Breakfast Makeover: Oatmeal Pancakes

pancakes-impEvery kid looks forward to lazy weekends when Mom or Dad can make pancakes! Hot off the griddle and smothered in syrup, what is not to love about pancakes?

Turns out . .  a lot! Most pancakes are made from nothing more than bleached flour, hydrogenated oil and sugar. Top that with syrup made from sugar, water and artificial flavours and you might as well be serving dessert instead of breakfast. Void of any grains, fibre, protein or fruit this breakfast didn’t register on my healthy meter.

So I searched for a healthy pancake recipe and now my kids eat pancakes every weekend and even have leftovers in the freezer they can pop in the toaster on school mornings.

These oatmeal pancakes, when topped with real maple syrup, are a healthy breakfast I am happy to serve anytime . . even for dinner when I need a healthy meal on the table in 15 minutes!

And the best part? My kids don’t like oatmeal in a bowl . . .but they love these oatmeal pancakes!

Oatmeal Pancakes
1½ cups rolled oats
2 cups milk
½ cup oat bran
¼ cup ground flax
¼ cup hemp seeds, bran, wheat germ or flax
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
2 bananas mashed
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup oil
Chocolate chips if desired

Mix oats and milk and let sit for at least 10 minutes while you gather the other ingredients and to allow the oats to soften. Mix oat bran, baking powder, flax, hemp seeds, cinnamon, salt together and add to oats. Then stir in maple syrup, bananas, egg, oil and chocolate chips and mix well.

Pour small ladlefuls onto heated griddle. These are very filling pancakes, so make smaller than regular pancakes. Makes approx 16 pancakes.

Cool and freeze any leftovers and kids can have for breakfast on school mornings or heat up for a healthy snack.