Pancakes are the best. Second comes eggs but I can't wrap my head around calling eggs the best breakfast when I eat eggs for literally every meal of the day. Like yesterday's lunch for example. Anyhow, calling anything "loaded" automatically gets my attention. Does it get yours? When I hear that a recipe is loaded, I envision so many delicious foods incorporated within one delicious recipe. Hopefully this does not disappoint. I loaded my version up with bananas and blueberries (my all time favorite pancake combo). I think that creamy bananas make all pancakes better, balanced out by sweet yet tart blueberries. YUM YUM YUM. Load your pancakes up with your favorite toppings! These are fluffy yet durable pancakes and they can hold the toppings. I really wish I got a photo of just how much fruit is inside those bad boys. And don't forget about the oatmeal! There's oatmeal in these guys! And I've recently become obsessed with oatmeal so having that as a mandatory ingredient for these pancakes was necessary.
So... oatmeal. Have you ever actually run out of oatmeal? I didn't think it was possible. But guys... it is. I know that's a really random thing to share with you all. The past week was kind of random. I can't really put my finger on why. Likely because I haven't had a "normal routine" for a while. And granted my normal isn't "normal" but I think it threw me off my game a little. We conducted interviews all week for future interns to my dietetic internship. Not gonna lie, listening to 31 applicants was exhausting. The catered Panera lunches helped, but definitely exhausting. These interviews were not on a regular schedule either so I'm sure that goes with some of this weirdness I felt last week.
But actually... GUYS! It felt like summer last week. And by summer, I mean mid-west summer. Like we jumped from being in the low 20's to being in the 60's! People were walking around in shorts and flip flops here. Which is crazy because it wasn't that warm! Like wait until August and it's 90 F. Those fools will feel silly. I was able to run outside last week! The snow melted and it was wonderful. I actually was able to run in shorts and a t-shirt. It makes marathon training more fun. Today the high is 75 F here in Peoria (is that record setting? it must be). I just remember this time last year it was cold and icky out. I know I'm an adult who just used the word icky. Get over it. But really, can't wait to run after work today... it would be a waste of such a gorgeous day if I didn't.
Speaking of running... these pancakes make the BEST post run meal. They have all sorts of delicious things in them and I top mine with peanut butter. So these are loaded with oatmeal, banana, and blueberries and topped with peanut butter pretty much making them the best ever. Are you ready for delicious? These kept me full for hours yesterday so be warned. Next time I make them I'm adding dried cherries and walnuts and blueberries and chocolate chips. YUM-O. Tell me what you put in your pancakes! I want to know.
Loaded Greek Yogurt and Oatmeal Pancakes
Makes 12 pancakes
1 2/3 cups whole wheat white flour
2/3 cup oats
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons honey
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 cup milk (I like 1%)
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 egg whites
1 cup blueberries
Peanut butter, for serving
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk honey, yogurt, milk, butter and eggs. Gently combine the wet and dry ingredients.
Lightly coat a nonstick skillet with nonstick spray. Scoop batter onto pan by 1/3 cup. Top with blueberries and sliced bananas (or toppings of your choice). Cook until bubbles appear on top and underside is nicely browned, about 2 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook on other side; about 1-2 minutes longer.
Top with peanut butter, or topping of your choice (like maple syrup).