Whole Wheat & Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

The great things about winter? Snow, warm cozy sweaters, thick savory stews, and fuzzy knit socks. The awful things? Flu season. I'm sick. As in, aches, pains, flu-ey, congested, awfulness sick. Ugh. I've been downing tons of tea, water, chicken soup, and the like, but I woke up this morning and all I wanted was warm, fluffy pancakes. In assessing my level of sickness, I realized I wasn't as dead as I was yesterday, and could maybe muster the strength to make pancakes, as long as Alex did the dishes. These pancakes are the shiz. Seriously. While I would still consider these a treat, they are definitely not the worst thing in the world for you and pretty much have been the highlight of this sick girl's Saturday. Looking for a delicious breakfast for your family Sunday morning? Make these, and you will be the hero of the weekend breakfast table. Guaranteed.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 C plus 2 T buttermilk
  • 3/4 C oats (I use old-fashioned, but you can also use quick-cooking)
  • 3/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 T butter, melted (use unsalted if you can)
  • 1 T packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips (in my world, that's a heaping 1/2 Cup… don't judge!)**

**You can also use banana, raspberries, strawberries, apple - you name it - whatever you'd like to mix in here you can!

Instructions
  • Preheat your oven to 200° (to keep your pancakes warm as you make them!)
  • Soak the oats in buttermilk in a small bowl as you get your other ingredients together.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda, spices, and salt in a large bowl.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter. (Mine almost became browned butter, which in hindsight was pretty good - so go there if you want.)
  • Add the egg, vanilla, brown sugar, and melted butter to the oats/buttermilk mixture, and whisk until combined.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.
  • Heat a skillet or griddle on medium with a touch of butter to grease the pan.
  • Using a 1/2 or 1/4 C measure (I used a 1/4 C ice cream scoop because it's easy to portion that way), ladle batter into the pan, and cook on one side until bubbles start to form.
  • Flip, and finish another for two minutes or so.
  • Place finished pancakes on a cookie sheet in the oven to keep warm while you're using the rest of the batter.

This recipe made about 10 pancakes. Enjoy! These will make your weekend happy - sick or not!