STACK OF GOODNESS ON A PRECIPITOUS DAY

Call me what you wish. When dark clouds cascade the skies and there’s a threat of rain, I think of food. So, despite the gloomy forecast for the day, I laced up my walking shoes and managed to  break a sweat on my jogging trail.

As I dodged raindrops, I smiled. One major thing was on my mind. It was a healthy and wholesome stack of pancakes. When I got back to base, I fired up my skillet and made a free-flow batter with these ingredients:

  • whole wheat flour/sprinkle of all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • old-fashioned oats
  • leftover roasted pumpkin
  • over ripened banana
  • powdered ginger
  • cinnamon
  • brown sugar
  • melted butter
  • olive oil
  • a sprinkle of salt
  • dollop of sour cream
  • splash of vanilla
  • egg

Topped my pancakes with some fresh blueberries in a circle. With the drizzle of a little light syrup, my golden cakes were ready to be devoured. They were like sunshine on my cloudy and precipitous day.

 

 

 

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I SEE BANANA/OATMEAL PANCAKES IN THE MAKING

Look ye here! Look ye here! I’ve the main ingredients for banana and oatmeal pancakes over here!  It’s nothing new; but for me, whenever I enjoy a dish, I’ve no qualms in a repeat performance.

To others, they may see a couple wilted bananas to be tossed. But, oh no! My taste buds and I are already salivating the sweetness and smooth taste of these potassium foods. I’ll mash them and sprinkle a generous amount of warm cinnamon to balance my glucose in my system.

MASHED BANANAS AND CINNAMON
MASHED BANANAS AND CINNAMON

I’ll add the sweet goodness to at the end after I assembly my wet ingredients of :

  • beaten egg
  • melted unsalted butter
  • splash of vanilla
  • couple tablespoons of honey

To my wet ingredients, I’ll add dry ingredients of:

  • whole-wheat flour
  • oatmeal
  • baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered ginger
  • cinnamon (can’t have enough of this)

I’ll combine the wet and the dry ingredients and try not to overwork them. Then, I’ll gently fold in the mashed bananas sprinkled with the exotic cinnamon.

BANANA/OATMEAL BATTER FOR PANCAKES
BANANA/OATMEAL BATTER FOR PANCAKES

In a skillet, I’ll spray a little Pam and use a 1/4 measuring cup to input the batter. Then, I’ll top pancake with fresh blueberries and flip after bottom is set and cook.

PANCAKE TOPPED WITH FRESH BLUEBERRIES
PANCAKE TOPPED WITH FRESH BLUEBERRIES

When each pancake is all done and ready, I’ll ‘dig’ in to the succulent delights. I can’t wait to indulge. The roof of my palate will so excited to experience that pop of those tart and sweet blueberries. Oh, I’m salivating already; I can’t wait to indulge.

FINISHED BANANA AND OATMEAL PANCAKES TOPPED WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES
FINISHED BANANA AND OATMEAL PANCAKES TOPPED WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES

 

MY MORNING STAPLE #OATMEAL

If it’s the week morning, I’ve got to go oatmeal. When it comes to my daily meal plan, I consume what works for me. When I shop for this whole-grain food, as always, I opt for the old-fashioned type as it has great bite at each spoonful.

One of the great upsides to oatmeal is that it is still relatively inexpensive. It is loaded with fibers and other nutritional properties. And, I love that I’ve control over the sugar content within.

As usual, cinnamon is a huge addition to my warm cereal as it lowers the glucose level in my body. Love to add  fresh berries or other fruits to oatmeal and sweeten with a little brown sugar or honey. And this morning was no exception, topped my staple cereal with some fresh and super-sweet black berries and a drizzle of honey.

I was very satiated and happy.

HEART-HEALTHY MORN #OATMEAL AND BERRIES

I can never grow tired of  one of my morning’s staples, oatmeal and berries. On this cool morning, had a comforting bowl to warm my stomach and nourish my body. In a stockpot, a  combination of almond milk and water were added along with Quaker old-fashioned oats, a dash of vanilla, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Oatmeal was then sweetened with a little brown sugar. Topped my hearty bowl with a serving of fresh fiber-filled strawberries and blueberries. And as usual, I sprinkled added cinnamon for extra flavor and balance of the glucose level within.

My heart and I were happy.

 

BANANA PANCAKES/BLUEBERRIES #POTASSIUM/FIBER POWER

Got a bit creative with my breakfast this morning. If you have been following my food blog, you know that I don’t toss. As a result, this morning was no different. You see, a couple of my ripe bananas got mushy and speckled.

Came up with the perfect ‘save’. I transformed my potassium fruits to warm and delicious pancakes. Some of the other ingredients added were:

  • Oatmeal (1/4 cup)
  • Cinnamon(1 teaspoon)
  • Brown sugar (1 teaspoon)
  • Olive oil(1 tablespoon)
  • Ginger (powdered)(1/4 teaspoon)
  • Whole-wheat flour (1 tablespoon)
  • Baking soda (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Blueberries
    BANANA PANCAKE MIX
    BANANA PANCAKE MIX

    I was happy.

 

POTASSIUM/FIBER MINGLE WITH HEART-HEALTHY OATS

I can never grow tired of my old-fashioned oats. It’s one of my favorites to jump-start my day. I combined milk and water and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon and slowly brought oatmeal to a simmer under low heat.

After it reached a thick consistency, I sweetened with a little brown sugar. Topped off my oatmeal with some sweet/tart blueberries which are packed with amazing fibers and antioxidants they say. Also, I had to get those potassium-filled sliced bananas. They brought such balance to my satisfying dish. With a little added sprinkle of cinnamon on top, my heart-healthy dish was done.

I was super-happy and satiated.

FIBER CHOICES #OATMEAL AND BERRIES

I can never grow tired of this healthy and filling breakfast.  Most days of the week, I try to indulge in a warm dish of whole grains in the form of oatmeal. I prefer the old-fashioned version because it has a little ‘bite’ to it.

Oatmeal is still relatively inexpensive and easy to cook. Moreover, I love that it’s a great source of fiber,  vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. And, based on the nutritional facts, its excellent for lowering the glucose and cholesterol levels in the body.

Earlier on this morning, it was no exception. I cooked up the hearty grains in some milk. I made sure to add a dash of vanilla and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon for added flavors. Under low heat, oatmeal came to desired consistency. Then, it was sweetened with a teaspoon of brown sugar.

Oatmeal was topped with the antioxidant and fiber foods of fresh and colorful strawberries and blueberries.