It’s funny how things change with time. I have been a huge hater of oatmeal over the years, but now here I am posting my second oatmeal related recipe. I think it all comes down to the texture, for me. I have since come to accept that I like the nutty flavor of oats, and I definitely like the health benefits, yet even these reasons are not enough to make me commit to a bowl of mush every morning. My new challenge is now to figure out how to re-purpose this wonderful grain. My hubby started grinding uncooked oats into flour and adding it to his protein, banana and peanut butter shakes. (Not half bad, actually…), but there’s not a chance I’m committing to that. Yet again… it’s the texture. I will say though, that his smoothie inspired these pancakes. I wanted something wholesome and high protein, tasty and easy to make ahead for busy mornings. Three tries later, I finally tweaked the recipe to fit my liking. Not too sweet, and totally yummy! This is a breakfast that I can be happy to feed my kids, without compromising flavor or nutritional value. I was pleased at how well they reheated in the microwave days later. My next project is to test whether I can flash freeze them and zip lock them for later. Maybe reheat in the toaster? I will update if this works out.
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
A pinch of nutmeg
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
1 tablespoon melted butter (or cooking spray)
1. Put the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a blender bowl. Blend until the oats are finely ground. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
2. Now add the bananas, peanut butter, egg, milk and honey to the blender bowl. Blend until smooth, scraping off the sides (the peanut butter has a tendency to stick the sides). Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Some lumps are OK. (Over mixing leads to dense, chewy pancakes).
Serve with some sliced bananas and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey. Enjoy.
Note: I like to warm my oven to 200 degrees F to keep the pancakes warm as I cook off the whole batch. I also doubled the batch the last time I made them to reheat for a quick breakfast during the week. My husband loved them!
Today I’m reading from proverbs 22. There are 29 verses that cover a bunch of topics, from parenting, to laziness, friends we should avoid and warnings against exploiting the poor. Today though, I’m going to highlight the passages regarding finances. I am no financial guru by any means, but I will direct you to one. His name is Solomon. I think if there had been TV back in the day, every station would be dying to interview him. It’s not every day you meet a man who’s yearly income not counting revenues from outside merchants and traders amounted to 25 TONS of gold. And this was well over 2,000 years ago! No doubt his wealth was legendary, but he was also the wisest man alive, since he had pleased God by asking for wisdom instead of material things. This is a man whose words command my full attention. And what does this extremely wise and wealthy king have to say to me regarding wealth and good stewardship?
A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
2 Rich and poor have this in common:
The Lord is the Maker of them all.
Humility is the fear of the Lord;
its wages are riches and honor and life.
The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender.
26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge
or puts up security for debts;
27 if you lack the means to pay,
your very bed will be snatched from under you.