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  1. Blonde Logic

    Blonde Logic Yes. You can.

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    5 Tips for Guilt-Free Pancakes

    Posted Tue, Mar 25, 2008, 5:58 pm PDT

    If you've been denying yourself pancakes for health and waist reasons, get out the griddle -- they're back.


    PLAY FAST AND LOOSE WITH THE BATTER
    "Pancake batters are like cookie mixtures: They aren't an exact science. You can throw all kinds of stuff into them and they'll still come out just fine!," says nutritionist Elizabeth Somer, RD, author of The Food and Mood Cookbook. Here's how to re-hab your favorite recipe:

    1. Cut down the calories
    • -Use half the oil, margarine, shortening, or butter called for in the recipe.
    • -Use nonfat milk or nonfat condensed milk -- or low-fat. buttermilk or soymilk -- instead of whole milk.
    • -Use cooking spray to prepare the griddle.
    • -Keep servings to two 4" pancakes.
    • -Skip the pat of butter on top; it instantly adds up to 100 calories of fat.
    2. Pump up the fiber
    • -Replace some of the white or unbleached flour with whole-wheat pastry flour. It's lighter than regular whole-wheat flour. Start with ¾ cup white and ¼ cup whole-wheat flour for every cup of flour called for. Increase the whole-wheat every time you cook until you find the proportion you like best.
    • -Toss in a handful of oatmeal to up the protein and fiber. (You may need to add a little extra milk, too.)
    • -To make gluten-free pancakes, use buckwheat flour.
    3. Skim off the cholesterol
    • -Replace the eggs with egg substitute or use two whites per yolk.
    • -For fluffier pancakes, whip the whites separately and fold them into the batter.
    4. Skinny down the sugar
    • -Replace half the sugar with Splenda.
    • -Try adding sweet-tasting flavorings: vanilla, nutmeg, and/or cinnamon.
    5. Rev up the antioxidants
    • -Mix a spoonful of canned pumpkin, grated apples, or blueberries into the batter.
    • -Add some toasted wheat germ or ground flaxseed too.
    SWAP OUT THE SYRUP
    1. Heap on fresh or thawed berries -- any kind.
    2. Top with a tablespoon of all-fruit apricot jam and a sliced banana.
    3. Spoon on fat-free sour cream, yogurt, or ricotta cheese mixed with mango chunks or mandarin oranges.
    4. If you still crave syrup, drizzle any of the above with a little agave nectar (sold in health-food stores). It tastes as sweet as syrup, but it's far easier on your blood sugar levels.

    NOW, REAP THE REWARDS
    Trading off pale, wimpy pancakes soaked in butter and syrup for hearty, healthy ones rich in flavor, fruit, fiber, and nutrients will do more than re-hab an AM favorite and boost your energy for the day. Training your taste buds to love foods that thwart aging can make your RealAge at least 3 years younger.
     
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    mmm sound good to me :)
     
  4. lemma1968

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    i make these (or a slight variation of them) every sunday for my OH and kids. I use all wholemeal flour though, add porridge oats, use skimmed milk and they eat them with a drizzle of maple syrup and chopped fresh fruit.

    They are just gorgeous.
     
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    You can also use soya protein isolate and egg to remove the flour and therefore reduce carbs.
     
  6. Blonde Logic

    Blonde Logic Yes. You can.

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    Where do you get that Mikey? Is it like a flour?
     
  7. Slimseaa

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    BL i want some now, lol
     
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    gobubbles Live the dream...

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    Yum!!! :eat:
     
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