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Friday, September 25, 2009

Cinnamon Cranberry Almond Oat Pancakes

Whew that's quite a mouthful! People that know me know of my obsession with pancakes. While I love all breakfast foods, pancakes probably remain at the top. My usual go-to pancake is banana chocolate chip, mostly because it's like eating dessert for your meal! However, awhile ago, Ryan made cranberry almond pancakes that we both loved. Recently, I started craving pancakes again (never mind the fact that I had them a week ago) and found a recipe for cinnamon oat pancakes on the blog Cooking with Christine. I decided to use this as my base and add almonds and cranberries to it, hence the super long title!

These pancakes are very hearty and the recipe makes a ton! We still have a huge stack of them sitting in a ziploc in the fridge. I loved the nutty, chewyness the pancakes have as a result of the oats and whole wheat flour, not to mention the almonds! While I typically prefer my pancakes very thin, I didn't mind the density of these. I couldn't really taste the cinnamon in there, probably because the almonds and cranberries overpowered it, so if I made this exact recipe again, I might eliminate. I will definitely be trying this recipe with bananas and chocolate chips :)

Recipe-adapted from Cristine

-2 cups flour (I used 1 cup all-purpose and 1 cup whole wheat)
-1/4 cup packed brown sugar
-1 tablespoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-2 cups old fashioned oats
-2 cups milk (I used skim)
-2 large eggs
-1/4 cup vegetable oil (next time I'll try applesauce)
-1/4 cup water (I added this to thin them out a bit :))
-1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped
-1/2 cup cranberries, chopped (I would increase this to a cup next time, but it was all we had left)

1. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and 1 cup of oats in a food processor. Pulse until oats are ground.
2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, and oil. Add dry ingredients plus the other cup of oats.
3. Stir in almonds and cranberries.(I must note again that my life has been greatly improved by my food processor! Chopping is such a piece of cake!)

4. Cook pancakes on a hot griddle and enjoy!