Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's Fat Tuesday! Pancakes for dinner please!

 Happy Fat Tuesday everybody! Growing up, it was always tradition for us to have a big pancake dinner on this day. I think that's one reason why I love to have breakfast for dinner. It's comforting and just darn tasty! So here is a healthier version of pancakes that have a little adult twist. I add some amaretto in the batter just to sweeten it up. I put together a side fruit cocktail that also has some adult additions. However, you can easily make either of these without the alcohol! Hope the week is going well! We had a huge snowstorm last night but it looks like everything well melt soon. Spring is on the way!

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes
*adapted from Cooking Light


3/4  cup  all-purpose flour

  • 3/4  cup  whole wheat flour
  • 3  tablespoons  sugar
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1 1/2  cups  low-fat buttermilk
  • 1  tablespoon  vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto
  • 1  large egg
  • 1  large egg white
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4  cup  maple syrup
  • 3  tablespoons  butter


Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine buttermilk, oil, amaretto, egg, and egg white, stirring with a whisk; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
Heat a nonstick griddle or nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto griddle. Turn pancakes over when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Serve with syrup and butter.

Tip: Keep pancakes warm while cooking by placing them on a baking sheet in a 200 degree oven.

21+ Fruit Cocktail 

2 oranges, chopped
1 banana, sliced
10 maraschino cherries, chopped
1 tablespoon Bourbon
1 tablespoon Amaretto
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 8oz. container Fat-Free Greek yogurt
   (I used peach flavored)
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Combine bourbon, amaretto, vanilla, with yogurt. Add chopped and sliced fruit. Mix in cinnamon and serve!

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