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Making my Pancakes healthier this year.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I just had a brain wave writing on another’s post. I had told DH we do not need Golden syrup around the house for the English Pancakes tonight. He had that all the time at his house we had sugar and lemons.
DH loves Dark chocolate, I buy Ghirardelli 60% cacao. I use that on fruit for him he is a chocoholic and he likes the chocolate much more than the fruits.
Tonight I will put 16 of those Chocolate chips on a hot large pancake and I will swirl it around with Vanilla yogurt, YUM I bet he will like that. I might even add fruit and nuts-gets better every time I write it. Bananas and walnut pieces-all heart healthy additions. English pancakes involve no sugar at all and I have even made them with water instead of milk when DH was on a lactose free diet a long time ago.

I was responding to my friends who read yesterday Blog about Pancake Day, Mardi Gras today.

I was a bit reluctant to even make them, but I really wanted to. The Golden Syrup we can buy locally. It is an import and way too expensive and EXPANSIVE to the waist line and blood sugar.
It’s Brand name is “Tate and Lyle Golden syrup” and it is made about 1 mile from DH house that he had bought prior to our marriage. We lived there prior to coming to the US. So you must appreciate the connection here. That is DH home town, Thornaby-on-Tees, Yorkshire, England. That connection is very strong for him. However this little can is 100% liquid Golden Sugar and it makes fabulous treacle toffee. I just know that will be the next way to use it up however that will not be happening here, OH, NO!. There are no boys around to help him eat it.

The chocolate will be my compromise, these chips are the greatest. 5 calories in each one. I seem to have endless ideas with those 5 little low calorie gems.

DH can only eat cooked apples and pears, the skin makes his lips and tongue swell so we avoid the skin. I still have the Benadryl and EpiPen handy but we feel safe now after many years of no fruit for him.
I use the microwave constantly and I do make healthy food from scratch every day.
Once we discovered 60% Cacao Ghirardelli I was hooked on it.
I peel fresh pears and Microwave the halves with 8 chips in each core cavity. They look nicer with the chocolate poured over the top but DH likes to keep it off the plate so I sacrifice looks of presentation for his pleasure, he is worth it.

A great morning snack for me is a Graham cracker, just one square and I put it in my oven for 10 seconds with ONE chip on top. It melts and I spread it with the back of the warm spoon from my coffee, that makes it spread even better and, I can LICK the spoon.
NEVER WASTE-Grandmothers Mantra I am certain.

I do Bananas the same way, DH eats them for dessert often, he needs the potassium that his medications deplete. That is a tasty way for him to get some extra Potassium, and he loves it that way.

I am writing this early because I am in the mood to do some housework and two walks so I am planning my time a bit better today.

I am sure these will be a HIT!.
You all know I will be letting you know. I cannot perceive it to be a FLOP! but I am always honest, HUGS Pat in Maine.
HAPPY PANCAKE DAY, Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon
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    2191 days ago
    Mmmmm. You are obviously a woman after my own heart. I'm going to try these ideas.
    2193 days ago
    Did someone say pancakes...YUM!

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    2193 days ago
  • TERRI289
    I just ate my healthy breakfast and now I am ready to eat AGAIN!!

    Interesting blog!! Tasty too.

    Thanks for the ideas on my blog, I was really cranky yesterday so my lunch is staying in my car today..No yogurt though.

    Have a beautiful day!!
    love, Terri emoticon
    2194 days ago
  • RD03875
    I am glad your pancakes turned out great and what a great way to make them healthier! I used chopped apples, walnuts, dried cranberries and fat free pancake syrup.
    Glad I could inspire you!
    2194 days ago
    We love Ghiradlelli chocolate-had some of the 72% tonight. They say that is the most healthiest version to eat. You always think of tasty ways to eat things the healthy way! emoticon And you have such willpower! emoticon
    2194 days ago
    Happy pancaking! Chocolate chip pancakes are the only ones I eat and if they're not, I don't even bother.
    Enjoy your exercising:-)
    2194 days ago
    emoticon special day. Quite a emoticon of happyness. emoticon emoticon emoticon from emoticon
    2194 days ago
    I'll bet you both enjoyed your pancakes today. The chips sounds deligtful.....

    P.S. don't know if I ever told you my Dad used to mix coco powder into pancake batter for chocolate pancakes, or sometimes he would stir in chopped apples or other fruit that was in season. I loved them with strawberries
    2194 days ago
    I like the idea of using those chips in different ways. I am with your DH on the joys of chocolate! emoticon
    2194 days ago
    How delish!
    Ok are these chirardelli chips you speak of in a bag chocolate chips come in by Ne3stles chocolate chips at the amrket? 60% Cocoa? I have to try them. I never ahve before.

    You might try making im a mashed banana syrup, too slice banana in bowl and mash and beat till liquid and add chips and microwave and pour over pancakes?
    2194 days ago
  • ANNIE924
    I have the same problem with apples and pears, and actually various other fruit, and just lately raw almonds. I have had this reaction only in the last 10 years. Apples used to be my favorite fruit, and I do miss eating them raw.

    I do enjoy home made apple sauce and baked apples. I will have to try your trick with the microwaved pears.

    When I first started having this reaction, I thought it might be from the pesticides on the skin. I tried many fruit washes and peeling the fruit, all to no avail.

    I read on a health site [can't remember which one] that this can be related to a birch allergy.

    Enjoy your pancakes. I don't care much for them so I don't usually eat them.

    Take care,
    2194 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Sounds great: I am making my flapjacks with flaxseed next time,, I have sugar free syrup for them,, but I love them with sugar and cinnamon too.. stewed apples with vanilla yogurt is like an apple cake without the fat!!!!

    I also have those wild huckleberries I picked last summer to put on top,, our home grown blackberries and raspberries too!! Drool.. the possibilities are endless with whole foods!!
    2194 days ago
    I love chocolate! Now I'm craving chocolate chip pancakes!!! LOL Not gonna do it though! Enjoy!
    2195 days ago
    Yup. Gotta agree -- pancakes and chocolate -- doesn't get better.
    2195 days ago
    ENJOY PAT!!!!!! (I DID)
    2195 days ago
  • TERRY631
    Pancakes with chocolate?? What could be bad :)
    2195 days ago
    I certainly was hungry after reading this. LOL. Great ideas!. I love chocolate too.
    2195 days ago
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