Honey Oat Pancakes

I turned 25 this year and my quarter-life milestone (fingers crossed) coincided with a lot of changes. I started a new job. I joined a soccer team for the first time in 8 years. I started using anti-aging eye cream. I went blonde for 4 months, then back to brunette. I shelled out the cash for DVR.

But let’s focus on the soccer, shall we? I hadn’t played since high school when I started again this spring. I wasn’t very good but I had a lot of fun. . . if you call head-to-toe muscle soreness for 43% of your life “fun.” All kidding aside, I am so glad I started up again. I am also surprised and delighted that my team agreed to have me back for the fall season and didn’t try to pass me off on some other suckers in the pre-season draft.

When the season started two weeks ago, I wanted to make a good impression on my teammates. Kick some ass and show them I ate my Wheaties that morning. Only I don’t eat Wheaties. I chose to eat this instead. I am oh so glad I did.

These whole wheat pancakes have a touch of honey in the batter and hearty oats throughout. The hint of orange zest wakes you up , and the wholesome grains keep you full all morning. I ran ninety minutes while full of energy and I wasn’t hungry after, so these pancakes clearly go to work for you.

Honey Oat Pancakes (serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest
  • Cooking spray

Preparation:

  1. Combine dry ingredients (flour through salt) in a medium bowl.
  2. Add wet ingredients (milk through egg) and stir to combine. Add the orange zest and stir.
  3. Heat a pan or electric griddle over low-medium heat. Coat with cooking spray.
  4. Drop pancake batter on heated pan for desired size pancakes. When air bubbles are visible throughout the pancake and the bottom turns golden brown, flip over and cook for another minute or two more, then remove to a plate.

Whole wheat pancakes tend to be a little on the dry side, so make sure you have toppings available. Maple syrup, drizzled honey, Greek yogurt, fresh fruit or fruit compote work well.

Not a bad discovery for 25. I loved these so much I made them twice in one week. I suppose there are worse habits you could pick up. Do yourself a favor and make these pancakes this weekend. Who knows what you will be inspired to do?

And for that matter. . . Who knows what color my hair will be next? Who knows if this eye cream is actually working? Who knows if I’ll ever be good at soccer again?

At least the pancakes are a sure thing.

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