Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

My brother was so excited one day. He was like, "Have you ever had chocolate chip pancakes with peanut butter on them? They're SO good! And healthier than like butter and syrup." "I know," I responded, "that's the only way I eat pancakes." And he was all like, "Oh." And then he wanted me to make him pancakes. Healthyish ones. And then, after I'd purchased all the necessary ingredients....he cut out carbs.

*facepalm*
After I ensured that he was, in fact, not going to be eating pancakes in the immediate future, I bit the bullet.

I made pancakes for myself. And only me. (Michael doesn't love pancakes.)

And it was glorious.
You're probably all, "Kayle! It makes so many pancakes! You couldn't eat all of them!"

You're half right, I couldn't eat all of them at once. Leftover pancakes are easy-peasy. You just heat them up in the oven (250F-300F degrees, usually) for 10-15 minutes and they're all warm and crispy again, just like when they're fresh!

I would take 2 pancakes, heat them up, slather them in peanut butter, and then go work out. Perfect system.
And yes-these pancakes ARE fairly healthy! They're made with whole wheat flour and filling/heart healthy oats. Throw in some Greek yogurt for protein + fluffiness. Minimal other stuff. Plus you can totally customize what you do with them--I chose to use chocolate chips and top with peanut butter. Maybe you want to put some chopped up apples + cinnamon in them. Or bananas. Or nuts. Really...you can have a lot of fun with these lovelies. And they are super thick, hearty, soft, filling, and just....my new favorite pancakes.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes


Makes 7-9 pancakes
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (123g) whole wheat flour/white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup (40g) quick oats (you can make quick oats with regular oats by pulsing in a food processor a few times)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 egg whites (or 1 whole egg)
  • 1 cup (240 mL) milk (any kind should work)
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/4 cup (63g) Greek yogurt (I used 0% plain, use whichever kind you prefer)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Optional-1/2 cup desired mix-ins, such as chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, etc.
Preparation:
  • In a medium-large bowl whisk together the flour, oats, salt, and baking powder.
  • In a small-medium bowl whisk together the egg (or egg whites) and milk. Whisk in the brown sugar and yogurt until there are no lumps. Whisk in the vanilla.
  • Create a well in the dry ingredients and then slowly pour int the wet ingredients. Stir gently until just combined-do not overmix! Add in any mix-ins but, again, don't overmix.
  • Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat, greasing generously with cooking spray, oil, or butter.
  • Once hot, drop about 1/4 cup pancake batter onto the skillet or griddle (if using a griddle you can put a few 1/4 cup sized pancakes on it at once). Cool until the edges look set and bubbles are forming in the middle. Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown (this should take a couple minutes). Re-grease the skillet/griddle in between batches of pancakes.
  • If desired, keep pancakes warm in a 200F degree oven while the rest cook.
  • Serve with peanut butter, syrup, or whatever you desire!
  • Store leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator. Or they can be frozen for up to 2 months.
*drops the mic and walks away.*

Monday, September 29, 2014

NY Cheesecake with Strawberries

So....I don't like cheesecake. (I knooow, I'm crazy.)

But even I can tell that is is one DANGED good cheesecake.
New York, New York...one of the things I miss most about you is your food. Mostly the pizza. Ah...the pizza. But I also know that their cheesecake is pretty danged awesome (Michael certainly loved it.), so when Michael's birthday snuck up on me this year, I knew the perfect treat would be a NY style cheesecake---with strawberries...because he loves 'em.
Apparently 1 whole cheesecake is a bit too much for my boy to polish off on his own, though, so we shared some pieces with my mom and his family as well. And from all these sources, the reviews came in: this is a DANGED good cheesecake. All you have to do is look at it to see the amazing texture (and, boy, does it smell great), and I've been told it tastes silky and tangy, yet sweet.

And making it is surprisingly easy (time consuming, but easy)--I didn't even need to do a water bath and it didn't crack (mind you, I've made this once. Perhaps it will crack for you--I do not know for sure.) This was my first full-sized cheesecake and it went so smoothly. And you get a total sense of accomplishment saying to yourself, "I just made an amazing cheesecake. GO ME!"

And soon you'll make this and I can say, "GO YOU!"

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Something Saturdays (9/27/14)

Short people problems--this is my life.

Saturday we went to a party for Michael's uncle's 60th birthday. It was fun to see his family-plus one of our waiters ended up being one of my 3rd cousins who I haven't seen in foreverrr (and it took us halfway through the evening to realize who each other were lol)! Sunday we had more family time-we saw Michael's mom's family and then went to visit with a few people from my dad's side who I love and haven't seen for awhile!

I had my final florist appointment this week! Still waiting on some quotes from people, but I think I have a good idea of who we're going to go with. I also ordered a few wedding related things (flower girl baskets, my shoes, etc.) and framed the first engagement picture that we're going to put on the wall (which is the main part of getting our house together we still have to do--hanging stuff on the walls).

My wedding ring came in--which means I got to reunite with my engagement ring! It is now resting safely on my ring finger, where it belongs :) And the gorgeous wedding band is safe in our safe with Michael's wedding band.

Michael's job is going super well! He had a work retreat on Friday and he had a blast. He completely loves his co-workers and bosses, so that's amazing. And his new schedule is working out great, too. We were actually able to go out to dinner together on Wednesday (and it was DELISH). Life is good :) I went to our old high school to visit his mom (a teacher there), his sister (a student), his best friend (also a teacher), and just other people that I encountered and it was really good to see people and tell everyone how happy we are and what a great decision it was to move back. :)

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