Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Years!!!

I love this day. The last day before a new year begins. It couldn't be any better. I hope that in 2010 it will be a MUCH better year for everyone. Let's just stay healthy and happy. I think that what helps the most to get through tough times. Regardless of the other problems we have going on in this world, I try not to let it get to me. I don't usually make resolutions but goals instead. I've always been a goal getter, even if it takes me a while to achieve it, at least I won't give up. Some goals I've thought about for the year 2010 are:
  • Run a 5k
  • Continue being happy with myself and life
  • Figure out what I want to do in life
  • Stay focused on whatever I put my heart into and not give up
I feel like 2010 will be a big year for me, not sure what it has in store but I'm feeling really good about it! Since today is the 31st, I should probably share my pancakes I made for Christmas Day! I had froze a few and pulled out two this morning to have after my run. Which reminded me I should probably get this posted today before tomorrow. ;)

Christmas Day I always make a yummy breakfast that we don't eat all the time. Sometimes it is waffles, crepes, or pancakes. I opted for pancakes this year because those IHOP commercials kill me with their pecan pie waffles and whatever concoctions they come up with! I made the pancakes a little more healthier then usual but I couldn't stray away too much from your normal pancake, or else my dad would flip. He doesn't like flaxseed or whole wheat flour. He can be very picky, BUT if I don't tell him, he doesn't know! I made an extra large pancake for myself with the extra batter. Topped with crunchy almond butter and pure maple syrup. It was divine! Which I had again for breakfast this morning, that how good it was!

Fallon's Special Pancakes  

1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3-1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
1-1/4 cups low fat buttermilk
1/4 cup 1% milk (this is optional, I added a few splashes to thin out the batter)
1 egg
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg, melted butter, flaxseed, and vanilla extract; mix until smooth. If mixture seems too thick, thin it out with a few splashes of 1% milk or whatever you have on hand. Heat a griddle or frying pan with butter over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter into the pan for each pancake. When it is time to flip the pancake, the batter on top will start to bubble. I made my pancakes slightly smaller and had about 14 servings, and we each had about 3-4 pancakes.

The pancakes were a little denser then your typical fluffy pancake but they tasted delicious. The vanilla extract made a nice addition to the pancakes and gave it a slightly sweeter flavor. I was more satisfied off these pancakes because of the addition of some whole wheat flour and flaxseed meal, I didn't feel overly stuffed and just satisfied. Plus with the almond butter smeared on top for extra fat and protein, it was definitely a filling breakfast!

My extra big pancake, so good I had one more smaller pancake!
Why do I call these special? Well my dad never figured it out and loved every bite!

Happy New Years to everyone! I will see you in 2010!



Karine said...

Great pancakes! They look delicious :)

Pam said...

Yum - I think they look delicious.

Erica said...

I had you for secret recipe club!!! I finally got my post up today :) These pancakes are delicious