Sunshine in my kitchen: Cranberry Oatmeal Blender Pancakes (new recipe)
It's been so long since I've really written anything for this blog/website. I'm not sure where to begin again! But, a new recipe is always a good place to start. :)
I created these Cranberry Oatmeal Blender Pancakes to add some color and holiday feel to our November breakfasts! Everyone has enjoyed them whenever I make them. I usually serve them with butter, which works well since the pancakes are already slightly sweet and maple syrup is so expensive and so, well, sugar-y. And let's face it, little kids and maple syrup is a messy combo! These pancakes are, however, absolutely delicious with maple syrup AND butter on top. ;)
I am not a lightning-fast cook, by any means. It's rare that I can whip up a recipe from a magazine or website in the amount of time they say it will take. Part of the time it's because I'm multitasking, with little helping hands alongside mine. The rest of the time, it's simply because I'm puttery in the kitchen! My sister Bonnie leaves me in the dust when we cook together; a recipe comes together 3 times as fast with her help! ;)
That said, even I can feel like a speedy kitchen success when I make blender pancakes. While the milk and wheat are blending, I crack the eggs and pull out the other ingredients. In just a few minutes, my pancake batter is ready for the hot griddle! :)
I was introduced to "blender pancakes" by my friend Judy when Joshua and I were first married. I didn't have a grain mill, but I DID have a blender, and Judy supplied me with wheat berries to make my own freshly-ground whole wheat pancakes using the blender!
For large groups, I make these pancakes using whole wheat flour and a big mixing bowl. (The flour conversion is in the recipe.) My blender's just not big enough to feed a huge crowd. Thankfully, it can still make enough pancakes for a meal for our family of 7. ;)
Judy's original "Whole Wheat Berry Pancakes" made in the blender are really good, and possibly the only pancake recipe Joshua actually enjoys. Personally, I love the sweetness of the brown sugar, and the fact that these pancakes taste great with just a dab of butter on top! :)