Sometimes you just want pancakes. Or is that just me? I have been really wanting to turn some of our fresh strawberries into pancake topping since they started ripening. But we don't ever sit down for breakfast. I certainly don't have the time to make a full breakfast during the week. On weekends it always sounds nice, but we don't follow through.
So, I decided if I wanted to have my pancakes, it was going to have to be for dinner. The problem is, with all of the junk food we have had around lately I was feeling guilty about having all that sugar for dinner. So, I made a healthy pancake instead. The only sugar in these pancakes themselves comes from a banana. The topping was mostly fresh strawberries, with just enough real maple syrup to make them the right consistency. Add to that yogurt, whole wheat flour and oatmeal and there really isn't much to feel guilty about. Except the bacon. But hey, isn't it worth it for bacon?!
Healthy Whole Grain Banana Yogurt Pancakes
Makes 8-10 pancakes
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 ripe banana
1 large egg
1 cup milk
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
oil for cooking
- In a small bowl, mix together the flour, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
- In a large bowl, mash banana until smooth. Stir in the egg until well mixed. Then add milk, vanilla and yogurt, stirring until combined and smooth.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Do not overmix.
- Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Coat with oil (I used coconut oil, but vegetable oil would work fine).
- Once hot, spoon batter onto pan 1/4-1/3 of a cup at a time. The batter is relatively thick, but if you work quickly you can spread it into circles.
- Cook for about a minute on the first side. They are ready to flip when they begin to bubble. Flip and cook on the other side for another 2 minutes or until cooked through.
Tip: If you want to keep your pancakes warm as you finish the batch, you can place them in a 200 F degree oven until ready to serve.
Some other fun breakfast (or brinner) ideas:
Matt's Famous Trifold Omelet - The man sure knows how to make an omelet!
Strawberries and Cream Skillet Roll - another excellent idea for fresh strawberries!