Saturday, January 27, 2007

Oat Pancakes

Though my husband has gone back to low-carb after some holiday indulgence, he does have small quantities of foods which are high in carbohydrates (but with good carbs) before he goes swimming in the morning. Doing this allows him to exercise better because it puts some glycogen in his muscles. People who do extreme low carb often find exercising more difficult because there's no sugar in their muscles for ready use.

These pancakes are a long-time favorite of his. They're relatively thin but have a good texture and taste because of the oatmeal. My husband usually has 2-3 with DaVinci sugar-free caramel syrup (which we get from the FBC) and plenty of butter.

The recipe makes 9 small pancakes.

Oat Pancakes recipe:
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (rolled oats)
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 packets of Splenda (or 2 tsp. brown sugar)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbls. canola oil
  • dash of vanilla essence
In a large bowl, soak the oats, salt and milk for 10 minutes to soften the oats. Add the egg, oil, vanilla and Splenda and mix very well with a fork, spoon or whisk (though do not whisk vigorously enough to add a lot of air). Stir in the flour until thoroughly mixed and allow the batter to sit for a few minutes to settle.

Heat a large skillet or griddle and either lightly-grease it with butter or spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Cook over medium high heat until bubbles start to appear on the top and the edges start to look dry. Flip and cook until done. These are thin pancakes and don't take too terribly long to cook.


Ken said...

Wow, those look good. The wife doesn't like pancakes, but I might have to try and do some convincing, or else just cook Sunday breakfast myself this week. Thanks for the recipe!

Shari said...

Thanks, Ken, for posting. Often, I don't think anyone is interested in the recipes so it's good to hear that some people give them a try.

I love pancakes but don't make them as often as I'd like because they are a bit troublesome from scratch. These aren't too hard to make but they do take more time than my usual (a piece of toast).

crinkled said...

Seems quite easy enough to make. Thanks! Will try it sometime. :)

Roy said...

Quite the contrary. While I don't comment on the recipes I do read them and have printed out a couple including this one which I will try this coming weekend!!

Shari said...

Thanks to both crinkled and Roy! I appreciate that you take the time to say something to alleviate my insecurity. ;-)

I think I'm a bit funny about the recipes because they are off the beaten track compared to other posts. I do understand there often isn't much to say about them though and it makes sense that people wouldn't comment unless they had an issue making the featured food.

mitzh said...

I'm so lazy when it comes to cooking but I love to try this one out...

Just a few question though, (and I hope you don't mind)

-Can I use Quaker Oats and the usual pancake mix?

oh, and don't be insecure I think your recipes are really good!

Take care!

Shari said...

Hi, Mitzah! Sorry for the delay in approving your comment but blogger wasn't letting me into the dashboard for quite awhile.

I'm not sure that mixing oats with pancake mix would work. Part of the problem is that there is a much greater quantity of flour to moisture ratio in pancake mixes compared to this recipe. If you use less pancake mix, then it may not have enough baking powder so I'm not sure if reducing the pancake mix quantity would work either.

If you really want to try it with pancake mix though, I'd suggest letting the oats soak in whatever wet ingredients the mix calls for (so they soften) then using 2/3 of the amount of mix that is called for. I'm not sure that'd work but you'd have to experiment with your mix to see. I'd love to hear how it goes for you if you try though!

BTW, my recipe uses Quaker Oats so it's fine.