Sunday, February 21, 2010



As most of you know, I'm dieting...  No pizza!  No chardonnay! No vodka martinis! No cheeseburgers or hot dogs in a roll!  No pastrami or corned beef sandwiches!  (Thank god I'm not a chocolate or sweet lover.) So, I look for my food "rewards" that don't include animal fat and red dye...  Hence, diet pancakes!  Pancakes that are high in protein w/ fiber thrown in.

What are these diet pancakes, you're probably asking?  Well, they're not exactly lo-cal... but, South Beach's "Oatmeal Pancakes" - Yup, oatmeal.  As I just implied, they're not that low in an actual calorie count (or point count), unless you compare it to eggs benedict, but the pancake batter you make from this recipe is enough for two people even though it says "serves 1," which makes breakfast about 150 very tasty calories (2-3 points).

Even when I'm not dieting, Richard makes them.  They're really good.



1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese (or tofu)
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


Process the oatmeal, cottage chesse, egg whites, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a blender until smooth.  Yesterday Richard also added some fresh blueberries to the batter (yum!).

Spray a nonstick skillet w/ cooking spray.  Add the batter and cook over medium heat until both sides are lightly browned.

You can top the pancake w/ a low-sugar or non-sugar syrup of your choice.  Or a low sugar jam.

Per serving:  288 calories, 28 grams of protein, 32 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fat,  1 gram saturated fat, 451 mg sodium, 5mg cholesterol, 5 grams of fiber...

But remember, if you're like us and share the pancake (Richard divides the batter between two 8" skillets), everything above is halved.


Karen said...

Nice. Is the oatmeal cooked? or is it dry?

I could imagine folding his up (crepe-like) with some baked apple slices inside.

ilona saari said...

Yes - the oatmeal is uncooked. If you're going to do a crepe-like pancake I'd use a bigger skillet because even halved, it's a thick pancake in an 8" skillet - and a larger skillet, if you use all the batter, makes a thick pancake. Perhaps a larger skillet w/ half the batter would work.

Richard said...

No question... if you want to do a crepe thing use a larger pan and pour it very thinly...