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Throw Out the Bisquick

November 8, 2009

If you are anything like me, this year was a turning point for your kitchen cupboards.  After watching Dr. Oz wax on about the harmful effects of eating things your grandmother wouldn’t recognize, you too immediately tossed anything out of your kitchen that had more than 5 ingredients, contained things that you couldn’t pronounce, or had even a trace of trans-fat.  This exercise, while necessary, certainly posed a challenge for people like myself who until recently never knew what to do without mono- and diglycerides, high fructose corn syrup, and everyone’s favorite, Polysorbate 60.

Into the trash went the Chips Ahoy, the Pringles, the Ritz crackers.  Things were going okay until my husband saw me toss a giant Costco sized bag of trans-fat laden pancake and waffle mix into the trash.  Then he went into panic mode.  Lets just say he’s not quite on the bus of eating healthy just yet.  He will be eventually but right now he’s sort of running behind the bus.  Unfortunately I am not slowing down so I’m not sure if he’ll ever catch up.

Anyway, I had to come up with a solution for his Sunday pancake breakfasts.  After scouring the internet and trying several recipes I took the best of each and I feel like I hit the jackpot with this one.  Even my husband grudgingly admitted that my homemade version was a very close second to his beloved Krusteaz.  I consider it an honor.

Maya requested hers with blueberries and chocolate chips:

Heart Pancakes


My husband went the more traditional route with bananas, powdered sugar, and a few chocolate chips thrown on by myself for a better photo:

Ali's pancakes


Yes he ate more than one pancake.  And he took the chocolate chips off.  I think they were making him nervous.  Dessert at breakfast?  Apparently I was completely messing up the natural order of things. 

Makes 6 Pancakes

3/4 cups flour
1 3/4 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
2 t sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
2 T canola oil

Mix all the dry and wet ingredients separately. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones. Stir just until mixed. Spray a pan with cooking spray and keep it at medium heat. Drop the batter into the warmed pan 1/4 cup at a time. Top with any and all ingredients you can think of. With the exception of anything that contains unpronounceable ingredients and yes I know that eliminates most everything.  But thats the way the trans-fat free cookie crumbles.

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  1. TheDinMan permalink
    November 10, 2009 10:37 am

    I have to admit, these pancakes are very good. The only thing is that I can’t exactly ask Ameena to whip up a fresh batch every morning while she gets Maya ready, prepares lunch and plans dinner. But I guess the spacing out is what makes this special. Too much of a good thing can make you un-appreciative of it. And the amazing thing is that I don’t even miss dear old Aunt Jemima.

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