One thing that I love about shopping at Trader Joe’s is that you never know what you’re gonna find. From week to week various new items will appear. I love trying new products and recipes and one of my recent favorite finds is a recipe for pancakes that we spotted on TJ’s toasted oat bran container. I love these pancakes because they’re hearty and delicious and I can make a bunch and freeze them for a quick weekday breakfast…or snack. This blueberry oat bran pancake recipe is a variation of TJ’s original recipe.
Why is oat bran good for you?
Aside from the being exceptionally versatile, inexpensive, easy to find and having a mildly nutty flavor, oat bran is also loaded with fiber, protein and lots of vitamins and minerals (like B-vitamins, iron, zinc, phosphorus and magnesium)! The soluble fiber in oat bran has also been shown to help lower LDL cholesterol and also lowers the glycemic index (how quickly your blood sugar rises after a meal).
Here are a few other uses for oat bran:
- Add to baking mixes (i.e. muffins, breads, etc.)
- Mix into oatmeal or quinoa porridge
- Top a yogurt parfait with oat bran, fresh fruit and honey
- Add to breadcrumb mixture for chicken, fish or casserole toppings
- Heat non-stick skillet on medium/high heat. You can spray it lightly with veg oil or non-stick cooking spray, but I did not have to with my skillet.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients (oat bran, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder). In a separate mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients (egg whites, oil, vanilla extract and milk) then add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir gently. Fold in blueberries.
- Pour 1/4 c of the mixture onto the skillet for each pancake. Edges should start to cook first and bubbles will form on the top. When this happens, flip pancakes over (only 1x) and cook on the other side. Each side should be lightly golden brown. The batter gets thicker the longer it sits.
- Serve with more fresh fruit (butter and syrup optional)…these also taste great with cottage cheese, if you’re a fan (good protein source too!) Enjoy.