Good Morning/ Afternoon/ Evening fellow Foodies, I present to you: Pear and Oatmeal pancakes (slathered in maple syrup <— This is what it’s all about ?).
Becoming a food blogger certainly has its perks:
- I get to read, write and talk about food, A LOT!
- I’m constantly trying out, creating and taste testing recipes, EVERYDAY (the hardest job of all ?)
- I get to mingle with people like you, which is awesome (virtually, of course, thank you internet)
- I get to eat so much amazing food ???
However, there comes a little problem along the way:
- I eat everything I make…. I mean EVERYTHING! All In ONE sitting, generally the minute I’ve finished photographing the food. These Pear, Oat and Maple-Syrup-slathered pancakes were no exception to the rule. They were all gone (enough for two or more people, I may add) in a single, rushed, mouth-stuffing sitting.
Did I feel guilty about this?….. a little
Did I get over that guilt and move on?….. within seconds
I’ve always been a breakfast loving person and it is one of my favourite meals of the day along with lunch, dinner, supper and inter-meal snacking. ?
When I was a kid I would have the “All Day Breakfast” whenever we ate out. In my opinion there was no other option. What other menu item allowed you to eat sausages, bacon (especially bacon) and eggs anytime of the day? And, of course, when hollandaise sauce, smashed avocados, and chorizo became part of the standard breakfast menu, and no longer confined to the tables of those fancy eateries, things became oh-so-much better
But to swap eggs and bacon for something like pancakes and maple syrup has never been high on my breakfast of choice list; up until recently, I’ve had a considerable aversion to fruit unless it was heavily disguised with chocolate, pastry, sauce etc.
However, a few weeks ago, I came across these Apple and Oatmeal pancakes and, although slightly unwilling to admit it, I felt a fruit-and-pancakes-for-breakfast-conversion sort of thing happening. Fast forward a few weeks and, Hey presto!, I’m not only converted but I’m making my own adapted version of them for this blog, sharing them with you and insisting YOU MUST TRY THESE.
I can tell you that, along with my eggs and bacon, these pancakes are now part of my at-home breakfast menu.
There can always be, for me at least, a slight guilt trip when consuming sweet things for breakfast – except chocolate. There is never, nor should there ever be, a guilt trip with chocolate. Period. Understand? – But these pancakes can put that guilt at ease.
Naturally sweetened, and packed full of pear and oatmeal nutritional goodness, they are healthy without being a slimy green smoothie. Yet cue the Maple syrup and they are delicious enough to rival all sweet competitors. In doing so, these pancakes make the perfect balance between healthy and sinful and provide a satisfying breakfast treat.
Oh, and did I mention these pancakes are quick and easy to make. No, seriously, this could be one of those ”The kids are making us breakfast” kind of recipes they are that easy (This only works if a) your kids are old enough to operate the stove top without supervision; or b) your kids are not fluffy, have four legs and wagging tails!).
All the ingredients get thrown into the food processor/ blender and, after a few seconds of blitzing they are ready to cook. From grabbing ingredients out of the fridge to stuffing pancakes into your face in about 15 minutes(ish). Just how pancakes should be, right?
The toppings you decide to throw over them is up to you but, please, do not withhold the Maple Syrup. This would be a huge mistake on your part and you would be missing out on just, probably, the most incredible thing EVER! I had strawberries and blueberries just siting in my refrigerator so these came along for the ride – a good combination if you ask me – but I’m sue mascarpone, ice cream, yogurt, chocolate chips and any other fruits would make these pancakes just as good.
So go on, the next time you’re feeling like a binge-out breakfast, but still worried about maintaining a healthy diet, pig out on these Pancakes and you’ll be hard pressed to find any guilt about it.
Pear and Oatmeal Pancakes
A pancake breakfast with a perfect healthy / sinful balance
- 2 cups of grated pear
- 1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup milk (can be substituted with water, almond milk, oat milk)
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- Maple Syrup (optional)
- Place all ingredients into your food processor / blender and blitz until smooth. It should have a think ketchup-like consistency. Add extra milk (or alternative) or oats to thin / thicken the mixture if needed.
- Heat frypan over low heat. Spoon the mixture into the pan (1/2 cup makes 4 large pancakes, 1/4 makes 8 small ones) and shake lightly so the mixture spreads out. Cook for about 2 minutes or until browned. Flip and cook the other side. Remove from pan to a plate and repeat until all the mixture is gone.
- Slather with the optional maple syrup and other topping of your choice and enjoy!
Although the maple syrup is listed as “optional” this really is not the case. You are withholding the most amazing treat if you do not include Maple syrup into this recipe. Just sayin’