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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Make Your Own: Almond-Cranberry-Pear Pancakes

In my ever-growing quest to become Super Mom (kidding), I have had making homemade pancakes on the list for awhile now. I finally came across a healthy recipe on Family Bites.

I used it as a base and modified!

Homemade Whole Wheat Pancake Mix (in a jar)
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed
3 tbsp brown sugar (I used less)
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
My additions:
Handful of dried cranberries
3 ripe pears, peeled and died
Handful of chopped almonds (I always keep some roasted almonds on hand in the cupboard)
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Place the oats on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, set aside and allow to cool.
  • Combine all dry ingredients, including cooled oats, in a bowl and mix well.  Store mix in refrigerator for 2 weeks, or the freezer for 3 months.
To make pancakes:
  •  In a small mixing bowl whisk together 1 egg, 1 tbsp olive oil, 3/4 cup milk and 1 tsp vanilla.  Add pears, cranberries and almonds.  Stir in 1 cup of the homemade pancake mix.  Let mixture stand for 2 minutes.
  • In a non-stick pan set over medium high heat, drizzle a small amount of olive oil to coat the pan. Using a 1/4 cup measure, pour the batter into the pan.  Cook for approx. three minutes or until bubbles break the surface.
  • Turn the pancakes with a spatula and cook until the bottom is slightly browned.  Repeat with remaining batter until all of the pancakes are cooked.

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