Thursday, June 26

Strawberry Oatmeal Blueberry Pancakes

Strawberry Oatmeal Pancakes topped with Blueberries. Summer food. Weekend food. Food that smells so good it will get your kids or husband out of bed to enjoy the summer day with you kind of food. One of my most favorite things about summer is the great berries and produce that instantly becomes available. Everything is so colorful, flavorful, and juicy. In honor of the upcoming fourth of July I wanted to fix something red, white, blue-ish here are some healthy colorful pancakes. 

 EASY strawberry OATMEAL blueberry PANCAKES
Makes 5 1/2 medium sized pancakes (using a 1/2 cup measuring cup)
Prep time 5 minutes. Cooking time: approx. 3-5 minutes. 

Batter can be made the night before,covered, in the fridge. If you do make it ahead you will need to add more liquid - add 1/4 cup at a time until it gets back to the consistency you want to make it pourable

1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup all purpose flour
1 Tbs baking powder
1 Tbs unprocessed wheat bran
2 Tbs white sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of 2% milk * can use water here too
1 egg
1 Tbs veg oil * melted butter is a good sub here
1/2 pint of blueberries, 1/4 lb strawberries diced small
optional: butter & syrup

1. In a large bowl combine all the wet and dry ingredients 
2. Then heat your flat pan to medium heat
3. Apply some unsalted butter or nonstick spray or oil to the pan to help with the browning process and not sticking part.
4. Using a measuring cup, 1/2 cup or 1/4 cup, to measure out the batter and start cooking the first few pancakes 
5. Cook for 4-5 minutes each side 
6. Top each of the cooking pancakes with strawberry pieces and blueberries.  I did equal ones of blueberry and strawberry with the idea of putting the opposite berry on the top when serving. 
7. Lightly and carefully touch each berry so they so they sink into the pancake and not just resting no the top. 
8. You will know when they are ready to flip by the massive amount of little bubbles formed, a dry appearance on the edge of the pancake, and by checking the color on the other side of the pancake. Should be firm and golden colored. 
9. Cook the second side for an additional 3-5 minutes until it too is golden and delicious
10. Serve with the additional berries on top


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