Friday, 1 April 2011

Starting the Day off Right!

Everyone always says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so for Day 1 of my war against genetics I figured I had better start it off right!

I found this healthy alternative to your regular pancake recipe on the back of a pack of Organic Scottish Oatmeal. It sounds like a random purchase, and it kind of was. My husband is obsessed with English Premier League Soccer, and anyone who is a fan knows that in Canada to be able to get all of the games you have to subscribe to Setanta Sports. This channel is constantly on in our house, so I often subconsciously take in random facts even when I don't think I am really paying attention. The random fact that lead me in search of Scottish Oatmeal was that in an interview one of the coaches mentioned that many of the professional soccer players eat this before their games. It is extremely high in  fibre, and really filling, so it gives them enough energy to power through their 90 minute games. I figure if it good enough for them it is good enough for me.

I found Bob's Red Mill brand Organic Scottish Oatmeal at my neighbourhood Loblaws. I have yet to perfect making a delicious and nutritious bowl of oatmeal, but the pancake recipe on the back is Fabulous! It has all the same perks as the oatmeal - high in fibre, very filling, and no extra added preservatives or unwanted sugars. It basically a yummy way to start your morning, and is especially useful before a strenuous workout.

So to make a batch of pancakes you will need all of the above pictured materials...
* 1 1/4 cups of Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
* 3/4 cup Scottish Oatmeal
* 2 tsp Baking Powder
* 1 tsp Salt
* 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
* 1 1/2 cups of Buttermilk
* 2 Eggs (beaten)
* 1/4 cup Margarine (melted)

Mix all of your dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, oatmeal, baking powder, salt, baking soda), then stir in the Buttermilk, the beaten eggs, and the melted margarine, and stir until smooth. Sometimes the oats can absorb too much of the liquid and the mixture can get too thick and kind of sticky looking. If this happens just add more Buttermilk. Make sure your pan is preheated before you begin, and the pancakes should take about 3-4 minutes each side. The second side always cooks faster!

This recipe makes about 10-12 pancakes - which is a ton! I would say 2-3 pancakes is a good size serving. I had 2 this morning and I am stuffed. So if you are only cooking for 1 or 2 people it probably makes sense to half the recipe. Once they are cooked you can use any type of toppings you like! I serve my pancakes topped with fresh Canadian Maple Syrup (which is in season right now by the way, and available at the Farmer's Market) and strawberries for Vitamin C!

Enjoy! Have Great Morning Everyone!
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