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Rise and Shine

Good thing I am a morning person. It certainly helps when it is barely 5:00 am and you can’t sleep. Lately this doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Except for my stomach grumbling and not wanting to eat before the crack of dawn, I just love being up before the sun and most especially before  a certain 8 year old boy. It is like found time in the day where no one can bother you, the phone isn’t ringing and no one is nagging you. I can catch up on blog reading, facebook and gee, whatever I want in silence. They say, “Silence is golden.” And I must agree.

Except for my stomach. My stomach is never silent in the morning. I wake up starving. But to eat before the sun is up makes for a very long day. But hey, when you are hungry you are hungry. And as I always say, eat when you are hungry. I am such a creature of habit that breakfast is typically oatmeal. Oatmeal in many forms. Steel cut oats are the best yet sometimes I feel like being daring. So I make old fashioned roll oats, oat bran or when I am feeling especially wild, I mix two of the three or all three! How wild am I? Lately however I like a good oatmeal pancake. After reading so many versions on other blogs, I started making my own oatmeal pancake and it is delish! In the mix lately:

1/4 cup old fashioned oats or oat bran

Scoop of organic canned pumpkin puree

Blueberries (or any fruit cup up that you have on hand like banana, apple , strawberries, blackberries etc.)

Dash of cinnamon

2 large egg whites

As a baker, I tend to not measure things exactly. Which is hard for others when I share a recipe! I have a knack for throwing things in a bowl and cooking it up into deliciousness. I recommend that you let loose and play around with mixing measurements and ingredients and seeing what you get. You may surprise yourself!

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Spray nonstick skillet and pour batter into pan. Let cook a few minutes and flip when formed. I usually top mine with peanut butter, more berries, and plain nonfat greek yogurt.

Oatmeal and oatmeal pancakes are a great little breakfast to get the day started as well as a pre-run or workout meal to fuel your body.

Do you make oatmeal pancakes? If so, what is your method?

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