Monday, January 19, 2015

Oatmeal Pancakes (made with leftover oatmeal)

No one's going to judge you for throwing away that leftover oatmeal in your pot (unless, maybe, you had a grandmother who suffered through the Depression). It's so cheap that saving it is not going to make or break you. And, I mean, have you ever seen leftover oatmeal--it looks gross. No one wants to eat it, even if you tell them it will taste just fine after you've warmed it up.


When we were trying to live on $6/day, we didn't waste (usually) anything. I really enjoyed that--the frugality and the feeling that the things under our stewardship got used as well as possible.

Even that isn't quite enough, however, to compel me towards the leftover oatmeal. But this...this recipe is. With this recipe, you are not slogging through gray, slimy-looking oatmeal. With this recipe, you are stepping into a cute little bed and breakfast and being treated to a pretty and delicious meal. Seriously, these pancakes are fabulous. And easy to make. And just as pretty and golden and non-lumpy as any other pancakes (don't let the dough scare you--it will be lumpy). And cheap.

So go on, now you can have your warm, fresh oatmeal and eat your leftovers too.

My kids ate these Pace style with plenty of syrup or a smear of Nutella, but when my son's friends came over later, they just grabbed the leftovers and walked around eating them like pieces of toast.

Oatmeal Pancakes (made with leftover oatmeal)
adapted from Smitten Kitchen
makes about 16-20 pancakes (3-4 inches)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Cost: $1.00
oat flour: .15, flour: .10, sugar: 02, butter: .18, milk: .20, honey: .15, eggs: .20

3/4 C oat flour (can be made by blending or food processing regular oats; whole wheat flour may also work)
1 C all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp butter, melted, but not crazy hot
1 1/4 C milk
1 C cooked oatmeal
1 Tbsp honey
2 eggs

Combine dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, melt the butter, heat the leftover oatmeal, then combine those to the other wet ingredients (milk, honey, and eggs)

Add wet to dry. Mix.

Cook on a skillet over medium heat as you would regular pancakes.


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