JJ and I have been wanting to trade in his car for months, and we decided to finally go today. Neither of us have ever bought a car before, but I knew it was going to be a long, tiring process. I decided to make us a good, substantial breakfast. Rather than our normal oatmeal, I made Chocolate Oat Pancakes. I always add oats to my pancakes and waffles, and then I try to add something else to liven them up. I was in the mood for chocolate, as usual, and I thought about adding chocolate chips. Chocolate chips, however, are high in sugar, calories and fat. Cocoa powder is only 20 calories and no fat per tablespoon, and adds all of the wonderful chocolate flavor. It is bitter, however, so I added some splenda, but that can be ommited.
The pancakes worked, and so did our negotiating skills. We brought home a 2008 Mazda 3 and we couldn't be happier!
Chocolate Oat Pancakes
1 cup oats
1 cup baking mix (kroger low-fat)
1 1/2 cups skim milk
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
3 tbsp. splenda for baking, or 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Preheat skillet to medium heat. Mix all pancake ingredients in a bowl. Ladle 1/4 cup circles of batter, cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. Keep warm in a 250 degree oven. Serve with syrup, berries, and powdered sugar. Makes 8 pancakes.