I’ve been on a real pancake kick lately! It started with a steak and eggs and pancake dinner at our house last week, followed by several pancake breakfasts!
Pancakes are great because you can whip them together in one bowl- for quick and easy cleanup, and you can cook them in minutes- for all those growling bellies.
I really like this recipe because, like My Favorite Pancake Recipe, you still get the health benefits of oats and wheat flour in the pancake, and then an added surprise of little bursts of orange that are just enough to brighten up the flavor. Top with a little buttery maple syrup and you’ll enjoy very bite!
Granola is such a wonderfully versatile food. You can use it in so many ways- like on top of yogurt for a little crunch, as a cereal topped with fruit (which is my favorite!), or as a snack by the handful!
This particular recipe uses only whole ingredients, and no refined sugars. Though I do use sugar in many recipes, I like to reduce or eliminate it when possible. I knew that I did not want it added to my granola since I was really looking for a very healthy granola option. So honey is the only sweetener used. \
Here are a few reasons I like to make my own granola:
1. It is so easy to pack in a lot of nutrition in a very tasty way. Ingredients like, whole oats, pecans, flax, wheat bran are all used in this particular recipe- making each bite very heart healthy, high in monounsaturated fats (that’s the good kind!) and filled with fiber.
2. I know exactly what is in it! I have been less than impressed with the laundry list of ingredients found in most cereals and ready-made granola found in the stores. (that are “supposedly” healthy. The controversial BHT preservative is a common ingredient in these). Homemade Granola uses only a few whole ingredients.
3. It is easy and quick to make.
4. You can mix and match. Swap almonds for pecans. Use maple syrup instead of honey. Add cranberries or raisins. In other words- it’s so simple to make it how you like it!
5. As an added bonus- it makes my house smell divine!
I used to rarely make pancakes. I mean, I like breakfast to have some nutritional value- and, let’s face it- pancakes made with white flour and then coated with a sugary syrup doesn’t really bring much nutrition to the table- at all!
On the other side of the coin, I do not like to make something simply because it is healthy. It MUST still taste good. So many “wheat” pancakes are too dense or too dry, and less than satisfactory. Just forget it!
And then I found this Wheat and Oat Pancake Recipe from King Arthur Flour. These are SO much better! It is the only pancake recipe I make now- and all of us love them!
Here’s why I like them:
1. Healthy- almost all wheat flour and oats
2. Still light, still tender, still tasty- like a pancake is supposed to be!
3. So fast!- The initial time you make these, you prepare a very large amount of the dry ingredients, and then you freeze what you do not use. Then, whenever you want pancakes for breakfast- you just pull it out and add it to the wet ingredients. Couldn’t be easier!
4. My kids enjoy pancakes and I no longer have to feel guilty about giving them a worthless breakfast- and actually am giving them a nutritious breakfast!