Because our traditional Christmas Eve plans changed this year, we tried to come up with a new idea for a meal that seemed fun and something the grandkids would enjoy. We decided to try a waffle and pancake bar with lots of toppings. It seemed like a good idea, but after the holiday was over, we decided that we definitely didn't need to add more sugar to our diets at Christmas time! We will have to come up with a new plan next year. (if any of you have a fun dinner for Christmas Eve - I would love to have you share!)
My daughter-in-law Estee was helping with the meal and she had this wonderful recipe for a healthy pancake that was DELICIOUS! It has whole wheat flour and oatmeal that make it substantial but they are still light and fluffy and really good! Thanks Estee!!
Whole-Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes
adapted from Epicurious Gourmet - Andrea Albin
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 cups plus 2 TBSP well-shaken buttermilk, divided
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour (I used Whole-Wheat Pastry Flour)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 TBSP butter, melted
1 TBSP packed brown sugar
-Toppings - bananas, syrups, etc.
Soak oats in 3/4 c buttermilk 10 minutes
Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in large bowl.
Stir egg, butter, brown sugar, remaining 3/4 cup plus 2 TBSP buttermilk and oat mixture together in small bowl. Add into dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Cook on medium heat griddle that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick spray until light brown.
Makes 8-10 pancakes
Really healthy and yummy way to serve it - sweet sliced very-ripe bananas (no syrup)