♥ Pancakes. This word calls to mind IHOP and its famous golden short stacks, dripping with warm syrup, adorned by fruit, and topped with a generous dollop of butter and a swirl of whipped cream.
And naturally, nearby are pancakes’ BFFs – bacon, sausage, eggs… and a defibrillator waiting under the cash register in case this IHOP pancake party turns out to be one party too many.
Pancakes are glorious. But when you’re trying to manage your hanger healthfully and conscientiously, pancakes — like most cakes — truly should be a last resort.
Or should they?
I had ‘unfriended’ pancakes because of their white flour, carbs, buttermilk fat and – generally speaking – the complete lack of nutritional value that they contribute to my diet. But here’s the thing: I had no idea that the traditional pancake has a fraternal twin. Did you ever see the movie Twins with Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger? If not, skip to the next paragraph because the following observation will be meaningless to you. The traditional pancake is DeVito’s character Vincent Benedict: fat, nutritionally ugly and contributes very little to the society known as Your Body. The traditional pancake’s lesser known twin is Schwarzenegger’s character Julius Benedict: a nutritional Adonis, capable of contributing transformative value to Your Body. This healthy, amazing-in-every-way twin has been around for a long time, living on its own paradisiacal island, known by some but unknown to me. Until recently…
Hangry Chicks followers, if you were unaware of this pancake Adonis, it is my supreme privilege to introduce you to the guest of honor who sits on my breakfast table at least 5 days a week…
The Julius Benedict pancake, as I call it. It is brilliantly simple in its contents and preparation.
- 1/2 c. Egg whites
- 1/2 c. Dry oatmeal (old fashioned, not instant)
- 1/2 c. Cottage cheese, 1%
Optional (strongly recommended) ingredients:
- Couple dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg
- A packet or two of Truvia or Splenda
- Using a hand-mixer, blend the ingredients together for about 30 seconds. Don’t blend too long as over-blending will adversely impact the texture.
- Spray a pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- With the mixture, you can make several little pancakes or a couple big pancakes.
- Cook slowly on a medium-low heat to avoid burning. It should take about three minutes (or so, depending on size of pancakes) on each side.
As I am not a cook, my first experience making Julius pancakes was a train wreck, which I will share with you in order to make you feel better about yourself.
I tried making three pancakes in a large skillet. The batter, which is rather thin, did not conform to my spherical vision. As I watched these three pancakes merge into one, I realized that I inadvertently succeeded in making a pancake in the shape of a uterus. That was not my intention.
When the uterus-cake was done and ready for its plate, it appeared as if it had a run-in with a wood chipper. That certainly was not my intention.
Looking at my first Julius pancake was a fleetingly sad experience. It looked like a drunk infant made it. I was not drunk and as I write this post, I am 39 years old. Then, like shapes and characters that emerge from clouds if you gaze at them long enough, I saw a little character in my pancake that made me smile – clearly it looks like an obese, jolly bunny, running as fast as his fat, little legs will carry him, with a sack of stolen goodies strapped to his back.
Despite the cuteness of this little flapjack(rabbit) moment, I had no qualms about devouring the portly bunny like a rabid wolverine.
I’ve come a long way since making my first Julius pancake. As you can see below, I finally mastered the exquisitely simple spherical shape.
Since this mixture makes two large pancakes, I now make my pancakes in two small skillets to ensure they are perfectly shaped. I always top my pancakes with a teaspoon of Brummel & Brown butter and one tablespoon of sugar-free syrup. I don’t have to say it, but I’ll say it anyway because this post isn’t nearly long enough: Get as creative with the Julius pancakes as you do with the traditional pancakes. Add fruit, sliced almonds, dark-chocolate pieces (in moderation) – go wild with the endless possibilities.
As this blog is all about controlling hanger in healthy ways, I’ll conclude by sharing two amazing benefits of the Julius Benedict pancakes. Incredibly substantive, they have the power to control hanger for several hours. When I eat the pancakes that this mixture yields, I can go until lunch without eating a hanger-curbing snack. (That’s quite a feat for me.) Plus, the nutritional profile is off-the-charts awesome: the mixture above is a total of 312 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 32 grams of carbohydrates, and (drumroll please) 38 grams of protein. Compare that to the nutritional profile of IHOP’s DeVito-fugly (but admittedly tasty) pancakes:
If you love your body and pancakes, you owe it to both of them to make Julius Benedict pancakes. Or, since I eat these pancakes almost every day of the week, come over to my house for breakfast – I guarantee instant addition with just one bite.