Wanna know how I like my breakfast ?
Mm…Pancakes. Warm Maple Syrup. Coffee…
…With a side of restaurant waiter and a big cup of ‘I don’t cook in the morning’.
I love breakfast! I just really (really) dislike making it myself. Or at least doing it at 7am. When I’m hungry and its hard enough trying to focus on straight eyeliner and matching socks. So what to do? How ever do I manage a 5 star brunch when my brain is functioning at the speed of my 2 year old…. dog??
You make your own homemade pancake mix! Literally all you have to do in the morning is mix 1 cup of the mix with 1 egg, 1/2 cup milk, and 1/2 cup yogurt and… viola! Done. Instant restaurant breakfast sans the waiter.
And this is a great building block recipe for a zillion other yummy pancake combos. You can literally make your pancakes to order – add 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and sliced bananas for Banana Bread Pancakes, 1/3 cup chocolate chips for Chocolate Chip Pancakes, sautee sliced apples with a dash of cinnamon in 1/2 tablespoon butter to top Cinnamon Apple Pancakes.
This is perfect too for making a quick breakfast for a crowd. If you’re having relatives staying over for the holidays, just set up a “Make Your Own” Pancake Bar. Fill little bowls with lots of different mix-ins and let everyone choose their pancake. Bisquick might be tempting… but feed your family like you love them! These pancakes are full of whole grain goodness and no preservatives :)
Whole Grain Pancake Mix
Yields 10 cups dry mix ; a batch using 1 cup mix will make about 10 (3 1/2 inch) pancakes
This mix keeps in the freezer in an airtight container indefinitely.
- 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups whole wheat white flour
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon soda
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup plain soymilk (or regular low-fat dairy milk)
- 1/2 cup plain soy yogurt (or low fat dairy yogurt)
- 1 large egg
- To make the Mix – Grind oats in a food processor unit they’re chopped fine but not ground into a powder. Put the ground oats, flours, and remaining dry ingredients in large bowl and mix on low speed until combined. With the mixer on low, drizzle in the vegetable oil. When all the oil has been added, stop the mixer and squeeze a clump of mix in your hand. If it holds together, its done. If not – stir in 1 tablespoon of oil at a time until the mixture clumps. Store in an airtight container in the freezer indefinitely.
- To make the Pancakes – Whisk together 1 cup mix with 1/2 cup plain soy milk, 1/2 cup plain soy yogurt, and 1 egg. Let stand 15 minutes to thicken.
- Heat a nonstick griddle over medium heat. Using 1/4 cup, spoon batter onto griddle. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side until lightly browned.
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour