Saturday, March 9, 2013

Pancake Makeover

This morning for breakfast I had pancakes! So how can a low-carber be enjoying pancakes you might ask?  These are not your typical Saturday morning pancakes -- no -- this recipe comes from The Biggest Loser, and they are a blended whirl of egg whites, oatmeal, and cottage cheese with cinnamon and a teensy bit of sugar. I was skeptical because I've tried pancake alternative recipes before with an "eh" attitude, and these really made me happy! With barely a dusting of confectioners sugar, I ate these plain, just rolled up in my hand like an empty pancake taco (not the most polite execution, but there was no one here to judge me!) and didn't miss one bit of maple syrup. I had originally planned to add blueberries, but decided to evaluate this pancake on its own merits. And it is good! This recipe makes six 4-inch pancakes.

You won't be missing a thing!


BIGGEST LOSER PANCAKES
(half the original recipe)

3 egg whites
1/2 cup rolled oats, dry
1/2 cup cottage cheese (I used 2%)
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Whirl all of the above ingredients together in your blender until completely smooth. Pour 4-inch circles of batter onto heated skillet (medium to medium-high heat) or griddle that's been sprayed with cooking spray. Flip when they begin to brown on the bottom and continue cooking until browned nicely on both sides.

Dust lightly with confectioners sugar and enjoy as is or with a sprinkling of berries!

Have a wonderful weekend!

12 comments:

  1. Again, love this healthy from scratch recipe. I will try these for sure and make sure to pass along. Thanks Jeanne & have a good weekend!

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  2. Thanks Fran - and this is so simple - I just poured the batter right from the blender jar onto the skillet. Easy clean-up as well. Hope you like it!

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  3. This is a major coincidence, Jeannie! Another blogger friend of mine just made these and posted them yesterday!!! I pinned her photo yesterday, and printed out the recipe to make them Sunday!!! Healthy minds think alike! They look delicious!

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    1. I guess healthy minds do think alike! I am finding it actually a pleasure to research and create healthy recipes, and I am not missing the white flour-sugar-butter formula as much as I thought I would! Blogging about healthy recipes has actually been a great tool for managing my diabetes, and 13 pounds down in just over 3 weeks has me a believer that healthy cooking and baking is just what I will be doing from now on. Of course, I will bake the sentimental standards for friends and relatives on occasion, but for me, it's a whole new world! And though it is only 13 pounds so far, it feels like a great jump-start and I haven't felt this good in a very, very long time. Love your comment, and I love-love-love your blog!

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    2. Mary Beth PrintskyMarch 26, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Looking forward to making these for my Mom. My Dad,who learned how to bake at Saratoga's own Rowland's Bakery and ran his own restaurant,"Jock's Lunch" (what
      later became The Gold Lion) behind the Post Office on Broadway in Saratoga Springs,always dusted French toast and pancakes with confectionary sugar before serving. It makes everything look like it was dusted with fresh fallen snow. We
      eat with our eyes,first.So, these are very appealing to me.
      Keep posting the healthy recipes. I am excited for you and your progress. Many blessings,Jeannie.

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    3. Mary Beth, I learn new things about my friends every day, between this blog and Facebook! I never knew your father was a baker and that he later had his own restaurant! And I've loved learning about your relatives and connections through fb and the Saratoga page - it's fascinating, isn't it?! I'll keep posting and I hope you keep reading. Love having you "visit!" - Jeannie

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    4. Yes, Jeannie my Dad was a wonderful baker. He told me they used to make 250 pies in a day sometimes. Can you imagine? His pies were so delicious and the crusts were always flaky.He was young when he did that. He didn't measure his ingredients. Like my maternal grandmother, he always went by the "feel" of the dough. Years later,he owned "Jock's Lunch" open only for breakfast and of course, lunch. He left his family to run the business when he enlisted in the Army.I am not sure when he closed it. I am enjoying your blog and especially reconnecting with you whom I have known since we were very young children. Welcome back into my life. :)

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  4. Haven't made them yet ...but now that I have an expert taste test ! Keep up this healthy blog ,with not so healthy things mixed in, It is a winner !! CKJ

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    1. Thanks Cindy - nice to hear that my efforts are worth it! :)

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  5. I'm usually not a pancake lover but these look delicious and nutritious! I will try and make this weekend!
    Janet Kenealy (Anne's Mom in Oak Park, IL)

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    1. Janet, I hope you like these. I'll always be grateful to Anne for sharing your granola bar recipe when she was my student assistant! Thank you for that, and for this comment! My best to Anne!

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  6. I'm not a big powdered sugar girl, but I'll bet they'd be great with a little blueberry greek yogurt on them!

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