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  • Mary Kay

Heart-Healthy Oatmeal Sweetheart Pancakes

"14 Days of Angels Baking Valentine Memories!"

Make it a Happy Valentine's Day with your Sweetheart when you stir up these heart-healthy oatmeal pancakes, sans flour. Made with rolled oats, simply mix all ingredients in the food processor. Combined with bananas and other fresh fruit you gain other valuable nutrients, too. It can’t get any easier than that, especially for a Valentine’s Day breakfast.

Extensive studies show that oatmeal is a valuable heart healthy food. This is one recipe that helps benefit you and your Sweetheart through the addition of both oatmeal and bananas for positive nutrition. If you are trying to get more oatmeal into your diet, especially if you don’t like porridge or hot oatmeal, this is an easy and tasty way to do it. (I am not a medical doctor, so be sure to check with your doctor or nutritionist to confirm nutritional value.)

This recipe is perfect for two people. You add the accompaniments – fresh fruit such as blueberries and strawberries, plus bacon, sausage and syrup.

Prep your pan:

Heat up a 10” fry pan on medium heat.

Oatmeal is the key to these Ingredients:

1 C Old Fashioned Oats, rolled oats.

¼ C Yogurt, vanilla is my choice

1 Egg, large

¼ C Milk

1 T Butter, melted

2 t Baking powder

Pinch of Salt

1 T Brown sugar

1 t Vanilla extract

1 Banana, medium, mashed

- Blend all ingredients, except the banana, in a food processor.

- Mash the banana and stir into the mixture.

- Add a little more milk or even almond flour if the mixture is too thick or too thin. I usually test a silver dollar sized dab in the hot pan to see how it spreads out. If it produces a pancake thinner than I like, then I add a little almond flour. If it fries up too thick, then I add a little more milk to the mixture.

Time to fry up these nutritional Sweetheart pancakes:

- Pour the pancake batter into the oiled or buttered pan, in 4” circles. They will spread a little, so leave space between the pancakes.

- When bubbles appear all over the surfaces of the pancakes, it’s time to turn them. They should be golden brown on the bottom when you flip them.

- After a couple of minutes, lift the second side up a little – when they are golden brown on the second side they are ready to plate. Or. keep them in a warm oven until all the pancakes are done.

Make these pancakes even more heart healthy by serving fresh blueberries or strawberries on the side. Add butter or syrup if you must. And, top it off with another nutritious food - cranberry juice.

What better way to tell your Sweetheart you are thinking about everyone's heart health than to mix up these hearty pancakes on a special day. Whether it be Valentine’s Day or any day of the week, it’s another way for you to be “Baking your own Memories!”

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