My favorite breakfast is pancakes. But I don’t eat them as often as I’d like–opting for a lighter, healthier choice most mornings. It strikes me as funny that I didn’t come up with this idea sooner, but the other day I got the notion that I could make my healthy, whole-food oats TASTE like pancakes. And still walk away from the table feeling like I made a smarter choice.
I thought about what makes the pancake experience for me. It’s not just the maple flavor. No, it’s the harmonious contrast of the warm, sweet syrup against the salty, creamy butter along with a bit of cinnamon spice. Yes, that’s the balance I have created here.
Not to mention, this bowl of warm, comforting goodness comes together in less than five minutes.
What took me so long?
Maple Butter Pancake Oats
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
1 tsp. Earth Balance Non-Dairy Margarine
1 Tbsp. real maple syrup
1/4 tsp. cinnamon, pumpkin pie or apple pie spice
1/4 tsp. Maldon Sea Salt (optional)
Cook oats per package directions or microwave in a heat-proof bowl, approximately 2 minutes, 30 seconds at 50% power.
Allow the cooked oats to sit for about a minute, then stir to check for desired doneness. Add remaining ingredients and serve immediately.