T melted butter
 1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
pinch of cinnamon, plus 1/8 t for apple topping
pinch of nutmeg
1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/2 c apple juice
2 T brown sugar
butter or cooking spray if using a skillet
confectioners' sugar

What To Do:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the buttermilk, oats, flour, milk, butter, baking powder, baking soda, pinch of cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir to gently combine, then set aside to rest for a few minutes. 
Combine the apples, apple juice, brown sugar, and remaining 1/8 t cinnamon in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cook until the apple has softened and the liquid has thickened. 
If you aren't serving immediately, preheat the oven to 200. Heat a large nonstick skillet or cast iron skillet over medium heat {I use an electric griddle set at 350}. Adding a bit of butter or cooking spray before each round, scoop 1/4 c portions of batter into the skillet and use a spatula to form in the top of the batter, 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes. Keep pancakes warm in the oven whil you finish cooking. Serve topped with warm apples and a bit of confections sugar. {You can also skip the sauce and just use butter and/or maple syrup.}

We were surprised at how yummy these were without tasting overly "healthy".

...and if you wanted to see more recipes from the book and how much they save your wallet and waistline, check this out from the Today show.

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