Friday, February 12, 2010

Oatmeal Apple Pancakes

It's been a while since I've seen you at breakfast time so I made these pancakes.  I should probably be embarrassed to admit this, but I'm going to say it anyway.  You know those prepared packages of instant oatmeal cereals that come in the variety pack.  Well, I love those, and the apple one is my favorite.  The moment I saw this recipe I knew I was going to love it; and I do.

Ole Sweetie-Pi didn't care for these as much.   He thought these tasted okay, but too cookie-like in flavor and somehow the word limp was used to describe texture.  Sigh.

These golden oatmeal apple pancakes are hearty in texture.  The oatmeal gives it substance, the apple gives it texture.  There is just the right amount of sweetness  with the brown sugar and generous amount of cinnamon  (I enjoyed these plain) but with maple syrup, divine.

I found them to be a little tricky to cook.  The oatmeal causes kinks in the batter (for lack of a more technical cooking term) so that when they are flipped, they tend to break apart.  I found that making smaller, thinner pancakes and using the widest spatula I had worked much better and by the second batch I was able to have a pancake that wasn't a jumbled (but still delicious) heap of pancake. 

Oatmeal Apple Pancakes
(from About.Com: Gourmet Food)

2/3 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large apple, peeled and grated
 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup pecans (optional)

In a large bowl, mix together the oats and buttermilk and allow to stand for 10 minutes to soften the oatmeal.

On a piece of waxed paper or in another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Whisk together the egg yolks, brown sugar, and melted butter. Add this to the oats and buttermilk.

Stir in the grated apple.

Slowly add in the dry ingredients until just moistened. Stir in the pecans, if using.

Whip the egg whites until soft peaks are formed and then gently fold them into the pancake batter.

Heat up a large fry pan or griddle over medium high heat. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the pan. Using a quarter-cup measuring cup, measure the pancake batter into the hot oil. Cook each side until browned (about 3 minutes).

Serve with warm maple syrup.

31 comments:

  1. Healthy and yummy pancakes...

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  2. I love the apple instant oatmeal, too! (As do my kids!) My kids both love apples and my son has been on a "pancake-kick" lately, so we'll have to give these a try!

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  3. My kids run for the instant oatmeal packets - even though I have the long-simmering steel cut oats - so am smiling. Never thought to make them into pancakes - the best of both worlds! Healthy and scrumptious.

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  4. Sounds delicious Katy. We all love pancakes here. Thanks for the tip about making them smaller. I love that they have oatmeal in them since I'm a big fan of oatmeal!

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  5. I'm an oatmeal fan, too, but I did try some pancakes similar to these a few weeks ago. We thought they were very good. Thanks.

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  6. Pancakes that taste like cookies? I'll take 'em!!! And I love the strawberry & cream (and blueberry, banana, peach) instant oatmeal. I don't buy it anymore as I now prefer steel cut or oat groats. But it is delicious!!

    I love the idea of smaller pancakes too. We usually do waffles, but I'm going to have to make some pancakes this weekend I think.

    Thank you Katy and have a wonderful weekend!!

    PS - We got 12 inches of snow! In TEXAS!!! :O)(give or take a little)

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  7. oh my goodness, i'm in love with these! the apples and oatmeal are such a good combo for pancakes! have a wonderful v-day weekend katy!

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  8. Mmm... oatmeal apple pancakes sound like a perfect breakfast!

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  9. hey, I love having breakfast with you and yes...it has been awhile...grin! Great little recipe there Katy.

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  10. Nice healthy pancakes..i am also experimenting with pancakes these days,nice click...

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  11. katy ~ these pancakes make a perfect breakfast or dinner. have a happy valentine's day ;)

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  12. healthy and delicious... a perfect breakfast dish

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  13. In my experience, the first batch of pancakes always turn out like crap but all of the batches afterward are awesome. It's like you get into a groove or something!

    These look and sound fantastic, especially to my apple-loving heart.

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  14. Hi Katy, how all is okay and Happy Valentines Day this Sunday. Have a good one. Those oatmeal pancakes sound and look delicious. I could smell them cooking and pancakes are one of my favorite foods. Pancakes I always order when we go out for breakfast. This weekend I will do the same. I could eat a dozen. hehehehe not really, well 3 and that's a lot. Sometimes even 4 if I stuff myself.
    I LOVE PANCAKES!!
    Thanks Katy, that was a good post and now back to the art doll I was working on. Have a great weekend.

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  15. I would love a pancake that was like an oatmeal cookie! What a treat for breakfast! I love these with apples and nuts.

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  16. I agree with Cinnamon Girl. I too would LOVE a pancake that "felt" like an oatmeal cookie. I may even like it more than an oatmeal muffin! Hopefully, I'll be trying oatmeal in the crock pot tonight. (I bought steel cut oats today) I just may try your style Oatmeal Apple Pancakes on Sunday!!!

    Thanks for sharing Katy...Wish me luck:)

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  17. I love thicker pancakes with substance--those look really, really good. Love the crazing on the pretty plate!

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  18. I make an oatmeal applesauce bread/muffin, I bet I would adore these pancakes. They sound delicious, Katy!

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  19. YUM YUM...the photo looks delicious!! My hubby would react the same as Ole Sweetie Pie, for sure....but thats ok. We need to treat outselves once in a while.

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  20. I'm intrigued now. There's no reason this shouldn't work well and I love kinky batter :-). Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary.

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  21. I adore pancakes, esp. the one prepared with buttermilk! Yours look so pretty, fluffy and yummy!

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  22. Hullo Katy dear...absolutely delightful pancakes...Katy was it u that left me that so v sweet sprinkle on my post on my blog?
    Coz ur profile there doesnt lead to this blog though....

    Que Magnifigue este...bravo!!!!

    Oh yeah...LOVE IS IN THE AIR,SO IS ROMANCE...WISH YA LOADS OF IT @ 365....

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  23. They look perfect! Too bad about Ol'Sweetie Pie not liking them. I know how that goes...its tough making everyone happy and yourself! :)

    It's funny that you posted a breakfast dish. As I was clicking over to your blog I was thinking about that big dutch pancake with bacon. Yum!
    ~ingrid

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  24. Healthy and delicious I bet! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  25. Oh how I wish I could master pancake making. These look SOOO good. I know....you come to my house for a visit....I have 2 ovens and a big kitchen....we could bake and bake and you could give me a pancake making lesson....deal???????? :)

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  26. Very interesting combination. They look delicious.... :)

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  27. I see nothing wrong with having a cookie for breakfast. Looks delicious.
    Mimi

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  28. I like that combination too I do not have a great batting average with pancakes. I am pertty good witht he basic ones. I wonder how these would come out for me. They look so good.

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