My best friend Megan has been talking about an oatmeal pancakes recipe she saw on the Today Show for a couple of weeks now, and I woke up yesterday with a serious craving. After trying out different ingredients, amounts, and combinations, I finally achieved the perfect batter consistency to make some killer pancakes!
3/4 cups instant oats
1/2 cup flour
1 egg white
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 individual all natural apple sauce (substitute for vegetable oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 teaspoon baking powder
1 packet Stevia natural sweetener
Optional: Mashed banana (if you want banana pancakes)
Mix oats, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl until evenly mixed. In a separate bowl, whisk the vanilla extract into the egg white. Add in apple sauce and stir until incorporated. Combine your wet mixture with your dry mixture and stir vigorously for about one minute. Pour batter onto a lightly buttered frying pan (about 1/4 cup batter per pancake). Cook on the first side until the top of the pancake begins to bubble and the bottom is golden brown. Flip the pancake and cook to achieve an even color on the other side. Serve with syrup or your topping of choice!
Instead of maple syrup, I heated some honey and added about 1/2 teaspoon of strawberry jam to the honey. After mixing it up, I poured atop the pancakes. I didn’t expect to, but I LOVED this little syrup and preferred it to the traditional maple.
I enjoyed my morning meal with my coffee that I drank out of a lovely Eataly cup that Megan brought back for me from her most recent trip to NYC!
After a late breakfast, Derek and I went to the gym. I knew we were on a time crunch, and I wanted to work on speed a little bit, so I did some longer intervals on the treadmill. My run had me super sweaty and looked like this:
I had a couple minutes left after the run while Derek was finishing up his workout, and did some planks and ab work on a stability ball. After the gym we did some painting at the new house, followed by Tampa’s MARGARITA FESTIVAL!
I’ll pretty much go to anything that has the word “festival” in the name. Honestly, I really dislike tequila, but I was still so excited for this event in downtown Tampa. 6 of us went and had an awesome time – I drank a SkinnyGirl grapefruit margarita and it was so delicious and really refreshing (it was a mere 95 ° outside).
When dinner rolled around we went to my aunt and uncle’s house and had a family cook out. My dad did most of the grilling, and made some AWESOME grouper and vegetables. As he was preparing everything in the kitchen, he asked me, “Hey Mal, do you want to take some pictures of my grouper for your blog?” I had a chuckle, and replied, “OF COURSE I DO, THANKS FOR ASKING DAD!!!!” Here’s a pic of the grouper before we grilled it:
And the finished product:
We ate asian slaw and cornbread with the grouper – it was a wonderful meal and I love when someone else cooks for me 🙂 I’d share the recipe with you all, but Dad says he doesn’t remember what he did.. Next time I’ll write it down as he goes!