I have a feeling I’m not alone when I say that cooking for a family is no piece of cake.
Mr. Longhorn only wants heart-healthy, low-sugar, and mostly organic food.
Little Miss Pumpkin wants anything sweet.
Cowboy likes about 20 things rotated on a regular basis. According to him, we must not try new brands of anything because it might make his food taste different. And different is not a good thing.
Maybe because I have a death wish, or because I am trying too hard to achieve the impossible and please everyone, I actually try new things once in awhile.
Like this recipe for Banana Oatmeal pancakes.
Everyone in the Longhorn family gave them a thumbs up.
So now I’m sharing it with you.
They are easy, extremely flavorful, sweet and healthy.
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- 3 whole cloves
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1/2 cup whole-wheat (whole-meal) flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup 1 percent low-fat milk
- 1/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
- 1 banana, peeled and mashed
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
I found this recipe on the Mayo Clinic’s website. You can get the directions and a printable version there. There is also a recipe for spiced maple syrup that adds the perfect touch to these pancakes!
There is even a nutritional analysis which is nice if you’re watching your diet like Mr. Longhorn is.
By the way, it does take a little extra time to make the spiced maple syrup that goes along with this recipe. But it is worth it. The addition of cinnamon and cloves is very mild but adds that extra something. You’ll never know this is a healthful approach to breakfast!