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The Ultimate Guide to Making Perfect Oatmeal Pancakes

The Ultimate Guide to Making Perfect Oatmeal Pancakes

The first association for oatmeal, at least for me, is ‘healthy’. I have read so many articles and recipes on pancakes that use oats instead of regular flour that I simply had to make one. I had no idea oatmeal pancakes tasted so good!

To be fair, the ones I made were not plain regular oatmeal flapjacks. I spiced things up a little bit by toasting the oats and browning the butter (oh, yeah!). One might assume that oatmeal pancakes are not as soft and fluffy as the classic American pancakes we all adore. Well, one might be wrong! With a few tips and tricks up the sleeve, you can make the best oatmeal pancakes ever!

Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe

Wanna make light and fluffy pancakes with nutty flavor?  Try toasted oats,

tangy buttermilk, and browned butter all in one amazing recipe. Toasting the oats make the most of the oats’ flavor, whereas browning the butter will add even more nuttiness and depth to the recipe. The perfect combination of wet and dry ingredients results in the fluffiest and softest pancakes you’ve ever seen.

Let’s start with the ingredients and move step by step.

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet ingredients:

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • vegetable oil (or butter) for cooking
  • maple syrup, for topping

The Oats

The first question to answer is ‘How much oats are enough’? I replace part of the regular flour with oats ground in a blender or coffee machine. Use a scale to make sure you substitute the right amount of all-purpose flour with oats. If you don’t own one, consider buying it because that is one of the most useful kitchen gadgets you’ll ever have.

Next question is ‘What type of oats are the best?’ There are three main varieties sold in grocery stores:

–    Rolled oats that have been processed through steel rollers in order to flatten them and turn them into flakes;

–    Steel cut oats that have been cut without flattening and take the longest to cook;

–    Instant oats that have been partially cooked and then dehydrated again.

I vote for the steel cut oats because, even though they take more time to cook than the other two types, taste the best. However, all oat types have a mild taste. If you really want to feel their taste in the pancakes, adding more oats to the batter is not the solution. On the contrary, it will result in denser and chewier flapjacks. In addition, unlike regular flour, oats have no ability to form gluten; hence too much oats can ruin your pancake’s structure, i.e. you’ll end up with flapjacks that fall apart.

So, how do you enhance the oats’ flavor? By toasting them before grinding! Just place the oats in a skillet and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently to avoid burning. This should take about five minutes until the oats become flavorful and nutty.

Due to the fact that oats have no gluten, you might want to increase the amount of baking powder in the pancake recipe. This will ensure the pancakes have structure but will also help them rise and become fluffy. To be more precise, add half a teaspoon of baking soda and two teaspoons of baking powder.

Other Ingredients

To balance the sweet and savory flavor, add ½ teaspoon of table salt (or a teaspoon of kosher salt) in addition to the 3 tablespoons of sugar.

As for the wet ingredients, combine two large eggs with two cups of buttermilk. This will yield a rather thick batter which results in extra-light flapjacks. If you don’t have buttermilk, make it at home by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice into a cup of regular milk. Leave it for five minutes and voila! your homemade buttermilk is ready!

There are a few more secrets to make your pancakes super-fluffy. Besides using buttermilk, whose acidity is the first step towards fluffiness, you should take care not to overmix the batter.

Overmixing will encourage the development of gluten which can make the griddlecakes dense and tough. Mix until the ingredients are just combined. A few lumps here and there are not only acceptable but highly desirable!

 

Cooking Oatmeal Pancakes – Pro Tips

To cook your oatmeal pancakes, choose a steel griddle or a heavy pan.

To make your flapjacks are evenly golden brown, without any spots and splotches, make sure you use the right amount of oil or butter to grease the pan.

If you use very small amount of oil, the batter will stick to the pan’s bottom and possibly burn before you have a chance to release it. On the other hand, if you add too much oil or butter, the pancake batter will not stick at all causing bubbles to for at the bottom of the flapjacks. These bubbles will lift parts of the pancake and result in those unwanted spots.

The best way to grease the pan is by using a paper towel dipped in oil. Or, pour the oil and then wipe the excess before you start adding the batter.

Heart-Healthy Pancake Recipes

Heart-Healthy Pancake Recipes

Can pancakes be good for your heart? They can if you think outside the box. Stop regarding pancakes as sugar-loaded sweet treats. The era of ignorance is behind us – today we know how to adjust each and every meal we consume so that it fits our needs.

When it comes to pancakes, in order to make them better for you, start by replacing sugar with a natural sweetener like stevia or pure honey. Also, get rid of the white refined flour and switch to whole wheat. And finally, stop using refined vegetable oils and opt for healthier, cold-pressed varieties like coconut and olive oil.

Pack Your Pancakes with Potassium

The heart-healthy ingredient to include in your quick and easy pancake recipes is potassium.

Besides being very important for normal functioning of the heart by lowering high blood pressure, this essential mineral helps maintain electrolyte and fluid balance in the body. Moreover, it keeps kidneys, brain, and muscles in good shape!

One potassium-rich ingredient found in almost all pancake recipes is yogurt. Plain yogurt is often added to the batter to make the flapjacks softer, moister, and fluffier (3/4 cup). Besides potassium, it also contributes extra calcium and vitamin D.

Sweet Heart-Healthy Pancake Recipes

Avocado

Avocado is considered a superfruit for a reason. On top of all the nutrients, it also contains high levels of potassium. In fact, there is no food richer in potassium than avocado! Adding a mashed avocado into the batter will not only make the flapjacks healthier but will also contribute silky and creamy texture!

Banana

You will find banana is almost all healthy pancake recipes. Due to its dense texture, mashed banana is often used as a flour substitute in the batter (often combined with oatmeal or egg whites to boost the protein content). This yellow fruit also acts as a natural sweetener.

Apricot

You can use fresh or dried apricots in the batter (1/3 cup should suffice). They work very well when paired with nuts (especially almonds) and spices like cinnamon or cardamom.

Apricots, similar to peaches, also pair great with booze, bourbon and rum in particular. You can make this pairing by adding a ¼ cup of alcohol into the batter or soaking the fruits in it beforehand (for about half an hour). Most of the alcohol will evaporate during cooking so don’t worry, your kids can safely devour these flapjacks.

Savory Heart-Healthy Pancake Recipes

Spinach

We all know how healthy spinach is. And what better way to sneak spinach into your kids than flapjacks? Make a stack of savory flapjacks for a change by mixing this leafy green with potatoes and onion, then top with crispy bacon slices.

Sweet Potato

Add some color to your flapjacks! Mashed sweet potatoes can serve as a base for both sweet and savory pancakes – add some spices and sweetener to satisfy your sweet tooth or mix them with onions and serve with sour cream on top for a light lunch.

This is Why You Should Make Your Pancakes in the Oven

This is Why You Should Make Your Pancakes in the Oven

There’s no better way to start your day than pancakes. Warm, fluffy, and delicious, they will put a smile on your face for sure. But wait… Someone has to wake up and make them. Mix the batter (and inevitably make a mess with all the bowls), then stand over the stovetop for quite some time (splashes of oil and batter everywhere). It’s not so much fun to flip flapjacks 5 minutes after waking up.

Don’t worry, there is another way to make flapjacks. Turn on your oven and keep reading.

When I say ‘pancakes in the oven’ I don’t refer to Dutch baby pancakes. This is a different technique: pan-roasting. Yeah, the same cooking method that works so well for meaty dishes works for flapjacks as well. Have you ever prepared a sirloin? You pan-sear it first to obtain a crispy surface and a juicy center. This is exactly what you will get from your flapjacks. Now, who wouldn’t want that? So, the secret is in cooking the batter on the stovetop first, then finishing them in the oven.

 

Pan-Roasted Pancakes Recipe

 

Choose your favorite pancake recipe and mix it up. This method works for every pancake mix.

We have decided to go with the classic American buttermilk pancake recipe:

 

Dry ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

 

Wet ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 stick of butter, melted

 

Note: Use clarified butter instead of regular butter. Clarified butter is produced by melting butter and allowing the components to separate by density. Thanks to its high smoking point, it is less likely to burn. You can clarify the butter yourself or use ready-made products like ghee. This will make your flapjacks extra-buttery and crispy without the risk of burning.

 

Method of preparation:

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: buttermilk, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until you obtain a uniform, thick, and creamy batter.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet, heat two tablespoons of clarified butter over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup batter per pancake into the skillet. Cook the flapjacks for about two minutes, until their bottoms become light golden brown.

Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until the other side of the pancakes becomes golden brown as well (this should take about 4-5 minutes).

Remove the skillet from oven and set on a cold burner on the stove. Turn the pancakes over and cook the other side very shortly, no more than 10-15 seconds.

 

These are the best flapjacks you’ll ever have!

How to Make Epic Rice Cooker Pancakes

How to Make Epic Rice Cooker Pancakes

When it comes to pancakes, Japan has so much to offer: Nutella pancakes, tall hotcakes, airy soufflé flapjacks. And now, our newest obsession as seen in Japan – rice cooker pancakes.

Well, who knew that the most widely used Japanese kitchen appliance could be used to make super-tall and fluffy pancakes?

The first automatic rice cooker, known as suihanki, appeared in the 1950s in Japan with the purpose to produce perfect bowls of rice with little effort. Since then, rice cookers have evolved into multifunctional kitchen gadgets that are used for so much more than steamed rice.

So, how do these rice cooker pancakes look? Nothing like their classic American counterpart. They are extremely tall, rounded, and fluffy. However, their taste is quite traditional, which is great!

 

The Advantages of Making Pancakes in a Rice Cooker

 

  1. Less Stress

As you might already know, rice cookers are completely automated. This means that once you’ve prepared the pancake batter, you can leave the rest up to the cooker. No standing over the stovetop, no oil splashes, no flipping…

Start by throwing all the recipe ingredients into the rice cooker’s pot. Stir until the mixture is uniform. Be careful not to overfill the pot because the top of your pancake may stick to the lid making it hard to open. If you have too much batter, cook it in batches. Too much batter can result in a cake that is undercooked in the center. If this happens, put the pancake in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Press start, sit back and relax. The cooking process should take about 40-45 minutes (this, however, depends on the cooker; some machines may do the job in 20 minutes!) When the pancake is done, open the lid and enjoy!

 

  1. Less Mess

Another advantage of preparing pancake recipes in a rice cooker is the fact that you’ll have fewer dishes to wash afterward. The standard method of preparation requires mixing the batter in a bowl with a spoon, then cooking in a pan and flipping with a spatula. In the case of the rice cooker, all you need is the machine’s pot and a spoon.

 

  1. Perfect Timing

Rice cookers have timers which allow you to enjoy a warm pancake right after you get out of bed. Mix the batter the night before, set the timer, turn the cooker on before you go to bed, and your hotcake will be waiting for you in the morning!

 

  1. Flavor It

And last, but not the least, rice cooker pancakes allow you to add any ingredients you like to enrich your dessert. Try adding maple syrup, sweet potato, sweet black beans, matcha powder, or cocoa powder. Here are some examples to inspire you.

Amazing Rice Cooker Pancake Recipe

  • 1/2 pancake mix
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 sliced banana

 

If you are a fruit fan, this recipe is just for you. Line the bottom of the cooker pot with banana slices and then cover with a layer of melted butter.

In a large bowl, beat the egg until foamy then gently mix in the rest of the ingredients. Pour this batter over the bananas and butter. Tap the pot’s bottom to make sure everything is well set.

Once cooked, slice and top with some chocolate sauce or whipped cream.

These Pancake Recipes Will Help You See the World Better!

These Pancake Recipes Will Help You See the World Better!

Went to check my eyes last week, still shortsighted. The doctor suggested I take vitamin E supplements or eat more kale. “Kale? Isn’t there anything else that improves vision doc? I’m not a big fan of kale, you know…” He said “Sure, search the net, you’ll find many interesting things”. Guess he was too busy to explain.

Anyway, I did search the net and what do you know! Almonds, hazelnuts, avocado… they’re all rich in vitamin E and great for your eyes. I was craving sweet (as usual) and decided to make pancakes (as usual).

But while at the healthy food topic, why not improve the pancake batter itself first?

  • Pure honey instead of sugar, check;
  • Whole wheat instead of white flour, check.

Why Infuse Vitamin E in Your Pancake Recipes?

You can also replace the common harmful refined vegetable oils with cold-pressed, unrefined plant oils. Wheat germ oil is the best vitamin-rich oil, with 100% of the recommended DV for vitamin E in a single tablespoon! You can also opt for sunflower oil (especially good for cooking), coconut oil, hempseed oil, cottonseed oil and olive oil.

Besides being great for your eyes, vitamin E is also a powerful antioxidant which protects your body from diseases like cancer and heart disease. In addition, this vitamin lowers cholesterol, restores hormonal balance, and improves your hair & skin!

What Else Can You Put in Your Pancake Recipes?

Here are some suggestions on how to incorporate vitamin E-rich ingredients in your quick and easy pancake recipes.

Almonds

Include almonds raw, toasted, as a flour, milk, or butter in your pancake recipes. Combine them with spices like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg or fruits like bananas, apples, blueberries or strawberries.

Avocado

Adding a mashed avocado into the pancake batter to make your flapjacks not only healthier, but also much creamier and dreamier! Combine with blueberries or dark chocolate chips.

Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts are my favorite nuts. I have determined this after including them in a coffee and chocolate pancake recipe. And after I found out than Nutella is made of hazelnuts 😊 You can also try including hazelnut milk in your pancake batter. Serve with a cup of warm coffee. Yummm!

Seeds

Seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame are a great way to infuse your pancakes with vitamin E and crunchiness at the same time. There are also oil counterparts of these seeds, as well as 100% natural butters. You might have heard about the popular sesame seed butter – tahini that is widely used in exotic recipes.

Spinach

Your kids hate spinach? Include it in your pancake batter and make the best emerald green pancakes you’ve ever seen. Combine it with onions and mashed potatoes and serve the flapjacks with bacon on top. Dream!

Sweet potato

Sweet potato has an ability to produce both sweet and savory flapjacks, both very good for you. Combine it with spinach and onions, topped with sour cream for a light dinner, or mix them with stevia plus spices like cinnamon to create a sweet breakfast.

10 Pancakes to Try Before You Die (And Where to Find Them)

10 Pancakes to Try Before You Die (And Where to Find Them)

Classic American pancakes are great – tender, fluffy, and very simple to make. But when you are not in the mood to spend time over the stovetop, go out there and start exploring.

Yes, standard pancakes are great to make at home, but when you get out these, forget about anything that resembles standard and go wild.  There is a whole unexplored world of pancakes in different colors, shapes, sizes, and flavors. We offer a list of unforgettable flapjacks you simply must taste during your lifetime.

 

  1. Apple Pie Pancakes       

It’s never too early to start preparing for the fall. And what better way than indulging in a pancake stack that recreates one of the most beloved American staple foods – apple pie? These flapjacks are filled with bites of warm apples and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. On top, there are some more apples, whipped cream, and maple syrup. Comfort food at its best!

 

  1. Gingerbread Pancakes

Gingerbread desserts aren’t just for Christmas breakfasts or special occasions. These warm and cozy flapjacks are packed with spices: ginger, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice… Vanilla? There’s vanilla as well. Serve them with maple syrup or try pairing them with an orange-flavored topping. We recommend cream cheese complemented with orange zest and some more vanilla. Real fireworks of flavors!

 

  1. Brownie Pancakes

Is your sweet tooth raging? Or maybe it’s your birthday? How about some chocolate on top of chocolate in the form of pancakes? Indulge yourself in super fluffy chocolate brownie cake but this time blended with the familiar pancake goodness. They come drizzled some more with extra chocolate sauce and if you’re lucky, you might find them topped with Nutella. A girl is allowed to dream…

  1. Donut Pancakes

 Fluffy pancakes turned sweet & tender donuts that melt in your mouth. The glaze on top is a must on these “pandos”(as they’re also called) and if there are sprinkles, you can be sure that your kids’ faces will light up with excitement! Perfect as a birthday breakfast in bed!

 

  1. Pancake Muffins

 Also known as pancake bites or pancake cupcakes, these cuties are as delicious as they are fun! If you are a fruit fan, order the ones that contain blueberries inside the batter. They look like little Dalmatian puppies, I swear! If you don’t like fruit, try the plain version for unadulterated pancake goodness. Serve them with maple syrup on the side as a dip! Or with chocolate cream…Somebody stop me!

  1. Cinnamon Roll Pancakes 

A menu item that unites your favorite dessert, cinnamon rolls, and your favorite breakfast? You got it! Fluffy flapjacks meet crusty, sugary cinnamon swirl in one super-cozy dessert. Pancake places usually serve them in a stack of three but you’ll probably find that one’s just enough since they’re very fulfilling (and quite sweet). And the glaze… Mmmm… Winter is coming, have these in mind…

 

  1. Red Velvet Pancakes

Red velvet desserts have Christmas and Valentine’s written all over them but that shouldn’t stop you from consuming them anytime and anywhere. Especially when they come in your favorite breakfast form. You will usually find them topped with cream cheese syrup or covered in powdered sugar. Or both.

 

  1. Oreo Pancakes

Things are just getting better and better! These flapjacks are the most suitable item to put under the term “bressert”. Because they can be served both as breakfast and as dessert, duh! They’re made with crushed Oreos into the batter and topped with fresh whipped cream and more crushed Oreos.

 

  1. S’mores Pancakes

We have tried S’more milk shakes, S’mores cakes, and even S’mores sandwiches but it was S’mores pancakes that won our hearts for good! They contain crumbled graham crackers in the batter, along with chocolate chips which melt during cooking. Oh boy! They’re then stacked, drizzled with chocolate syrup, showered with graham crackers, and finished off with marshmallows. Enough already, where are those pancakes?

 

  1. Snickers Pancakes

Woke up with a huge sweet tooth? Look for a pancake place that serves this flapjack variety.

Chopped snickers bar inside the batter and a sauce made of melted Snickers bars combined with heavy cream and maple syrup…Some pancake places serve them with a topping that combines melted chocolate and peanuts for an extra crunchy bite. Others use Mars chocolate bars instead of Snickers. Whichever variety you stumble upon, rest assured you’re your sweet tooth will be tamed. Unforgettable!

Wondering where to find these beauties? Try Pancakes Near Me and discover flapjacks like you’ve never tried before!

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