Blueberry-Buttermilk-Oat Pancakes

Thank you for three day weekends! I hope you took the time to enjoy it. Most people have a hard time grasping the Art of doing Nothing because they feel guilty for it. We're conditioned to constantly seek distractions. I hate it when I'm in the middle of the day and someone asks, "what do you want to do tomorrow?" Please- let me savor the present.

By no means am I saying be lazy and lack drive. It's important to have a battle plan. If your compass is broken, like mine, and you lack a real direction in life- that's okay too. Never stop growing and work hard-- it will be okay in the end. Promise.

The weekend was blissful and relaxing. Watched Hangover II (pretty good, especially for a sequel)... bbq at the boyfriend's parents house (couldn't help catching some jitters)... taught my gf some break dance sets for her hip hop class... went for a nice long walk... bbq at my brother's... and made blueberry pancakes for lunch on Monday.

If you have not had pancakes for lunch- you aint living.

We've been plotting these Blueberry Pancakes for awhile. The boy wanted buttermilk pancakes but my healthy side bolted when I read all the butter that goes into a BUTTERmilk pancake. The results: buttermilk-oat pancake.

All I did was make a buttermilk pancake with ground up oats to substitute some of the flour. Cut back on the butter. This not a "healthy" pancake, but it is less evil than most. The texture is light and fluffy while the taste is not super sweet. I thought that they were just right with a little bit of maple syrup drizzled on top.

The best part of making these pancakes was being "rescued." I overcrowded the pancakes in the pan and let out a small yelp of panic. That's when He dashed into the kitchen.

Captain Pancake- "King of Flipping Pancakes." He seized the spatula, flipped the pancake, put on his cape (aka my apron from Crafty Bastards), and bolted out the front door. Straight Calvin and Hobbess style.

My hero (?)


Blueberry Pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oat flour*
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Blueberries (as much as you want)
Butter for the skillet

* to make oat flour, use a food processor on oats; nothing fancy- Quaker Oatmeal does the trick just fine

In a small skillet, warm blueberries over medium heat for a few minutes- just long enough to get them hot and gooey, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle in a pinch of sugar or honey if you want. Set to side.

In a large bowl, combine flours, sugars, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together buttermilk, maple syrup, and eggs. Keep the two mixtures separate until you are ready to cook.

Heat a lightly buttered griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. You can flick water across the surface and if it beads up and sizzles, it's ready!

Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, using a wooden spoon or fork to blend. Stir until it's just blended together. Do not over stir! Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/2 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.