Saturday, February 16, 2013

{Trim Healthy Mama} Trim Healthy Pancakes.




OK, I'm serious this time... I'm starting this Trim Healthy Mama thing for REAL.

It's been hard ok, it might have been hard, had I been trying, which clearly I have not -- but I just celebrated my 40th birthday and I was NOT gonna have some healthy cardboard concoction for my 40th birthday, ok? I just was NOT. 


I know, I didn't have to have the Villa Montez Chocolate Cake, the Chuy's Tres Leches cake, the Village Bakery Black & White cake, my mother-in-law's Italian Cream cake, AND then Debbie's Italian Cream Cake at Pokeeno... I didn't HAVE to eat all five birthday cakes (yes, five) but I did (oh yeah. I did).  But it was my 40th birthday, for Pete's sake, and sometimes, you just have to toss reason and accountability out the window. And then it was Valentines Day...

And meanwhile, all my Facebook Trim Healthy Mama friends are just melting away, dropping pounds by the bushel basket full (like my friend Gwen), and I'm JEALOUS. So it STARTS NOW. 

Pancakes are our Saturday tradition. I'll have to admit, I was leery... I already make healthy pancakes that actually taste GREAT, but ... sometimes healthy just, unfortunately, means tastes like spray-in foam insulation.  But I had to at least TRY.

The basic ingredients: oatmeal, egg whites, cottage cheese, baking powder, and vanilla (not pictured).



Start by grinding one cup of oatmeal into powder in your food processor.


Add one cup of egg whites. They recommend buying a carton of egg whites, but I didn't have that, so I separated out the eggs to total a cup and it took SEVEN (gulp). Yes, I'll be buying egg whites in the carton next time, but we had scrambled egg yolks with our pancakes this morning so they wouldn't go to waste, and they were really tasty.


Add one cup of cottage cheese. At this point I had to switch over to my Kitchenaid Mixer because my big food processor bit the dust and my little one wasn't big enough, but it would be best if you could do the entire recipe in a blender or food processor to break up the cottage cheese chunks. Add your baking powder (two teaspoons) and a dash of vanilla and a little Stevia, and mix well.


Spoon out the batter onto your hot griddle. Normally I cook my pancakes in butter to make the edges all crispy and delicious, but (sigh) in keeping with the "E" nature of this recipe {must read the book to know about "S" and "E"} I used cooking spray. And you know what? I lived over it.


You might need to spread out the batter a little, because it's REALLY thick. And we're trying to make pancakes here and not muffins. When bubbles form around the edges, flip the pancakes and brown them on the opposite side.


The book goes into detail about what you can and can't top these with, but berries or fruit in sugar-free syrup, or just sugar-free syrup are all ok. But by all means don't use that nasty cheap high-fructose corn syrup syrup, for LOTS of reasons. Oh. And no butter; I do love that you CAN use butter on the THM plan, but just not on "E" recipes.

My review of this recipe? These pancakes were surprisingly QUITE TASTY! I didn't have any sugar free syrup, so I ate them without, and LIKED them... PLAIN.


MICHAEL (and this is HUGE, people) even ate a bite and said, "NOT BAD!" which was a TOTAL shock because Michael often convulses, gags, shrieks, moans, and falls on the floor in a big dramatic display when I make him take a bite of something healthy.

I'm looking forward to diving on in to this Trim Healthy Mama thing. Stay tuned for a giveaway of this book, coming soon!




Trim Healthy Pancakes, slightly adapted
Ingredients
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup egg whites
1 cup cottage cheese
1 teaspoons baking powder
dash vanilla
2 scoops Stevia (the book recommends 2-3 tsp. Truvia, but I used what I had)

Directions
Grind oatmeal into powder in food processor. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Spoon out desired portion onto hot griddle and cook until bubbles form around the edges; flip and brown other side. Serve with sugar-free topping of your choice.

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7 comments:

Karen said...

This sounds very similar to the South Beach pancake recipe I tried years ago (although the SB ones have a little cinnamon and nutmeg, I think). Although I didn't lose any significant weight on SB, I still crave those oat pancakes sometimes. Yum!

Thistle Wood said...

I love this recipe! I totally need to eat healthier! I think I have to give this whole pancake thing a try! :)

Happy day to you!
karianne

Melissa from the Blue House said...

Thanks Karianne! You should definitely try them... they're not IHOP pancakes but still tasty and VERY filling!

Melissa from the Blue House said...

I think cinnamon and nutmeg would be great in this recipe, and wouldn't change the carbs or affect your insulin. Good idea! (You just reminded me that somewhere I have a South Beach cookbook.... I'll have to dig that out and see if it has some recipes that could be made THM-friendly!)

Melissa from the Blue House said...

I was searching for reviews about this book so I'm glad I found your blog! I'm interested to hear more from you about this. :)

Melissa from the Blue House said...

So glad you found me! :) I have several more THM recipes to post soon, as well as a book review and a giveaway, so please check back!

Jessi said...

I just made these this morning, and really liked them. One daughter ate them, the other did not...she said she didn't like the taste. I don't think she really likes the flavor we get from Truvia.

The reason I'm posting, though, is I had a lot of problems with these pancakes sticking...I'm wondering if I could have done something differently to prevent that. Anyone else have that problem?

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