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Whole Wheat, Oatmeal Pancakes

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My cooking priorities have shifted just a little over the past year. I don’t really have a lot of time to prepare fancy or involved meals for myself so what I have is pretty boring these days. I do make sure to have healthy and yummy food on hand for Alex though. Now he is a toddler on the move and completely on solid foods so we are trying new things all the time, which is pretty exciting! I have made these pancakes too many times to not post them. They are fluffy, moist and freeze well. I think they are so good you don’t even need a topping on them. The banana version was the best pancake I had ever had…until I tried the apple cinnamon! Seriously, these are so delicious. Alex goes crazy flinging his arms and legs when I get these out, he is so excited I barely have time to cut the pancake up for him to eat. On top of that, these freeze great (which is what I do to have them on hand all the time)!! Just make sure to let pancakes cool completely then put in a freezer bag, voila! To reheat I just defrost in the microwave then pop in the toaster for a little bit.

For the apple cinnamon version just replace the mashed banana with 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce and 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon, yum!

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Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 banana, mashedDirections:

1. Blend oats in a food processor until the texture resembles coarse flour. Mix together the blended oats, flours, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
2. Mix together the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Once combined, stir in the mashed banana. Pour wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir until just moistened. Let batter rest for 5 minutes.
3. Heat lightly oiled pan or griddle over medium-high heat. Drop batter by large spoonfuls and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter.Yields about 12 pancakes, depending on how large you make them.

Nutrition per pancake:

Banana: 159.2 calories, 3.9g fat, 2.2g saturated fat, 17.5mg cholesterol, 204.5mg sodium, 28.4g carbohydrate, 2.3g fiber, 9.7g sugar, 5g protein

Apple cinnamon: 155.3 calories, 3.8g fat, 2.2g saturated fat, 17.5mg cholesterol, 204.7mg sodium, 27.5g carbohydrates, 2.4g fiber, 9.5g sugar, 4.9g protein

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Apricot Oat bars

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These oatmeal bars are addicting.  I was not really sure about using apricot flavors, but the end product was delicious – of course anything with 2 sticks of butter is yummy right?  I do not see why you would not substitute with your favorite preserves and dried fruit flavors – so far though I have only tried apricot.

Apricot Oat Bars, from Giada De Laurentiis

Ingredients

Vegetable oil cooking spray
Filling
1 (13-ounce) jar apricot jam or preserves (about 1 1/4 cups)
8 dried apricots, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces (about 1/3 cup)
Crust
1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 packed cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup (4 ounces) coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
2 egg whites, at room temperature, beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 9X13 metal baking dish with cooking spray.  Line dish with parchment paper and spray again (on paper).  Set aside

In a small bowl, combine apricot preserves and dried apricots.  Set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.  Once combined stir in oats and nuts.  Mix in the butter, egg and vanilla, stirring until incorporated.

Using a fork or clean fingers, lightly press half of the crust mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Using a spatula, spread the filling over the crust leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge of the pan. Cover the filling with the remaining crust mixture and gently press to flatten. Bake until light golden, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 1 hour. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Yields 24 servings

Nutrition per serving: 227.8 calories, 11.6g fat, 5.2g saturated fats, 20.7mg cholesterol, 86.7mg sodium, 37.4g carbohydrate, 2.4g fiber, 23.6g sugar, 2.6g protein