Oats are healthy, so I regularly put them on my morning menu. However, I am not always up for porridge. Sometimes I just want something with a little bit more ‘bite’. Since I absolutely love pancakes I started experimenting by replacing the white flour with oats. I have to admit that it took quite some time before the proportions in this recipe were completely right … the first few times the pancakes often fell apart before I could eat them (although the taste was great!). That problem is solved since I added some whole wheat flour and buttermilk to the recipe! The touch of vanilla in the pancakes, as well as the caramalized apples on top have made this (healthy!) recipe gain a fixed spot on my list of breakfast favourites!
Oatmeal pancakes with vanilla and caramelized apple
- 120 g oats
- 90 g whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch of salt
- 360 ml buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or 1 scraped vanilla pod
- cooking oil or butter with a neutral flavour
- Caramelized apple
- 1 apple
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Grind the oats in the kitchen aid.
- Whisk together the dry ingredients (oats, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon and salt) in a small bowl until well combined. Take a separate large bowl and combine the wet ingredients (buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract).
- Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture until well combined.
- Let the batter rest for 10 min while you cut the apple into small cubes.
- Lightly grease a nonstick griddle or skillet over medium-high heat.
- Pour batter onto griddle and spread to make a pancake (it's normal that the batter is rather thick - it's those thick and fluffy pancakes we want!).
- Cook about 2-3 min until the pancake is dry and the edges are slightly crispy. Flip pancake and cook 2-3 min longer until lightly golden on both sides. Adjust heat as needed to prevent burning.
- When the pancakes are ready, cook the apple pieces for a few minutes until lightly golden brown. Add cinnamon and maple syrup and leave to caramelize. Serve the pancakes with the warm apple cubes and some extra maple syrup if you like.