In the midst of anticipating the end of February, I forgot about something.
Something important. Something I doodled in my planner more than a month ago (complete with stars, confetti AND colored in pink highlighter to fully convey its awesomeness). Something so integral to life that I hang my curly-haired head in utter shame, for I let life get in the way of something that comes but once a year.
NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY (!!!)
Pancakes…breakfast’s gift to us! And our bellies.
Should I tell you that French toast is still my favorite breakfast food of all-time? Nah…forget I even mentioned it. It’s totally beside the point because pancakes are still delicious. Pancakes are better than a boyfriend. You can put vegetables in pancakes and – shocker – they still taste good! You can even make MACARONI & CHEESE PANCAKES. Now, if that’s not a breakfast food you can throw your support (and tastebuds) behind, well then I just don’t know what is.
Pancakes make great fuel for 17-mile marathon training runs (<- me, on Sunday).
Pancakes are decadent vehicles for eating lots of cinnamon M+Ms. Would you like some pancake to go with your cinnamon M+Ms? Why thank you sir, yes I would.
Pancakes freeze well. Make a batch and have breakfast to-go all week long.
Pancakes can be healthy…or not. It’s up to you to choose how good (or baaadddd) you want to be.
Pancakes are happy food. You have to smile when eating pancakes. It’s mandatory.
I think somewhere in the Bible or the Constitution it says that at least once a week, you HAVE to eat pancakes for dinner. BFD, baby…B.C. and A.D. I mean, if Jesus and Thomas Jefferson say pancakes are cool to eat for supper, you don’t have to twist my arm. I’ll do it!
But most importantly, pancakes are the greatest form of BPAAD.
B = breakfast
P = parading
A = around
A = as
D = dessert
You can load them up with chocolate chips…and M+Ms…and raisins…and peanut butter. Hello cure for PMS! But you can also add oatmeal…and whole wheat flour…and heart-healthy canola oil…and yogurt. Then they’re practically a health food! A little messy. A lot gooey. And sinfully delicious.
And if you put it all together, you get Monster Cookies Pancakes.
Yep, I went there.
Monster Cookie Pancakes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
1 cup rolled oats
1 (6-oz) container vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup milk
1 t vanilla extract
1 t baking powder
1 t cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup plain M&Ms
crushed walnuts, peanut butter, whipped cream + maple syrup, for topping
Mix the oats and yogurt together. Add peanut butter, oil, flour and milk until combined. Mix in the egg, vanilla, powder, cinnamon and sugar. Last, gently fold in the raisins, chips and M&Ms.
Spray a skillet or large saucepan with nonstick cooking spray. Over low to medium heat, scoop 1/6 of the batter (for large pancakes) or 1/12 of the batter (for small pancakes) for 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip the pancake over and cook the other side for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serve with your choice of toppings.
Makes 6 large pancakes