Tuesday, August 14, 2012

"Healthified" Pancakes!

I have a low-carb pancake recipe that I have been using. It's not bad, once you get past the idea that you're essentially eating scrambled eggs with cream cheese, splenda, and syrup. Tastes sort of like french toast, but without the toast!

So tonight I thought I'd do something a little different. I liked the idea of the oatmeal pancake recipe's I've seen around, oatmeal would add some chewy bits. And if I ground it up a bit, the oatmeal powder would be a flour of sorts.

I also have some coconut flour, which tends to soak up liquid a lot, so a little goes a long way. Some of that went in too.

Then I added the rest of that basic recipe and cooked them up. Voila! They puffed a little like normal pancakes, tasted like a pancake, had a very nice texture, and made a lovely full plate of 5 pancakes. I ate them all, because I was starving.

The boys and Daddy had regular pancakes with blueberries, and I didn't feel deprived at all!

1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 Tbsp coconut flour
2 eggs
1 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp splenda

In a blender or food processor, grind up the oatmeal until it's around 1/2 powder and 1/2 very small pieces. You're going for sort of a whole-wheat flour texture. Combine with coconut flour and set aside.

In the blender or food processor, combine the eggs and cream cheese with vanilla and splenda. Blend until smooth. Add in the "flour" mixture and blend again until smooth.

Pour onto a hot griddle, don't make the pancakes too big or you may have trouble flipping them. Mine were about 3-4 inches across. They won't puff as big as most pancakes but they will rise a little. When they start to look dry on the top, carefully flip them over to finish cooking.

This made 5 pancakes, which I devoured with some light margarine and sugar-free syrup.

Regular pancakes - 4 pancakes: about 220 calories, plus another 210 for 1/4 cup of syrup = 430
                                                   40 Carbs + 52 with syrup (Are you kidding me?) = 92
                                                   5 Grams of Protein - So you'll likely want eggs too, even more calories.

Healthier pancakes - Whole batch, 5 pancakes: 362 Calories, plus 25 for 1/4 cup sugar free syrup
                                     Less than 400 Calories!
                                   25 Carbs, 5 of which are fiber and don't count, + 8, 7 which are sugar alcohol and don't count = 21 (Much better!!!)
                                  20 Grams of Protein. No extra egg needed! 

2 Tasty Tidbits:

Kathy said...

Looks yummy - can I make without coconut flour?

Michelle said...

You could probably use regular flour instead, I was just going for lower carb. Regular flour doesn't soak up the liquid like coconut flour does, so you might need a little more than the recipe calls for.