My favorite meal: breakfast. My favorite breakfast: pancakes! There isn’t even a close runner-up. There are a lot of ways to go astray with pancakes (think IHOP), but I’ve come up with a pretty good way to have my (pan)cakes and eat them too. I’ve played around with making whole and multigrain pancakes from scratch. However this takes a bit of time and often the result was a very heavy, chalky pancake.
A few years ago, I stumbled upon Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking & Pancake Mix. This is a great-tasting pancake mix and with a few little tricks it yields a somewhat healthier batter than your standard white flour mix. This brand has some whole grains including whole wheat flour and rolled oats. I also add about 1/4 cup of my own oats because I really like the taste/texture of more oats. Instead of butter, I put 2 tbsp canola oil in the mix. I also use low fat milk or buttermilk instead of whole milk. Two 5-inch pancakes is approximately 230 calories and about 2 grams fiber. I always add fresh fruit as a topping and go light on the syrup (that means about 2 tbsp). Yum!