My husband, Donny is out of town this week which means a week full of quick and easy meals. It isn't that I don't want to cook for my children. They just don't appreciate the effort that goes into a full meal and would rather have pancakes anyways! Why spend my precious "free" time in the kitchen this week when my "To-Do" list is officially two pages long?
The original recipe was given to me by my sister which I adapted slightly and they are our favorite. The only downfall of this recipe is that it requires some forethought so the oats can soak. I suggest a minimum of 8 hours (But I use whole oats. Quick oats would require less time!) I've done less and they are still good, just not as tender. Anyone who has experience with whole grain baking knows the magic of buttermilk. Between the buttermilk and the beaten egg whites, these pancakes are light and tender while being quite filling with all those oats!
My favorite way to serve is with my homemade raspberry freezer jam, but we also use applesauce, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, syrup (boring!), sauteed apples or strawberries and whip cream. I make a recipe and a half for our family!
Overnight Oatmeal Pancakes (makes 24 pancakes)
2 C whole oats
2 C buttermilk
1/2 C whole wheat pastry flour
2 Tb sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, separated
1/4 C canola oil
1. In large bowl, mix together oats and buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
2. In the morning, heat your griddle over medium heat. Add the egg yolks and canola oil to the oats and stir to combine. Next add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix just until moistened. If batter is too thick, add additional buttermilk until batter is a pudding-like thickness.
3. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until medium peaks. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold egg whites into pancake batter until combined. Pour 1/3 C of batter onto hot griddle for each cake. Cook pancakes until bubbles appear in the middle, flip and cook until brown on the bottom. These will take longer to cook than conventional pancakes!