Pancakes are a treat in my house, although I could eat them every day. Fortunately these have a good deal of whole grains in the form of oats, but there is still plenty of sugar, considering we douse them in high quality maple syrup.
The original recipe for these wonderful, warm, chewy cakes came from a fly fishing ranch in Montana from my first cookbook, “The Great Ranch Cookbook.” The chef — who is still with the ranch 20 years later — served them with caramelized apples and toasted walnuts, perfect for a fall breakfast.
Here, I’ve just added fresh mountain berries and maple syrup. A dollop of fresh whipped cream would be lovely, too.
Cinnamon Oat Pancakes
These pancakes taste like oatmeal cookies sans raisins. You could pair them with caramelized apples, or just top with berries and serve with maple syrup.
A word about the batter: you need to soak the oats and buttermilk together for 30 minutes. Do that first before you assemble the rest of the ingredients. The batter will look gloppy and spread quite quickly so do a test run of one pancake before you make multiples, so you know how many will fit on your griddle.
- Prep Time: 35 minutes
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Yield: 12 (4-1/2") pancakes
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Griddle
2 cups whole (not quick cooking) oats
2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup melted butter (plus more to grease griddle)
Stir the oats and buttermilk together in a large mixing bowl. Let soak for 30 minutes.
Mix the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a medium mixing bowl.
After the oats have soaked 30 minutes, stir in flour mixture just to combine, followed by eggs and melted butter. Do not over-mix.
Heat a griddle or skillet over medium-low heat. Brush with butter. Scoop a scant 1/4 cup of batter onto pre-heated griddle.
Cook about 4 to 5 minutes, until bubbles form on top and edges start to dry. (These take longer to cook than plain flour-based pancakes). Flip over and cook about 3 or 4 minutes more. Keep warm in a low oven until all pancakes are cooked.
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