Sunday, February 28, 2016

Oatmeal Pancakes

I'm Late, I'm Late!

It's still February by a whisker (tomorrow is February 29), but I'm feeling very much like the March Hare. One of my Facebook friends posted that today is "National Pancake Day". 

How could I have missed that?

Whether you call them griddle cakes, hotcakes, flapjacks, crepes, or crespelle, I  call them wonderful, quick, easy, filling, and just plain good. Sometimes we even have pancakes for dinner.

Here's a hearty, healthy recipe that takes a bit of planning (part of the batter needs to rest overnight in the refrigerator), but it's well worth the wait.

Oatmeal Pancakes

Cook Time.

Prep time: 12 hours,
Cook time: 10 min.
Ready in: 12 hours 10 min.
Yields: Who knows? This feeds 4 people in my house


  • 2 cups regular rolled oats, not instant
  • 2 cups buttermilk, or 2 tsp. cider vinegar plus enough milk to make 2 cups
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup raisins, or dried cranberries, fresh blueberries, chocolate chips, etc.
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  1. In a medium bowl combine oats and buttermilk (or soured milk). Stir to blend. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning add the eggs, melted butter, and raisins--stir just to blend. In another bowl combine all of the remaining ingredients. Add to the oatmeal mixture and stir just until moistened.
  3. Cook on a lightly greased griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat. Use about 1/4 cup batter for each pancake.

So What are the Health Benefits of Oatmeal?

Oatmeal is truly a "superfood". Packed with soluble fiber and healthy nutrients, oatmeal is a nutritional superhero. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, elevated total cholesterol is a chief risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Soluble fiber-rich foods such oatmeal are an effective way of reducing elevated cholesterol levels.
Sticking to a diet can be challenging if your appetite isn't under control. According to a study published in the October 2009 issue of "Molecular Nutrition & Food Research" a compound in oatmeal reduces appetite by increasing a hunger-fighting hormone. You can help reduce your appetite even further by consuming fibrous foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables with your bowl of oatmeal.
And then, there is colon cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, almost 50,000 adults die each year from colon cancer. Antioxidants help reduce colon cancer risk by fighting cancer-causing compounds known as free radicals. Oats are rich in a class of antioxidants known as avenanthramides, which may help reduce colon cancer risk (December 2009 issue of "Nutrition Reviews").


  1. It's February 28th today? Boy oh boy, am I ever lost in time. LOL I swear, Linda, I read that three times, and actually started doubting myself. Thank God I have a calendar in front of me to ease my troubled soul.

    I wish it was February 28th and we could skip this winter, but no such luck.

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I'll go have some pancakes on this Sunday morning, October 23rd. :)

    1. Oh Bill, I'm so sorry for catching you up in a time warp. I inserted an old recipe in an "unused" date that was sitting sad and lonely--I had no idea the post would be flagged as "NEW" and thus sent to you as a new entry.

      Thanks for letting me know. Now, let me know how you liked those pancakes.