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Hello world! and Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes

How exciting to get started sharing my passion with the world!   I love taking things that are not overly healthy and changing it into something I can feel good about feeding my child!

Pancakes are so quick and easy! I love having them on hand during the week so I cook a big batch over the weekend.  I stack the pancakes in pairs and freeze the whole batch.  Most mornings are too hectic to make breakfast so I grab a pair of pancakes from the bag, pop them in the microwave for 45 seconds smear on peanut butter and jelly… and voila! I have a pancake sandwich as I run out the door.    Well I thought I had a great recipe for pancakes, my husband even ate them, considering them almost “normal people” food, to which he would add “but I’ve gotten used to eating that stuff”.  Then we went to visit the in-laws and my mother-in-law made pancakes that met all my criteria but totally blew my pancake recipe out of the water!  Wow… these were almost the real thing.  So I have been making her recipe… I will never go back to my old pancakes.

Today, I tried a recipe inspired by a post on pinterest:  Cinnamon roll pancakes.  We have been trying to get our daughter to eat because the doctor is concerned about her weight, so I was delighted to find that she devoured these pancakes sucked down the frosting and begged for more!  But I must admit that I really wanted to try them too… they looked so delicious!

The post stated “use regular pancake mix and add a cinnamon swirl”  looked easy enough…  Before I could make the pancakes, I had to get a squeeze bottle (the kind you put ketchup and mustard in for picnics).  I found a set at Dollar General for $1 yesterday, so today was the day. (even though I have almost a full batch of regular pancakes in the freezer!

The final product was delicious and possibly the best pancake I have EVER eaten.  Warning, they are very rich!  Here’s the recipe

Mom’s Blender Pancakes

2/3 cup whole wheat berries (you may use whole wheat flour – just decrease the blending time)

1 Cup milk

1 egg (2 if you want extra fluffy pancakes)

1/2 Cup oil (I use 1/4 cup apple sauce and 1/4 cup oil)

1 Tbsp honey

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp vanilla (not in mom’s recipe but I like it)

Put the wheat berries and milk in a blender.  Cover and blend on liquify for 4 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients to the blender.  Cover and blend for 1 minute.  Pour ~1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto heated griddle.  When the bubbles start popping on the top of the pancake they are ready to be flipped.  Flip, cook 1-2 minutes longer (until golden brown) serve and eat!

* These pancakes are delicious plain but for cinnamon roll pancakes… after pouring the batter on the griddle, squeeze a cinnamon butter spiral over the raw batter, continue cooking normally.

p.s. I have also added almonds, milled flax seed and almond oil (instead of vanilla) to the batter to add nutrients or flavor.

Cinnamon Butter 

1/8 cup butter

1/8 cup honey

1 Tbsp cinnamon

(ingredients can be adjusted to taste)

Melt butter in a microwave safe dish.  Pour all ingredients into a squeeze bottle, shake well.

* this made a lot more than I used to make swirls on my pancakes so I used some as syrup over the finished product.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 cup Heavy Cream

1/4 pkg cream cheese

3 Tbsp honey (or to taste)

tsp cinnamon

2-3 Tbsp milk

Whip heavy cream until fluffy.  Add cream cheese and mix until well blended.  Add honey and Cinnamon, mix well.  Add milk until thinned to desired consistency, serve over pancakes.

So that is it…  they are more work than my regular pancakes and I am not sure I could handle having them every day, but they are delicious!

On a side note, I also found an idea to make shaped pancakes using a squeeze bottle so I made Lizzie fun shapes by putting part of the batter into my remaining squeeze bottle which I had modified by cutting the tip of the nozzle off  in order to make wider lines.  This was such fun! I could make any shapes I wanted (not just the mickey mouse that was mom’s specialty when I was growing up ;} )

ENJOY!

*substitution notes – honey is high in sugar.  I use it now a lot but I did not when I was trying to get pregnant.  Agave Nectar is a wonderful substitute for honey- use an equal amount or a little less.  Want to go really low on the glycemic index? Use Stevia – make sure to taste it as you go along, a little goes a long way with Stevia.

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