Thick, Fluffy Oatmeal Pancakes… and Food Trucks
*Video tutorial* Thick, fluffy whole wheat pancakes flavored with oats and cinnamon. An all-in-one breakfast that couldn’t get better.
Food trucks. A.k.a. stylish four-wheeled vehicles in popular culture designed to serve a particular type of dish, not limited to cupcakes, kebabs, sandwiches, burritos, pancakes and of course, burgers. So when there’s a crowd of people lined up behind a colorful four-wheeled drive, you join it. And if there’s a festival celebrating the genius of food trucks, you go.
Warsaw never ceases to amaze me. When I moved here, the city’s skyline was limited to four skyscrapers at most. Now, it’s difficult to count the number. Before, there were only a few decent restaurants. Now, there are endless possibilities when it comes to dining out. I’m happy I was able to see the growth. Recently, the trend of food trucks (like the trend of burgers) has the city in a frenzy- they’ve been popping up all across town. Last weekend, there was what I like to call, a food truck festival of the sort near the Palace of Culture. So I went (with the fam).
I thought there would be a hundred or so trucks, but there were far fewer. This did make things easier when it came to choosing what to eat. I ordered a pulled pork sandwich- which was not great. It was too vinegary for my liking. But my mom ordered a delicious vegan burger- it’s surprising how delicious they taste. We also ordered pork dumplings. “Good things come to those who wait,” they say. We had to wait around 10-15 minutes- which is a significant amount of time for a food truck. There was a long line, though and it was well worth the wait. Later, to satisfy my sweet tooth, I bought mini Dutch pancakes. They were hot- fresh off the griddle, drenched in warmed Nutella. I’d say I was very much satisfied.
Speaking of pancakes. Today’s recipe is for oatmeal pancakes- I also like to call them oatmeal cookie pancakes because everything you love in an oatmeal cookie is found in these pancakes, which are also healthier. And trust me- these are mind-blowing. Like, woah. Soft, fluffy, full of cinnamon and oats- which greatly enhance the flavor. Occasionally I like to toss in some dark chocolate chunks. Chocolate makes everything better. Truth. I like these pancakes because they are healthier than an ordinary pancakes, meaning I can compensate by buttering them up nicely and drizzling a generous amount of maple syrup on top. You’ve got to make sure you don’t over mix, which will result in a slightly tough-rather-than-fluffy pancake. The day I made these, I was craving thick, fluffy pancakes. And since it’s summer and I’m ashamed to say I have no motivation to exercise, I wanted to keep things a little healthier. To shake things up a bit, I decided to add oats, chocolate and cinnamon. They took less than 1o minutes to make and serve- my mom and I devoured the lot.
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/3 cup instant oats
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup milk (it doesn’t make much of a difference- I use 2%)
- 2 tbsp yogurt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks (optional)
- In a bowl, mix the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and brown sugar till incorporated.
- Add the egg, milk, yogurt and vanilla and blend just to combine.
- Fold in the chocolate (if using).
- Grease a saucepan or griddle with vegetable oil and spoon mounds of batter, spread apart evenly. Spread slightly to create an even circle.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and serve piled on top of each other with some fresh fruit, maple syrup and/or butter.
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