Tuesday, July 3, 2012

"Healthy" Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

I know. I really do. Single father, you're probably thinking to yourself, "Are you s****ing me?" First, you're saying to yourself, "How do I have time to make pancakes?" Second, you're wondering, "How in the h*** do I even make pancakes?"

All right. Just for a moment, I need you to willingly suspend your disbelief. It's easier than you think.  Here's the recipe:

Dry Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of wheat flour
1/2 cup of soy flour
1/2 cup of Stevia (or other non-sugar sweetener)
1/2 cup of finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup of chocolate chips
1/4 cup of chocolate syrup
1 heaping tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt

Wet Ingredients

2 1/2 cups of milk (soy milk, coconut milk, whatever)
2 eggs (or 4 ounces of egg whites)
1/2 cup of cooked oatmeal (preferably leftover from yesterday's breakfast)
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 dash of vanilla extract

Preheat pan on stove to medium-low or medium heat. Combine dry ingredients and mix with a fork. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until batter is smooth and consistent. Coat preheated pan with cooking spray and ladle batter onto pan. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes on each side and serve with fruit garnish. Makes 8 - 10 large pancakes for the single dad and his chocolate loving children.

Okay, so what?

Well, first, if you can follow the directions to assemble a Barbie Jeep for your four year old daughter, then you can make these pancakes. I promise - and I know this from experience - making these pancakes is not nearly as complicated as putting together the Barbie Jeep. Second, if you have just ten minutes the night before what you know will be a busy morning, you can make the batter and put it in the refrigerator.

Then, voila! You've got a great, tasty, surprise breakfast for your kidlings that you can feel good about. Sure, the chocolate chips and chocolate syrup are little indulgences. Considering the high protein content from the soy flour, walnuts, milk, and eggs, and the fiber from the wheat flour, walnuts, and oatmeal, you can feel good that you're starting your kids' day with all the nutrition they need.

Now, stop your thought-cursing.

P.S. You won't find this recipe in The Single Father's Guide to Life, Cooking, and Baseball, but you'll find 26 other recipes that are just as healthy, just as fun, and just as easy.

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