I can be a bit of a Debbie Downer. A Lame Lauren. A Party Poopin’ Petunia… okay now I’m just making these up. Point is, I suck at celebrating holidays.
Christmas? I meant to bake cookies for all my friends, but got busy and forgot. Canada Day? Tried to make a Canadian themed cheesecake, and when that failed I just stayed in and ate the mediocre leftovers instead of going out to see the fireworks. Halloween? I don’t even think I celebrated it this year.
So a few weeks ago when I realized Mardi Gras was coming up, I made it my mission to eat pancakes that day. And guess what? I did. I’m a little late on posting this recipe mind you, but at least I celebrated. Baby steps, folks.
Apple cinnamon oatmeal pancakes
Gluten free and dairy free
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup rolled oats, ground into a flour
1/2 small apple, shredded (or 1/3 of a medium sized apple)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup egg whites
2 tbsp almond milk
Remainder of the apple, chopped
1/2 tsp cinammon
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp maple syrup
Cut the apple in half – shred one half and chop the other half. Then add the chopped apple only to a pan with 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/3 cup of water. Let cook over medium low heat. If the water gets evaporated, just add more and continue cooking until the apple chunks are soft.
Then in a large bowl mix together the oats, oat flour, shredded apple, cinnamon, and baking powder. Then stir in the vanilla, egg whites, and almond milk. Stir until just combined.
Spray a pancake griddle with non-stick spray and heat it over medium heat. Scoop the batter into three pancakes on the griddle and let cook until golden on the bottom, then flip and cook until done.
Top with the apple chunks, maple syrup, and raisins.
Are you bad at celebrating holidays too?